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Go “Green” With Your Morning Coffee

 

Are you a coffee drinker? Does someone in your household drink coffee? I can honestly say that I rarely come across someone who doesn’t drink coffee. Some people I know just have one cup in the morning. Other people I know drink several cups throughout the day. Personally, I tend to drink one in the morning and one after work (I can drink caffeine before bed with no problem). Sometimes, like today, I feel like I need an extra cup.

We have three different brewers in our home – a stove top espresso maker, my son’s traditional coffee maker (the kind that uses filters) and my E-Brewer, which is similar to a Keurig (I don’t think they make them anymore).

I have been using a Keurig (and currently E-Brewer) for as long as I can remember (maybe 10+ years). Drinking 1-2 cups per day means that I have contributed A LOT of K-cups in the landfills. Sigh… I feel bad about that (I honestly do), but I like my brewer because I’m usually the only one who drinks coffee in my home on a regular basis (my son makes coffee very now and then). I can’t justify making a whole pot of coffee if I only want one cup. It seems like a waste of coffee, water and a filter. Using the K-cups are so much more convenient. I can pop in my coffee, tea or hot chocolate and in about a minute I have my hot beverage ready to enjoy.

Using K-cups (or similar shaped brands) are very wasteful. The cups cannot be recycled so they end up polluting our landfills. The Atlantic published an article a few years ago that said if all the K-cups used were placed end to end they would circle the globe 10.5 times. WOW!!! When you see it put that way it really makes you think. Suddenly that convenient way to make coffee seems horrible.

There IS a way to continue to enjoy the convenience of your single serve K-Cup (or similar pod) with the ECO-Flow Stainless Steel K-Cup by Perfect Pod.

The Eco-Flow K-cup works with Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 brewers, Breville, Mr. Coffee and Cuisinart without requiring any adapters.

Because it’s made out of stainless steel, this K-cup will last for many years to come. Best of all it’s reusable and eliminates those wasteful disposable K-Cups/pods.

Check out this brief video.

 

I was sent one to review. I was also sent disposable filters to use with it, however, you don’t need to use the filters if you don’t want to. I have tried the Perfect Pod both ways and I didn’t really notice too much of a difference except for an occasional ground when not using the filter. The filters are around $5 for a package of 50, so they are budget friendly.

I also received one of the scoops seen in the video. It is very handy, but you can use your own scoop if you want. There is no need to make that extra purchase. I would, however, recommend picking one up because it makes filling the pod quick and easy.

I’ve been using the Perfect Pod for a little while now. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like making my own pod of coffee for my brewer. I’m the type of person who rolls out of bed in the morning and needs her coffee ASAP. I thought it was going to be too much of an effort to fill the coffee pod to make my coffee. It’s not! I’m not exaggering when I say it takes seconds to scoop out the coffee, fill the pod, close the lid and pop it in my brewer. It doesn’t take that much longer than it does for me to open the pantry, grab a K-cup and pop it in my brewer. I think our environment is worth a few extra seconds of my time.

My stainless steel pod and handy coffee scoop.

You can even fill the Perfect Pod the night before so that it’s ready to go in the morning. You can fill it with your favorite coffee.

Making your own coffee pod is a lot cheaper than purchasing pre-made pods. That is another thing to take into consideration. For a one time purchase of $12.99 for the ECO-Flow Stainless Steel K-Cup from Perfect Pod (the Amazon price), you can save A LOT of money in the long run.

Cleaning is super easy. Simply toss out the coffee grounds and rinse out the pod and let it dry. You can also re-purpose the grounds, such as make your own scrub (Google uses for coffee grounds).

Disposible, biodegradable filters.

When I think about it, each year I was contributing probably around 1,000 K-cups into our landfill. That makes me sick to my stomach when I think about that. Now with the ECO-Flow Stainless Steel K-Cup I can stop all that unnecessary waste.

The ECO-Flow Stainless Steel K-Cup is available on Amazon (the link is above – it is NOT an affiliate link). You can also check out the brand’s website at PerfectPod.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on their website.

This would make a great gift for the coffee lover in your life (or even for yourself). With Father’s Day fast approaching, this would make a great gift for dad too.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.