I have been reading lately how the creator of the Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker is very upset that his invention is causing a lot of negative comment for its recycling problems.
It seems the popularity of the Keurig has created a problem because of it massive usage by coffee lovers. All this use of K-cups and there lack of recyclabilty is a big problem. He actually feels very bad about.
The company’s co-founder and co-inventor John Sylvan was in the news this week after an interview he gave to The Atlantic, in which he complained strongly about his former employers. At the heart of his complaint is a legitimate grievance — Keurig’s massive contribution to U.S. persistent organic pollutants (POPS) which are transported by micro-plastics, byproducts of the decomposition of the plastic packaging of its single-cup coffee serving pods.
“I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it,” John Sylvan told The Atlantic in an interview.
While the effects remain unclear, researchers believe this plastic pollution could increase cancer rates and lead to increased mortality of various animal species. These little K-Cups, that are causing all this stir is quite a marvel. But how do they work and work so well.
How do K-Cups Work?
Keurig Brewers together with K-Cup coffees and teas have actually risen in appeal, both in your home and in the workplace. However exactly what is a K-Cup and how does it work? Your Keurig device brews a hot cup of coffee in well under a minute, however it is NOT “instantaneous coffee.”
The K-Cup itself is a closed plan which includes both genuine, ground coffee and a paper filter. Your coffee is brewed the same way a fresh pot of coffee is brewed– simply on a smaller sized scale.
When you place your K-Cup and press the brew button, holes are pierced in the top and bottom of the K-Cup, breaking the freshness seal. Hot, pressurized water is injected the K-Cup, and your newly brewed drink is dispatched through the filter, and into your waiting cup.
The charm of Keurig, and other single-cup coffee systems, is that each user can brew his/her own fresh cup of coffee, personalized to their taste (dark roast, light roast, seasoned, or decaf), rapidly, without any remaining waste, problems, or mess. Keurig Coffee Brewers come in a variety of sizes and capabilities.