When you absolutely have to use single-cup coffee pods

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if you absolutely must use single-use coffee pods image on the green divas

 

Coffee is like a warm hug for my brain

I’ve tried to quit coffee many times. As of this morning, I’ve failed every single time. I love my brain on coffee. It functions so much better [sigh]. 

I’m generally not a fan of single-cup coffee pods, but when we got one of these brewers as our only wedding present from my husband’s well-meaning family, what could I do? My husband is more of a coffee hound than I am and is attached to his coffee equipment. Hence our need to create extended kitchen space to host our vital coffee bar.

green diva meg's coffee bar at home

 

Lately, I’ve been attached to my coffee press. I rarely use single-cup coffee pods, but the compromise when we got the one from the family was that we only use the reusable pod inserts and grind our own coffee for it, which has worked fairly well. 

Enter Intelligent Blends. I was approached by this company to check out their “super righteous” single origin, organic, fair trade, recyclable coffee pods. At first, I was hesitant, but I was seduced by the Sumatran pods. I’m a sucker for a good organic, fair trade cup of Sumatra coffee

It is estimated that over 20 billion single-serve coffee pods
will be used in 2017! 

Uh, that’s a lot of plastic garbage folks! Fortunately, the team at Intelligent Blends is doing their part

 

 by creating recyclable cups that are made of a proprietary blend of #5 Recyclable Polypropylene (PP) along with other eco-friendly materials, which not only makes them more sustainable to produce, but keeps them fresher longer (2 year shelf life). Learn more about their commitment to sustainability here.

I’m on cup #2 as I write this and I’m impressed (and my brain is feeling warm and buzzy and well empty coffee mug for MLKhugged). I pulled apart the first pod to put grounds in the compost and the pod in the recycling bin and noticed that it also has a paper liner, which I’m hoping minimizes the plastic that enters my coffee from the heated process. 

Honestly, I will still primarily use my coffee press, but if we have the machine and someone absolutely, positively has to have a quick cup of coffee, I’m happy to have this in the coffee making arsenal. Not a bad option as single-cup coffee pods go!

And while we’re on the coffee topic train, check out my yummy recipe for better butter coffee

intelligent blends eco-friendly coffee pods

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About the author / 

Green Diva Meg
megan@thegreendivas.com'

(aka Megan McWilliams Bouchard) is the founder of The Green Divas and GDGD Radio Network (the first green and healthy living radio network on earth for the earth). She's the producer and host of the popular Green Divas Radio Show, one of the first radio shows dedicated to sharing low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green. Green Diva Meg is a well-known green living expert and media personality.

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