Gallery: GREEN YOUR APPLIANCES! Coffee Makers


Overall, coffee machines and espresso makers are not the greatest energy drains on our monthly electric bill, so the green options are more subtle and complex than choosing a washer/dryer or refrigerator. For larger, energy-consuming devices, the EPA provides the Energy Star system and manufacturers themselves provide detailed specifications and product back-story to explain efficiency enhancements in design. Coffee makers are not evaluated by Energy Star, nor by Consumer Report’s Greener Options website. Additionally, there are few companies that promote the eco-impact of their coffee making machines.

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  1. James@Cycling Watches October 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Not to switch the theme, but I have been asked this question a million times is a “sport watch” classified as a piece of jewelry or a fitness product.

  2. greeNNeck September 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I found a great steel insulated french press at a boat show and use it every morning. It keeps the coffee hot for hours, is unbreakable, and most steel is recycled anywhere from 30-90%.

  3. tonitero July 30, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I prefer the Presso Coffee Maker. It is a manually operated coffee, espresso maker which creates gourmet coffee through a controlled blend of pressure and temperature. It uses no paper filter.

  4. tonitero July 30, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I prefer the Presso Coffee Maker. It is a manually operated coffee, espresso maker which creates gourmet coffee through a controlled blend of pressure and temperature.

  5. KJ Loo September 22, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Paper filters, minor electric consumption and washing are all minimal in comparison to the production of coffee pots. Cheap pots that have poor designs or expensive pots that have prone-to-fail electronic components may be less green due to their short lifecycle.

  6. Dan S. September 7, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    The correct URL for the Consumer Reports Greener Choices is

  7. nony September 7, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    The Toddy system requires no heat to brew excellent coffee, has a reusable cotton filter, and the concentrate it creates keeps for weeks. Sure, it’s a big plastic thing, but I’m never throwing mine away, and I might even get it engraved and leave it to my grandchildren.

  8. jean harrington September 6, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    French Press coffee raises cholesterol levels.
    Putting coffee through a paper filter,
    removes the terpines in coffee.

  9. John Bemb September 6, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Actually filter paper is a renewable resource, the precious metals used in the “permanent” filters are not.

  10. Daniel Lunsford September 5, 2007 at 10:11 am

    The French Press isn’t given it’s due credit in this article. There’s absolutely no waste, since it doesn’t use paper filters, and the excess coffee grounds can be composted or put in your potted plants. Excess coffee shouldn’t be poured down the drain–just dilute it and water your plants, garden, or compost heap. Since the coffee only stays in the press for a few minutes and doesn’t get a chance to get caked on, there’s no reason that an environmentally concious person should stick it in the dishwasher to be bombarded with soap and superheated water for 45 minutes!! Just give it a quick rinse and let it air dry. If you use it every day, it may be wise to wash it with a small amount of soap every week or so (but I don’t).

    Lastly, the arguement about using energy to heat water… that’s hardly a valid case… In order to make HOT coffee, every machine or contraption is going to use significant energy to bring the drink up to the right temperature. At least with the French Press you don’t have a burner that keeps the stuff hot for hours on end.

    I’d definitely say that the French Press is above and beyond the most efficient coffee maker (plus you can make some pretty intense tea in there too).

    — Daniel Lunsford

  11. urbanmike September 5, 2007 at 9:52 am

    I second the aeropress,

    This has to be the most green of all the espresso makers. And it is designed by the maker of the Aerobie Frisbee!

  12. jak September 5, 2007 at 8:35 am

    i have been using the aeropress coffee maker for 10 months, almost finished the filters supplied with the machine. it can make a bad coffee with bad technique and brilliant coffee with good technique. i am left addicted to coffee because this manual coffee maker is a great example of good design – everything from great filters, easy to clean (less water), versatile hot water source (camping, elec kettle, gas stove -etc), can be used for loose tea, strong construction and i’m hoping it will last years – most importantly, different coffee beans really taste different to each other (sounds obvious but i’m sick of mocha pots at work making even the best coffee taste burnt and as bad as the worst)

    gizmag has an article (not sponsored by bosch) –

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