“Coffee pods are one of the best examples of unnecessary single-use plastics that are polluting our planet,” says John However, the campaign director for Greenpeace USA. It’s not surprising that we’re seeing that much waste coming from coffee pods given that during the COVID-19 pandemic, single-cup brewing solutions rose 50 per cent from 2018. And it doesn’t look like that trend will change. The National Coffee Association reports that 79 per cent of Americans now prepare their coffee at home on a daily basis. Finding a more sustainable alternative to single-serve cups is becoming increasingly important and Berlin-born, Brooklyn-based Terra Kaffe may have struck a fix. The new TK-01 coffee machine allows the user to select the perfect blend—one of the features that people appreciate about the single-serve pods—without sending plastics to landfill.
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Thanks to a $4 million dollar partnership with The Seed Lab, Terra Kaffe has been able to get the new TK-01 off the ground and grinding. The sleekly designed unit can do just about everything when it comes to brewing your coffee—from creating almost any espresso-based brew to adding frothy milk. Just use the touch screen and pick your favourite coffee.
You can get even further involved with the process by selecting the amount of coffee, the temperature you want to enjoy it at, whether you want a single or double shot, and even the amount of cream you enjoy. The milk is added via an accompanying carafe that injects it into the drink.
The TK-01 appliance comes with a carafe, but you can also purchase additional carafes for your brewing. The bean repository holds up to 12 ounces of coffee beans, which are ground by a conical burr grinder. You can even bypass the grinder to brew pre-ground coffee.
Future iterations of the TK-01 may feature connectivity, but for now the unit doesn’t offer that. And that was an intentional decision. “We decided to focus on one thing with our first product,” explains Terra Kaffe CEO Sahand Dilmaghani. “Let’s get to market with this, and then let’s think about all those secondary features we want to build in.” If you want to enjoy your coffee but still do your part for the environment, you can pick up the TK-01 for USD$825.
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