Cameron’s Coffee BetterBrew Eco Pods: Delicious, Ethical Java and No K-Cup Waste

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Cameron’s Coffee is a small-batch coffee company out of Minneapolis that has created a sustainable, compostable single-service coffee pod that I’m loving—daily.

Here at Eco-Chick, we’re huge coffee fans—but (naturally) anti-disposables. I loved the ease and convenience of a Keurig machine that I was gifted a couple years back, but I didn’t use it much, alarmed at the plastic waste I knew I’d be creating.

I just couldn’t live with myself envisioning the piles of K-Cup pods stacking up in landfills due to my coffee-love, not to mention exposing myself to the potential toxins that leach out of the plastic pods when heated. (Evidence suggests that even non-BPA plastics can test positive for estrogenic activity – no thanks!)

So my beautiful Keurig machine has been sitting idle in a cabinet in my small apartment. But kitchen space is coveted in NYC, and I was getting ready to give away the machine about a month ago until I was introduced to Cameron’s Coffee Betterbrew Eco Coffee Pods. My Keurig now takes up premium countertop space, and I’m totally cool with it.

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Cameron’s is committed to being one of the most sustainable coffee companies in the world and buys organic Rainforest Alliance, Shade Grown and Fair-trade Certified coffee from farms around the world. 

Cameron’s BetterBrew Eco Coffee Pods are made of renewable plant-based materials. The lids are made from paper and and the rings are made from corn, beets and wood—both materials that will return to the earth within 90 days as they compost easily.

The pods also use a coffee filter instead of a plastic cup, so my morning coffee tastes like it would straight from a traditional drip coffee maker. That means I get real drip brewed coffee flavor with the convenience of a Keurig brewer— without that awful burnt plastic taste that reminds me of an office.

I tried Cameron’s Organic Sumatra Blend, which is earthy and bright (and now my morning go-to), but the company offers a really nice range of flavors so there’s really something for every coffee drinker. 

Speaking of the coffee, Cameron’s is seriously committed to an ethical supply chain and maintains strong relationships with the farms and farmers it sources from around the world. They do walk-throughs of the entire coffee process in detail—from picking the cherries, to the wet mill and the pulper and fermentation tanks, to drying the greens, and most importantly, cupping the coffees.

 

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Cameron’s founder and CEO Bill Kirkpatrick with a coffee farmer. Kirkpatrick has led the company since 1996 and has advanced Cameron’s mission is to “democratize specialty coffee,” by roasting only certified specialty-grade coffee and offering it at affordable prices.

But Cameron’s also gets to know how the farmers live: They visit their homes, explore their communities, observe their classrooms— and they do this because all of these elements are an integral part of their well-being which leads to the success of the coffee culture on the farms and the people who live and work there.

I drink Cameron’s Coffee not only to help curb K-Cup waste (current production levels create enough waste in one year to circle the earth over 10 times!!) but because they believe in respecting and taking care of the people and families they source from.

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Cameron’s also offers sustainably grown and flavorful ground and whole bean bagged coffee, which, in addition to its Eco Coffee Pods, is available on Amazon.com and at other retailers including Walmart, Sprouts, H-E-B, Kroger, Albertson’s, Target, Sam’s Club and Costco.

When I’m making coffee for my boyfriend and I or guests, I’ll brew up Cameron’s Organic French Roast.

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Interested in picking up Cameron’s Specialty Coffee near you? Visit CameronsCoffee.com for locations in your state.

Join Eco-Chick in brewing the change you want to see in the world. Let’s all stop contributing to K-Cup waste and encourage our employers to do the same. Have you made the pledge? Tag us on social using #BetterTasteLessWaste.

Thank you to Cameron’s Coffee for sponsoring this post.

About Lindsay E. Brown
Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the world's first sustainable living site for women. She created the long-running interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia where she was awarded CBS Corporation’s Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, and for environmentalist Laura Turner Seydel. Lindsay has been featured as an ethical fashion and beauty expert on Z Living and was named in Ecover’s “30 Under 30″ contest which recognized those who are making a sustainable difference in their community. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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