Last updated on December 6th, 2023 at 07:58 pm
If you are a coffee drinker, you will be familiar with disposable coffee pods. Like tea bags, these are also pre-packaged single servings of coffee grounds or whole beans that can be brewed straight into your machine or cup.
Coffee pods save time and effort compared to doing things the old-fashioned way. Therefore, it is not a surprise that pods have become so popular. However, recently refilled coffee pods are gaining more traction. But why?
What Are Reusable Coffee Pods?
A coffee pod pack is typically opened once and then thrown away. In this way, the pack never gets used again. As a result, people are switching to pods for environmental reasons and for the long-term cost factor of making coffee in this manner.
Considering environmental reasons and that many coffee pods are made from plastics, such as polypropylene and polystyrene, it is unsurprising to know that they can cause problems in landfills.
While coffee pods are convenient, their main appeal is saving time and money for consumers and product manufacturers. When you make coffee with traditional brewing methods, you need to weigh out your coffee (which can take some time), grind it (it also takes time), put in the required amount of water, and wait a minute or so before it is ready to drink.
On the other hand, coffee pods are pre-measured tiny cups of coffee that need to be placed into a machine, which will do you all the hard work. Many devices will even stop themselves once your coffee has finished brewing, making the situation ideal for people in a hurry.
The convenience of the pods also benefits the manufacturers, who can produce standardized servings of coffee that work with any brewing device. It means they do not have to worry about making custom capsules for every different machine out there, so it saves them money.
Can Pods Be Used With Any Type of Coffee?
While many people will use pods with pre-measured and ground coffee, others prefer it with their beans. In that case, they can be used repeatedly until the coffee inside is completely gone. As long as you clean them properly after each use, your pod should last for several servings before it needs to be replaced.
It also means that you do not always have to buy pods. This process saves you money in the short term and helps reduce environmental impact.
They are Environmentally Friendly
Besides being convenient, reusable or refill pods are also environmentally friendly. Reducing the number of coffee pods in landfills dramatically reduces the environmental impact. Many companies use biodegradable materials to produce their pods, so at least part of them can be recycled or disposed of without harming the environment.
Since people are becoming more aware of the convenience and benefits to the environment, refilled coffee pods are becoming increasingly popular. It is a good step forward, as consumers must change over time and become conscious of their actions.