I’ve got an unpopular opinion for you. Are you ready?
I believe that coffee pods are better for the environment than traditional coffee machines, and that’s why I started Urban Brew just over five years ago.
Buckle up, Brew Crew, I’m about to tell you why less is more in the world of coffee pods!
Coffee is a fruit of the world, and has to be transported all across the globe. Think: from South America, to Africa, to Australia and to the United States, for example. Between alllll of the travelling adventures that coffee completes before it even drizzles its way into your mug (Google ‘food miles’ for a real shock!) that’s a whole lot of energy being used.
Now, using coffee pods doesn’t reduce these food miles, but due to requiring less coffee beans per pod, it’s clear that less is more! Told ya we’d come back to that!
Coffee pods use about 5g of coffee, compared to traditional espresso machines which use about 10g. This means that for every cuppa you make with a pod, you’re using less coffee, yet indulging in the same great taste. Pod machines are designed to extract all the necessary oils and flavours from the ground coffee, so in drinking pods you won’t miss out on that sweet hit of caffeination or compromise on great taste.
With every shipping container that is packed with coffee and shipped on its way, you’ll be able to make twice as many cups of coffee. Good for you and good for the environment!
In saying all of this, pods are only the better option for the environment if you use compostable pods. The big dogs in the coffee pod world are known for their aluminium pods. Little known, though, is the fact that these pods take 500 years to breakdown in landfill. It’s clear that this harm outweighs the benefits of reducing food miles.
This is exactly the reason why we do what we do. Our compostable coffee pods can be disposed of into your green waste bin, where they are taken to an industrial composting facility to break down in as little as 90 days. With the perfect environment for the decomposition of the bio-plastics our pods are made from, they decompose in far less than 500 years.
Reducing pressure on the production of coffee, which is adversely being affected by climate change, through turning to pod coffee will provide the perfect solution to environmental harm whilst maintaining an affordable standard of coffee.