Maybe We Shouldn't Be So Jazzed About Keurig Machines in Hotel Rooms After All
A few years ago when Keurig machines started appearing in hotel rooms--we couldn't have more thrilled. At last! A quick and easy way to make coffee in our rooms without having to deal with an ancient coffee maker or fumble with those paper filters. But maybe this perfect cup of coffee wasn't as ideal as we first thought.
Today, Keurigs are very common amenities in hotel rooms as are Nespressos and other one-cup coffee wonders. But this article, published in 2012, has recently been making the rounds on the internet about the dangers of the plastic Keurig casings. Here's a snippet of the piece to get an idea:
So, we do our best to avoid putting hot beverages and food leftovers into plastic containers (glass, stainless steel and food-safe designated ceramics are much better choices.)
But now there are K-cups- a fresh cup of plastic, er- I mean coffee, brewed into your mug every day. Combine hot water temperatures and the acidic qualities of coffee and now there’s a chance to spike leaching and chemical contamination to new heights.
And, because K-cups can’t be recycled, there is no recycling code on them to even tell us which chemicals are in the plastic containers- their ingredients are completely hidden from consumers.
But don't ditch your Keurig or K-cups just yet. According to this doctor, who hunted down the Keurig's official explanation on their pods, K-cups don't contain BPA and the are "constructed using FDA-approved food safe materials." (That's not that comforting considering what chemicals the FDA considers safe for our food.) There's also a plan to get K-Cups to be recycled. FWIW, the Nespresso pods are BPA-free and are recyclable.
Still, if you're concerned about the dangers of a K-Cup, or other one-cup coffee maker, there's always tea. HAHA. Kidding. Instead you can use the reusable K-cup filter and pour in your own coffee blend. That might make for a messy situation in your hotel room though. Alas, it looks like that trip downstairs for coffee is probably inevitable.