1) CAN'T BE RECYCLED: k-cups are non-degradable and non-recyclable
2) HARMFUL TO OUR ENVIRONMENT: At current consumption rates if you laid discarded k-cups end-to-end, they would reach around Earth's equator every 7 days (and to the moon in 30 days!)
3) MAKES WEAK COFFEE: K-cups don't hold enough ground coffee to produce a richly-flavored cup of coffee
4) SUFFERS FROM STALE FLAVOR: Pre-ground coffee (like that found in k-cups or in a can or brick at the grocery store) develops a stale flavor very quickly. The distribution pipeline can take months of time - all while coffee loses flavor
5) HIGH COST: K-cups cost nearly 60 cents per cup or $1.20 per cup if you use two to compensate for weak coffee (versus 40 cents or less for our premium coffee)
Use one of the following brew methods instead of the Keurig brewing system:
* Drip brew - is simple and makes delicious coffee easily at home. Look for the ones that brew directly into an insulated carafe to avoid burning coffee.
Pros: inexpensive, easy to use, makes great coffee
Cons: not so convenient for single cup brewing, coffee left on a burner will be ruined within 10 minutes (unless you use an insulated carafe)
* French press - makes a very rich cup of coffee with a "big" mouth feel
Pros: inexpensive, makes delicious coffee, great for small batches/single cup, never a burned flavor
Cons: clean up is a little messy, coffee will have some particulate and sediment, technique requires some practice for best results
* Aero press - a hybrid drip and press device which produces a clean yet luxurious cup of coffee
Pros: inexpensive, convenient, easy clean up, luxurious coffee brews "clean" (like drip), great for making one or two cups of coffee quickly, even brews stronger, espresso-like beverage, simple to use
Cons: requires some clean up, several small parts to be stored
My favorite method (and I've tried many) is the Aeropress. We are getting a shipment of these incredible single-serve coffee systems in very soon and have started to take pre orders.