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Visiting Switzerland with Nespresso

Aug 10, 2018 | By New Darlings

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A few weeks back we packed up our bags and spent a few short, yet extremely beautiful days in Switzerland with the amazing team from Nespresso. You may remember our time in Costa Rica with them last year, where we had the opportunity to meet with and learn from the coffee farmers and their families. We have worked with Nespresso for a few years now, diving deeper into their sustainability program and recycling practices.  This trip was extra special because Switzerland is Nespresso’s home and we had the opportunity to see their sustainability practices live in action.

Here’s a look back at two very action packed days!

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We kicked things off with an amazing group at one of the Nespresso Boutiques just footsteps from our hotel. We were so happy (and grateful!) to spend our short time there with some amazing friends, new and old. We were particularly happy to be reunited with one of our favorite ladies, Lou. (Check out her blog Little Green Shed if you haven’t already – she shares such a beautiful look into her home and family life in Bristol.) Nespresso brought us together a few years back and it always feels good to catch up with her, but look at this amazing crew! Everyone was so fun to hang with and we got many laughs in over dinner and bus rides.

Pictured from left to right: Alex from A on the Road, Eva, Tiffany, us 😉 , Lou from Little Green Shed, Elena, James from Food Feels.

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Like a couple of kids in a candy shop…we were pretty happy about some coffee coming our way. 😉

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We had a little barista lesson at the boutique and made some espresso tonics (above) and then shot some photos out on the patio. Team work makes the dream work, am I right?  If you look closely, you could see I’m on a step stool – ha! The barista brought it out for me…short girl problems I guess. I love behind the scenes shots like this one. It’s so fun to create photos with people who share the same passion and just want to have a good time….especially after we all just met a few hours prior. Seriously, it was such a good group!!

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Outfit change! We suited up for some Nespresso factory tours and saw everything from how the coffee was roasted, ground and packaged to the second life of a capsule after coffee is enjoyed at their recycling facility.

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I know there is a lot of concern around using aluminum and Nespresso’s capsules, which is why it was so important for us to see their recycling plants and learn more about what they’re doing to minimize their environmental footprint. With every purchase, you have the option to add a free recycling bag to your order. Fill the bag up with your used capsules and drop it off at a UPS store where it will be taken to one of their recycling plants. Nespresso has recycling plants in 44 countries. The aluminum capsules are sorted at the facility from the remaining coffee grounds and then compressed into blocks of reusable aluminum.

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We enjoyed an afternoon at Lavaux Vineyards which had the most stunning views we have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Everywhere you turned were fields of green against the bluest water. We honestly have no words for how beautiful it was. Take a peek below…

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We met with Blaise Duboux, who is an 8th generation wine maker. The vineyard has been in his family for years and he so kindly welcomed us and the group into his home. He shared stories of his family and he let us in on his secrets about organic wine making. Blaise uses recycled Nespresso coffee grounds on his farm to fertilize and nourish the soil. I love how nothing goes to waste and the life of the coffee lives on.

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Cheers!

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The whole crew together with Blaise!

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We ended off the night with a coffee inspired meal prepared by Chef Edgard Bovier, which was pretty tasty!

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Before heading to the airport we explored around the hotel a bit and came across these charming streets. We just had to sit for a bit and enjoy the calmness of Lausanne. We will definitely be back!

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