Green Your K-Cup Routine With a Reusable K Cup

Reusable K Cup

Ekobrew Reusable K Cups

Perhaps the biggest coffee sensation of the last few years, single-cup coffee makers have captured popular attention with their promise of extreme convenience and hyper-customizability. But it doesn’t take an environmental scientist to guess that there’s a bit of an environmental toll associated with a conventional disposable K-cup. Yes, every day, millions of these tiny foil-covered plastic cups make their way to a landfill near you.

Fortunately for those with both an eye for sustainability and a taste for a perfectly brewed K-cup, Ekobrew has developed a reusable K cup. This reusable, BPA-free K-cup is super easy to use—just fill it with whatever you want, place it in the machine, and brew normally. Cleanup is a snap and it’s made to last, with a reinforced hinge and tight seal.

Guess that means everyone can now enjoy a good K-cup, including a happier, healthier Mama Earth.

Crack the Whip: Milk Steamers and Frothers for Coffeehouse-Style Foam

Want the daily joy of coffeehouse espresso drinks without the not-so-joyous price gouging (hello, $5 lattes)? Give yourself the gift of frothy milk anytime you want it by scouting out milk steamers and frothers that can give your morning cuppa the airy/creamy kick you love.

To get you started on your quest for homemade foam, we’ve rounded up a few solid choices on the market now. But first, for those of you uninitiated to the world of the steamer/frother, here’s the quick and dirty on ’em.

Milk steamers and frothers come in a range of shapes and sizes, but all are meant to whip your milk into a froth worthy of a rich espresso drink. Some are handheld, battery-operated wands, while others are plug-in carafes you pour the milk into and let the machine take things from there. Some just heat and whisk, while others can actually steam the milk too. If you’re not picky about your froth consistency, a less expensive one-speed-fits-all will likely fit your needs. If you’re on the more discerning side of the foam spectrum, investing in one that has multiple settings or lets you have more control over the final product will be your best bet.

Without further ado, we present a few milk steamers and frothers worthy of your consideration:

Aerolatte Deluxe Edition Milk Frother

Aerolatte Deluxe Edition Milk Frother

Aerolatte Deluxe Edition Milk Frother: The simplest and cheapest way to achieve steam-free espresso froth is with a handheld, battery-operated milk frother like this one. Within 15-20 seconds, this nine-inch electric whisk whips up the perfect foam in hot or cold milk.  To keep the sleek chrome wand nice and shiny, it also comes with a handy stand. $30






20oz Espresso Coffee Milk Frothing Pitcher

20oz Espresso Coffee Milk Frothing Pitcher

Espresso Coffee Milk Frothing Pitcher: This 20-ounce stainless steel pitcher is a great accompaniment for the handheld frother mentioned above. It’s just the right size for making two expressos (or less) worth of frothy milk, and the spout is designed to keep from spilling that precious milk—because even though there’s no use crying over spilled milk, frothed milk is kind of a different story…$15






Capresso frothPRO

Capresso frothPRO

Capresso frothPRO: Thick froth is a push of the button away with this easy peasy plug-in device. True, it’s three times more pricy than the handheld, battery-operated option, but with three temperature settings, two frothing disks, and one heating disk, you can really customize your foam to a tee, whether you’re into the thick and hot or cool and frothy…or somewhere in between. The 12-ounce ceramic-coated pitcher can froth up to 8 ounces of milk without spillage. $60





Once you’ve got the frother of your choice ready to go, you’re a mere 90 seconds away from whipping up (forgive the pun) that rich coffeehouse-style espresso drink.