Dear (cup of) Joe,
I loved making
love to you in my Keurig. For the first time, it was so nice that I could have my single cup of whatever flavor I want and it was perfect every time. Our relationship was strained back in the Mr. Coffee days. How much coffee to put in? How much water? How to grind the beans? How to store the coffee? Coffee got stale before we finished it. Etc. But, we made it through that tough time and found a way to live together through the assistance of the k-cup. Now I find that I need you every morning. Unfortunately, I think it’s time that I re-think our relationship.
For one, you’re not very kind to my mother (Earth, that is). The UU in me can’t let this stand. While the K-cups could theoretically be recycled, recycling centers DON’T WANT THEM. It is too hard to really separate the paper filters and foil from the plastic. It bogs down the whole recycling conveyor belt system. Plus, how many people even bother to try to break apart the pieces for recycling? Most just end up in a landfill somewhere. I know Keurig has talked about trying to find an alternative, but they’re been at it for a few years and nothing has changed. I’m tired of waiting and hoping that something is going to change in this relationship.
And, if it does change, will that be enough for me? When you take into account the energy and resources used to produce the k-cup in the first place, ship them, transport them to recycling center, recycle them into something else… are we really doing the Earth any favors. The short answer is no.
So I did some research for k-cup alternatives, to see if I could make our relationship work again:
- The My K-Cups by Keurig did not have great reviews and still sounded like a lot of work and cleanup.
- The Eko-brew. It’s better reviewed and sounded easier, but is not compatible with the B30 machine (the one I have).
- The “Green Cup – Coffee Pod Adapter”. It works very well and the coffee pods you use are completely compostable. It would be perfect EXCEPT that each pod comes individually wrapped in a non-recyclable, non-compostable foil envelope. Grr. So much for that alternative.
So, then I got to thinking that maybe I could really give a drip or French press coffee another try. The coffee grounds and filters could be compostable. I could even get a reusable filter and forgo the paper filters altogether. Score! Much better for the environment, right?
But, then I thought further… What about the impact of drinking coffee at all? It’s not like there are any local coffee farms that have ethical green practices. So that means, they are being grown far away and have to travel here.
(More reading about impacts from coffee farming from the NRDC.)
Tiny Footprint Coffee looks like a environmentally-responsible coffee company. But, even that coffee would still have to be shipped to me. Is it worth it? Do I really need my one cup of coffee THAT badly? Probably not. But, if I did, this company is one I’d look to.
There are other ways that stopping the brew will help me.
- Save money.
- Improve cholesterol.
- Improve blood pressure.
- Reduce iron-deficiency anemia.
So, with this all said, I’m going to break up with you, (cup o’) Joe. It wasn’t me, it was you.
P.S. I guess this means I need a new tag line for my blog… “sleep-deprived mother reanimated with _________”? Help me fill in the blank.Pin It