Coffee and Waste

Back from NYC… I already reported on the big stuff I saw there; and here is a small but annoying thing I also saw.

My hotel room had a drip coffee maker, a standard item in American hotel rooms (and much better than the old dependence on Room Service). But this one had one unusual feature. Instead of the usual plastic basket that you put a filter bag into, this one had no built in basket. The brew basket came in the filter pack – and was disposable.

Coffee pack and contents

You can see the content of the pack in the photo: the black plastic tray has a hole in the bottom, and you throw it out with the soggy filter bag after one use. The old system with a reusable basket was perfectly good – whatever gave anyone the idea that we need more trash on this planet?!…

And ironically, the packaging has the green “Rainforest Alliance” logo at the top which asserts it is environmentally friendly. Yah right!

3 Responses to “Coffee and Waste”


  1. 1 charlie

    it’s easier, cheaper, and likely far more hygenic, if the maid doesn’t clean the basket.

  2. 2 Nathan Zeldes

    I suppose ten years ago I’d have weighed the convenience above the environmental consideration… but to be fair, I have to agree one should weigh the net impact (maybe the soap the maid uses harms the environment more than the trashed basket? and so forth). I just don’t have the data to do that.

    As to the hygiene – we managed quite well before, didn’t we?

  3. 3 charlie

    yeah, but we had bb guns, rode bikes without helmets, and had peanut butter without putting the kid next to us in anaphylactic shock too.

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