I may be many things, but one thing I know for certain… I am not wasteful. We’ve loved our Keurig machine for years now. We love the ease and convenience it provides to make exactly the coffee of your choice, in the size you want, exactly when you want it. I especially love the way it stays-put as we travel, its little rubber feet, clinging to it’s pride-of-place on the RV counter as we jaunt around the country. But trouble’s been brewing for a while now. Since we’ve been on the road, managing our coffee pod subscription delivery has become a challenge.
We’ve missed carefully planned deliveries, leaving us rationing pods like a couple of addicts. And then there’s the greater issue of the pods themselves. Wasteful, not recyclable.
Although the coffee we buy is organic, the famous movie star who makes it (and my fave jarred spaghetti sauce) isn’t using a biodegradable pod. I’ve done the math, and the two of us throw at least 1,095 little plastic cups into the trash each year.
In an effort to be more conscientious and to assuage our guilt, I bought a beautiful glass Chemex drip pot a few months ago. Meh. Our consensus was that it took way too long, and the coffee was never piping hot, no matter how fanatical I was. Who wants to be fanatical at 6:30 in the morning, so we went back to the Keurig.
When we were in Santa Fe, our friends gave up their Keurig for a lovely, sleek, stainless Sunbeam percolator. What a joy to wake up to the familiar aroma of hot, delicious, waste-free coffee with the added bonus of having coffee-grounds for your rose bushes! Then and there we decided when we used our last coffee-pod, we were going cold-turkey on Keurig and pull out the Chemex, again.
We bought two bags of ground coffee, and I’m doing my best barista impersonation… Yesterday’s results were disappointing. This morning I turned out a good cuppa joe, but it took 17 minutes. I’m giving this another week and if I don’t love it, I’ve got my eye on a gleaming, stainless percolator by Presto that will have our coffee ready in six minutes flat. It’s name kinda says it all!