An earlier post about the dangers of BPA in coffee makers, along with several comments from readers prompted me to look for other coffee pots that are BPA free.
Here’s a short list of my results for the best (although not least expensive) BPA free coffee makers:
Cuisinart® 12 Cup Extreme Brew Coffee Maker from Crate & Barrel has several features that enhances a chemical free cup of joe.
- Brushed metal housing with black accents
- 12-cup glass carafe with dripless pour spout
- 24-hour programmable brewing setting
- Charcoal water filter
- Gold-tone permanent filter included
- Brew pause
- Auto shut-off
- 1-4 cup settings
- Hand wash all removable parts
- Clean base with a damp cloth
This Cuisinart model makes 12 cups and is made in China. Retail price on Crate & Barrel is just under $100. Other BPA free coffee makers are available from Crate & Barrel.
Are Keurig and K-cup coffee machines BPA free?
Searching for a BPA free Keurig is more difficult than I anticipated. Seeing that one Keurig model was listed as BPA free on Ebay, but the same model was not listed as BPA free on the company’s website prompted me to do some more reading. Keurig is socially responsible as far as offering fair trade coffee, since Keurig is now owned by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (GMCR) recognized in 2010 as, “the largest purchaser of Fair Trade Certified™ coffee in the world.” However, I have not found a BPA free Keurig model.
Furthermore the single brew cups are not recyclable nor biodegradable, something that the company is aware of and working to find a solution. Good news is that the K cups are BPA free as well as the cold water reservoir. However, other plastic parts do contain BPA as reported from Keurig, “We use a variety of plastics in our Brewers and some of the parts that contact the beverage do contain BPA,” according to CoffeeDetective.com forum.
I’m still sold on my retro 70′s stainless steel coffee pot, which you can probably find at a local thrift store or Amazon.com.