If you are a fan of single-cup brewing systems, a simple switch to replacing single-use, pre-filled plastic pods with washable and reusable k-cups will save you money and put less plastic on our planet as well. Trust me. I made the switch and have never turned back.
I wasn’t an early adopter of single serve coffee machines. I liked brewing pots of coffee and it didn’t seem like a necessary switch. As my sons grew into early adulthood and our household became busier with family and friends, I gave in and bought a Keurig machine. I am now among the 40% of Americans who own a single-cup brewing system.1
From the start, I didn’t like the thought of using all that plastic per cup of coffee.
I tried to overlook the amount of plastic we were throwing away and the amount of money I was spending on pre-filled coffee pods. I didn’t realize how much more costly these little convenient, pre-filled plastic coffee pods were.
It’s been estimated that using pre-filled k-cups costs 5 times more than brewing coffee.
My enjoyment of coffee started to wane when I would select coffee pods based on which brand was on sale versus choosing the coffee I wanted to drink. I realized I needed to make a change for my wallet and for the planet so that I could get back to enjoying drinking coffee again.
When I purchased the single-serve coffee machine it came with a reusable pod but we didn’t use it much at first. I purchased two more reusable pods just like the original one so that we could have pods in rotation for mornings and group gatherings.
Now, I purchase the coffee I want to drink based on what matters — flavor, quality and who makes it.
If I want to enjoy a delicious cup of Larry’s Coffee (a B-corp that makes great coffee) I simply fill my reusable k-cup with the good stuff, insert the pod in the coffee maker, and let the magic happen. The switch to reusable pods was a joyful change for me and the environment. If you would like to eliminate the plastic from a single-serve coffee maker, purchase reusable pods and enjoy your coffee.
1-U.S. ownership of single-cup brewing systems 2005-2020, Statista, 2020