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Reusable "K-Cups": Don't Throw Out Your Keurig Yet
People are serious about their coffee. In this day and age, in many cities, you don't have to walk too far to find a coffee shop. You can also find complimentary coffee areas inside many businesses: banks, automotive shops, places where customers may have a wait time. Many companies also set up coffee areas in their break rooms for employees who need a midday pick-me-up.
An American manufacturing company known as Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. came up with a single serving brewing system. The brewers use a product called a K-Cup. This product became very popular for it's ease and convenience. A person could keep a variety of K-Cup flavors in stock including flavored coffees, teas, and hot chocolate; so, even if your customer or employee doesn't like coffee, he or she could still enjoy a hot cup of something good.
The K-Cup Problem
Recently, several articles circulated concerning the problem with Keurig's plastic K-Cups. These cups are not biodegradable and are quickly filling up our nation's landfills. From "Mother Jones" to "Coffee Talk Magazine", Keurig's good name has been "trashed" right along with those eco-"unfriendly" cups. Articles such as these were being linked to via social media outlets along with comments by people either using this discovery to justify why they didn't own a Keurig or by guilty Keurig owners letting others know they plan to get rid of their brewer. Well, feel guilty no more. Before you toss out your single serving brewer, know that there is a solution to this eco-disaster.
The K-Cup Solution
Hang onto your Keurig's folks because it IS possible to have your single cup happiness and be green too! There are several versions of reusable K-Cup filters currently out on the market. The video below compares a few eco-friendly reusable filters against the popularly used plastic disposable K-Cup. It compares convenience, size, price, and quality. With these reusable filters, the only thing you have to throw out is the coffee grounds which are, of course, biodegradable and are excellent to add to compost. You do have to give up a little "convenience" with these filters as well as variety (if you're into that sort of thing). However, you can still make a good cup of coffee or tea while saving money as well as saving the earth!