Nearly a year ago, Recycla had to replace her beloved coffee maker. She agonized over the decision and ended up buying an old fashioned percolator, just like the one her grandparents used when she was growing up.
A year later, Recycla still has that percolator, but it hasn’t been used nearly as much as she thought it would be. While the percolator is great for making coffee for a larger group of people, it’s not the best way to make coffee for the sole coffee drinker in her house who usually has only one or two cups per day. In addition, the percolator took far more time to go from I need coffee to oh thank goodness, how fast will it hit my bloodstream.
So Recycla looked around at all the options again. The one she kept coming back to was the Keurig line of coffee makers. Surely you’ve seen them, as they are all the rage right now: They have those little single-use capsules of coffee and tea and brew your beverage of choice in the blink of an eye.
Recycla was interested but didn’t consider them an option for her kitchen, as she didn’t want to buy those wasteful capsules. But then she heard about Ecobrew reusable filters and she was intrigued. She did some research, including polling her Facebook friends, and the reviews were favorable overall. She ultimately took the plunge, buying a Keurig on sale, then heading to her local Whole Foods to get one Ekobrew filter.
The verdict? She’s pleased. The process is easy: Scoop coffee or tea into the filter. Add water to the coffee maker. Put the filter in place. Push the start button. Wait patiently for up to two minutes. Afterward, clean up is a breeze. She dumps the grounds out, cleans the filter, and lets it air dry. Easy peasy.
If you think that coffee might make your tea taste odd, buy a second filter, which is what Recycla did. And if Recycla buys additional filters, she’s going to get one that is stainless steel, which is an option she didn’t know about when she bought the plastic ones.
Yes, the Ekobrew costs more up front, but you can search around for better prices. (Check Amazon.) Even more importantly, in the long run, you’ll save money. Depending on where you get those single-use Keurig capsules, they can cost $1-2 each. Recycla spent $10 for her Ekobrew filter and factoring in the cost of coffee beans, figures she recovered her investment in less than three weeks.
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Standard disclaimer: The Eco Women are not employed by the companies mentioned, nor were they asked to review their products. Photo credits, top to bottom: Yahoo Images, Ecobrew, Yahoo Images.