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(Mother Jones)   Do you use K-Cups? Yes? Then you are worse than Hitler if he used styrofoam plates for every meal. I hope you can live with yourself   (motherjones.com) divider line 154
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2014-03-19 11:03:24 AM
Relax. I burn my used K-cups and styrofoam plates so they don't end up in landfills.
 
2014-03-19 11:03:26 AM
I am enjoying a K-cuppified coffee at this very moment.  I work in a small office with no kitchen area.  Which means cleaning the coffee pot would be done in a public restroom.  No thanks.  Sorry, environment, you lose on this one.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-03-19 11:28:52 AM
I use K cups.

I don't work in a small office with no kitchen area, I just want to wipe that smug smirk off of mother natures face.
 
2014-03-19 11:31:25 AM
Spend the ten bucks and get the little mesh plastic "Eco-Cup".  Grind the beans & empty into eco-cup, place in machine, remember to rinse when done.

Bonus: co-workers rarely use it because it's "too much work", leaving your choice of beans unmolested.
 
2014-03-19 11:48:27 AM
Using K-cups is not always bad...

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i216.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-19 12:23:36 PM
No, I use the little re-fillable dealy, and fill it with Dunkin Donuts coffee.  It comes out to about a dime a cup.

I do use styrofoam cups though.  And paper plates, but I'm saving water from not doing dishes.
 
2014-03-19 12:23:36 PM

Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...


I'm feeling a reich rising in my pants.
 
2014-03-19 12:23:38 PM
The real problem is that the stores used to carry ground coffee and whole beans, if you don't want your coffee to taste like pyramid dust.  Now they carry ground dust and k-cups full of ground dust.
 
2014-03-19 12:23:50 PM

Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...

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Came for this.
 
2014-03-19 12:23:57 PM

PainInTheASP: Spend the ten bucks and get the little mesh plastic "Eco-Cup".  Grind the beans & empty into eco-cup, place in machine, remember to rinse when done.

Bonus: co-workers rarely use it because it's "too much work", leaving your choice of beans unmolested.


This is good to know, because my wife has been considering buying one of these machines but I don't like all the plastic throwaways. We currently have a french press but that thing is terribly annoying with how often we have to clean it up.

vpb: I use K cups.

I don't work in a small office with no kitchen area, I just want to wipe that smug smirk off of mother natures face.


Because it's so edgy to hate on the environment.
 
2014-03-19 12:24:36 PM
I use these babies

www.whosaidnothinginlifeisfree.com
Convenient and eco-friendly.
 
2014-03-19 12:24:37 PM

Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...

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I was going to go that route.  Glad you went for it!

/stay classy Blatz
 
2014-03-19 12:24:56 PM

Banned on the Run


First image: I can understand why the mold is growing in the shade but how did it get on her face. Yes. She has a face.
 
2014-03-19 12:25:23 PM
I don't see 1/100th the hate for, say, beer bottles (recyclable with quite a bit of energy, but usually downcycled at best), drink boxes, various plastic soft drink containers, and on down the line.

Not to say I like K-cups a lot, but perspective seems lacking.
 
2014-03-19 12:25:52 PM
This is news? Anyone with enough brain power to drop in a cup and close the top of the machine knows they produced 10 times as much waste, and the coffee costs 20 times as much per pound.
 
2014-03-19 12:26:16 PM

Billy Bathsalt: The real problem is that the stores used to carry ground coffee and whole beans, if you don't want your coffee to taste like pyramid dust.  Now they carry ground dust and k-cups full of ground dust.


Umm, you can still buy whole beans - in like every store I've ever been to. In fact you don't have to grind them in-store either - which makes the coffee go stale faster - instead you can take the whole beans home and grind them in a grinder or magic bullet.

Making coffee. Not rocket science.
 
2014-03-19 12:26:19 PM
Heck, I don't even use paper filters on my drip coffee. Metal filter FTW.
 
2014-03-19 12:26:49 PM

PainInTheASP: Spend the ten bucks and get the little mesh plastic "Eco-Cup".  Grind the beans & empty into eco-cup, place in machine, remember to rinse when done.

Bonus: co-workers rarely use it because it's "too much work", leaving your choice of beans unmolested.


We have 2 - one for my wife's coffee and one for my tea.  It saves about a Brazillian dollars a year not having to buy their crap.
 
2014-03-19 12:28:00 PM
What the hell is a K cup?
 
2014-03-19 12:28:04 PM
I throw my plastic bottles in to the garbage. That way, some kid in the Philippines can collect them all, build a raft out of them, sail to Michigan and redeem them for 10 cents each. That's jerb creatin'
 
2014-03-19 12:28:44 PM
filters? grinding beans?

Sh*t, I inject whole beans directly into my bloodstream.
 
2014-03-19 12:29:06 PM
Psh. I use a nespresso. Suck it.

/the cups are smaller
//that makes a difference right?
 
2014-03-19 12:29:24 PM

Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...


That's around the size when I can't look without wondering what kinds of horrible back problems they must have. Ouch.
 
2014-03-19 12:29:45 PM
According to the box, the ones I buy are 97% biodegradable.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go sniff my own farts in my Prius.
 
2014-03-19 12:30:27 PM

bikerbob59: What the hell is a K cup?


No one knows and there is no way to find out.
 
2014-03-19 12:30:38 PM

Enigmamf: Heck, I don't even use paper filters on my drip coffee. Metal filter FTW.


Same here.  They last about 10 years.

That said, I can see where a single person might prefer a Single Brew over another machine.  Keeps the trash to a minimum.
 
2014-03-19 12:30:38 PM
Only 50 bucks a pound, too!
 
2014-03-19 12:30:54 PM

Billy Bathsalt: The real problem is that the stores used to carry ground coffee and whole beans, if you don't want your coffee to taste like pyramid dust.  Now they carry ground dust and k-cups full of ground dust.


That's my gripe.  The nearby mid-sized Kroger-owned store has like fifteen shelves of cups and pods of various kinds.  They've ditched the bulk-bin coffee and they're down to like 3 bags of packaged-whole-bean in the entire store.  Presumably the cups/pods have absurdly higher profit margins (the grocery store pushes the machines too).   Not that there aren't 100 other places to get beans in town, let alone online, but it has gotten a bit silly.
 
2014-03-19 12:30:55 PM

flondrix: Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...

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Came for this.


eww.
 
2014-03-19 12:31:14 PM

Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...


In case of emergency, your K cup doubles as a flotation device
 
2014-03-19 12:32:57 PM

zerkalo: Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...

In case of emergency, your K cup doubles as a flotation device


this is completely pedantic, but if they are fake they sink like stones. Silicone don't float.
 
2014-03-19 12:33:00 PM

CipollinaFan: I use these babies

[www.whosaidnothinginlifeisfree.com image 850x970]
Convenient and eco-friendly.


What is that, a leprechaun's derby hat?
 
2014-03-19 12:33:22 PM
I don't get the fascination with coffee.

/41-year-old New Yorker that still feels out of the loop
 
2014-03-19 12:33:46 PM

bdub77: Billy Bathsalt: The real problem is that the stores used to carry ground coffee and whole beans, if you don't want your coffee to taste like pyramid dust.  Now they carry ground dust and k-cups full of ground dust.

Umm, you can still buy whole beans - in like every store I've ever been to. In fact you don't have to grind them in-store either - which makes the coffee go stale faster - instead you can take the whole beans home and grind them in a grinder or magic bullet.

Making coffee. Not rocket science.


yeah, this
we even bought an inexpensive (around $9) electric coffee grinder once because we accidentally bought whole beans at aldi one day and didn't want to take the coffee back for an exchange

Enigmamf: Heck, I don't even use paper filters on my drip coffee. Metal filter FTW.


we have 2 cone-type metal mesh filters. our current mr coffee is basket-type. so, we can't use the reusables.
 
2014-03-19 12:34:32 PM
Amateurs. When I want a fresh cup of coffe, I just buy a whole new Mr. Coffee. And I like my coffee fresh every morning.
 
2014-03-19 12:34:41 PM

Enigmamf


Heck, I don't even use paper filters on my drip coffee. Metal filter FTW.


I wonder how the energy used over the lifetime of the metal filter (manufacturing, washing) compares to the energy used over the lifetime of the equivalent number of paper filters. That's not sarcasm, btw - I have no idea.


metal filter \m/
 
2014-03-19 12:36:07 PM
K-Culs: the coffee of choice for douche bags who don't really like coffee!
 
2014-03-19 12:36:29 PM

busy chillin': filters? grinding beans?

Sh*t, I inject whole beans directly into my bloodstream.


I find inserting the beans directly into my anus works well.
 
2014-03-19 12:36:53 PM

Billy Bathsalt: The real problem is that the stores used to carry ground coffee and whole beans, if you don't want your coffee to taste like pyramid dust.  Now they carry ground dust and k-cups full of ground dust.


Stores still carry ground coffee and whole beans though. Unless you were getting your coffee from Bed Bath and Beyond, in which case, they've always carried just the k-cups and why the hell are you getting coffee from a BBandB?
 
2014-03-19 12:37:35 PM

CheekyMonkey: busy chillin': filters? grinding beans?

Sh*t, I inject whole beans directly into my bloodstream.

I find inserting the beans directly into my anus works well.


Ahh yes. The mocholonic.
 
2014-03-19 12:38:14 PM
I am forced to keep ordering the stupid K cups at my office because everyone loves variety in their coffee.  When I started, there was 2 big urns, one with regular and one with decaf. Now I have to buy the light roast, dark roast, medium roast, 2 flavors, tea, and decaf.  And keep track of how much we have of each.

I bring 1 cup of coffee from home.  I always brought coffee from home.  I never had any interest in the coffee except when running late or having a bad day.  Yes, I'm bitter.

darwinpolice: According to the box, the ones I buy are 97% biodegradable.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go sniff my own farts in my Prius.


of course it is.  Considering 95% of it is the coffee beans inside the cup, it IS 97% biodegradable.
 
2014-03-19 12:40:00 PM
Boy, hipsters sure have a lot of problems to deal with.
 
2014-03-19 12:41:43 PM

CipollinaFan: I use these babies


Convenient and eco-friendly.


A shower drain cover filled with a lesbian trucker's pubic droppings?
 
2014-03-19 12:43:57 PM
What are these K cups and filters you speak of?
ecx.images-amazon.com
www.greenmountaincoffee.com

My father gave me a Keurig for Christmas.  That was two weeks after I bought a new espresso maker and a generic crappy drip machine for making tea.  I gave it to a friend who loves it.
 
2014-03-19 12:44:52 PM
Oh great, this thread again...


The author doesn't realize they make re-usable pods that work with Keurig machines?  Plus you can use your own favorite, fresh stuff!

There is also a line of recyclable K-cups, so calm down.
 
2014-03-19 12:45:02 PM
ecx.images-amazon.com

Love these. Bought 3 of them. Haven't bought a "disposable" K-Cup since. Takes 10 seconds to rinse & refill, and another minute to brew another cup of caffeinated ambrosia.
 
2014-03-19 12:45:07 PM
We have a Keurig, although it's use has dropped off dramatically. We put it on our wedding registry at my wife's insistance; I'm the only one who drinks coffee regularly, but she insisted she'd drink it more often if we had one.

These days, she'll have the occasional cup of hot cocoa from the thing, but otherwise I'm the sole user, and I just use the refillable basket to make decaf every so often.
 
2014-03-19 12:45:43 PM

Harry Freakstorm: Banned on the Run

First image: I can understand why the mold is growing in the shade but how did it get on her face. Yes. She has a face.


images.sodahead.com
 
2014-03-19 12:46:17 PM

Lando Lincoln: Relax. I burn my used K-cups and styrofoam plates so they don't end up in landfills.



Carbon that is biodegradable turns into CO2 slowly.  Carbon that is burnt turns into CO2 quickly.

Meh.
 
2014-03-19 12:47:19 PM
Obvious tag is right.

That said, I wouldn't mind quite so much if the COFFEE WEREN'T SO FARKING TERRIBLE.  Keurig machines make horrible coffee.

If you must,

ecx.images-amazon.com

11 bucks on Amazon.

But you're much better off with this, good coffee, no grinding, no filters, no disposable parts at all:
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