We all love the idea of having Keurig machine in the workplace, or at their homes.
One lady bought such machine from Costco along with the handy unit to store the awkward K Cups, insisting on the Newman’s Organic K Cups for his coffee choice. However, she started asking questions, but she started filing his coffee filter with some freshly ground coffee and pushed the concerns away when she saw that it takes only 2 minutes. She wondered:
- How fresh is the coffee in a K Cup?
- What toxins is she exposing to as the hot water forces the coffee through the little holes poled in the plastic cup?
- What is that lid made of that is poked at the top to allow the water to enter the cup?
- Is there a filter inside the plastic cup, what is it made of and hot it is secured inside the plastic cup?
- What chemicals are used in the flavored coffee selections?
Is your Keurig Harboring Mold and Bacteria?
The most impossible think was that she wanted her machine to be completely empty and dry. If your brewer is primed, you won’t be able to empty the water contained inside, and the internal tank cannot be drained. The lady has worked in a hospital lab before, and there, in order not to have bacteria and biofilm they had to empty all the reservoirs on a daily basis. Since the internal tank and the rubber tubing is impossible to be drained, there live all the bacteria and mold. Another mold-magnet is the black rubber ring contained in the bottom of the exterior water container. If grown in dark moist and dark places, a slick biofilm is being formed. In addition, the coffee bean’s antibacterial action is not even close enough to kill the microbes that constantly flow withing the system. A recent study says that this way kills bacteria less than 50% .
In order for the water to kill all bacteria it must be at boiling temperature and stay there for a couple of minutes. Also, clean the coffee mugs with water and soap because they are contaminated with bacteria too.
Have in mind that even after doing a few vinegar cycles, you might still feel the moldy smell.
Plastic K Cups Conundrum
Made up of a composite plastic #7 and BPA-free the chemicals from the composite plastic are not safe and still have estrogenic activity. Since the estrogens are fake in them, do not think to add soy milk to your coffee.
There is a big problem for the environment which is that these cups are not recyclable and we’ve seen an explosion of single cup coffee makers, like Keurig in the past. There are 8.3 billion K Cups discarded yearly which is enough to circle the Earth 10.5 times, says MotherJones.com.
The lid is polyethylene coated foil and we have to avoid it because of the connection with the following diseases:
- Alzheimer’s disease;
- Celiac Disease.
- The filter is made of filter paper fused or glued inside the plastic cup.
There are reusable K Cups named My K-Cup which doesn’t solve the problem with the stagnant water and hidden water tanks and these still should be filled each time one makes a cup of coffee and also the filter should be cleaned each time.
We all know that the coffee is flavored with artificial favors that are said to be “natural”, but on the contrary the ingredients are being hidden and they act like MSG (a neurotoxin), which often cause migraines and headaches. One guy had a habit of drinking coffee from his machine at work, and he started to experience nausea, fatigue, dizziness and vomiting. Another one, said that when he started using the K Cups his lips started to get dry and numb.
What you have to buy to get a good and healthy cup of coffee?
The coffee beans you purchase have to look inky black and be Fair Trade, organic and shade grown. The beans need to be grown and processed without pesticide, herbicide, or chemicals use. Pesticides contribute to the growing rate of cancer, miscarriage and Parkinson’s disease. Also, you have to use non-bleached filters as white filters have been bleached with chlorinated bleach. Shade grown coffee is better tasting coffee because shade-coffee beans ripen more slowly, resulting in a richer flavor. More importantly it is better for the environment and provides a healthier environment for the workers.