Coffee machines

Coffee machines

Europeans consume around 2.4 million tonnes of coffee a year - that’s over 400 billion cups! With such an insatiable thirst for coffee it is unsurprising that an estimated 20-22 million coffee machines are sold each year in the EU and the trend shows no sign of slowing down.

All those coffee machines could yield an energy saving potential of 7.5TWh per year by 2020, through more efficient products and better related consumables.

What is the EU doing?

Coffee machines do not have their own specific policy measure, but are being addressed under an amendment to the standby regulation, together with energy efficiency requirements on networked standby. Power management rules have been drawn up, stipulating when a coffee machine switches to standby or off mode, ranging from 5 - 60 minutes after the end of different operations. A review of the text relating to coffee machines, along with that on networked standby, started in 2015.

What does the Coolproducts campaign want?

  • Ambitious requirements for energy use in active and standby modes, and rapid entry into force of these rules
  • Auto-power-down functions should be ambitious and reflect actual use patterns, maximising product efficiency while ensuring a good brew of coffee
  • Consideration of the indirect energy impacts of coffee machines, covering such elements as consumable single-use filters, pads, and capsules. Resource efficiency and recyclability should be promoted in the design phase.
  • Product measurement methods that reflect indirect energy-related aspects of coffee machines

Coolproducts' technical input and position papers are availble below

 2012 - Contribution to the European Commission revised working document

 2011 - Contribution to the European Commission working document 

 2011 - Technical input to tasks 4 to 7 of the European Commission working document 


Further reading

Hot Coffee blog - The European Commission responds to media misinformation