The best single-origin coffee can run you up to $6 a cup at a cafe, can be had at home — for much less. By investing in a few key essentials, that luxury can be savored every day. These devices and businesses celebrate the beauty of simplicity and in the process, cut down on waste in the kitchen. Of course, there’s the famous glass Chemex, now ubiquitous at cafes, but here are a few other alternatives to getting that perfect cup of coffee and using your morning coffee to support artisans, recycled materials, small businesses, and more sustainable brewing options.
Terra Recycled French Press
Canadian B-Corp Grosche sells a french press out of 75 percent recycled materials. It has all the elements of a standard french press but repurposes waste material. Also, sold by a company that runs on renewable power itself, minimizes waste, and puts money towards reforestation and clean water programs. Plus a sturdy french press like this can last a lifetime.
The Walkure-Bayreuth Ceramic Coffee Pour Over
This device is not exactly a pour over as we know it. But it does the same job in a new minimalist design. No paper or steel filters needed. With a filtration unit built in, this porcelain beauty is a one-time investment that will make endless cups of coffee. Hand-made in Germany, it’s as much art as it is convenience.
The Coffee Pour Over by Arran Street East
Sure one can buy a standard ceramic pour over at the nearest big box retailer. Or get a pour over artfully made by a ceramicist that’s colorful, lovingly imperfect, and tells a story. Dublin-based ceramics shop, Arran Street East, have recently introduced a pour over that sits perfectly on a single cup or a larger vessel. Available in an array of colors named after fruit and veg, since the Arran Street East studio is based in the heart of Dublin’s vegetable market.
Paperless Stainless Steel Coffee Filter
By getting a stainless steel coffee filter, it cuts down on the daily use of paper filters, often needed with a Chemex. This simple contraption of a glass vessel and a filter can be reused daily, after a quick clean up. The coffee filters through beautifully, leaving you with a sediment-free cup. And the grinds can even be collected and repurposed in the garden, or as a beauty scrub. Purchase on Thrive Market and the package arrives in eco-friendly packaging and supports the company’s efforts to go to zero waste in their warehouses.
An Austin-based business came up with this clever device: a coffee sock. Looking for a way to cut down on paper filters, the founders looked to fabrics that could filter the coffee just as effectively. Made with organic cotton, that supports regenerative farming practices in India, the coffee sock comes in two formats — as a cone or for a larger brew in a Chemex. Either way, it’s a win for the planet.
Copper Cow Coffee
This women-owned business mixes Vietnamese coffee with California’s love for the outdoors with this portable, biodegradable coffee pour-over ideal for a camping trip, a weekend away, or on the go. Sourced from organic coffee farms in Vietnam, Coffee Cow’s selection adds a southeast Asian spin to the average pour over: it comes with condensed milk to transport you to a hot, humid afternoon on the streets of Hanoi.