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Plastic Minimizers: Do you use K-Cups?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM

So, I'm not a nut about plastics (yet), but I do generally only use plastic storage containers for cold foods and never reheat anything in plastic. (Rarely use the microwave at all anyway.)

BUT...I started wondering about K-cups. I usually make coffee in a normal, automatic drip machine, but once in a while I use my housemate's Keurig. (With regular plastic K-cups...I don't do it often enough to buy one of those metal filter baskets, although I'm thinking about it.)

For those of you who try to avoid plastics (especially when we're talking heat), do you ever use normal plastic K-cups?

(And of course, now this got me thinking that my whole stinkin' coffeemaker is plastic! (Except the carafe.) It never even occurred to me. Sigh. I guess I could buy one of those porcelain (or are they ceramic) funnel-looking things, where you put a filter in, put in the ground coffee in, and just pour hot water over it.

The last thing I need is more xenoestrogens... (That's my main concern with the plastics, in case it makes a difference to your answers.)

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 07, 2013
at 02:12 PM

Using a computer to post on the internet is not paleo either. Driving a car is not paleo. Watching TV is not paleo. Coffee doesn't seem so bad if you tolerate it ok.

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on June 15, 2012
at 09:52 AM

2nd for the moka pot. Just as fast and nearly as effortless as the K cup thing, which I agree is ridicoulous and wasteful, the most over engineered way to put hot water over coffee beans ever conceived.

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on June 14, 2012
at 09:11 PM

Basically, what I'm saying is that you can drive yourself nuts worrying about every aspect of modern living that isn't as pure and pristine as the ancient ancestral environment, and IMO, it's just not worth the hassle. That's why I'm more concerned about the crapy quality brew than the plastic involved in the brewing process.

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on June 14, 2012
at 08:03 PM

I didn't ask if coffee was Paleo, but thanks for chiming in.

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on June 14, 2012
at 07:57 PM

You're like a little ray of sunshine now aren't you? Truth.

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on June 14, 2012
at 07:04 PM

one a day??? for me it would be 3

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:39 PM

I'm with you on the Keurig thing. Anything that produces copious amounts of waste (and a plastic cup a day going into the garbage falls into that category for me) isn't efficient. I had a glass french press that I loved until it broke. Now I just use the mesh filter that I got for camping trips. Same idea as the porcelain funnel. It's so much cheaper, doesn't use as much coffee to get it equally as strong and takes up NO counter space.

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:32 PM

Yeah, I've used 'em before, that's how I even know what they are. I agree about the Keurig. I don't use it often. Only when I'm really pressed for time. I don't compost now, but when I eventually do someday (hope hope), coffee grinds (grounds?) and certain kinds of filters can be composted.

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:21 PM

Keurigs drive me crazy. I know people love them, but they just seem so incredibly wasteful to me.

Those porcelain funnel thingies actually make really good coffee. They're cheap and last forever. I would use one if I weren't totally in love with my moka pot. Which is all stainless.

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on June 14, 2012
at 07:04 PM

one a day??? for me it would be 3

5c94900002a867dfa2a8fcd91a576c5e

(456)

on June 14, 2012
at 06:39 PM

I'm with you on the Keurig thing. Anything that produces copious amounts of waste (and a plastic cup a day going into the garbage falls into that category for me) isn't efficient. I had a glass french press that I loved until it broke. Now I just use the mesh filter that I got for camping trips. Same idea as the porcelain funnel. It's so much cheaper, doesn't use as much coffee to get it equally as strong and takes up NO counter space.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 14, 2012
at 06:32 PM

Yeah, I've used 'em before, that's how I even know what they are. I agree about the Keurig. I don't use it often. Only when I'm really pressed for time. I don't compost now, but when I eventually do someday (hope hope), coffee grinds (grounds?) and certain kinds of filters can be composted.

Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

(1376)

on June 15, 2012
at 09:52 AM

2nd for the moka pot. Just as fast and nearly as effortless as the K cup thing, which I agree is ridicoulous and wasteful, the most over engineered way to put hot water over coffee beans ever conceived.

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on January 07, 2013
at 02:14 PM

I don't use K-cups or the keurigs. I bought one, pre-primal, and, at first was very excited. That didn't last, it's essentially glorified instant coffee. It uses the new "cold micro-grind" technology which basically makes a powder out of coffee beans, so it tastes better than old-school instant coffee -- but usually due to added flavors. Personally I am not a fan of the taste.

I bought one of those "My Cups" which lets you put your own coffee into the cup. (1) Does not brew long enough to produce a decent cup; (2) Pain in the ass to clean.

I would not go back for three reasons (1) Some of the cups have added chemicals to the coffee. At best it's freeze dried processing. (2) Taste is not what I expect; (3) Oh yeah, I care a bit about brewing near boiling water in cheap plastic cups....

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on January 07, 2013
at 01:55 PM

Costco used to sell a K cup that actually was only plastic on the top and the coffee was held in a filter...less plastic, better coffee. However, I cant find them any longer. Any ideas? Doris

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on June 14, 2012
at 07:54 PM

Coffee's not paleo, and the plastic in my coffee maker might kill me, but at least my corpse won't have a sagging gut and droopy man-boobs. As for Keurig machines, the biggest problem with them, as I see it, is that they make terrible coffee.

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5386)

on June 14, 2012
at 07:57 PM

You're like a little ray of sunshine now aren't you? Truth.

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on June 14, 2012
at 09:11 PM

Basically, what I'm saying is that you can drive yourself nuts worrying about every aspect of modern living that isn't as pure and pristine as the ancient ancestral environment, and IMO, it's just not worth the hassle. That's why I'm more concerned about the crapy quality brew than the plastic involved in the brewing process.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 14, 2012
at 08:03 PM

I didn't ask if coffee was Paleo, but thanks for chiming in.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 07, 2013
at 02:12 PM

Using a computer to post on the internet is not paleo either. Driving a car is not paleo. Watching TV is not paleo. Coffee doesn't seem so bad if you tolerate it ok.

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