SMALL OR LARGE ESPRESSO?
We offer pods that are suitable for a small espresso and pods that are suitable for a large espresso. The quantity of coffee you get from one pod, 4 or 10 cl, depends on how the coffee is ground. Small espresso pods contain extra finely-ground coffee that is tightly packed and it takes the water a long time to seep through, whereas pods for large espressos contain coarser coffee grains through which the water runs more easily.
DIFFERENT BEANS, DIFFERENT COFFEE
Coffee is made principally from 2 different beans, Arabica and Robusta. The Arabica bean is the finest bean which gives a mild, flavorsome coffee. Arabica grows at high altitudes in the tropics. 100% Arabica is the choice for our different roasts and flavors. The Robusta bean, on the other hand, gives a stronger coffee with a rough, slightly bitterer flavor and is blended into only the strongest espresso flavors.
Our coffee supplier is Rombouts coffee house founded in Antwerpen, Belgium, in 1896. Malongo is the Rombouts sister company in Nice, France. The company is still family-owned and is proud of its traditions and passion for coffee. Its vision is to supply the highest quality coffee by carefully selecting suppliers at small plantations - preferably Fairtrade with unique flavors. Handpicked beans are processed using the wet method, then brought on-site where each sack is inspected to be slow-roasted and packaged. This is what has made them the supplier of the Belgian Royal Family and prestigious hotels and airports worldwide such as Paris, New York, Tokyo and Dubai.
Rombouts & Malongo was the first coffee roasting house to cooperate with Fairtrade as early as 1992 and has since then been the leading roasting house of Fairtrade coffee in Europe. They had a unique commitment to Fairtrade farming right from the start and currently have a personal relationship with each cooperative, which they visit and inspect each year. Normal cooperatives just buy beans. Since 2007, Rombouts & Malongo has sponsored the Malongo Foundation with the aim to support projects in healthcare, to protect children and to address other social issues with local Fairtrade organizations. They annually support projects at different Fairtrade cooperatives in ecological cultivation and local transportation systems. Zinzino is a member of the FairTrade organization in Sweden and thus locally supports the principle to grow coffee and tea without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Zinzino is, in each country where we offer coffee, a member of the local organization handling return and scraping of small electrical products. The fee Zinzino pays to these organizations makes sure there is a safe and environmentally good handling of our coffee machines when they are no longer used.
The factory at Malongo where pods are produced, applied for an ISO 14001 certification in 2008 in order to validate its environmental status that had been in force since the 1990s. This certification involves everything from choosing plantations, transportation, how the factory works and the packaging materials. Recycling procedures for waste, water and heat are also included. It's not enough if the coffee comes from a certified plantation. After that, the coffee has been roasted it is packed in a pod made of un-bleached filter paper and then put inside an individual unit made of PET. At the moment, PET is the most environmentally friendly material that can keep the aromas inside for a long time. A new individual unit made of paper is the next development. It has just been introduced and will replace PET over the coming years.