*This is a guest article*
We all need to do our bit when it comes to being eco-friendly, and those who drink a lot of coffee will often find that there is pressure to do more.
We can’t ignore the fact that things like disposable cups do have an impact on the planet, and it is a good idea to try and embrace the reusable so that we can all minimize the negative impacts.
If you’re looking at coffee machines and you’re still not sure which models to buy to be eco-friendly then there are some options out there on the market. In this guide, we explore the best options for your home or workplace coffee maker.
Pod or Capsule Coffee Machines
Pod coffee machines have been seen as the enemy when it comes to the environment. There is no denying the fact that these machines may have had a negative impact, but it is time that we can make a change.
Fortunately, a lot of manufacturers have started to do more to create reusable pods, or even totally compostable pods.
Nespresso is one of the brands that you can buy pods and ‘capsules’ for that are compostable, so the negative environmental impact is kept to a far more manageable level. A model like the Nespresso “Lattissima Gran Black”
If you are thinking about buying a coffee machine that can take capsules or pods to create your favorite drinks then make sure you have planned ahead and looked at the environmental impact. Can you buy compostable pods, either from the manufacturer or as “compatible” models?
Pour-Over Coffee Machines
A pour-over coffee maker is only a “machine” depending on your definition. It certainly doesn’t use any electricity, and that is what makes it one of the best options when it comes to being environmentally friendly.
A pour-over coffee machine means you are simply pouring hot water over a coffee filter with ground coffee inside it. It can be done for individuals straight into a mug, or for larger servings such as making a pot of coffee for a group of people.
Make sure you are using compostable, environmentally-friendly filters and you can ensure that the negative impacts of this type of coffee preparation are kept to a minimum.
Bean to Cup Coffee Machines
Though bean to cup coffee machines do use electricity, they can be eco-friendly if you use them correctly and think about responsible use of your coffee cups.
Many bean to cup coffee machines have reusable filters, so you can keep using them for multiple cups, or simply wash them in between uses. This means that there is a lot less waste from the machines.
There aren’t any pods to worry about, so you don’t need to think about whether you are using responsible capsules. You won’t generate a great deal of waste, and these machines also don’t tend to use a lot of electricity.
There are a variety of different types of bean to cup coffee machines from large “integrated” models, perfect for business use and commercial kitchens, to smaller options that can be used within the home.
A product like the De’Longhi “ECAM 23.460.W” can be a great choice for use in the home or within a business environment. It is efficient when it comes to power use, and doesn’t produce any unnecessary waste.
Features to Look Out For
There are features and functions to look out for if you are trying to improve your environmental impact.
- Power-saving modes. This is about keeping the electricity usage down. If your coffee machine is in a shared space it is likely that it won’t get turned off after every use, a power-saving mode can prevent it from using too much electricity while on ‘standby’.
- Reusable or compostable filters and capsules. If your coffee machine is producing a lot of plastic waste that can’t be recycled, it is likely to be having a terrible environmental impact. Make sure you can access reusable or compostable filters or capsules. They’re surprisingly eco-friendly.
- Reduced waste. Anything that you can do to reduce the waste of your coffee making is something to pursue. This could be as simple as being able to create single-serving coffees so you aren’t wasting water and coffee beans.
- Reusable cups. This isn’t something that will come with the machine, but you still need to consider it. Make sure that you are encouraging the use of reusable cups, even if the coffee machine is within a staff coffee room or break room.
When it comes to being eco-friendly, a little bit of thought can go a long way. With your coffee habits, you can just make a couple of switches such as compostable pods and reusable cups, and vastly reduce any negative impact that you might be having on the environment. On top of that, make sure your coffee machine is efficient when it comes to electricity usage.
Thank you for reading.