Cafes around the globe are temporarily refusing to accept reusable coffee cups to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
With the spread of Covid-19 prompting the government to implement mandatory quarantines, encourage social distancing, and on a more local level cafes are taking their own precautionary measures.
In an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 various Coffee Shops around the world are temporarily refusing to accept reusable coffee cups, out of concern that handling the cups could increase transmission of the virus.
This is no easy decision for cafes, “as a business where being environmentally best practice is a core value (or ours) this is no easy decision,” John Mills from Himself cafe in Brisbane Australia explained. “For now our community safety must come first.”
Here are some ways you can make the perfect brew from home whilst still supporting your local coffee roasters and protecting our planet!
1. Instant Coffee – Sipp Instant
Sipp Instant will change the way you think about instant coffee. The team at Sipp have created dairy-free instant coffee blends packaged in 100% compostable bags!
Sipp Instant is committed to reducing the global impact that they have on our planet. $1 from every pouch sold goes towards organisations dedicated to making our planet more sustainable for the generations to come.
From their Coconut Chai Latte blend to a double shot Coconut Coffee click here to order your first brew.
2. Percolator or Plunge Brew
Long before espresso machines, the traditional way to make coffee, and still preferred by some is with a percolator! Stovetop percolators look alot like skinny silver tea kettles and use ground coffee beans. Support your local cafe or roaster and ask them to grind your favourite beans to suit your size and style of percolator or plunger.
Percolated coffee is infamously strong, mostly because of the circular nature of the brewing process (giving the grounds more time to steep) and the hot temperature of the percolated water, giving you a beautiful bold homemade brew!
Don’t have a percolator or plunger? You can buy them at many cafes, or online for as little as $30, just do a quick google search!
3. Coffee Pod Machines – Biodegradable or Reusable Coffee Pods
If, like us, you’re a coffee snob and picky about great coffee, there are plenty of high quality pod machines now on the market. Nespresso are market leaders in the space, with the De’Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Touch Coffee Machine one of our faves. Even better, there are now many biodegradable and reusable coffee pod options, so you can enjoy the convenience of coffee pods, and taste without waste with these two options:
- Biodegradable Coffee Pods – Pod Co. Coffee
Australian business Pod.co have created cafe quality coffee in biodegradable and compostable coffee pods compatible with many Nespresso Machines!
“Our mission is simple, pack Melbourne’s best cafe quality coffee into eco-friendly coffee pods” – Rashid & Ammar Roumani, Founders of POD CO. COFFEE.
They source plant based materials to create a compostable coffee pod that will break down in your garden after 90 days!
Click here to purchase the Taster Pack and get free shipping!
- Reusable Coffee Pods – Crema Joe.
These environmentally friendly capsules are designed to be reused, giving you the freedom to brew freshly ground coffee beans with your generic coffee pod machines.
Bonus: Brewing with Crema Joe reusables will cost you around 15-30c per coffee, saving an average household over around $400 a year to go along with the waste you’re saving. Click here to see which reusable coffee capsule is right for you.
4. Barista Style at Home
Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like a barista made coffee. As we enter a period of uncertainty, you may soon be forced to become the barista and make your own at home. The good news is, there are a number of professional quality coffee machines that are compact enough for your bench or counter at home. We love the Delonghi La Specialista Barista Style Espresso Machine, with it’s built in Sensor Grinding Technology and Advanced Latte System.
With cafes also entering a period of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to buy your beans locally! If we aren’t able to meet friends or work colleagues for a quick cuppa at your favourite cafe, make sure you buy a bag of their beans for your next at home brew.
We hope this relieves some of your coffee anxiety during this uncertain and wild time, we send happy and healthy thoughts to everyone around the globe. Now go on, get brewin!