Foodylicious is an Oxfordshire- based delivery service offering a whole range of products. They source the fine products, put them all together, box them up and deliver them to your door for free, with no subscription fee - sounds good to me!
I was sent some Eden Project compostable coffee capsules, compatible with Nespresso machines.The capsules are made ‘from biodegradable bioplastic and produced using energy generated from wind, sun, hydropower and biogas – so don’t contribute to climate change either.’ They can be disposed of in your local food waste collection or on your own compost heaps.
Foodylicious also works with The Gatehouse, an Oxford based homeless organisation. They provide job opportunities for people who have found themselves in this situation to help them get back on track. Having this background knowledge makes you feel even better when drinking the coffee, knowing you are not harming the environment and giving back to the community at the same time.
I shared the samples with my friends and colleagues at work: self-professed coffee connoisseurs and critics alike, requiring their caffeine fix!
The capsules easily fit in our Nespresso coffee machine - there were some mishaps on the first few attempts, with the pods slightly getting lost in the machine slot, but we got there in the end!
I started with the Espresso decaf coffee, described as having ‘notes of caramel, nuts and citrus’, I couldn’t tell it was decaffeinated! It was rich, nutty, with a slight bitterness. Definitely one to blind test with friends. Providing decaf drinkers with quality without the caffeine - or compromise.
The Costa Rican had a good aftertaste, quite smooth and easy to drink, with toasted nut flavours, good for everyday drinking. Similarly the Columbian is my usual go-to blend, this was a smooth medium coffee and definitely had the’ long clean finish’ it claimed to.
The Americano and Italian Espresso were taste tested by a coffee drinker who runs on strong coffee. The Americano had delicate roasted flavours and delivered everything expected for this classic coffee. The Italian Espresso was intense and bold, not for the milder coffee drinker, both went down well and no detection of any bitterness.
The Guatemalan was a bit of a divider, some finding it too bitter, but our purist coffee drinker drank it black and enjoyed the flavours it had to offer. I gave this coffee another chance as the description of this being ‘a beautifully delicate coffee…notes of almond, brown sugar and hazelnut’, made me feel I had missed something on the first go. Most couldn’t detect the chocolate notes and the bitterness dominated the sweet finish! On my second try, the sweet caramel finish did come through - it still tasted bitter to me though. I think this is one for the purist coffee drinkers. It certainly is both complex and delicate!
Lastly the Lungo (long pull) was the clear winner; it had a mellow chocolate edge to it with no bitter after taste. I kept coming back to this one and would definitely get this again.Described as ‘a full-bodied intensity and lasting rich flavour. A vibrant, clean and smooth aromatic coffee.’ It certainly did live up to expectations and had a lovely long-lasting aromatic flavour.
Overall, everyone enjoyed the coffee range and would consider switching to these compostable capsules. The coffee doesn’t compromise on taste, the Eden Project know what they are doing. I would encourage you to turn your coffee compasses to these compostable coffee pods.
To give them a try and see other products they have to offer: https://foodylicious.co.uk/. For a regular coffee selection box, including a selection of 6 coffee packs containing 10 capsules per box (60 pods in total) it's £20.