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(USA Today)   Ever thought about where used coffee pods go? Me neither   (usatoday.com) divider line
    More: Stupid, Recycling, Coffee, dailycup of coffee, K-Cups, Coffee preparation, Single-serving coffee, plastic coffee capsule, 2-inch pods  
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2019-03-13 09:20:19 AM  
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2019-03-13 09:29:37 AM  
The pods go in the trash.  Where else would you put them?
 
2019-03-13 09:35:42 AM  
I buy beans in bulk, and my automatic coffee maker grinds, tamps, brews, and discards them into a hopper. They're great on rose bushes, which thrive on acidity in soil.

K-cups might seem like an immensely handy thing, but if you do the math, you're paying on average about $23 a pound for coffee.  A bulk bag of Starbucks Pike Place (2 lbs) at Costco is $13, so if you're OK with the environmental footprint and expense, go for the pods.
 
2019-03-13 09:38:08 AM  
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I got sick of the pile of used pods pretty quickly back when I had a Keurig, so I got one of these.

Eventually gave the machine away. The coffee isn't better and the machine takes up half the counter.
 
2019-03-13 09:38:58 AM  
Did anyone really need an article to tell them coffee pods are a ridiculous idea environmentally?
 
2019-03-13 09:53:45 AM  

markie_farkie: I buy beans in bulk, and my automatic coffee maker grinds, tamps, brews, and discards them into a hopper. They're great on rose bushes, which thrive on acidity in soil.

K-cups might seem like an immensely handy thing, but if you do the math, you're paying on average about $23 a pound for coffee.  A bulk bag of Starbucks Pike Place (2 lbs) at Costco is $13, so if you're OK with the environmental footprint and expense, go for the pods.


All of this, plus the coffee tends to be horrible, and the machines are nearly impossible to clean, so most places/people don't ever get around to it. I know my company has them in their HQ offices and they gross me the fark out.
 
2019-03-13 09:59:47 AM  

shastacola: Did anyone really need an article to tell them coffee pods are a ridiculous idea environmentally?


If people were aware, half the coffee shelf space at the store would not be k pods.
 
2019-03-13 10:24:07 AM  
I always figured they were upcyled into a Goop product of some kind.
 
2019-03-13 10:37:13 AM  
I have, and I figured you must HATE the environment with the passion of a thousand suns if you use them.
 
2019-03-13 10:37:17 AM  
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Ditched the Keurig for one of these. Best cup of coffee I've ever had.
 
2019-03-13 10:39:08 AM  
It takes all of about 15 seconds to pull the foil lid off, dump the spent grounds and scrape the used paper filter out of the pod into the garbage. The plastic pod then gets tossed in the recycling bin.
Yeah, we do that at our house.
 
2019-03-13 10:40:08 AM  
stupid tag must be for subby, who probably burns tires for fun.
 
2019-03-13 10:41:22 AM  

FlashHarry: [img.fark.net image 625x625]

Ditched the Keurig for one of these. Best cup of coffee I've ever had.


Yup, nothing like a $300-$400 coffee pot for people with more money than sense.
 
2019-03-13 10:46:12 AM  

FlashHarry: [img.fark.net image 625x625]

Ditched the Keurig for one of these. Best cup of coffee I've ever had.


Niiiiiice.

One day I'm going to buy a TechnoVorm. My current coffee maker is an OXO. It's been good to me.
 
2019-03-13 10:46:27 AM  

jaytkay: shastacola: Did anyone really need an article to tell them coffee pods are a ridiculous idea environmentally?

If people were aware, half the coffee shelf space at the store would not be k pods.


They are aware, they just don't care.
 
2019-03-13 10:46:32 AM  

FlashHarry: one of these


From their website:

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"I pooped!!"

 
2019-03-13 10:52:11 AM  

FlashHarry: [img.fark.net image 625x625]

Ditched the Keurig for one of these. Best cup of coffee I've ever had.


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You're welcome, America
 
2019-03-13 10:57:33 AM  
Pods can be recycled but I use just grounds or ESE pods.  I've never had a good cup of coffee from a Keurig.
 
2019-03-13 11:15:21 AM  
I hold the opinion that only mouthbreathing morons use those things anyway.
Why else would you pay $50 bucks for a pound of bad coffee?
 
2019-03-13 11:18:02 AM  

MrBallou: [img.fark.net image 300x222]
I got sick of the pile of used pods pretty quickly back when I had a Keurig, so I got one of these.

Eventually gave the machine away. The coffee isn't better and the machine takes up half the counter.


They're also ridiculously expensive by comparison. I'm going to go back to my old drip coffee maker too once I'm done with this box of pods.

Did some quick math and figured out I get 240 cups from my 12 cup drip maker from a 1lb 8oz bag of ground coffee that costs about $7-$8. A box of 80 pods costs about $25. So $75 for 240 or $8? hmm....

I also miss the timer setting on my old one. I can set it up the night before and wake up to coffee already made.
 
2019-03-13 11:20:57 AM  
Oh, so like most of the garbage I "recycle", it ends up in a local landfill as well, and eventually our water supply.
Can't say much though.  I use disposable coffee filters that I throw in the trash.  I'm still doing my part to fill up a local landfill.
 
2019-03-13 11:29:56 AM  
I've only had Keurig twice, once at a motel.  Only people raised on Starbucks would call Keurig coffee.

Plus, I can make a dozen cups of coffee in my drip machine, in the time it takes to make two with pods, for the price of one pod.
 
2019-03-13 11:30:58 AM  

beerrun: It takes all of about 15 seconds to pull the foil lid off, dump the spent grounds and scrape the used paper filter out of the pod into the garbage. The plastic pod then gets tossed in the recycling bin.
Yeah, we do that at our house.


Do your local recycling plant even recycle them?
 
2019-03-13 11:35:53 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: beerrun: It takes all of about 15 seconds to pull the foil lid off, dump the spent grounds and scrape the used paper filter out of the pod into the garbage. The plastic pod then gets tossed in the recycling bin.
Yeah, we do that at our house.

Do your local recycling plant even recycle them?


Probably not.  Sounds like drjekel_mrhydeis doing what's called "Aspirational Recycling".  The action on throwing questionable item in the recyling bin in hopes that it actually get's recycled, but in reality, it'll end up in the landfil.
 
2019-03-13 11:47:54 AM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Oh, so like most of the garbage I "recycle", it ends up in a local landfill as well, and eventually our water supply.
Can't say much though.  I use disposable coffee filters that I throw in the trash.  I'm still doing my part to fill up a local landfill.


For my drip coffee maker I bought one of the reusable filters. Not because they're Eco-friendly, but because nothing sucks more than waking up in the morning and realizing you're out of filters and having to make one out of a paper towel.
 
2019-03-13 12:08:17 PM  

shastacola: Did anyone really need an article to tell them coffee pods are a ridiculous idea environmentally?


California wants to ban straws so, maybe
 
2019-03-13 12:09:02 PM  
Garbage Island?
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2019-03-13 12:14:56 PM  

Tax Boy: FlashHarry: [img.fark.net image 625x625]

Ditched the Keurig for one of these. Best cup of coffee I've ever had.

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You're welcome, America


That grinder sucks, the burr is flat, not conical.
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Grazie, Italia.
 
2019-03-13 12:22:16 PM  

lando12310: nothing like a $300-$400 coffee pot for people with more money than sense.


Mine was a gift from work. But, yeah, it ain't cheap. But it's good - and all the parts are replaceable and inexpensive. It's built for the long haul.
 
2019-03-13 12:25:48 PM  
Nestle is involved? Good luck earth....
 
2019-03-13 01:19:38 PM  
I'm pretty happy with this.
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2019-03-13 01:38:27 PM  
There are biodegradable options...

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2019-03-13 02:53:35 PM  

jaytkay: shastacola: Did anyone really need an article to tell them coffee pods are a ridiculous idea environmentally?

If people were aware, half the coffee shelf space at the store would not be k pods.


They don't care. For many people, convenience > everything.
 
2019-03-13 04:27:06 PM  

FlashHarry: lando12310: nothing like a $300-$400 coffee pot for people with more money than sense.

Mine was a gift from work. But, yeah, it ain't cheap. But it's good - and all the parts are replaceable and inexpensive. It's built for the long haul.


Mine was the opposite. I didn't use it often, so I put it back in its box so that I could clear the counter. As it turned out, there was no way to empty water that was already inside the unit, and they stated to always store it upright.

It hit me, "this dang thing is not meant to be fully cleaned, ever." So, it sat it the box for years, until I donated it to the workplace snack fund that was being stood up.
 
2019-03-13 05:11:12 PM  
If I ever for some reason am forced to give a persuasive speech, and the subject assigned to me is "there are lots of pathetic-ass, dumb motherfarkers roaming the world" I will finally have a use for a Keurig.  It will be exhibit A.
 
2019-03-13 05:31:31 PM  

JaCiNto: There are biodegradable options...

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I bought 100 pods of that at Costco, and threw out 99 1/2 of them because first cup of it was absolutely awful.

/CSB
 
2019-03-13 08:16:19 PM  

beerrun: It takes all of about 15 seconds to pull the foil lid off, dump the spent grounds and scrape the used paper filter out of the pod into the garbage. The plastic pod then gets tossed in the recycling bin.
Yeah, we do that at our house.


Only 5% of Keureg pods are recyclable. The rest are made of proprietary "#7 blend" and are unrecyclable.

Get a French press.
 
2019-03-13 08:19:26 PM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Oh, so like most of the garbage I "recycle", it ends up in a local landfill as well, and eventually our water supply.
Can't say much though.  I use disposable coffee filters that I throw in the trash.  I'm still doing my part to fill up a local landfill.


Weirdly enough, modern landfills are lined and do a pretty good job of protecting the water table. Even have groundwater monitoring stations.

I hate the necessity of them, but they aren't going away any time soon.
 
2019-03-13 09:08:54 PM  

Trocadero: Tax Boy: FlashHarry: [img.fark.net image 625x625]

Ditched the Keurig for one of these. Best cup of coffee I've ever had.

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You're welcome, America

That grinder sucks, the burr is flat, not conical.
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Grazie, Italia.


The bigger, more expensive commercial grinders use flat burrs. If your local coffee shop has something like one of these, they produce the most even drip and coarse grinds I've seen:

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I don't buy ground coffee, but worked at a coffee shop with one of these things long enough to know.
 
2019-03-13 11:11:57 PM  
I would build a thermal depolymerization plant to deal with the issue, but I suppose the environmentalists would probably complain.
 
2019-03-13 11:22:49 PM  

FlashHarry: lando12310: nothing like a $300-$400 coffee pot for people with more money than sense.

Mine was a gift from work. But, yeah, it ain't cheap. But it's good - and all the parts are replaceable and inexpensive. It's built for the long haul.


I'm just jealous because i wish i had more money than sense. I hear they make farking great pots of coffee, I just don't really drink coffee or have company to make coffee for. The aeropress was nice, but more effort than i really cared for, might try a pour-over next...
 
2019-03-14 12:56:26 AM  
Don't care. still love my Keurig. One cup, no clean up, and if your coffee sucks its because you're buying crappy pods. I tried to shed it for a french press and found myself just not drinking coffee (and consequently more diet sodas).
 
2019-03-14 05:33:57 AM  

saintstryfe: Don't care. still love my Keurig. One cup, no clean up, and if your coffee sucks its because you're buying crappy pods. I tried to shed it for a french press and found myself just not drinking coffee (and consequently more diet sodas).


That's the same reason i started "rolling coal." I mean "what's it matter," passing a prius isn't the same if you can't blind them with a smoke screen. I don't care, i still love it.

Diesel Trucks Rolling Coal On Prius
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2019-03-14 08:56:45 AM  
 
2019-03-14 09:02:39 AM  
Everything you do has some impact on something. There's only one way to avoid it.
 
2019-03-14 11:21:55 AM  

Snaptastic: As it turned out, there was no way to empty water that was already inside the unit, and they stated to always store it upright.


You could've run it for 5 minutes. That would've emptied the water.
 
2019-03-14 01:50:32 PM  
I have an aeropress which makes good coffee.  so now I mostly use Pilon instant expresso poweder

open the jar, pour abour a tablespoon of powder into the lid by eye.  dump into 24 oz thermos cup and mix with hot water from the water dispenser.

Stir with and drink through straw.

/which is usually reused unless I accidentally drop it on the floor or something
//I never intentionally drop my straw on the floor
 
2019-03-14 01:54:07 PM  
bah. I have areopess that makes good coof + but now I am lazy and use instant expresso
 
2019-03-14 06:10:25 PM  
We love our keurig, makes a great cup in under a minute. I picked up a great little reuseable pod for it, fill it with don francisco's hawaiian blend, a six dollar pound can lasts about a month. No waste, no landfill addition , no stale coffee sitting around in a carafe. Yeah it takes up counter space but so what...
 
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