I ditched my Keurig (and my coffee pot), and I am SO excited to tell you about what we replaced it with. I think it is just as easy, it takes up way less space, and tastes amazing!
I got my first Keurig as a gift while I was pregnant with my second child, and I loved the convenience of making my very own cup of decaf coffee any time, even when everyone else was drinking regular. I began keeping some of the fun hot ciders and teas on hand too. We got one of those cool drawers that go under the Keurig, and I liked to fill it up with a variety of delicious K-cups. It felt like being at a coffee shop, where I could order whatever I wanted and have it in an instant. I especially loved having friends over, and letting each person select exactly what they wanted. I became used to waking up in the morning and having my very own cup of coffee or tea in minutes.
As we ditched most of the plastic in our kitchen, and generally started putting more thought into how things affected us health-wise, I realized the Keurig was one of the things we were hanging on to that probably needed to go. Plastic (even BPA-free plastic) leaches chemicals that can act like excess estrogen in our bodies, especially when exposed to heat. The thought of running hot water through cheap plastic K-cups and then drinking the resulting liquid seemed far from something I wanted to do to my body every day (ok, realistically, several times a day!). All of this, plus the risk of mold in coffee that has been sitting on a shelf for long periods of time, and the amount of non-recyclable waste from the empty K-cups made me realize it was time to let go. So I ditched my Keurig!
I considered going back to a regular coffee pot, but I was not excited about putting hot water through another plastic appliance, and the non-plastic ones were out of our price range.
It was then that I first discovered pourover coffee…. and it has become a delicious, wonderful, simple, and inexpensive staple in our home. I wouldn’t go back now for anything. Here’s what it takes to make a delicious, fresh cup of pour-over coffee.
How to make pourover coffee
– a size 4 pourover dripper (I like these ceramic ones)
– ground coffee (for best flavor, grind just before brewing)!
– a mug
That’s it! And here are the simple directions:
1. Put filtered water in your kettle, and put it on the stove… go about your morning routine. It will whistle when it needs you.
2. Place 2-3 tablespoons of coffee in the paper or mesh filter inside the pourover dripper (for 8-12 oz of coffee).
3. Place the dripper on top of your mug.
4. Pour hot water in a circular motion over the coffee, so all of the grounds get wet. Fill the dripper about 3/4 full one time, and give it time to filter (you may have to use trial and error to figure out if this is exactly the right amount of water for your mug – keep in mind, it is better to pour less water, and add more if needed, so your cup does not overflow)! If you are using a paper filter, be careful not to let the edges fall down, or coffee grounds will go in your cup (you can always filter the coffee in your cup again if this happens).
Now you have a piping-hot, single cup of coffee, minus the plastic residue and stale coffee you get with the Keurig. I bet you can taste the difference!
If you’d like to make more coffee at one time, you can use a larger glass jar instead of a mug. I usually brew into a one-quart mason jar. I use 5-6 tablespoons of ground coffee, and fill my no. 4 coffee dripper twice with water. It fills the mason jar perfectly with coffee, and makes two generous (16 oz.) servings!
I ditched my Keurig; have you decided to ditch yours too?
I would love to hear if you’ve ditched your Keurig too (or maybe you never bought one in the first place). If so, what is your favorite coffee brewing method? Let me know in the comments!