Can your Nespresso® Compatible Capsules be recycled and are they safe to use?

For Dingo Republic coffee capsules, we are working with TerraCycle® to enable a premium solution to recycling, ensuring a responsible option for a second life for used capsules. TerraCycle® provides a zero-waste solution for all recyclable coffee pods. All packaging, capsules, lids and coffee ground can be fully recycled.

♻️ Recycling:

  • Espressorium has teamed up with TerraCycle to help provide a dependable recycling solution for used Dingo Republic® capsules.
  • To ensure your recyclable products are recycled, fill the pre-paid satchel with your used capsules and place them in your nearest post box. You can place approximately 120 – 150 Capsules in each satchel which will be sent to the dedicated recycling plant. 
  • Once received, Dingo Republic capsules are shredded to separate the coffee ground from the aluminium. The plastic and aluminium is then melted in order to be remolded to make new recycled products.
  • To make recycling even easier, Australia Post's satchels are also recycled.



  • BPA free plastic
  • 100% recyclable Polypropylene with high melting point
  • Non-toxic
  • 90% of all Nespresso compatible capsules use Polypropylene
  • Our capsules are colour coded.



We endeavour to apply a social, ethical and environmental philosophy to all our trade practices. In our search for our coffee beans we strive to get as close to the growers and producers as possible. To achieve this we cut out the middlemen importers and use direct trade where possible. Our sustainable relationships are built on trust and traceability in finding the best quality coffee at a fair price for both parties.

Inspired by the authenticity and natural cultivation of indigenous cultures from around the world, Dingo Republic wants to capture the true essence of coffee.

Our Coffee is sourced globally, but masterfully grinded, roasted and packed locally, right here in Sydney Australia. 



Fairtrade advocates for better working conditions and improved terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries.

It’s about supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities to have more control over their futures, and protecting the environment in which they live and work.

And it’s your opportunity to connect with the people who grow the produce that we all depend on.

When consumers purchase products with the Fairtrade Mark, they are supporting farmers and workers as they work to improve their livelihoods and provide better support to their communities. The Fairtrade Mark shows you that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet internationally agreed Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards.

The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the protection of children, the preservation of the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in initiatives to support local communities or business development.

Fairtrade benefits small-scale farmers and workers by facilitating links to international markets through the development of supply chains. Small-scale farmers and workers are amongst the most marginalized groups globally and through Fairtrade they can lift themselves out of poverty to maintain their successful livelihoods.

Coffee can only be certified by Fairtrade if it comes from small-scale farmer organizations. By working through democratic organizations of small-scale farmers, Fairtrade offers rural communities the stability of income which enables them to plan for the future and invest in developing their organisation.


Is Coffee environmentally and trade friendly?

Dingo Republic coffee is extremely passionate in regards to ensuring the product and the process in which it is made, is environmentally and trade friendly. Dingo Republic coffee only considers suppliers and growers who meet their strict demands which ensures it’s high standard of production and ultimately taste.

Our Dingo Republic coffee drinkers can also do their part by recycling! The box is made out of cardboard box and is fully recyclable. For Dingo Republic coffee capsules, we have teamed up with TerraCycle® to enable a premium solution to recycling, ensuring a responsible option for a second life for used capsules. TerraCycle® provides a zero-waste solution for all recyclable coffee pods. All packaging, capsules, lids and coffee ground can be fully recycled.

In addition to this, we are about to launch a biodegradable and hermetically sealed capsule that will further reduce waste to landfill. We are committed to working towards reducing our environmental footprint.


Where did coffee originate from?

There are varying versions of how the actual process of discovering and drinking coffee originated from. As one of the more referred to versions go, it was actually discovered through the behaviour of some goats in Ethiopia around 850.  One night the local monks noticed that the goats near their compound were rather energetic and noticed the animals had earlier been eating some unknown berries. The monks tried the dark red cherries themselves, but unimpressed with the taste, the uneaten cherries were thrown into the fire which instantly filled the air with a rather appealing aroma.The now roasted beans were brewed into a black liquid and now eagerly consumed as a drink, inadvertently resulting in the Monks being able to stay awake for their night prayers. 

Why not give our Ethiopia Coffee a go? This amazing coffee is from Sidamo region south of the capital Addis Ababa. It is the most southern and most productive province in the country, yielding some of the best drinking coffee one could drink. The region is well known for having ideal climate conditions for growing coffee. This is all due in part to the high altitudes of between a 1600 - 1900 meters, generous rainfall, optimal temperature and rich soil. This washed Ethiopian Sidamo is an exceptional quality coffee with unique flavours like sweet cinnamon and floral and an ideal balance between acidity and body. Ideal for morning tea or as an afternoon coffee, it exhibits pleasant citrus notes, smooth soft body, delicate clean finish, smooth tea like, sweet floral and lemony bright acidity.


Is coffee good for you?

Drinking coffee in moderate amounts can be good for you. Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink, which contains a decent amount of vitamins and minerals.

A regular cup of coffee contains:

  • 6% of the RDA for Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5).
  • 11% of the RDA for Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
  • 2% of the RDA for Niacin (B3) and Thiamine (B1).
  • 3% of the RDA for Potassium and Manganese.

Coffee is also the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables combined.

Click on Coffee & Health for the latest information and research into coffee, caffeine and health.


How Much Caffeine Is In Coffee?

There is no specific answer for this as the caffeine content of coffee will depend upon the variety of coffee as well as the method of brewing the coffee. In general terms, filter coffee contains more caffeine than espresso. The slow filter method is what allows the water to draw more caffeine out of the coffee powder than is possible in the espresso method, where the water is shot through the powder within seconds and under great pressure. According to coffee mix and method of preparation, the caffeine content of a cup of coffee fluctuates between 50 and 150 mg. This also applies to soluble coffee.


How is Coffee made?

In most countries, the coffee crop is picked by hand, which is a labor-intensive and difficult process.  In areas such as Brazil, where the landscape is flat and the coffee fields immense, the process has been able to be mechanized.

A coffee plant will produce flowers approximately 3–4 years after it is planted. From these flowers the fruits of the plant (commonly known as coffee cherries) appear, with the first useful harvest possible around 5 years after planting. The coffee cherries ripen around eight months after the emergence of the flower, by changing color from green to red, and it is at this time they should be harvested. Most coffee-growing countries, there is one major harvest a year; though in countries like Colombia, where there are two flowerings a year, there is a main and secondary crop.

The coffee cherries are then sorted by immersion in water. The bad/unripe fruit will float and the good ripe fruit will sink. The skin of the cherry and some of the pulp is removed by pressing the fruit by machine in water through a screen.

With most coffees, mucilage removal through fermentation takes between 24 and 36 hours, depending on the temperature, thickness of the mucilage layer and concentration of the enzymes. The end of the fermentation is assessed by feel, as the parchment surrounding the beans loses its slimy texture and acquires a rougher "pebbly" feel. When the fermentation is complete, the coffee is thoroughly washed with clean water in tanks or in special washing machines.

When dried in the sun coffee is often spread out in rows on large patios to be raked every six hours to promote even drying and prevent the growth of mildew. Some coffee is dried on large raised tables where the coffee is turned by hand. Drying coffee this way has the advantage of allowing air to circulate better around the beans promoting more even drying but increases cost and labor significantly.

After the drying process (in the sun and/or through machines), the parchment skin or pergamino is thoroughly dry and crumbly, and easily removed in the Hulling process. Coffee occasionally is sold and shipped in parchment or en pergamino, but most often a machine called a huller is used to crunch off the parchment skin before the beans are shipped.

When the company receives the beans they prepare their beans using various methods depending on their final product (beans, soluble, etc).

Something to think about next time you’re sipping your Dingo Repbulic coffee!