Zero Waste Coffee

Let’s face it, coffee is a pretty essential part of the morning routine and, if you’re like some of us at My Good Planet, throughout the rest of the day as well. From plastic pods to take away disposables, all this coffee can come with a cost, as well as a hidden impact on the environment.

It is estimated that around 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed globally every day. 16 billion disposable coffee cups are used each year. The good news is, however, coffee doesn’t have to create any waste to taste great.

There are many ways of making coffee and the latest and one of the most popular is disposable coffee capsules. They take very little time to make, taste great and involve almost no cleaning; hence their immense popularity. However, coffee capsules create immense amounts of plastic waste which, as you may know, we’re not big fans of.

Help is at hand, though! We’ve got the low-down on some of the most popular options of how to brew zero waste coffee at home.

There are two main points to remember with regard to making  your coffee zero waste before you brew:

1: Buy in bulk and buy in a sustainable packaging.

2: Whenever possible choose fair-trade and organic coffee beans or ground coffee.

French Press

French presses are eco-friendly and does not use electricity (apart from the boiling water part). In addition, it is perfect for brewing both loose leaf tea and coffee. It takes around 10-15 min to make a decent pot of tea or coffee in the French press, around 5 min to boil water and 5 min to brew.

When looking for a French press, opt for a glass or metal one. The glass French press allows you to enjoy a hot beverage, not only with taste buds but also with eyes while it is brewing. This is an important point to consider when choosing between a glass and metal French press. In addition, choose the right size for your needs a one cup, two cup or maybe even eight cup press.

Use some warm (not boiling) water to make a small paste with the coffee before adding the hot (use water that is heated to approximately 85 degrees), as this will allow for a smoother taste, and it won’t burn the coffee.

Here are some options: Bodum’s Chambord French Press, The Rooster Cafetiere, Metz & Kindler Coffe Press Pot.

Moka Pot

Did you know that the Moka pot was designed by Luigi di Ponti in 1933, when Italy’s economy wasn’t doing too good? Plus, it was advertised as an affordable way to enjoy daily espresso at home. Hence, it is a safe bet that your wallet will enjoy this method of coffee making, and so will the environment.

The pressure-driven stove-top coffee brewer is produced by Bialetti and is of such classic design and style that can be found in most Italian homes and beyond. It is simple, chic and requires only ground coffee, water and heat and makes a damn good cup of coffee.

Neapolitan flip coffee pot

The Neapolitan flip coffee pot is a stove-top drip brew coffeemaker. Instead of using the pressure of steam to force the water through coffee to make your cup of coffee (like the Moka pot does), it relies on gravity to do the job. Hence, unfortunately it won’t work in outer space, sorry astronauts.

Here are some options: ILSA Napoletana, Kimbo Cuccuma.

Turkish coffee pot/Ibrik/Cezve

Turkish coffee is not for the faint of heart. The coffee made in a Turkish coffee pot is both very strong and very thick. The pot itself is made of copper, aluminium, brass or stainless steel. Its unique cone shape (narrow rim and wide bottom) helps to create rich foam at the top without boiling the content of the pot.

Turkish coffee is not a type of coffee you grab just before you rush off to work; it requires a quiet moment to fully enjoy the taste of the drink. It is a form of art to brew the Turkish coffee that demands knowledge and time.

The best Turkish coffee pots can be found in Turkey; Turkish Style Coffee gives handy tips for what to look when you search for the ideal pot.

Thanks to the sheer enthusiasm and massive popularity, there truly are an abundance of different ways to create the perfect cup. Explore and find the best option for your taste buds and the planet.

And don’t forget to compost used coffee grounds, the soil will appreciate it! Coffee grounds can be used to fertilise all kinds of plants; particularly tomatoes.

Baiba Šustere

Baiba Šustere is a writer whose work focuses on mindfulness, health and wellbeing.