CHICAGO – July 29, 2022 – PRLog — Metropolis Coffee Co (Metropolis)
Metropolis has invested more than $1million into its packaging and filling technology, making them the first 2compostable co-packers, compatible with 3Nespresso Original Brewers, in the United States. Through its roasting, grinding, and packing technology, Metropolis can pack up to 300,000 capsules per day, and more than 90 million capsules annually.
“Our goal with this is simple; when you think of capsules, we want you to think of Metropolis,”
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“There are so many layers to this exciting new venture. Because we’re an accoladed specialty roaster with tremendous capacity, in addition to our own program, we’re also all about helping other specialty coffee companies to bring their own sustainable capsule brand to life – from product development, to roasting and grinding, to custom cartons, everyone has the opportunity to benefit from Metropolis’s sustainable capsule technology,”
Metropolis’ filling machine is specifically designed for compostable packaging, and Metropolis’ cartoner technology, a machine that manufactures retail boxes, can pack up to ten capsules per box, which is a key differentiator for the company’s packing capabilities, as it gives Metropolis’ coffee partners the ability to customize their packaging from capsule flavor, to branding. By investing in these two pieces of manufacturing technology, Metropolis is well on its way to reach its goal of being the largest and first compostable coffee capsule producer and packager, compatible with Nespresso Original brewers, in the United States.
“A lot of people have asked me, why capsules? And I tell them, if you’ve been to Europe, capsules are everywhere. I even saw a capsule machine at a toll booth! Convenient espresso is a way of life, and the U.S. is about to be hit by the capsule obsession,” says Dreyfuss. “Not only are capsules convenient, but each capsule is perfectly ground, perfectly fresh and perfectly portioned for the ideal shot of espresso. It’s the most convenient, delicious way to get a boost and bring quality espresso into your life. Capsules democratize espresso because you don’t need all the fancy equipment required to make traditional espresso.”
Dreyfuss also emphasizes that capsules provide espresso lovers with a fresher coffee experience, as each capsule is preserved against oxygen, with less than two-percent oxygen, counterintuitively making the pods fresher than whole bean coffee that has only been open for a few hours. “Our capsule shell manufacturing partner, Smile Beverage Werks, P.B.C, is an industry leader and has developed technology that keeps coffee fresh to our exacting standards,” says Dreyfuss.
“Smile Beverage Werks is honored to support Metropolis Coffee with their sustainable coffee pod offerings, by helping bring best-in-class compostable technology to their customers and consumers as a great alternative to coffee pods with limited recycling options,” says Michael Sands, co-founder and CEP of Smile Beverage Werks, P.B.C.
By Q4 of this year, Metropolis will be selling its capsules wholesale, in-store and online in a variety of flavors, including its flagship Redline Espresso Blend. By early 2023, the company plans to have up to 15 product flavors in its capsule portfolio, a capsule subscription program, and a capsule machine partner, so customers have a one-stop-shop experience.
For more information about Metropolis Coffee Company, please visit www.metropoliscoffee.com.
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1 Metropolis Coffee Company does now own, nor created or developed the IP technology of sustainable pods. Metropolis purchases the pods and expertise from Smile Beverage Werks, P.B.C. The compostable packaging is made under license from Smith Beverage Werks, P.B.C.
2 Certified compostable facilities may not exist in your area. To find a composter near you, visit findacomposter.com.
3 Metropolis Coffee Company is not affiliated with Nestl
About Metropolis Coffee Company
Metropolis Coffee Co is a Chicago-based, family-owned business that sources, roasts and serves ethically grown and traded specialty coffee. Available in over 650 stores, hotels, cafes and restaurants across North America, Europe, and the Middle East, the Metropolis Coffee brand provides wholesale coffee and coffee related equipment and supplies. The company also operates a flagship coffee shop, a factory store, an online retail store and an 18,000sf roasting and packaging facility. Founded by father and son duo, Jeff (father) and Tony (son) Dreyfuss in 2003, the ethos of Metropolis is a supportive community of real people that extends from the hillsides at origin to the coffee lover’s kitchen table. Metropolis partners with many local organizations and vendors to give-back. Local organizations like Aspire Coffeeworks, a not-for-profit organization that packages and sells Metropolis roasted coffee under the Aspire label to help children and adults with disabilities to live independently. Metropolis is the largest roaster of Certified Fair-Trade Coffee in the State of Illinois and is certified organic by the USDA.