Serial entrepreneurs launch coffee-pod start-up to rival Nestlé’s Nespresso offering

Big Cup Little Cup utilise UK High Court patent ruling to offer “high quality alternative”

Big Cup Little Cup, a start-up offering a range of coffee capsules compatible with Nestlé’s Nespresso machine, is set to launch on September 2 led by experienced coffee specialist Peter Grainger and online entrepreneur Philip Wilkinson.

The launch will see the early-stage business compete with multinational corporation Nestlé following the recent UK high court ruling regarding its expired Nespresso patent.

The ruling made last year, which is being appealed by the food and beverage giant brand, states that its former patent applies solely to its dispensing device and not to its coffee capsules. This has opened up a new market to allow businesses to produce cheaper alternatives to the original.

Big Cup Little Cup will provide a collection of “premium” coffee-pods for consumers to use in their Nespresso machines which it says will save customers up to 35% compared to Nestle’s prices. These pods will be available to purchase online for home delivery.

Grainger and Wilkinson’s new partnership follows a series of successful ventures. Grainger previously founded CafePod Ltd which was the first Nespresso-compatible-pod business available within British supermarkets and Wilkinson has launched several digital companies including Kelkoo, Keynoir and Kopi.

Grainger commented on the duo’s plans for the coffee company:

“We want to put the customer at the heart of everything we do, so by taking part in tastings, cuppings and helping us choose new blends, we hope customers can share an adventure of coffee discovery with us.”

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