Single-serve coffee trend creating more waste

Noticed how big coffee brands from Starbucks to Peets are promoting single-serve coffee nowadays? Individual portions of pre-ground bean in "plastic capsules or packets that you put in a special coffeemaker to brew one cup at a time... the polar opposite of the pour-over artisanal coffee." East Bay Express has a feature about all the trash this craze generates. I'd also like to point out, as a coffee snob, that it generates shitty tasting coffee, too.

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  1. A single bodum. A kettle. Your favourite blend of coffee. And 4 minutes. That's all it takes.

  2. TobinL says:

    Heck even a simple pour over cone that fits over a mug is better than those things.

  3. I work at a large university and pretty much every department is replacing the old style drip coffee pots with Keurigs. It's bizarre. Also, the coffee is terrible. Like seriously the worst. They all think you can recycle the kcups. I gave up arguing. Also seniors love them and everyone seems to be buying them for their grandparents.

  4. jerwin says:

    Ink jet printer economics, applied to coffee.

  5. We have one in our office, and I hate the waste, but I see why it exists. Probably the most difficult thing to do in any office environment is to coordinate choices and delegating responsibility. There's enough of that to do to get the work done, let alone coordinating kitchen care and coffee production. The k-cup style system solves both of those problems (however insignificant they were in the first place). You get a different flavor for each person without having to consult with anyone else or coordinates choices of flavors. Nobody has to empty the pot, put on a new pot, or ask anyone how old the coffee is, or decide who's going to keep things clean. My company supplies the coffee, and allows people to ask for the kinds of cups they like, and those stay stocked, along with a variety pack of others. I'm not advocating for these things, and I certainly can't understand why you'd have one in your home, and there are PLENTY of solid and good-hearted arguments against them, but If you really "can't see why anyone would have one" you're not thinking hard enough about how people operate in reality.

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