Coffee: 5 ways to prepare it, which is the greenest? The ranking of Altroconsumo

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was it or coffee machine? Capsule or pod? Altroconsumo has drawn up the ranking of the greenest ways to prepare coffee, taking into consideration the environmental impact of the chosen tools. From moka to American coffee machine, from automatic machines to those with pods or capsules. Here is the ranking drawn up by Altroconsumo, with the indications relating to the environmental impact of each appliance.



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coffeepot o coffee machine? Capsule or pod? Altroconsumo drew up the standings of the greener ways to prepare coffee, taking into consideration the environmental impact of the chosen tools.



From moka to American coffee machine, from automatic machines to those with pods or capsules. Here is the ranking drawn up by Altroconsumo, with the indications relating to the environmental impact of each appliance.

Index

Moka and coffee maker

According to Altroconsumo, this it is the most sustainable method per prepare the coffee. The first position is mainly due to the material of which the coffee makers are made, that is aluminum, which is recyclable and very often also recycled. Furthermore, the use of the coffee maker leads to the production of very little waste. THE coffee grounds they are compostable. However, attention must be paid to the wrapping and packaging of the coffee. Better to choose recyclable alternatives and coffee from fair trade. We add that, who prefers to avoid the use of aluminum in the kitchen, you can opt for coffee pots that have a special internal coating. A coffee costs approx 0,10 €.

Machines with waffles

It is the system that has the lowest environmental impact after the classic moka or coffee maker. The residues remain on the paper or in the container that contains the coffee. You can choose any type of coffee, even the sustainable one. The waffle machine is a Weee, an electronic waste that contains some polluting metals. But if disposed of correctly, these materials can also be reused. However, the production and disposal phases of the appliance have a high environmental impact. A coffee costs approx 0,11 €.

Machines with capsules

The biggest negative aspect regarding the environmental impact is the waste production. After one year of using the machine with the capsules you will have produced 700 g of aluminum, 5,7 kg of plastic e 4,2 kg of paper. The appliance is a WEEE e contains polluting materials: some can be reused if disposed of correctly. With some exceptions related to compatible capsules, it is not possible to choose coffee of brands other than the one indicated for your machine. A coffee costs between 0,28 and 0,38 euros.



Automatic machines

These are large and rather expensive machines. Their manufacture requires a greater use of raw materials. You will therefore have one higher amount of waste to be disposed of at the end of their life cycle. Automatic machines consume double the energy of capsule machines. The waste related to the preparation of coffee is due to packaging and containers. Also in this case the appliance is a Weee e contains polluting materials which can be reused if disposed of correctly. A coffee costs 0,17 €.

Filter machines

It's about the machines for American coffee, which according to Altroconsumo are in last place in the ranking. The problem mainly concerns thehigh consumption di electric energy, caused by the constant heating of the coffee already made. Filter machines therefore have the greatest environmental impact for coffee preparation. Waste and paper filters don't affect it much. You can opt for fair trade coffee. This appliance is a WEEE which contains polluting materials that can be recovered if disposed of correctly. A negative aspect concerns the preparation of the coffee itself: one third of the drink evaporates due to constant heating. A coffee costs approx 0,11 €.



For more information: www.altroconsumo.com.

Marta Albè

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