• Meredith Gray

Kick the K-cup

There's nothing quite like the warm aroma that fills your kitchen while brewing a fresh cup of coffee. Your morning coffee ritual should be an experience that you enjoy waking up to. Are the conveniences of K-cups robbing you of the full coffee experience?

The first single-use plastic coffee pods debuted in 1998 as a quick, convenient method appealing to the busy consumer. Since then, these single-use plastic pods have grown in popularity tremendously, with now one in three Americans reporting to own a single-cup coffee-brewing machine.

However, the convenience factor comes at the expense of the environment, your wallet, and even the quality of your coffee.

Here we outline a few of the primary reasons why you should make the switch.

1. Zero Waste

Every year, billions of these single-use plastic cups are dumped into our landfills. Certain components of these cups are recyclable, but there is no easy way to separate the components. As a unit, they are non-recyclable. The cups are made from plastic No. 7, a mix that is recyclable in only a handful of cities in Canada. When it comes down to it, these cups are not biodegradable and are piling up sky-high in our landfills. Changing even this one daily habit could have an exceptional impact on the environment.

With a simple French press or pour-over system, you will no longer produce waste of any kind, and your leftover grounds can even be composted.

The amount of K-cups currently occupying our landfills could wrap around the earth more than 10 times.

2. A better-tasting cup of coffee

If you’ve ever brewed your coffee with a pour-over system or a French press, you can attest to the full, rich aromas and bold taste that comes along with it. With these brewing methods, the hot water is in contact with the coffee grounds for a longer period of time, fully saturating all of the grounds and leaving you with a richer tasting cup of coffee.

These brewing methods are simple, effective, and provide you with an enjoyable experience every morning. Slow down and smell the coffee! It’s clear why more and more people are starting to make the switch.

3. The Value

A few years back, the Atlantic published a story in which John Sylvan, inventor of the single-use K-cup pods, stated of his invention, “I don’t have one. They’re kind of expensive to use. Plus it’s not like drip coffee is tough to make.” To better paint the picture:

The average cost of a K-cup is somewhere around $0.75. This brews one cup of coffee.

Our 5lb bag of Oasis Morning blend goes for about $0.22 per cup.

Our Organic, fair trade Ethiopian Yirgacheffe sells for around $0.32 per cup.

Switching from K-cups to a different coffee method could potentially save you $387 a year if you are drinking 2 cups of coffee a day.

At a much lower price point, you can enjoy premium, specialty coffee that is roasted to order days before delivery.

Overall, there are multiple, significant benefits to ditching single-use plastic pods to brew your coffee. Make the change and experience the difference for yourself. Your taste buds, wallet, and planet earth will thank you.

As a company, we are proud to support sustainable practices from crop to cup. It’s part of the Oasis experience.

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