Caran D’Ache & Nespresso: the perfect coffee break

Nespresso recycling: writing a ‘coffee’ story


Nespresso and Caran d’Ache a few months ago launched pen made from recycled coffee capsules: The limited edition Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso ballpoint. Coffee lovers’ favourite Nespresso has partnered with prestige stationery Caran d’Ache to produce a limited-edition ballpoint pen made from recycled aluminium coffee capsules. The result is giving environmentally-conscious coffee-fans something to write home about.

The classic 849 pen has been reimagined in recycled aluminium for the first time, creating an accessory that is elegant, trendy and responsible. The limited edition 849 Nespresso is presented in the satin midnight blue of Dharkan, celebrating one of the most popular coffees from Nespresso’s permanent range.

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso is a salute to recycling and designed to remind consumers of the infinite durability of aluminium which can be re-melted and reused again and again. It aims to encourage the recycling of Nespresso coffee capsules by showing the infinite potential of aluminium.

The pen is part of Nespresso’s Second Life project, launched in 2016, to promote the recycling of the aluminium coffee capsules, offering evidence of their repurposing in a variety of ways.

A partnership founded on sustainability

For the 849 Nespresso limited edition, the two Swiss companies took up the technical challenge of using recycled Nespresso capsules to create a high-quality alloy of aluminium. The result is a writing instrument par excellence.

With its instantly recognizable hexagonal shape, the 849 ballpoint pen is one of Caran d’Ache’s flagship products. Heir to the principles of industrial design and its ergonomic concerns, the 849 and its purist form have the ultra-comfortable proportions of an iconic model. Its timeless design is complemented by the exceptional performance of the Goliath cartridge, which can write up to 600 A4 pages. The brightness of the finish is achieved through a microbeading process and electrostatic treatment, while eco-friendly packaging underscores its eco-credentials.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Caran d’Ache and bringing consumers this unique object, a true celebration of the infinite recyclability of aluminium. When consumers recycle with Nespresso, their capsule continues its journey. We believe this special collaboration gives coffee lovers something to write home about.” Daniel Weston, Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Nespresso.

The 849 Nespresso is on available at Caran d’Ache stores globally and online.

About Nespresso

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned coffee. The company works with more than 70,000 farmers in 12 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and the surrounding landscapes. Launched in 2003 in collaboration with The Rainforest Alliance, the program helps to improve the yield and quality of harvests, ensuring a sustainable supply of high-quality coffee and improving livelihoods of farmers and their communities.

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 69 countries and has more than 12,000 employees. In 2016, it operated a global retail network of more than 600 boutiques.

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My body knows better

Sometimes we don’t listen to our body’s messages…


When my body knows things my mind hasn’t realized yet: I always had a huge love for mussels, in any form and shape. I would buy them in 5 kilos bags, come home and clean them one by one, then put them in a large and tall pan, turn on the flame and add a bit of white wine, some garlic and some fine black pepper…and share with my family

Never understood this love for mussels, though. My mum hates them, my dad liked them but with no particular “addiction”, and only recently I found out I have a lack of intrinsic factor which is an enzyme that processes vitamin B12 and makes it available to the body. Guess what mussels are rich in?? I should listen more to my body, it knows best!

What is the signal you tend to ignore? The same way our bodies metabolize food, it also processes emotions and if there any of them that it can’t digest (the death of a loved one, losing your job, a nasty divorce…) that emotion with be sitting in some parts of your body and sooner or later will pop out in various forms, from a simple cold to more serious diseases.

In the same way, there are diseases that the body manifests and sends us signals about way before they are visible to any medical examination or specialized doctor: this is how easter medicine works, especially Ayurveda, in assessing illnesses of some parts of the body based on tiny signals from other parts of the body seemingly unrelated.

What can we do, then? Listen, with attention. Create silence even for a few minutes a day, nothing fancy, just absence of noise. And open your “inner ears” paying attention to hints and clues that would go otherwise unheard until the disease manifests itself.