There's nothing as convenient as being able to brew up a single cup of hot java in a k-cup coffee maker. For those of us who work independently, machines like the Keurig
have been blessings. If a single worker had to brew a full pot of coffee, it would be a black and rancid mess by the time he got to the third cup.
However, there have been a lot of questions regarding how efficient the k-cup coffee machines
really are. And it turns out that they waste less coffee than a drip machine, believe it or not!
The Secret Behind the Less Wasteful K-Cup Coffee Makers
The trick is that k-cup coffee
lovers only brew what they need, and nothing more; it really is that simple. Plus, the coffee is brewed to absolute perfection, which saves the time and effort required to maneuver a pour-over system, or other do-it-yourself solutions that can be rather clumsy and arcane. Once the single cup is brewed, the grounds are easy to dispose of, as all a coffee lover needs to do is to toss the self-contained container into the trash or recycle bin, depending on the variety.
The efficiency of a k-cup coffee maker is even greater, when you consider that it eliminates human error with over-filling the basket of coffee grounds. In fact, k-cup coffee makers make greater use of the beans. Where traditional drip-brew machines use 10 beans to brew an ounce of coffee, k-cup coffee makers need only 6 beans, or a 40% reduction. Despite the seemingly drastic reduction in the volume of raw materials for a cup of steaming Joe, the cup is just as satisfying as those from any other brewing system.
K-Cup Coffee Reduces the Amount of Beans, But Coffee Consumption Is Rising
In fact, overall coffee bean consumption has seen a decline, even as overall coffee consumption has risen. This seeming paradox is easily resolved when you consider the increased efficiency that coffee lovers employ when brewing the magical beverage with a k-cup coffee maker. Economists also note that this newfound efficiency is having an effect down in Brazil.
Brazil is in the midst of a drastic drought that would normally cause a supply shortage, together with an ensuing spike in coffee-bean prices. Since the k-cup machines blunt the overall demand for raw beans, the coffee market has a built-in leveling factor.
It would seem that k-cup coffee makers are here to stay. While they may seem like a fad, versions of the idea have been around since the mid-1980's. Their rapid expansion in the market is changing the way Americans brew and enjoy coffee, while also having a worldwide economic impact. With increasing pressures to create technologies that emphasize sustainability, it seems that the coffee world already has a working example of how to be a better global citizen.