5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Keurig K-Cups

5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Keurig K-Cups


By Allison Jones

It is estimated that around 1 in 3 American homes have a single-serve coffee machine. Thus, it stands to reason that you use K-cups on a regular basis. If so, you may want to consider kicking this habit immediately. If you need a more convincing argument, here are five reasons why you should give up these containers for good.

1.They Create a Lot of Waste

All K-cups are single-use. So, once they have been used to brew a cup of coffee, they are thrown away. Now, imagine millions of households in the US alone doing this. Then, consider the fact that Keurig produces and sells billions of K-cups each year.

What this amounts to is billions of cups ending up in landfills all over the country and the world. And, since people keep buying these convenient containers, this is a problem that is far from over. Now, you may be wondering just what is so bad about all these vessels piling up in landfills. Well, that brings us to the second biggest issue.

2.They are Terrible for the Environment

Although you may not realize it, Keurig’s K-cups have to withstand both high pressure and temperature when brewing a cup of coffee. This is why the company decided to use plastic to create these containers. As you are well aware, though, plastic is not eco-friendly and can’t be broken down.

This means that all those containers which end up being tossed into landfills are never going to break down. Instead, they will continue to pile up and simply add to the huge plastic problem that the environment is already facing.

Since Keurig experienced quite a bit of backlash, they went on to create recyclable pods. Unfortunately, these are quite time-consuming to recycle and have yet to make an impact. The good news is that there are certain companies that have made more progress in this area.

Some of them have managed to produce eco-friendly K-cups. These have been designed to break down over time and can even be composted. So, in case you are struggling to quit your K-cup habit, the least you can do is to switch to more renewable options.

3.They Can Be Unhealthy

As mentioned, K-cups are composed of plastic. And, while the company guarantees that they are made from safe plastic, there are still some factors to be concerned about. To begin with – as mentioned – K-cups are put in a high-pressure, high-temperature environment.

Due to this, some of the plastic can break down and enter your coffee. When you drink this coffee, the plastic then enters your system. The more often you drink coffee, the larger the build-up can be.

One of the main attractions of Keurig’s K-cups is that they allow you to brew flavored coffees. However, do you know what goes into these flavorings? There are various artificial additives and colors. Some options have a rather high sodium content as well.

Thus, you have very little control over what is put into your coffee. If you are someone who drinks several cups of coffee a day, all these ingredients begin to add up. Over time, they just may have a negative impact on your health.

4.They are Expensive

Most people imagine that they are saving money when they use K-cups instead of heading down to a coffee shop. Unfortunately, this isn’t actually the case. It is estimated that, on average, your K-cup habit adds up to around $50 per pound.

If you were to buy a pound of coffee from a local coffee chain, you would end up spending less than $15. Even if you decided to splurge and buy an artisanal blend, it is unlikely that you would pay more than $20. So, you can see just how expensive drinking from K-cups can be. This is especially true if it is a daily habit.

5.The Coffee is Poor Quality

Compared to the other points on the list, this argument may not seem as important. However, if you are someone who enjoys the taste of good, high-quality beans, steer clear of K-cups. This is because the grounds in these containers have already begun to go stale.

After all, there is no way to tell how long ago the beans were ground and placed in the K-cups. They could be days, weeks, or months old. Adding to this fact is that coffee beans begin to lose their flavor the moment they are ground. Thus, by the time you brew your cup, the quality of your java will be very low indeed.

There is no denying that Keurig K-cups pose a huge environmental, health, budgetary, and taste problem. So, do yourself a favor and avoid them as much as possible. If you are unable to give them up completely, at least find a greener or more sustainable way to enjoy your single-use coffee cups.

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