Shopping for the Perfect Eco-Friendly Coffeemaker

Keurig coffeeAfter my last coffee maker died just a month after the warranty expired, a relatively expensive Cuisinart, I did some research. I’m the only one in my family that drinks–and needs–coffee so the Keurig would be an obvious choice. I like good, strong, fresh coffee and every time I’d tried coffee from a Keurig it never hit the spot. It tasted weak.  I found out that you can adjust the strength of each cup.

But 4 things still bothered me about the Kuerig:
1. All those little plastic cups that would litter the planet. Would I really take the time to separate the foil, paper and grinds and clean each one out for recycling?
2. I like freshly ground beans!
3. The Keurig was an expensive investment–over $100 plus buying all the K cups.
4. And what if I want to make a pot of coffee?

Keurig coffeeKeurig coffeeThen, I found the Keurig 575 Platinum. All my concerns were answered. You can buy a reusable K Cup filter. This answered 3 of my 4 concerns. It meant I didn’t have to worry about all this little plastic cups AND I could grind my own beans for my coffee. I didn’t have to use the ready-made K cups. As for my third concern, you CAN make a pot; you can purchase a pot for this model.

I have to admit, it’s really nice for entertaining. I keep a bowl filled with a variety of coffee flavors and strengths for guests. With this model you can even make hot water for tea or a cup of cocoa. And the reusable filter is super-easy to use The model is available on Amazon for $170. I might be in love with this machine.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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