Non-Plastic Coffee Makers

Non Plastic Coffee Makers

Anyone else rely on their daily coffee? I’ll be the first to admit how much I look forward to my first cup of the day. If you’re in the market for a new coffee maker and hoping to find a plastic-free option for health or sustainability reasons, look no further. Here are several of our favorite non-plastic coffee makers!

Our Picks:

Pour overHario
Chemex
PercolatorColletti Bozeman Camping Coffee Pot
Farberware Classic Percolator
Presto 12 Cup Electric Percolator
French PressMueller French Press
Colletti Boulder French Press
DripLindy’s Stainless Steel Drip Coffee Maker
EspressoGiannini 103 Espresso Maker 
Primula Stovetop Espresso
Flair Signature Espresso Maker

Types of Plastic-Free Coffee Makers

If you’re looking for non-plastic coffee makers, several options are available that are made of alternative materials such as glass, stainless steel, and ceramic. These materials can be used to manufacture coffee makers in a few styles, including a pour-over style, drip style, or French press. Each has unique features and advantages, so it’s up to you to choose the one that best fits your needs and preferences.

Automatic vs. Manual Coffee Makers

There are two main types of coffee makers: automatic and manual. Automatic coffee makers have become increasingly common over the past few decades due to their convenience at the push of a button. However, finding a 100% plastic-free automatic coffee maker is pretty much impossible. Ultimately, the choice comes down to your personal needs and preferences, but I’ll offer some pros and cons for each below: 

Automatic coffee makers:

Pros:

  • Easy to use with a push of a button
  • Can keep coffee warm once brewed 
  • May have additional features, such as programmable timers or the ability to brew multiple cups at once

Cons:

  • Fewer plastic-free options available or they may have plastic add-ons (pods, etc.)
  • May not give you as much control over the brewing process
  • May not produce the best-tasting coffee

Manual coffee makers:

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Give you more control over the brewing process
  • Can lead to a better-tasting cup of coffee
  • More plastic free options 

Cons:

  • More time-consuming and require more effort than automatic coffee makers
  • Require you to control the temperature and timing of the brewing process
  • May not keep coffee warm after brewing

Plastic-Free Pour Over Coffee Makers

These manual pour-over coffee makers are simple to use. You heat water separately using a stovetop or electric kettle and pour hot water over the coffee grounds in the coffee maker. Easy process and easy cleanup. Note that a filter is recommended when using this method. 

Hario

Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper, Size 02, White
  • Classic Ceramic Dripper: Specially designed to produce an evenly brewed cup of coffee. Durable Japanese ceramic retains heat to help ensure retain temperature throughout the brewing cycle. Minimalist…
  • Pour Over Excellence: Specialty cone shape and unique spiral ridges allow for deeper layering of the coffee grounds, producing a deep, rich umami flavor
  • Pour Control: The V60 features a single large hole, improving pour flow and providing users the ultimate freedom– Pour water quickly for a light flavor or slower for a rich, deep taste. Better…

Hario, established in 1921 in Tokyo, Japan, introduced this pour-over coffee maker in 2005. Their ceramic drippers are made from Arita-yaki, a traditional style of Japanese ceramics with a rich 400-year history. Each Hario pour-over dripper is handmade by a local craftsperson in Japan. Hario describes their commitment to social responsibility with a pollution-free glass factory. 

This coffee maker contains no plastic or moving parts, but as it is a pour-over brew with no lid, your coffee may not be as piping hot as some other methods.

Pros:

  • Potential to be long-lasting due to lack of moving parts 
  • Plastic-free

Cons:

  • Ceramic may break if dropped 
  • Requires separate filters
  • May not keep coffee as hot as stainless, lidded, or electric coffee makers

Specs:

  • Capacity: Multiple sizes ranging from 1-2 cup and 1-4 cup capacity 
  • Plastic Components: None. 100% Ceramic, though some reviews note that the smaller capacity Hario is made of plastic 

Chemex

Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker – Classic Series – 8-Cup – Exclusive Packaging
  • CHEMEX – simple, easy to use with timeless, elegant design
  • All CHEMEX Coffeemakers are made of the highest quality, non-porous Borosilicate glass which will not absorb odors or chemical residues
  • The patented CHEMEX pour-over design allows coffee to be covered and refrigerated for reheating without losing flavor

The CHEMEX Coffeemaker was invented in 1941 by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, Ph.D., to brew the perfect cup of coffee. The factory is located in Massachusetts, and CHEMEX describes their commitment to quality, including how they inspect, polish, and hand-tie each coffee maker. 

Like the Hario, this coffee maker contains no plastic parts or moving parts. But as it is a pour-over style brew with no lid, your coffee may not stay as hot as it would using other coffee-making methods. While I don’t use the CHEMEX at home, I have tried it and can share that I have not experienced any issues with lukewarm coffee.

Pros:

  • Dishwasher safe 
  • Potential to be long-lasting due to lack of moving parts 
  • Plastic-free

Cons:

  • Glass may break if dropped 
  • Requires separate filters
  • May not keep coffee as hot as stainless, lidded, or electric coffee makers

Specs:

  • Capacity: Multiple sizes ranging from 3-cup to 8-cup capacity 
  • Plastic Components: None

Plastic-Free Coffee Percolators

These coffee percolators are generally considered the old-fashioned way of making coffee. Percolators boil the coffee grounds until the desired strength is reached, so it may make for a stronger cup of coffee than a pour-over or drip method. Manual percolators can be used on the stovetop or while camping, and there are also corded electric options. 

Colletti Bozeman Camping Coffee Pot

COLETTI Bozeman Percolator Coffee Pot — Camping Coffee Pot, Coffee Percolator – America’s…
  • NO ALUMINUM OR PLASTIC: Our stainless steel camping coffee makers are toxin free. Essential camp kitchen equipment with hardwood handle, construction grade steel, & heat-toughened glass top
  • BONUS FILTERS INCLUDED: We include a pack of medical grade filters. Not required for operation, but these keep finely-ground beans out of the brew. This camping coffee percolator comes ready to use
  • COMBAT TOUGH VETERAN OWNED: This rugged camp coffee pot is engineered for the outdoors. Take it anywhere. Period. Made by men who weathered 15 combat deployments. A coffee perculator built to last

Coletti is a veteran-owned and operated small business based in Spokane, Washington. They donate 10% of profits to interfaith dialogue to educate on Christianity. 

This percolator is completely stainless steel, and I appreciated their commitment to standing behind their product with a lifetime replacement guarantee. Despite being described as a camping coffee pot, I thought the shiny stainless steel exterior could work nicely in the kitchen as well. 

Pros:

  • Plastic-free
  • Keeps coffee hot 
  • Lifetime replacement guarantee
  • Separate filters optional 
  • Durable stainless steel

Cons:

  • Not dishwasher safe

Specs:

  • Capacity: Multiple sizes ranging from 9-cup to 12-cup capacity
  • Plastic Components: None

Farberware Classic Percolator

Farberware 50124 Classic Yosemite Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator – 8 Cup, Silver
  • Classic coffee maker: Make delicious coffee morning or evening with The Original 8-Cup Farberware Stovetop Percolator
  • Durable and convenient: Heavy-duty stainless steel coffee maker is polished to a mirror finish. The sturdy, clear glass knob lets you know when percolating begins
  • No mess: Features a permanent filter basket, so there’s no need to deal with messy coffee filters

Farberware is a well-known brand for kitchen items. Their percolator has a large capacity and a shiny mirror-like stainless steel exterior. While the handle is plastic, it does not touch the brewing liquid. 

Pros:

  • Keeps coffee hot 
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Separate filters optional 
  • Durable stainless steel

Cons:

  • Not 100% plastic free

Specs:

  • Capacity: Multiple sizes ranging from 8-cup to 12-cup capacity
  • Plastic Components: Handle is plastic; unclear whether BPA-free

Presto 12 Cup Electric Percolator

Presto Stainless-Steel Electric Coffee Percolator, 12-Cups, Black
  • Please refer to user guide or user manual or user guide (provided below in PDF) before first use
  • 800 Watts

Presto offers an electric percolator if you prefer to plug in your coffee maker. While you may have less control over the temperature, it also can be easier to hit a button to start brewing. 

Note that while the handle, exterior base, and knob are plastic, these parts do not touch the brewing liquid. 

Pros:

  • Keeps coffee hot 
  • Separate filters optional 

Cons:

  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Not 100% plastic free

Specs:

  • Capacity: 1-12 cups
  • Plastic Components: Handle, exterior base, and knob; unclear whether BPA-free

RELATED: How to Clean a Stainless Steel Coffee Pot Without Any Scrubbing

Plastic Free French Press

The French press is my current method of making coffee at home since I’m the sole coffee drinker in our home, and I only do one serving of coffee per day. I love the rich taste of coffee brewed with this method compared to drip methods. 

Mueller French Press

Sale
MuellerLiving French Press Coffee Maker, 34 oz, Stainless Steel, 4 Filters, Double Insulated,…
  • Take it Anywhere – Our rust-free french press-stainless steel-is durable for use while camping, at the office, or making coffee at home. The double-walled carafe on this MuellerLiving French Press…
  • Robust, Full-Bodied Flavor – This stainless steel french press makes 4 × 8 cup servings of strong coffee. Also use for brewing tea, hot chocolate, and for keeping frothed milk hot. A chart in the…
  • Immersion Brewing – It’s simple! Just add coffee grounds then hot water. Stir it. Add the lid and the filter. Wait 4 minutes. Press the plunger to the bottom of the french press. Your hot coffee…

This is an attractive stainless steel French press from Mueller Austria. As a stainless steel press, it will keep liquid at a more consistent temperature than a glass French press. This coffee maker was durable and easy to clean and care for. 

Pros:

  • Keeps coffee hot 
  • No separate filter needed
  • Durable stainless steel
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons:

  • No way to see coffee while it brews

Specs:

  • Capacity: 34 fl. oz. 
  • Plastic Components: None 

Colletti Boulder French Press

COLETTI Boulder Camping French Press (An American Press) – Large Insulated French Press Coffee Maker…
  • KEEP YOUR COFFEE HOT: This insulated Camping French Press will keep your coffee hot. Don’t settle for cold coffee. Bring the Boulder.
  • LIFETIME REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE: This large camping coffee press is made of AISI 304 stainless-steel with the same 14-gauge industry standard material used for building construction – a metal French…
  • ENOUGH TO SHARE: Does your spouse drink from your French Press? Is there enough? We have the answer. The Boulder is the only 10 Cup (42 oz) press on the market. The standard 8 Cup presses (34 oz) are…

Coletti is a veteran-owned and operated small business based in Spokane, Washington. They donate 10% of profits to interfaith dialogue to educate on Christianity. They offer a brushed steel French press and I appreciated their commitment to standing behind their product with a lifetime replacement guarantee. 

Pros:

  • Veteran owned 
  • No separate filter needed
  • Keeps coffee hot
  • Durable stainless steel
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Lifetime replacement guarantee

Cons:

  • No way to see coffee while it brews

Specs:

  • Capacity: 42 fl. oz.
  • Plastic Components: None

Plastic Free Drip Coffee Maker

Lindy’s Stainless Steel Drip Coffee Maker

Sale
Lindy’s Stainless Steel Drip Coffee Maker With Protective Plastic Handles, 10 cups,silver
  • Makes 1 to 10 cups on stovetop burner at low to medium heat
  • Made of 18/10 stainless steel
  • Large cool-touch handles

This is a manual (non-electric) stovetop-style drip coffee maker. It is made of stainless steel and has plastic handles that will not come into contact with liquid. Note that there are mixed reviews on the functionality and flavor of the coffee it brews. It may require some tinkering for a successful brew. 

Pros:

  • Durable stainless steel
  • No separate filter needed
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack) 

Cons:

  • Filter recommended 
  • Not 100% plastic free

Specs:

  • Capacity: 1-10 cups
  • Plastic Components: Handle, knob; unclear whether BPA-free

Plastic Free Espresso Maker

Two common ways to make espresso are to use a Moka pot device or an espresso maker that “pulls” an espresso shot using pressure and liquid to create your espresso beverage. 

Giannini 103 Espresso Maker 

Giannini 103 Espresso Maker, Silver
  • GIANNINI Products Are Designed With Brilliant And Advanced Technology To Give The Value In Your Home And Kitchen.
  • Made Of High Quality Raw Material Along With More Practical, Fun And Elegant Looks.
  • Made In Italy

This Moka pot-style espresso maker made in Italy is small and has a shiny finish. While on the pricier end at just under $200, it is built to last, and the reviews indicate that as well.  

Pros:

  • 100% plastic-free
  • Durable stainless steel

Cons:

  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Pricy

Specs:

  • Capacity: 4 cups
  • Plastic Components: None

Primula Stovetop Espresso

Primula Classic Stovetop Espresso and Coffee Maker, Moka Pot for Italian and Cuban Café Brewing,…
  • CRAFT COFFEE AT HOME: Produces six demitasse/espresso servings of rich, smooth espresso coffee in minutes. Craft your own espresso, Americano, Cuban coffee, Italian-style coffee, Moka, lattes,…
  • DURABLE DESIGN: Carefully crafted with cast aluminum for long-lasting durability. Provides thorough and even heat distribution for enhanced flavor, aroma and consistency. Features a flip-top lid with…
  • EASY TO USE: Simply fill the lower chamber with water, add ground coffee or espresso to the filter and place on stovetop. Within minutes, delicious espresso will fill the top chamber of your moka….

This is another more affordable Moka pot-style espresso maker. While at a more affordable price point, it does include some plastic parts that do not come into contact with liquid. 

Pros:

  • Durable stainless steel
  • Affordable price point

Cons:

  • Not 100% plastic free

Specs:

  • Capacity: Multiple sizes ranging from 1-cup to 12-cup capacity
  • Plastic Components: Handle, knob; unclear whether BPA-free

Flair Signature Espresso Maker

Flair Espresso Maker – Classic with Pressure Kit: All Manual Lever Espresso Machine for The Home…
  • HANDCRAFT SHOTS OF ESPRESSO – The Flair is a 100% human-powered, manual espresso press. With the Flair Espresso Maker, you have a complete manual espresso machine that can produce professional quality…
  • CUSTOM PRESSURE GAUGE – Allows for immediate visual feedback, as well as a target espresso range, while pulling shots with the Flair manual espresso press. Each Flair Espresso Maker is capable of…
  • EASY TO CLEAN – The Flair Espresso Maker is the only manual espresso maker with a completely detachable brewing head. This patented design allows for users to completely remove the brewing head,…

The Flair Signature espresso maker is a manual device to pull handcrafted espresso shots. This espresso maker even comes with a carrying case — while not sure why you may need it, I thought it was a neat feature. 

Pros:

  • Many parts are durable stainless steel
  • 3-year warranty

Cons:

  • Pricy
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Not 100% plastic free

Specs:

  • Capacity: Multiple sizes ranging from 0.04 liters to 1.3 liters capacity
  • Plastic Components: Only the bottom of the piston, but it is an FDA-approved material for food and beverages contact and storage; it is inert, safe, and BPA-free (according to the manufacturer)

Why Choose a Plastic-Free Coffee Maker

Why choose a plastic-free coffee maker? There are a few advantages, depending on your personal preference, including: 

  • Sustainability: Plastic is not biodegradable and can contribute to environmental pollution. By choosing a plastic-free coffee maker, you can reduce your environmental impact and help to promote sustainability.
  • Health: Some plastics can release harmful chemicals when exposed to heat or hot liquids, potentially harming your health. By choosing a plastic-free coffee maker, you can reduce exposure to these chemicals and enjoy a safer and healthier cup of coffee.
  • Durability: Plastic coffee makers can be more prone to cracking or breaking, especially if they are exposed to high temperatures or rough handling. Coffee makers made of stainless steel are more durable, and with care, glass and ceramic may be as well.
  • Taste: Some people believe that plastic can affect the taste of coffee — I agree. I personally can’t drink coffee from a plastic travel mug because of the plasticky taste. Choosing a plastic-free coffee maker can help ensure you get the best possible taste from your coffee.

What is BPA?

BPA stands for bisphenol A, which is a chemical that is often used in the manufacturing of plastic products, such as water bottles, food containers, and some types of coffee makers. BPA has been found to have potential health risks and has been a topic of concern in recent years.

Studies have shown that BPA can mimic the hormone estrogen in the body, potentially disrupting the endocrine system. Impacts can include developmental problems in children, fertility issues in adults, and an increased risk of certain types of cancer.

Due to these findings, the NIH recommends opting for glass, porcelain, or stainless steel containers for hot foods or liquids. While you can opt for BPA-free plastics, substitute or analog compounds are sometimes used instead of BPA, such as bisphenol S (BPS) and bisphenol F (BPF) that may also have harmful effects. It’s hard to know as a consumer, and I personally find the most peace of mind using glass, stainless, and ceramic for anything I heat food or liquid in.

Phthalate Leaching

Phthalates are commonly used to make plastic more flexible and durable, and they are often found in plastic products such as food containers, water bottles, and children’s toys. However, studies have shown that phthalates can harm human health, particularly the endocrine system, which regulates hormones in the body.

When plastic products containing phthalates are exposed to heat, high acidity, or repeated use, the chemicals can begin to break down and leach out of the plastic, potentially contaminating the food or beverage stored inside. 

To reduce the risk of phthalate exposure, consider using glass, stainless steel, or ceramic containers for food and beverages instead of plastic. 

How Important is a Completely Plastic-Free Coffee Maker?

This depends entirely on personal preference. From a health standpoint, any plastic parts that do not touch liquid are not a health concern. From a sustainability standpoint, stainless steel, glass, and ceramic beat plastic due to their durability and ways to reuse at the end of the coffee maker’s usable life. 

If you want to be completely plastic-free, you’ll need to opt for a manual coffee maker. If you’re looking for an automatic coffee maker, you can opt for one with less plastic, as today, no 100% plastic-free automatic coffee makers are available. 

Considerations Before Purchasing a Non-Plastic Coffee Maker

If you’re considering purchasing a plastic-free coffee maker, there are a few things to consider. However, this really goes for selecting any coffee maker you’re considering buying. 

You’ll want to consider what material the coffee maker is made of, which impacts durability. The design of the coffee maker impacts how easy it is to clean. Depending on how much coffee you brew at once, make sure you purchase the right capacity for your needs. Read on for more detail and considerations: 

  • Material: Non-plastic coffee makers are typically made of glass, stainless steel, or ceramic. Glass and ceramic coffee makers are more fragile and require careful handling. Stainless steel coffee makers are durable and long-lasting and can also retain heat. 
  • Capacity: Consider the amount of coffee you typically brew and choose a coffee maker that can accommodate your needs. Some non-plastic coffee makers come in various sizes, while others are designed for single servings.
  • Brewing method: Non-plastic coffee makers come in multiple styles, including French press, pour-over, and drip coffee makers. Each method produces a different flavor profile, so consider your preferences and choose a coffee maker that suits your taste.
  • Ease of use and cleaning: Some non-plastic coffee makers can be more challenging to use or clean than others. Consider each coffee maker’s cleaning and maintenance requirements and choose one that fits your lifestyle.
  • Price: Non-plastic coffee makers can be more expensive (but only sometimes!) than their plastic counterparts, so consider your budget when choosing a coffee maker. 

Non-Plastic Coffee Maker Comparison Chart

STYLEPRODUCT LINKSCAPACITYPLASTIC COMPONENTS
Pour overHario1-2 cup and 1-4 cup capacity None
Pour overChemex3-cup to 8-cup capacityNone
PercolatorColletti Bozeman Camping Coffee Pot9-cup to 12-cup capacityNone
PercolatorFarberware Classic Percolator8-cup to 12-cup capacityHandle
PercolatorPresto 12 Cup Electric Percolator1-12 cupsHandle, exterior base, and knob
French PressMueller French Press34 fl. ozNone
French PressColletti Boulder French Press42 fl. ozNone
DripLindy’s Stainless Steel Drip Coffee Maker1-10 cupsHandle, knob
EspressoGiannini 103 Espresso Maker 4 cupsNone
EspressoPrimula Stovetop Espresso1-cup to 12-cup capacityHandle, knob
EspressoFlair Signature Espresso Maker0.04 liters to 1.3 liters capacityBottom of the piston

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