Best Plastic Free Coffee Maker

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Looking for a new plastic free coffee maker? This is a complete overview on the best plastic free coffee makers for every brew style.

By now the harmful effects of plastic on your body and the environment are widely known. Plastic is not biodegradable which means it stays in our environment forever, and breaks down into microplastics which wreak havoc on the health of everyone, including fauna. Plastic exposure over time has been linked to birth defects, cancer, endocrine disruption, impaired immunity and reproductive and developmental consequences [1]. 

With all these horrible effects known, it’s best to look for a coffee maker free from plastic. After all, coffee is probably a part of your daily routine, drinking at least a cup a day. This daily exposure means the safety of your coffee maker should be a top priority. A lot of popular coffee makers of the last fifty years were hulking, entirely plastic machines that took up a ton of space on your countertop— I’m looking at you, Keurig. Luckily, there are many great options for elegant, sleek plastic free coffee makers that improve the aesthetics of your kitchen, and your health. The best plastic free coffee makers come in a variety of different brewing methods and price points. Choose one based on your preferred brewing method. 

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Polished Silver

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05/24/2022 12:05 am GMT

It’s very hard to find a true drip coffee maker that has zero plastic. This is the only coffee maker on this list that does have a little plastic. The plastic is only on the reservoir which the water would have very brief contact with, and it is BPA free. Otherwise, this is a great coffee maker, period. It’s certified by the Speciality Coffee Association of America. This is a very well built machine that has been made in the Netherlands since 1968. 

It’s important to note that this is a large machine that will take up a lot of counter space. Personally, I would only recommend this machine if you have a large family of coffee drinkers and coffee is a big part of your daily life. Otherwise, I think it may be excessive. 

What I Like

What I Don't Like

  • SCA certified 

  • Not labor intensive 

  • Easy to use

  • Large machine takes up space

  • Expensive

  • Does have a plastic part

Nguyen 

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05/24/2022 12:07 am GMT

This 12 oz phin filter is like a crossover between a french press and a pour over. It produces a very rich, highly caffeinated brew, in the traditional Vietnamese method. The phin filter fits on most mugs and will make 1-3 cups. No paper filter is needed, so it’s extra sustainable. The 12 oz stainless steel chamber produces a perfect cup in 6-7 minutes. It’s not the fastest cup, but think of it as a leisurely part of your morning routine. Best of all, this filter is so compact so it’s perfect for small kitchens and travel. 

This is great if you particularly like the Vietnamese coffee, and if you aren’t up to investing a lot. 

What I Like

What I Don't Like

  • Affordable

  • Compact design, great for travel

  • Extremely easy to use

  • Only produces a specific kind of coffee

  • Not good for large quantities

  • Could feel cheap

COLETTI Bozeman Camping Coffee Pot – Coffee Percolator – Percolator Coffee Pot for Campfire or Stove Top Coffee Making – 9 CUP

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05/24/2022 06:49 am GMT

This coffee percolator has such a pretty vintage look yet is very utilitarian. The Coletti Coffee Percolator has a 18/8 stainless steel body with a wooden handle and tempered glass top. This doesn’t require paper filters, and is very easy to use. Simply fill with water, put coffee in the basket and set on the stove. This coffee maker is especially good for making coffee for a crowd. It’s also advertised as great for camping and outdoor use. It’s also dishwasher safe. 

This coffee maker is a great choice for fuss-free coffee for a crowd. 

What I Like

What I Don't Like

  • Great for camping

  • Doesn't need filters

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Pricey for how simple it is

Primula Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker, 4-Cup 

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05/24/2022 12:07 am GMT

This is a traditional moka pot coffee maker for the stovetop. The Primula is made out of stainless steel, instead of the usual aluminum, which makes for better tasting and healthier coffee. It’s very simple to use: simply fill the bottom with water and then fill the funnel with ground coffee, and set on the stovetop. Within minutes, you’ll get great tasting espresso. The handle is made of soft grip silicone that doesn’t overheat on the stove. 

This is a great espresso maker if you’re already a fan of espresso, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t prefer espresso. 

What I Like

What I Don't Like

  • Affordable

  • Simple to use

  • Requires little storage

  • Tricky to clean

  • Not good for large quantities

Fellow Stagg [XF] Pour-Over Brewing Set for Coffee (includes Stagg [XF] Pour-Over Dripper with Ratio Aid, Stagg Double Wall Glass Carafe, and 30 paper filters) 

You might know the brand Fellow from their very popular kettle. This “Pour-Over Dripper” is a combination of the pour over method and a drip coffee maker. This is a very user-friendly process as it has a built in ratio measurement so you brew the right amount of coffee every time. It’s made of double-walled glass and stoneware, which is very safe and non-reactive. 

I think this is a great option for someone who is newer to pour-overs and doesn’t have the patience to deal with a finicky pour-over technique. It also will look great displayed in your kitchen, as the aesthetics are a big selling point of this plastic-free coffee maker.  

What I Like

What I Don't Like

  • Very easy to use

  • Attractive design

  • Expensive

  • Requires custom filters 

Chemex 

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05/24/2022 06:39 am GMT

The Chemex is a very classic and iconic coffee maker. The Chemex was invented back in 1941, and is completely plastic free—composed of a glass carafe with a wood collar and leather band. It requires a paper filter, and it has a bit more complicated brewing process. 

What I Like

What I Don't Like

  • Affordable

  • Attractive design

  • Brews a very clean cup due to non-porous glass

  • Hard to clean

  • Not the easiest process 

  • Easy to break

Mueller French Press Double Insulated 310 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker 4 Level Filtration System, No Coffee Grounds, Rust-Free, Dishwasher Safe 

This is a classic french press coffee maker that is made entirely of stainless steel. It has a three-layer steel filter process that doesn’t require paper filters. It also is double walled for great heat retention. For an added bonus, this french press can also be used to make tea, hot chocolate, as a milk frother and fruit infuser. 

What I Like

What I Don't Like

  • Can be used as a frother

  • Attractive design

  • Affordable

  • Hard to tell how much water to put in

  • Fine mesh filter requires physical force

  • Can be hard to clean fine mesh

Overall, there are many choices for the best plastic free coffee maker. The choice really depends on what brewing method you are most comfortable with, and if you want the coffee maker to heat the water itself. Personally, my top choice would be the Mueller french press or the Nguyen Phin filter, as they are very easy to use and simple, but provide great results. 

If you’re more of a tea person, and want to find out how to avoid plastics in tea, check out my article on the best Plastic Free Tea Bags.

Source

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3299092/#:~:text=Exposure%20to%20harmful%20chemicals%20during,endocrine%20disruption%2C%20developmental%20and%20reproductive

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