You may have seen #KillTheKCup around the interwebs, or perhaps you’ve seen the Kill the K-Cup video, which has gone viral since January. If you haven’t, you can watch it below.
This overly dramatic video along with the hashtag, started a bit of a revolution. People are finally starting to question the use of pod-coffee, and they really should. The environmental impact of the plastic pods is huge, and only getting larger. Even the very creator of the K-cup has regrets, and doesn’t even own a pod coffee machine.
The pods are expensive and either impossible or extremely hard to recycle. Keurig is working on it, but it’ll probably take them an other 5 years to create a fully recyclable pod. Which means 5 more years of K-cups piling up in the landfills.
Once upon a time, Bas and I had a pod-coffee machine. Not a Keurig, but a Nescafe machine. The Dolce Gusto, as it was called made wonderful coffee. I’m not a big regular coffee drinker, but I love cappuccino, and I drink two cups a day. The Dolce Gusto would make me a lovely cup in just a minute. But I too did soon notice the huge amount of trash it produced, not to mention the enormous cost of the cups themselves. Bas and I decided to get rid of it and go back to drinking regular coffee. We picked up a milk frother at the thriftstore so I could make cappuccino, and never looked back. Our coffee is cheaper, less wasteful and easier to make for several people at once.
If you make your coffee from pods, ask yourself if this is really the footprint you want to leave behind on this planet, is it really worth both the money and the impact? If it is, then go ahead, I can’t make your decisions for you, and I would never try to. I do however hope you change your mind and #KillTheKCup.