Friday, January 16, 2015

Guilt Free Coffee

Queen Composter waxes poetic about her French press. 

I have a love/hate relationship with my morning cup of coffee. I have kicked the habit, or at least taken a break from the habit, for years at a time, but I always seem to return to my beloved cup of joe.

I've never gone the espresso machine route (always out of my price range) but over the years I've tried several coffee makers. Some I've loved more than others, but each one of them eventually lost its lustre. After my latest round of caffeine detox I took a long hard look at my coffee machine. The carafe was glass, but all the other parts, including the basket where the hot water would drain through, were plastic, and this did not wash with me.

Time to find a new coffee making system.

Needless to say I would not purchase a K Cup system. I won't bother going into the reasons; they do not need to be spoken, and EcoYogini has already done a great job.
Don't judge me. Yes, I am a nerd.

Enter the good old fashioned French press, or Bodum. The hot water does not touch any plastic parts, and there is no filter (even though I have a reusable filter). The only waste, the coffee grounds, are put either into the compost or directly into the garden.

For me, a coffee snob, the best part is that I can leave the coffee steeping for as long as I want and make a killer strong cup.

Sure there are downsides, like having to reheat my second cup if I wait too long, and having to replace it when I knock it off the counter, but overall I think this is the way to go for a zero waste, and zero guilt, cup of coffee.

This latest accident happened on a Monday
morning, as I was rushing to work, of course.

Next problem, finding a fully plastic free electric kettle.

1 comment:

Becca @ The Earthlings Handbook said...

I used a French press for a while, but the coffee cooled off so quickly--especially in winter when my house is cold--and the coffee had a sludge of fine particles at the bottom.

Now I've been using a percolator for several years. All parts that touch the coffee are stainless steel. Nothing is disposable. It stays hot until I unplug it, but the coffee doesn't get burned if it's kept warm for an hour or so. I like it very much.


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