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Just like a coffee connoisseur going back for another fresh cup, Caran d'Ache is back again this year with another Nespresso 849 ballpoint pen collaboration design. In June, they introduce Arpeggio Purple as the limited edition for 2020.
The iconic hexagonal profile of this lightweight yet durable aluminum body has a bright purple appearance thanks to a process of micro beading blasting and electrostatic treatment. As with the other Nespresso limited editions, the Arpeggio is engraved with the phrase, 'Made with recycled Nespresso Capsules" on the back of the pen body. The writing experience is exceptionally smooth thanks to the Goliath 849 ballpoint cartridge. The pen is packaged in an environmentally-friendly box made from 100% recycled and recyclable cardboard.
In 2015, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Nespresso’s commitment to recycle its aluminum coffee pod capsules, the company launched its Second Life project to breathe new life into its used pod capsules through a range of iconic Swiss products. Having already released a Victorinox Swiss Army knife and a Zena vegetable peeler, Nespresso partnered with Caran d’Ache to create a special 849, using recycled capsules’ aluminum for the body of the pen. Caran d’Ache Research & Development laboratory went through numerous tests to create an exclusive alloy using the aluminum from recycled coffee pod capsules, meeting the quality requirements of the 849. This eco-conscious writing instrument represents the common values of the two iconic Swiss companies, namely: sustainable development, innovation, and Swiss design quality.
So, if Caran d'Ache continues this edition over the next several years, we can expect a beautiful array of colors inspired by the capsules you see below.
As of this writing [Feb 26th, 2020], the Dharkan Blue (2018) is completely sold out and India Green (2019) is almost gone. We expect that Apreggio Purple will be around for the majority of this year and possibly the beginning of 2021. Which color(s) would you like to see in future Caran d'Ache and Nespresso collaborations? Perhaps a fountain pen? Let us know in the comments below.