If you love the idea of coffee pods but you’re put off by the cost, a simple recycling hack may be the answer.
At around $1 each, the cost of pod refills soon adds up – especially in a busy office.
American man Russell Smith bought a “fancy” used Nespresso machine from a secondhand store but soon realised buying replacement pods would not be cheap.
“The only problem is, you gotta decide between buying the pods for [the Nespresso machine] or putting your kids through college,” Smith joked.
Determined to get more brew for his buck, Smith set about finding a cheaper way to indulge his caffeine cravings.
In a video posted to YouTube, he explains the simple hack he has devised to make his thrift shop find even more thrifty.
“Nespresso … think they got me fooled but I done broke their system,” he says in the video.
“Damned corporations think they’re so smart, think they can take my money.
“No sir, uh-uh, ain’t gonna happen to me, no way, no how.”
The process seems almost too good to be true. Clear the used coffee grinds from a used pod, add fresh coffee and seal with a new piece of foil, ready to use again.
“It’s just as easy as that, bam!” Smith says. “Take that Obama. I just saved America millions.”
There’s no word yet from coffee aficionados on the merits of Smith’s unorthodox method but it also has potential benefits for the environment, reducing the number of pods being discarded and creating a massive landfill issue.