Keurig has been a leader in the trendy self-serving coffee pod industry for years, and with good reason. But if you're among the millions who rushed out to grab one in the early days, you might be in a current slump for whatever reason. Perhaps the once shiny technological wonder sits in the corner of the kitchen, mocked by the other appliances for no longer being the household favorite. Contributing to that may be some lingering guilt for knowing many of these pods aren't recyclable. But you love the idea of avoiding the crowded and overpriced barista. You adore the self-serve option in the comfort of your home and the freedom of leaving for work a half-hour later. You just wish K-Cups came in healthier versions or that they were better for the environment. Well, good news. There are some easy workarounds and exciting plans that ensure you can have your K-Cups and drink them too…guilt-free! Enter the world of biodegradable, reusable and organic K cups® .
Buying organic K cups®
Despite having many years of coffee drinking experience, there are those who have never considered trying organic K cups® . There was a time when the term “organic” was associated with an undeniable lack of flavor. While that may have been true for some consumables, it's not so with coffee. I share the opinions of many a coffee drinker in saying that organic coffee has a purer, richer, and just better taste than its counterpart.
Organic coffee is produced without the aid of artificial chemicals and harmful pesticides or herbicides. All types of pod manufacturers offer organic coffee options, including Keurig. See, it has been said that Keurig has dominated the market so thoroughly, that even with its flaws, other manufacturers want a piece of their pie. So even if you can't find a decent flavor in K-Cups themselves, many other coffee brand pods are formatted to fit inside of your Keurig machine. Yes, even the older ones. Check wherever it is you buy your coffee pods from first. If K-Cups aren't available, don't necessarily overlook other brands for a daily organic boost.
You can order a selection of light, medium, or dark roast organic blends right from the Keurig website. Even Bath and Bed stores and Amazon stock multiple types of delicious organic K-Cup options for easy ordering from your home or office.
How Can You Avoid Using Non-Biodegradable Pods?
Some people confuse the terms “biodegradable” with “organic”. K-Cups aren't created to dissolve in hot water, so in that sense they aren't going to be “organic”. However, most coffee pods are at least somewhat biodegradable. Many types of pods besides K-Cups can be used in your Keurig, so utilizing pods with more recyclable materials is one simple option for greening your otherwise environmentally challenged brewer.
Any pod can be utilized in a Keurig machine with the help of a nifty device called a Perfect Pod Holster. However, if you'd like to skip traditional pods altogether, that's an option, too. Organic K cups® brands such as Green Mountain Coffee (the company that owns Keurig) and Newman's Own also come in bagged varieties. “My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter” fits old and newer Keurig models and acts as a mini coffee filter for loose grounds. Washable and refillable, you just add your selection and brew as normal. The prices on these gizmos differ from store to store, but deals are always out there.
Will K-Cups Ever Be Recyclable?
Based on sales records, it's estimated that more than 30% of American households own a Keurig coffee machine or similar single cup brewing system. In business, just as in all parts of life, hindsight is 20/20. Green Mountain currently uses 5% of recyclable materials in their coffee pods, but many understandable assert that that's nowhere near enough. They know this and intend to correct it according to ongoing environmental efforts and their recently published sustainability report. Perhaps it's less ironic than intentional that company changes are scheduled to be completed by the year 2020.
And just what are those changes? All Green Mountain coffee pods (including K-Cups) will be 100% recyclable. Major restoration plans will match a cup of restored water per each brewed cup of coffee through Keurig coffee machines. New advancements and opportunities in coffee farming are being discovered and implemented. And supply chains will be compliant with sustainability mandates and goals. So don't give up on your favorite appliance. The best is yet to come.
Fortunately, while coffee lovers wait for the recyclable k cup revolution to become more mainstream, companies such as Maud's Coffee are already offering 100% recyclable coffee pods. Let us be the first to say that this coffee is no joke. They bring a truly fresh take on gourmet coffee that's sure to please even the most refined coffee drinkers. To learn more about this coffee company, check out our Maud's Coffee review.