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If your home is anything like ours, coffee is essential. My husband HAS to have his coffee in the morning, but I’m more of a casual drinker. I’m not quite sure when we swapped to reusable filters, but one day we just realized how wasteful the K-cups were. With a quick search on Amazon we found a reusable k-cup with good reviews and purchased it. After this we swapped to whole bean coffee that we would grind ourselves for more flavor. A perk to this is that coffee beans are super easy to get in bulk. When we have guest over we like to use our french press because the keurig is a little slow with making multiple cups of coffee. Some mornings we enjoy making a pot of tea. Tea can be made zero waste the same as coffee.
So here are the main ways to be zero waste with coffee:
- If you have a keurig, purchase a reusable k-cup.
- If the idea of scooping your coffee grounds out of the reusable k-cup seems annoying there are paper filters for the reusable k-cup. P.s. the filters and coffee grounds are compostable.
- Use a french press.
- If you have a normal coffee pot, purchase a reusable filter.
- Use a pour over. There are reusable filters for these as well.
- Use an espresso machine. This can be a super expensive option, but it is zero waste.
- Travel coffee cups. I personally love tervis cups. They work great and I simply adore the awesome designs.
- Buy coffee and tea leaves in bulk. Amazon has different choices, but you can typically find some at your local grocery store or health store.
- A coffee grinder is needed if you buy beans in bulk.
- Compost the coffee grounds, tea leaves, and paper filters.
- For tea, instead of tea bags use an infuser with loose tea leaves.