August 19, 2010

Single-Use Coffee Pods and K-Cups a Conundrum

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There is a new article on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters that is more of a conundrum for us here at Single Serve Coffee, than insightful. We've seen several articles featuring the company with the pros and cons of single use K-Cups, coffee pods, T-Discs, and even Nespresso capsules with respect to the environment, and this one has nothing really new to offer.

We know that Green Mountain has built a reputation as an eco-friendly company since it was founded nearly 30 years ago, and we also strongly believe in the future more of the single-cup offerings will be even more recyclable and eco-friendly given all the research and development they are working on in the area. We also believe not wasting an entire pot of coffee, and also recycling the majority of the K-Cup is a great start. You can use the coffee grounds in compost along with the paper filter, and we peel off the top to put into our regular recycling which takes all comers.

There is one really interesting tidbit which is the all-paper K-Cup Green Mountain is working on with respect to tea brewing which would be fully recylable. A fully recyclable K-Cup option at least for teas would be a big step toward getting a 100% recycling option.

Full read at NYTimes.com

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Posted by Jay Brewer at August 19, 2010 6:10 AM
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That was a rhetorical question, we all know why.


Posted by: JMason at August 30, 2010 1:21 AM

Had forgotten about the corn based plastics as well as the potato starch based as well. We have the tech, why isn't it used?


Posted by: JMason at August 30, 2010 1:20 AM

What about biodegradable, heat-stable corn plastics as an option?


Posted by: saintstryfe at August 26, 2010 2:31 AM

I use the EZ Filters, so have no problem with recycling everything I use to make a great cup of coffee (or tea). I keep the K-Cups on hand for when I have to go to a clients office (I've convinced most to go with Keurig). An all paper K-Cup portion pack would have some great benefits over a pastic pack, better for the environment as well as a little cheaper to make.


Posted by: JMason at August 23, 2010 1:13 AM
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