Kill the K-Cup: 4 Greener (And More Delicious!) Ways to Brew Coffee at Home

Kill the K-Cup: 4 Greener (And More Delicious!) Ways to Brew Coffee at Home

It’s no secret that K-cups are terrible for the environment. In a single year, enough K-cups are sold that if placed end-to-end, they would circle the earth10.5 times! In addition to being awful for our planet, some studies have shown that the plastics used in K-Cups can also be bad for your health.

We’re here to tell you that there are other ways to brew your coffee at home without sacrificing convenience, or our earth! Keep reading for 4 green and delicious ways to brew your coffee.

1. The AeroPress

The AeroPress makes a delicious, high quality cup of coffee—ready in just 1 minute and 30 seconds! This lesser-known and affordable brewing method only requires an AeroPress, filter, boiling water, and your favorite, finely ground coffee. Watch this quick video demonstration of how to use an Aeropress.

You can order the Aerobie Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker on our website for $29.95!

2. Sweetwater Cold Brew Packs

If you love cold brew as much as we do, these pre-portioned, easy-to-use cold brew packs are for you. Just drop one of the 3.2 oz filter packs in water, wait 12-24 hours, and you have up to 20 servings of cold brew coffee. Let it sit overnight and your morning cold brew is ready to go!

Shop our fair trade, organic cold brew packs here.

3. Classic Pour-Over

Pour-over coffee can be made in just a few minutes, making your cup faster (and yet, more flavorful) than using a drip brewer. Even though you might associate pour-over with a fancy coffee shop, it’s easy to do at home. The only special equipment you will need is a pour-over cone and regular coffee filters.

Follow these steps to make your coffee using the pour-over method:

  1. Bring water to a boil
  2. Measure out 25 grams of finely ground coffee
  3. Place filter in pour-over cone and add coffee
  4. Add about 2 ounces of 200-degree water over the coffee grounds in a spiral motion, saturating them; let sit for 30 seconds
  5. Resume pouring water over the grounds, in a spiral pattern and then straight down; add about 12 ounces of water
  6. Stir and enjoy coffee

Easy enough, right? The Kalita Wave brewer has three small holes at the bottom to slow down the process, making your coffee more flavorful, and requiring less attention to technique.

4. Reusable K-Cups

Avoid polluting the planet AND use any coffee you want with reusable K-Cups! Just as easy to use as regular K-Cups and compatible with your Keurig, these are the best option for anyone who is married to the idea of using a pod for their daily brew.

Check out these reusable K-cups from Amazon!

Join the movement to kill the K-cup

Whichever home brewing method you choose, join us in the movement to kill the K-cup! Together, we can eliminate around 10 billion unrecyclable pods a year from being produced.

Looking for high quality coffee to brew at home? Shop earth and farmer-friendly coffee from Sweetwater Organic Coffee. Proudly fair trade, organic, and locally roasted in Gainesville, Florida.