There is excellent news for capsule coffee consumers and, in general, for all coffee lovers! A very recent study in the laboratory, performed on 11 samples chosen among the most purchased brands in Italy, has given more than satisfactory results.

Coffee: the drink most loved by Italians

The data speak for themselves: Italians do not want to give up coffee! Every day 8 people out of 10 drink it as soon as they wake up, in fact they could not start the day without a good cup of espresso.

4 Italians out of 10 have long since abandoned the classic moka, preferring instead pods or capsules, much more practical and above all fast. The capsules, however, immediately raised many concerns. Whether they are made of plastic or aluminum, it has been questioned whether these materials can release substances that are harmful to health during coffee brewing.  

The investigation of the “Il Salvagente”

On April 22 last “Il Salvagente”, the leading newspaper in the conduct of laboratory tests to protect consumers, published an important article on its website. The results of the analyzes conducted in 3 different laboratories on the coffee capsules were announced. The magazine has been on sale since May 23rd.

The test was conducted on the most intense coffee blends. In fact, the roasting boost is the one that raises most concerns from the point of view of the release of contaminants that are dangerous to health. It is the case of acrylamide and furans. These are toxic substances that develop when high temperatures are involved. They are responsible for many liver diseases and liver cancer.

But fortunately the answers obtained are excellent. Single-serving coffee lovers can rest easy! None of the 11 samples analyzed released potentially toxic molecules in the drink (such as phthalates and bisphenol), nor were traces of pesticides found in coffee. Indeed, the values ​​of acrylamide and furans were less than half that recommended by the European authority responsible for food safety.

The test was also extended to taste, performing a very severe organoleptic test. But even in this case no defect was detected.

Italians can therefore continue to drink their beloved coffee safely … even in capsules!