What to Look for
When it comes to coffee makers, most people assume that non-electrical ones will always be the more sustainable option for the obvious reason that they don’t require any energy to power them. However, recent research has shown that when considering the whole lifecycle from growing the beans to your morning cup, pod machines rank the second most environmentally friendly after instant, with filter or drip coffee coming third and espresso machines last. The research can be conflicting which is why we recommend opting for whatever coffee-maker suits you best, but purchasing it from a company who are doing good by the environment. Moreover, if you do opt for a pod machine, it’s ideal to use compostable pods and correctly compost them rather than letting them go to landfill where they will release methane. We strongly recommend you get your electricity through sustainable sources or opt for a renewables-only tariff which will massively reduce both a coffee machine and kettle’s environmental impact. Also consider reducing the carbon footprint of your purchase by buying second-hand. Apps such as Depop, Shpock and Ebay are easy ways to search for second-hand items. Sellers have ratings to reassure you that you can trust what you are buying.
When it comes to coffee makers, whether it be cafetiêre, stove top or machine, a lot of it is personal choice which is why below we have recommended some of our favourite coffee brands selling a range of equipment for you to choose from. Whether you decide to invest in an electric or manual machine, the companies below are all forces for good who you can feel more confident giving your money to.
Kiss the Hippo
The brand: a coffee-subscription and London café that cares for the planet. These guys use direct trade sourcing, paying at least 50% above the Fairtrade price for their coffees. Their eco-friendly roaster uses 80% less fuel than a traditional drum roaster and they transform old coffee grounds from their cafes into biofuel. It doesn’t stop there, they work with Karma to ensure no food is from their cafes is wasted and all their straws, cups, lids, takeaway boxes and cutlery are 100% compostable. They give back in multiple ways including giving old coffee sacks to be used as toys at London Zoo and they gave all their proceeds from the day of their first anniversary to the Rainforest Trust UK.
The product: they sell just about every bit of coffee equipment you could ask for from expresso machines to hand grinders to pour-over mugs. Our personal favourite are the Hario Cold Brew Bottles and the Wilfa Classic+ Brewer whose 10-cup capacity and hotplate makes it perfect for big households or serving guests. Don’t forget to keep up their cute KeepCup for your coffess on-the-go.
The brand: originally a London coffee shop, the company now specialise in compostable coffee pods. You can be sure your money is going to a company that care about the environment as they work closely with sustainable farms and have carbon positive shipping.
The product: our favourite from these guys is their own Nespresso Pod Machine which is built to last and has an automatic power-saving mode to reduce electricity consumption.
Coaltown Coffee Roasters
The brand: another coffee-subscription service and certified B corporation. With a roastery run on 100% renewable energy, education for wholesale clients on planet friendly procedures, uniforms from environmentally-friendly company Rapanui, compostable coffee cups made by fellow B corp Decent Packaging, these guys really have thought of everything to help the planet.
The product: one of our favourite products the Coaltown Coffee Roasters stock is the Opal One Capsule Machine. With a sleek design and unique brewing chamber it will look perfect in any kitchen and deliver a delicious morning coffee. They also stock the innovative Nanopresso Portable Espresso Machine for coffees on-the-go.
We try our best to research and find the best environmentally-friendly companies to recommend here. However, if you have any suggestions that we might not know of, or disagree with any of our recommendations, please get in contact: firstname.lastname@example.org .We always want to learn more about the companies with the potential to save our future.