Day 19: The Eco-Friendly Brew - Choosing a French Press for Coffee

Embracing a Greener Morning Ritual

Welcome to Day 19 of our zero-waste journey! Today, we're reimagining our coffee routine by swapping out pods and paper filters for a more sustainable alternative: the French press. This classic method not only enhances the coffee experience but also aligns with our eco-friendly goals.

The Environmental Impact of Coffee Pods and Paper Filters

While single-use coffee pods and paper filters offer convenience, their environmental footprint is substantial. Coffee pods often contain plastics and metals, contributing to landfill waste. Paper filters, though seemingly harmless, require a significant amount of resources to produce and can also contribute to waste.

Why Choose a French Press?

1. Zero Waste Brewing: The French press doesn't require paper filters or plastic pods, reducing daily waste.

2. Richer Flavor: This brewing method allows for full immersion and extraction of coffee oils, resulting in a richer, fuller-bodied cup.

3. Energy Efficient: French presses are manually operated, saving electricity.

4. Durable and Timeless: Made of glass and metal, a French press is a long-lasting addition to your kitchen.

How to Brew with a French Press

  1. Coarse Grind Your Coffee: A coarser grind prevents coffee grounds from slipping through the press’s mesh filter.
  2. Heat Your Water: Bring water to just below boiling.
  3. Add Coffee and Water: Use about 1 tablespoon of coffee per 4 ounces of water. Pour the water over the grounds and stir.
  4. Steep and Press: Let the coffee steep for 4 minutes, then slowly press the plunger down.
  5. Enjoy: Pour and savor a consciously brewed cup.

Tips for French Press Coffee

  • Quality Beans: Choose high-quality, sustainably sourced coffee beans for the best flavor.
  • Proper Maintenance: Clean your French press thoroughly after each use to maintain its longevity.
  • Compost Coffee Grounds: The used grounds can be composted, adding to your zero-waste efforts.


Using a French press for your daily coffee is a simple yet impactful way to reduce waste and enjoy a superior brew. As we continue our journey towards sustainability, let’s cherish these small changes that contribute to a larger environmental impact.

Stay tuned for Day 20, where we’ll explore more eco-friendly practices. Let's make every cup count! ☕🌍 #ZeroWasteJourney #FrenchPressCoffee #SustainableBrewing

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