We're producing an awful lot of waste with our K-Cups

Yesterday morning I caught a short article in Huffington Post about k-cups.  I thought I'd bring it up cover coffee this morning on Just the Coffee Talking.

It's a topic I've visited before... a couple times actually.  It's my concern about all those little k-cups that are going into landfills and dumps all over our country.

Let's Talk Plastic

Last year, Keurig (Green Mountain) produced 9.8 billion K-Cups that were brewed on millions of machines around the world - and most of those pods are not recyclable.

Keurig says on its website that it plans for all of its K-Cups to be completely recyclable by 2020 but in the mean time, every year we are throwing away enough K-Cups to circle the globe almost 11 times.  

I have reusable K-Cups - both their own brand (which they are still selling for about $12-14 in retail stores!?) as well as a couple other more affordable brands.  I also bought an Ecobrew and Solfil - and I have bought reusable cups as gifts for family members that also have Keurig machines.  As a matter of fact, I picked up an additional 3-pack of reusable cups for my oldest daughter and gave it to her as a 'silly little gift' at Christmas.  The thing about the reusable filters is that sometimes they break, sometimes they let more than acceptable grounds through to your coffee cup (mmm, crunchy!) and let's face it; it's not fun to have to empty them out into your garden, compost or garbage and then rinse or wash them again.  It really is easier to use a disposable K-Cup.  And therein lies the problem of all these K-Cups filling our world with plastic trash.

Let's talk price for a second

When you buy whole bean or ground coffee, do you price compare?  Most of us do.  We want a good tasting bean and roast but we want to get a decent price for it too.  So we keep our eye out for sales and sometimes use coupons.  We grow frustrated when we see our favorite bagged beans may be up to $14 or even $18 and we may even bypass our favorites for a lesser quality, but cheaper bag of coffee beans or ground coffee.

But guess what?  Single-brew machines may be a convenient alternative, but the actual price of the beans inside the pods can reach upwards of $50 a pound.

When I buy K-Cups, whether it is in the grocery store, online or at my local membership store in bulk, I always compare the price per cup.  I debate and weigh the price per cup compared to my budget that week, and how badly I want to buy my favorite blend over how much I want to pay.  Many times I will buy 1 box of 10-18 count of my favorite blend at a higher price per cup and then 2-3 boxes of the blend I don't love as much, but it's more affordable.

So when you think to yourself that K-Cups are actually costing you upwards of $50 per pound, when you are debating buying the $8 per pound beans verses the expensive $14 bag... it puts it into perspective.

Do I have any answers?  Nope.

As readers of this blog know, I love my Keurig coffee - and I use both disposable and reuseable cups.  I also brew my coffee in my French Press Mug, use one of my 3 (or 4?) brewers or even use my espresso machine some mornings.

I don't have any answers - I just thought I'd discuss the topic this morning.  It's just the coffee talking again......

You might also be interested in;

Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter
STK's Reusable K-Cups 3 Count for Keurig
Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Brown Coffee Filter
Ekobrew Cup, Refillable Cup for Keurig