How Eco Is Your Coffee Pot?

Consumers buy more automatic-drip coffeemakers than any other small kitchen appliance, so it’s no wonder they use about $400 million worth of electricity just brewing coffee every year. To make an energy-efficient but still high-voltage cup of java, start with the pot:

French pressBodum Chambord’s elegant but inexpensive model (pictured left) makes delicious coffee; the Columbia design contains the coffee in a thermal carafe to keep the beverage warm without the need for an electric hot plate.

Chemex manual drip coffeepots. This hourglass-shaped flask can use recycled paper filters. Make as little as one cup of coffee, or as many as ten.

Chef’s Choice electric French press plus. This environmentally-friendly technology combines the French press and an energy-saving electric kettle in one pot.

One-cup coffeemakers. These efficient pots can brew coffee in less than a minute, eliminating the need to prepare a whole pot. Check the housewares section of Target, Wal-Mart, or your local department store.   

When buying a new coffeemaker:

Consider how much coffee you consume at any given time. If you drink only one cup of coffee in the morning, and maybe one again in the evening, don’t buy a machine that automatically brews eight or ten or twelve cups. You’ll be wasting energy, water, coffee-and ultimately, money.

Get a carafe. Do you sip coffee sporadically through the morning or afternoon? Rather than keep a pot warm on an electric hot plate, buy a good insulated carafe to keep your "joe" hot through the end of the day.

Looking for an electric-drip appliance? Choose one that shuts off automatically.

And if you like to grind your own beans, try:

Danesco manual coffee grinder. A stainless steel grinder with a clip canister, it lets you grind coffee beans fine or coarse using no kilowatts but your own. 

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2 Responses to How Eco Is Your Coffee Pot?

  1. Condo Blues September 30, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    I use a reusable gold coffee filter in my automatic coffeemaker. A gift after a visitor was impatient when I made coffee in my small single gal french press (read makes coffee for one vs. coffee for several) during their visit. After making a pot coffee in the morning, I unplug the coffeemaker to zap vampire power.

  2. The Coffee Guy March 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    I use a Melita pour over cone drip coffe system . Two parts. pot and filter holder. Pour water over for however many cups you like.
    Personally its the best coffee aftger a glass percolator. they take too long and are hard to find. Bodum coffee is alwasy inconsistent, dusty, murky and weak. Just my thoughts, after all I am

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