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Maybe We Shouldn't Be So Jazzed About Keurig Machines in Hotel Rooms After All

April 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM | by | ()

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.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

Archived Comments:

Standing Water

This particular objection seems overly panicky, but there is a good reason to not use your hotel's Keurig or Nespresso -- they're rarely adequately cleaned, and they often have standing water in them that could be days or weeks old.

Need to use them a lot

I think the K-Cups pose some danger if you are using them a lot over a long time. But once or twice during a hotel stay probably isn't that bad. UNLESS the machine is adequately cleaned like @adamkirby mentioned. Ugh.

Water in coffeemaker

A friend's wife drinks her bottled water and then also pours water from that bottle into the hotel coffeemaker.  I'm sure she is not the only one who does this.  I always try to rinse the coffeemaker out by putting a few dry runs through it - but actually I prefer to have my own travel kettle, which I usually forget...

I have a Keurig Hotel Story

I remember a couple of years ago when a friend of mine and a colleague of his were staying in a local hotel for training.  I had come to visit them and he wanted me to fix his computer. I remarked how it was a nice room and he said "yes it was" but he didn't like the coffeemaker.  I looked - it was a Keurig, and I told him those worked pretty well and asked what the problem was.  He said that coffee grounds got into the cup.  A bit perplexed, I took a closer look.  BOTH of them were taking the foil off the top of the K-cups before putting them in and the coffee grounds were splashing all over!  I explained to them that you just put the cup in.  He asks "how does the water go through the coffee then" - so I of course replied it punches a hole...