We have all seen them and certainly many people use them. I am talking about those horrible little coffee pods developed by Keurig called K-Cups. Convenient, yes but the product is totally wasteful. Just think about it for a moment, for EVERY cup of coffee made one little plastic pod is thrown away. Nothing about the K-Cup is sustainable as it is not recyclable and just adds to the plastic waste in our landfills. Reports vary on how long the little villains will last in a landfill but it is safe to say they will be there long after you and I are gone.
Beyond the waste, K-Cup coffee is usually old and pretty bland in taste. When you buy a package of K-Cups you have no way of knowing how long ago the coffee was ground. Couple that with the time the product may have been on the shelf and your little K-Cup may be months or even a year old!
Now before you whisk your Keurig into the trash, take heart there is hope for the machine! The Keurig type machines in theory offer a very convenient way to produce one cup of coffee at a time. The aspect of the plastic pod is the problem. However, today several reusable types of K-Cups are available and even Keurig offers the My K-Cup reusable coffee filter. An exciting new trend is a compostable K-Cup replacement or coffee pod. Two Canadian companies, G-Cup and Club Coffee offer promise for truly compostable coffee pods. Both products are still in development but should be available soon.
For now if you use a Keurig consider the reusable filter and brew up a fresh cup of your favorite Dark Corner Coffee blend. The Earth and I thank you for thinking green! See you next time for a “what if” discussion. The topic is a surprise but I promise it will be interesting so bring your cup of coffee and join us!