Is the plastic used in Keurig K-Cups safe?

by Rosemary

According to Keurig, the plastics in K-Cups are safe.

According to Keurig, the plastics in K-Cups are safe.


I love the convenience of using my K-Cup brewer, but have some concerns about the plastic in the K-Cups. When the hot water goes through the K-Cup during the brewing process, are any chemicals leached out into the cup of coffee?

I’m particularly concerned about BPA.


Rosemary, hi

You are one of several people who have expressed concern about BPA in the plastic used in K-Cups.

The short answer is no, there is no BPA in K-Cups. No worries on that score.

To get a more complete answer, I spoke with the folks at Green Mountain Coffee and they provided me with the text of their own FAQ on this and related topics. I hope you find it useful, and reassuring.

Here is what they sent me:

First a quick review:

1) The K-Cup package is made up of three main elements -- the cup itself, a layer of filter paper and an aluminum foil top.

2) The cups themselves aren’t recyclable, yet, but they’re working on it.

3) Technically speaking, the plastic in the cups is #7 – meaning it’s a mix of plastics (as opposed to just one kind of plastic). This is what makes it a problem for recycling. It’s also what makes it bullet proof in terms of protecting and preserving the coffee inside.

4) The K-Cups are nitrogen-flushed, sealed for freshness, and impermeable to oxygen, moisture and light.

Here are some of the questions that come to the Call Center and to the Coffee Department:

Question: “I was wondering if the k pods or the water heating chamber are made of a plastic which can leach BPA (Bisphenol A)? I don’t see a recycle number on them and was curious about this.”

Answer: “We do use a variety of plastics in our Brewers and some contain BPA. However, as you may be aware, the FDA recently reviewed its safety standards associated with BPA and has, again, affirmatively stated that products containing BPA currently on the market are safe. For more information on this recent FDA pronouncement, you may want to check out the following link:

(BPA is the acronym for Bispenol A – a common ingredient in many plastics used to handle food and water. It gets in the news every now and then because of fears it might be unsafe, contrary to the FDA’s findings.)

Question: “Do the packaging materials used in K-Cups have any BPA in it?”

Answer: “No – the K-Cup packaging contains no BPA.”

Question: “Does the Cold Water Reservoir in a Keurig Brewer contain any BPA?”

Answer: The Cold Water Reservoirs in Keurig brewers do not contain BPA.

Question: “Besides the Cold Water Reservoir, are there any parts in a Keurig Brewer which contact the beverage that contain BPA?”

Answer: We use a variety of plastics in our Brewers and some of the parts that contact the beverage do contain BPA. However, as you may be aware, the FDA recently reviewed its safety standards associated with BPA and has, again, affirmatively stated that products containing BPA currently on the market are safe. For more information on this recent FDA pronouncement, you may want to check out the following link: In addition we regularly review the components used in our products to ensure that they are safe in every way, as well as meet or exceed applicable FDA standards.

Question: “We have started using your coffees in the little plastic cups for a special machine that someone ordered for our office. We compost 80% of our trash and cannot figure out what to do with the little cups after that are used? Is the plastic bio-degradable or compostable? If not, what is it - I can't recycle because it has no markings on the bottom identifying what it is. Also, if the foil lids had a small tab we could peel it off and dump the used grounds into our compostable containers. We have over 30 employees and this system seems to be not very environmentally friendly. As we are working towards zero waste, the little cups don't fit in with current trends.”

Answer: the K cups are a mix of plastic, with a foil top and are neither recyclable nor compostable (unless you took the 9-11 grams out of every k cup and put it in the compost pile). According to SPI Guidelines, the plastic would be labeled a “7” – which is a catch-all category for newer plastics and combinations of plastics.

Related pages that might be of interest to you…

Can I recycle my Keurig K-Cups?

How many times can I use the same K-Cup?

How can I descale my Keurig K-Cup brewer?

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Jan 05, 2024
#7 plastic
by: Anonymous

#7 plastic such as those used in Kcups contain a variety of different types of plastic. There are no guarantees on what you're getting in your Kcups. #7 plastic often contains BPA or phthalates which are known to cause health problems. It is possible they contain PFAS as well since they are using multiple types of plastic. Another consideration should be that the use of Kcups is to pour hot liquid through them, which is going to increase the chances of the chemicals in the plastic leaching into the liquid. Plastics should never be heated. Do your research and be informed. Companies are under no legal obligation to reveal what chemicals they are using in their plastic, and with money on the line it is unlikely that even if the Kcups company knew their products were unsafe that they would disclose this information to the public. There are very few regulations with what companies can use in their plastic and there is very little toxicology data to go along with these chemicals even if we were told what they are.

Jul 30, 2023
Water reservoir
by: Jay Ross

Does anyone know if the plastic water reservoir in the K-mini can be replaced with a stainless reservoir.

Oct 29, 2022
Try Tayst Coffee Pods
by: Brad May

If you're concerned with safety and the environmental concerns around K-cups, you should look at Tayst pods --

Oct 12, 2020
maybe check diet too
by: travis from the block

to the following poster, might want to check your diet as well even Sounds like you have a handle on it. My problem seems to be spicy processed foods, ready to eat from the microwave. Once you get the diet under control, everything else should work out. One cup of coffee a day is fine for me tho.

Jul 02, 2020
Digestive and joint issues
by: Jeni

I have spent thousands of dollars with doctors trying to identify a cause for my digestive issues which had been diagnosed as "IBS". I noticed that when I went home to the UK for extended stays that my symptoms abated. Gastro Doctor said it was likely because American food is more processed and contains more chemicals. However, since working from home due to COVID restrictions, I noticed my "IBS" got worse AND I started experiencing joint stiffness in my hands. The only major diet change I could identify was my Keurig coffee - I don't have access to one in the UK and I purchase Dunkin when in the office. I stopped using the Keurig and drinking coffee cold turkey. The first few days were tough, but I am now at day 4 and finding I don't mind tea. I noticed an improvement in my digestive issues the second day. Today, my hands are almost feeling normal again. I do not plan going back to the Keurig (and I own 3!). I will plan to re-introduce regular coffee in a couple of weeks and see if the symptoms return. Either way, I won't be using my Keurigs again.

Jan 09, 2020
by: Anonymous

I have had chronic hives. It took months of medica rion to make them go away. I had stopped having coffee at work due to an upset stomach and mysteriously the hives went away.
Recently started using Keurig for hot water for tea and guess what they came back. Pretty sure it was the machine.

Nov 20, 2019
hives and lower back pain, mild breathing/asthma issues
by: Anonymous

This site was the one place on the internet that I found someone with my same symptoms (May, 2017 comment). Thankfully, it only took two months to figure out that my symptoms were related to using K-cups. I am posting to help others who might search these keywords.

Now, I would like to know what, specifically, is in the k cups that has caused this reaction? The only other thing that has ever given my hives is aspirin. But, NOTHING has ever given my back pain like that...and for months.
I now use the reusable pod and put my own coffee in it. No problems now, although it took the hives 2-3 days to taper off and the back pain gradually disappeared in about 2 weeks.

Aug 06, 2019
Marley K cups
by: Anonymous

I buy Marley K cups & they are recyclable. You have to pull out the coffee part/filter, but the plastic cups can be placed in recycle bins. :)

Jun 10, 2019
If you're still using your Keurig after all of this then you need your head examined
by: Anonymous

Even with non plastic k-cups, what do you think the water is heated in? I would highly doubt the heating reservoir or the part that holds the k-cup are made of anything but plastic.

I use a ceramic cone holder over a large glass jar and pour the hot water from an all stainless steel kettle. It was a bit challenging to find a kettle without any internal plastic parts, but I did.

Many people I know have all plastic kettles. Insane.

It takes minutes to make really good coffee with the simple pour over method. K-cups are an environmental nightmare.

Jun 10, 2019
Watch out!
by: Anonymous

Be careful people the FDA gets a payout to disclose lies to the public. Use a pour over for your coffee.its safe!

Jan 30, 2018
Kuerig cups are dangerous
by: Anonymous

I have been experiencing gastric pain, light headiness, reflux, and nausea for the last 4 weeks. I have just not been feeling good at all. Ialso have been having hot flashes or just the feeling of being over heated or sweaty with light headiness. I thought it was a 24 hour stomach bug until the symptoms returned. I tried to figure out what changed and why am I feeling so sick. The only new change was the Kuerig cups. I stopped using it immediately and all my systems have disappeared including reflux and gastric pain which I never had a history of until using the Kuerig machine. There is something not right about Kuerig and I will never use it again. I will stickto my instant coffee and Starbucks.

Sep 05, 2017
former plastics plant worker
by: Speak truth

Asking a coffee K cup manufacturer if their products are safe is the craziest thing I've heard. Where money is involved truth is scarce.
I worked in a plastics plant and was on medication along with another gal because of the toxic nature of plastic.
A previous post says to use a good percolator and I agree. That is what I have. Also I am sick when I go to the store and see a whole aisle of box after box way over head that is filled with all those plastic cups that go in the landfill. I don't buy plastic when I can help it. Plastic lawn chairs? Plastic cups/plates/silverware? Plastic water bottles? NO Use glass. You can see through it and know what is stored. Glass jugs can be found too.

May 06, 2017
K-cups make me sick
by: Anonymous

My saga begin over a year ago. I had developed hives and serious allergy symptoms. I went to 5 different doctors and was getting shots for the hives. Even though the hives were gone I still had chronic sinus infections, hard to breathe and back issues. It only happened while I was at work so I attributed it to an allergy to dust. One day I was too busy to make a cup of coffee in the Keurig and realized I didn't have any issues. In the afternoon I made a cup of coffee and low and behold all my symptoms came back. When it happens it takes 4-5 hours to feel better. I am going to discontinue the use of the Keurig and see if I feel better. I have been to numerous doctors, taking a ton of medicine and nothing makes me feel better. I will keep everyone posted.

Feb 01, 2017
by: Anonymous

It blows my mind that BPA is the only concern in the plastic industry. I have worked with packaging plastics for 15 years and K-cups are made of a variety of resins which distortion point is far less than the hot water put in them. Next time, pull the inside out of your cup after using it and let me know if you see plastic melted (you will). As a professional in this industry, it is crazy that the FDA has not already dealt with this. The FDA has no restrictions agains using PP/PE lined containers for microwaving which is banned in Europe for good reason. Your then eating plastic chemicals.

Probably too much money for the lobbyist as usual. Buy the aluminum foil k-cups and put your coffee in them if it is that important to use a k-cup machine.

Jan 12, 2017
Presto Percolator
by: Practical & Sassy Diva

Modern Percolator
by: Mountainman back at ya
No silicone or plastic touches water in my 2016 model Presto Percolator, and like you said the coffee tastes great. My EE husband found a solution to my fear of heated plastic as a hormone disruptor. Men get Prostate Cancer as well.

Jdizzle Mack one - Your post was insightful and funny.

BPA Free isn't safe either. One of my Breast Cancer Prevention Groups (lots of STEM folks)relayed that BPAs replacement BPS was tested on rats that don't react to hormone disruptors, mainly estrogens. It relates to male hormone balances as well.

Great posts, all of you.

Sep 18, 2016
Safe? The melamine coffee taste contradicts this!
by: Walter

I have just been to a site where comments on this coffeemaker have been coming in since 2012. They give uniformly bad reviews with all of them complaining about the same thing: plastic coffee taste.

You would think that after these many months Keurig would fix their manufacturing process to get rid of the taste once and for all. Instead they must go back to the same L cheapo manufacturer because the price is right. They are totally unconcerned about the customers they should be serving.

Aug 05, 2016
Multiple plastic types is the real danger here
by: Anonymous

Being BPA free is great. But the problem is that the cup is a mix of different kinds of plastics and they are EA estrogen active. It means that they act like the hormone a d it poses a real danger. I only use mine with the reusable cup. No plastic here anymore.

Jul 06, 2016

Just unplugged mine!Going back to reg brew. For three mos.I have had fatigue, reflux,dizzy nausea headaches just feeling unwell and unwilling. Tomorrow I get an ultra sound on my tummy and have already had CT scan and an endoscope also colonoscopy plus blood test. All came back fine except for I haven't had the ultrasound yet. All the money spent on medications. I will drink my coffee from my other brewer for a week or so and give the verdict.

Jun 19, 2016
Interesting comments
by: Anonymous

All of these comments have given me pause to think. One question I have is - why, if symptoms seem to coincide with drinking coffee from your Keurig, do people keep drinking the beverage made in the coffee maker?

Jun 08, 2016
Be creative
by: NycBrian

I just very carefully cut the plastic off up to the neck. Be careful not to rupture the filter.

May 29, 2016
The FDA said so
by: Anonymous

So. According to Garden Mountain there are some parts of the Kuerig which come into contact with water that contain BPA. Well, what parts......oh never mind, the FDA said BPA is safe.

Mar 08, 2016
by: Andy N.

Those Keurig cups give me gas.

Feb 29, 2016
dont use k-cups
by: Anonymous

they are terrible for the environment and have to get thrown away. Since the beginning of keurig there have been around 60 billion k-cups made

Feb 25, 2016
More scare tactics...
by: Anonymous

What's the difference in the plastic of the Keurig and the plastic in Mr. Coffee and other brewers...I've had my Keurig for several years, and have had no ill effects from using it. I have the single usage brewer where fresh water is used for each cup. My daughter has the large one, and has had no problems.

Feb 11, 2016
Severe allergic reaction to Grove Square Capaccino
by: Anonymous

I have been using the Keurig I got for Christmas over the past few weeks. On last Monday I had an allergic reaction after consuming a cup, which I quickly treated with an antihistamine I had on hand. Today, Wednesday, I had a cup of the Grove Square Capaccino and, again, the allergic reaction, itching and severe redness on inner arms and elsewhere on the body. Scratching increased the itching and redness and feeling like Imwas on fire. Again, I took my antihistamine, and the itching and redness went way after several minutes. However, I have a headache and am having difficulty breathing. I may have to go to the hospital. I am afraid to use the Keurig.

Feb 10, 2016
Got to be kidding
by: Anonymous

You've got to be kidding if you say you believe the FDA (Federal Death Advocates). These are the same cronies that approve geoengineering of our atmosphere (heavy metals spraying via aircraft). PLEASE visit for an education. Get yourself a stainless steel K-cup and add your own organic coffee or tea grinds if you want to escape potential nightmare. I had such, called prostate cancer at 55 years of age. PBA may have been a driving factor. Now not able to have sex but does the FDA give a damn? Business and money are the gods of the many. Protect yourselves.

Feb 07, 2016
FDA ...... do not believe
by: Anonymous

In no way shape or form do I trust the FDA old shampoos and conditioners and skin lotions and body washes you people are using are full of poisons do not use plastic k-cups end of story

Jan 23, 2016
K cups
by: Anonymous

I have wondered abt the HOT water connecting with the plastic.

I see in the sunlight a "film" in the coffee as soon as its finished. This makes me very nervous

Jan 18, 2016
BPA say's now say's Genetically Modified Salmon are OK!
by: Clem

The organization that say's plastic with BPA's are OK is the same organization that say's genetically Modified Salmon is Safe (How do they know that?) as well as they do not require a fish house or restaurant to tell you that there serving you.

I don't trust the FDA.

Dec 29, 2015
Other things to consider
by: Richard

I too started having stomach issues after purchasing a Keurig machine. I initially blamed it on the plastic cups. However, after making various changes as tests, I am now convinced that my problem was simply drinking way too much coffee. I also believe that the artificial flavorings may have contributed to the problems. So now I drink only 2 cups per day of the non flavored coffee with no problems.

Dec 27, 2015
by: Scott

This is why I only buy the pods that are just a top and a filter bottom. I never buy the actual plastic pods (Thank God I have an older model)

Not only are they not safe for us, they are also not safe for the environment for the most part as most of them are non-biodegradable.

Sep 30, 2015
Almost went to hospital
by: Anonymous

My folks bought me a Mr Coffee version of a Keurig one cup machine in August as a gift. I thought it was a terribly idea until I had one with sentimental value, so I ordered a few boxes of organic fair trade decaf K cups from Green Mountain, picked up some organic herbal tea k cups from Yogi teas, and tried it out. It is the beginning of October now. I had a headache all through August that was mysterious and would not dissipate through normal means. I thought it was the weather. It worsened a little bit every week. Finally I ended up with severe, and I mean severe vertigo a couple of weeks ago. Before the vertigo started, I noticed I was feeling a little flush at times, and had sudden reflux symptoms although I'd gotten rid of that problem years ago and eat well, and I was feeling a strange heat wave come up through my body and fill my head, which could not be medically explained. I felt like I had food poisoning finally, with a few symptoms of such after about a month of using the machine and k cups. The vertigo has almost put me in the hospital several times over the past two weeks. I've seen a doctor and they said they could not find a reason. I examined everything in my life that was new from the time the mysterious worsening headache appeared. The only new factor was the K cup machine. I decided to stop using it for 1 day. No vertigo that day, but I still felt horrible. Used the machine again for 2 days, increased vertigo, nausea, headache, etc. So I went 2 days without using the K cup machine. Surprise, no vertigo on those days. On the third day I was so busy I had no time for a cup of decaf or tea till the evening. Had no vertigo all day, then used the machine. Within an hour, the vertigo was back. I felt like I was dying, and have joint pain as well all over. So I have now stopped using the machine again. It's only been one day, but I am feeling better. If the vertigo vanishes with discontinuing the K cup machine use, then I know who the culprit was. Again, I am using Organic Fair Trade decaf coffee, something I have consumed every single day for the past decade. I am highly chemically sensitive in general, and have fainted in the past from exposure to concentrated chemical sprays and other toxins. I do observe a very clean diet and lifestyle with filtered air at home, etc. So, there really was no introduction of anything new or toxic in my life other than this machine. I felt hesitant to use it based soley on the environmental impact, but now there are more pressing reasons to bring light to the hazards involved in continued use of such materials mingling with consumable goods. I hope more people share their experiences and some light is shed on this topic.

Aug 24, 2015
Bisphenol A linked to feline thyroid isues
by: Boudicca

I guess the FDA doesn't read the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Before 1970 hyperthyroidism was virtually unknown in cats. Today it is causally linked to feline exposure to BPA in the plastic coatings in cans of cat food. In other words, the number of years of exposure increases the likelihood of endocrine anomaly in cats. Our cats are the Canaries in the BPA coal mine.
See: Epidemiologic study of relationships between consumption of commercial canned food and risk of hyperthyroidism in cats. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2004;224:879-886.
Not all canned cat food are lined with BPA containing plastics.
If you're going to use a product with BPA in it, you should know the risks.
We have to wait 5 years for a better K-pod?

Aug 21, 2015
If the FDA said its safe, its NOT!
by: Anonymous

Why cant you replace the top foil with something else? Aluminum foil is taboo, causes Alzheimer's and a list of others. Do you make a cleaner for our Keurigs??

Aug 13, 2015
#7 Plastic has Bisphenol
by: Anonymous

Bisphenol is in the K cups!

Aug 08, 2015
Plastic # 7
by: Anonymous

Kuerig cup is made of plastic 7. Now, I was told that we should stay away from using plastic things that made with plastic number 3, 6 or 7 marked in recycle logo. Is Kerrigan plastic cup 7 same?

Jul 09, 2015
by: Anonymous

Ive noticed that some off the pre packed k cups in the box come with the foil down and not up,is it still ok to drink them. Ive looked for holes ans havent noticed any???

Jul 07, 2015
Biodegradable cups by San Francisco Bay
by: Anonymous

I love french roast and use 97% biodegradable cups made by San Francisco Bay French Roast - works with keurig compatible purchased at Costco. Even the bags that they package the cups in are biodegradable. And the coffee is delicious!

Jul 04, 2015
Polystyrene water reservoir toxic
by: Anonymous

I would suggest first looking at your coffee maker. Check the bottom of the water reservoir and see what is the recycle code listing. My Keurig coffee maker had a recycle code of 6 which is polystyrene and cannot be recycled. Worse than that it leaches toxic chemicals into the water reservoir ...especially when heated. I have since called Keurig and have replaced it with an old fashioned glass carafe and drip stainless steal filter. Great coffee ... no toxins!

Jun 25, 2015
Additional Waste - Do we really need that for the convenience of one cup coffee?
by: Anonymous

I can't help wondering what the long term effect will be to the world adding all these K-cups to our land fills. Don't we have enough to worry about without adding more and more issues.

May 30, 2015
Reflux symptoms with Keurig coffee
by: Anonymous

I'm really glad I found this site. I decided to do a search about any health problems associated with Keurig and I've seen some others post about having headaches and stomach issues. For me, I tried to narrow down why I was getting horrible Reflux type symptoms, like something was caught in my throat, needing to feel like i have to constantly swallow and almost having choking symptoms. One day, after having several cups of Keurig coffee during the day the light bulb came on. So I have completely stopped the Keurig coffee all week and have not had one symptom. In the morning, I still have coffee from the brewed pot we make, so it's not coffee. I hope I have solved this mystery. I'm posting here to alert others who may be having the same problem.

May 29, 2015
by: Anonymous

I have been having headaches and stomach problems for the last few years, doctors don't know why, my Keurig broke on Tuesday and today, Friday I have no headache and no stomach problems. I am talking about taking extra strength tylenol twice a day and Tramadol for headaces for three years and Immodium daily for stomach cramps. Let's wait and see what happens in the next few weeks, but I am convinced it was the coffee and whatever was in it.

Mar 31, 2015
Started using a kurig last week
by: Jdizzle Mack one

I started using a keurig last week just to see what all this hype is about. My bird brained girlfriend has been going on and on about wanting one for so long and she finally came home with one and plopped it on the counter rite next to our regular coffee maker that we've been using for years. I've always been skeptical of trendy gimmicky stuff because I know there is really no good regulation on consumer products. Until somebody gets killed a product can remain on the market and sometimes even after.

So let me get to the point here, ever since I started using this contraption I've been getting the stomach cramps and flying shits. I noticed from the very first sip a very plastic taste in the coffee. I decided to investigate how the machine really works and sure enough if u feel the plastic cartridge imideately after brewing a cup (if u can even call it that) the cartridge is literally scalding hot. I was not surprised. Based off of the taste that's exactly what I expected. From a design stand point I don't understand why they did this. Couldn't they have had a very hot metal spout that the coffee goes thru right before it goes into the cup? Why send boiling water thru a plastic cartridge. If I wanted a nasty ass toxic cup of coffee I'd microwave instant coffee in a plastic cup. This Keurig is a trendy piece of crap for people who want to feel sophisticated like they have a Starbucks in there kitchen. Looks like my kitchen is going to look stupid for a while now because I'm keeping my REAL coffee maker rite there on the counter next to my girlfriends keurig. Hopefully all the chemicals will sterilize her dumb ass because she shouldn't be having kids. Excuse me now I'm going to go pee this LAST cup of kurig coffee out my butt.

Mar 16, 2015
Why would you trust what the FDA tells you?
by: Anonymous

Companies love to quote and make reference to FDA approvals when it lines up with their interest or can make them money.

Here is an interesting website that will shed some light on the FDA and the value of their approvals.

Don't just take their word for it check out the references they cite.

The People's Chemist -

Mar 08, 2015
Plastics, Water and local contaminants
by: Anonymous non-careless

I work within the plastic industries and it is alarming the smells and pollutants that exist in these facilities. Not a plastic used is a safe plastic for a number of reasons. But we all no a non smoker who died from lung cancer or a healthy person who had a heart attack. Statistics are getting larger along with population getting larger and what are the preventatives for a good health bill nowadays? If you enjoy your coffee, drink it! Coffee itself is not good for you and niether is beer or any alcohol. The local water supplies are contaminated despite what previous blogs say. Test conducted have come up with the lack of birth control hormone filtration along with many many other microscopic parisites. Are you going to stop drinking water?

Mar 04, 2015
by: dee

Nasty stuff! Don't use it!

Mar 02, 2015
by: Anonymous

Are you serious? Have you read the ingriedients in the junk? You will be hard pressed to even find any coffee in that mess. I can't believe people drink that crap.

Feb 20, 2015
by: Amy

I have been getting hives all over my legs and arms for the past few weeks. The only thing tahat I have introduced in my daily routine has been k-cups Earl Grey and Jasmine tea. The hives go away by morning, but come back full blast around 11am. I did not have my tea this morning and so far so good. I will know better tomorrow. I also am allergic to Advil. I wonder what is in those k-cups???

Feb 14, 2015
Modern Percolator
by: Mountainman

I use a modern percolator that is all stainless steel. Mine is made by Presto and contains no plastic that would touch the coffee at all. These are readily available. Modern percolator's do not overheat the coffee as the ones in the past did. They make great coffee, produce no environment waste, are cheap and best of all add no chemicals to the coffee.

Feb 06, 2015
Stomach problems
by: Rob

During a period of time I was using Keurig alot a few years ago I developed severe stomach problems that made me incredibly ill for almost a year. it was horrible. I will never use keurig again.

Feb 02, 2015
by: Anonymous

you state that k-cups have no BPA in them.....what about BPS. the industry has said to have changed BPA and made it better, now calling it BPS.....BPS is hardly better, as a matter of fact is is worse then i ask, do you have BPS in your plastics?

Jan 13, 2015
keurig coffee - anxiety, heart rate, jitters
by: Anonymous

I love my cups of coffee every day, into the afternoon. The other day my gf returned from guatemala and brought back some coffee from a Plantation she toured. So i got out the old brewer, which had some been replaced for months by a keurig.
Since drinking the guatemalan coffee, i noticed i had no jitters or anxiety which I've been feeling daily when drinking...kcup coffee. For three days now i have had coffee from local shops (not Starbucks) and I've had the more coffee than what i would drink out of the keurig and experienced no anxiety, increased heart rate or any jittery feelings. Those symptoms have to have been coming from the kcup coffee. No more! I also have noticed a build up of white material in the water reservoir and only strictly put purified or bottled water in the machine. Not worth the chaos it has caused in my body.

Jan 12, 2015
by: Anonymous

I have used K cup coffee for a few years and never had any ill effects. Then, I read an article about how bad they are for your health, and I started feeling sick every time I drank a cup.

Dec 17, 2014
water and toxins
by: Anonymous

Someone above mentioned that water have toxins in them - um no. Yes there are chemicals (e.g. chlorine) and other's but they are tested and have to be found at levels that do not affect human health. The US water supply is highly regulated. They don't have toxins. Every year your water provided (e.g. City) is required by law to send its consumers a report on their water quality results - so you can see what your water contains. Bottled water is NOT regulated and so it can be and some "brands" have shown to be no where near the water quality. You might like to filter your water to improve the taste...but its not improving the quality. I'm sure some will jump on me all abt Floride or something elese...but facts matter. Even if Keurig K-cups were 100% safe, which we don't know do we.... 7 plastics were recently identified as potentially containing cancer causing agents.... these things end up in land fills and the ocean - they are NOT safe in our environment for animals, fish and other life in the ocean. We DON'T NEED them and like bottled water convenience over basic common sense is starting to prevail. We're suckers...

Dec 02, 2014
Toxic Toxic Toxic
by: Anonymous

I do a lot of fasting. When I fast I clean out my body super well. I can do 40 days, on organic juices. When I break my fast, I slowly introduce other foods. I am like a canary down the mines. My body can tell so fast if something is toxic.
These Keurig machines, and the cups they put the coffee in are very very toxic. I got instant headache, a feeling of extreme tiredness, restlessness, nausea and anger. I only had a couple of cups from a new machine. The carafe smells badly of plastic, and the hot water tastes like plastic. I would stay away from it. I am taking my new machine back to the store today. The convenience is sure not worth the toxic junk we get hurt by!!!

Nov 30, 2014
Water won't heat no brewing
by: Anonymous

I followed the instructions on here and did the slap thing. I did it once, turned the machine off for a long while and it worked! Now that I've read all the BPA and #7 info, which I didn't see on the instructions, I'm not sure I want to use the machine.

Nov 23, 2014
by: Anonymous

Are you sure that your mail is coated with plastics or is that carnauba wax which is the same wax that you eat when you eat that shiny red delicious apple?

Nov 23, 2014
Kcup prodution
by: Anonymous

I work at a factory that produces k cups. They are inspected for dirt and cantamination. Half way
Then packed. I wouldn't use one.

Nov 22, 2014
Composting K-cups
by: Anonymous

I find it very ironic when we discuss composting the K-cups, we fail to mention the mountain of third class mail being sent to every individual household much of what is plastic or plastic coated. But I guess nothing will ever be done about that because a lot of the mail involves upcoming elections and congress certainly don't want to meddle with that!!!

Nov 20, 2014
by: Anonymous




Nov 15, 2014
FDA behind
by: Ruth Tilman

Our FDA seems beholden to corporate America and extremely lax on science pertaining to autoimmune disorders. Why aren't K-cups labeled BPA-free if there's even partial truth to it.

Nov 06, 2014
Making me sick
by: Anonymous

I am fine on days I do not drink from my Keurig. Some coffee brands are fine too when I do use it. But there are a few flavors I enjoy that make me sick as a dog. One is Green Mountains Golden French Toast. What could be in it that makes me light headed, slightly nauseated, and headachey? I love the stuff, but no more.

Nov 02, 2014
There's something wrong
by: Anonymous

My boyfriend has had several Keurigs for the last few years. He has been getting dizzy and has exhibited some negative behaviors from mild to extreme for just as long. After reading an article about the problems with Keutrigs and sending it to him, he ditched it and now makes coffee using a french press. I know this man inside and out (we've been together 8+ years) and when the Keurig left the building he had a very noticeable, positive behavior change and the dizzy spells disappeared. The elimination of the Keurig was the only thing that changed and I'm certain that some component of its use and probable BPA was causing the problems.

As to the FDA claims, if you trust what they say I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd love to sell you. They are corrupted by corporate interests and don't give a damn about the health of the people.

Oct 31, 2014
Why is text in comments not readable?
by: Anonymous

I see as I read this article the text is fine and readable, however the comment section which seems to be questioning the Kcup is missing text. This leads me to believe that this site does not want clarity and understanding regarding the questionable content of the K cup and the Kuerig and kuerig type coffee maker.
As far as the FDA, and taking stock in what they approve, I question their ethics.
Please make this comment section easier to read with full text so we as readers and investigators can see the entire comment, made by others.

Thank you

Editor’s Note:

Dear Anonymous,

First off, thanks for pointing out the problem, which has now been fixed. Much appreciated.

Second, the broken lines were not part of some conspiracy to hide the truth. The problem was that there were a couple of really long urls within the comments. The length of the urls – longer than the width of the column – had messed with the page’s ability to wrap the lines correctly.

As I said, now fixed.


Oct 21, 2014
water can be toxic too
by: A Kellogg

My daughter has a Keurig and she has been having no adverse effects as of now. And I have been reading the comments and understand the concerns. However unless you use purified and filtered water, which is what I drink, the water you are using can have more toxins in it than any plastics. Just a thought.

Oct 10, 2014
First of all
by: Florenzo

The brewer and the K cup phenomon is entrenched embedded within the minds of a lazy 'I want it now' public. For those of us who truly enjoy a good cup of coffee, well, we understand it will not be coming from a Keurig brewer or K cup. But, we are in the minority as the American public has bought into lock stock & barrell into the K cup convenience. There are single cup brewers out there that don't deal with proprietory coffee
at usurous prices. Hell, you can even use the coffee of your choice and make it a strong as you like. I know this as a fact, as I use one. o you little Walter Mittys out there that swear that the Keurig K Cup revolution is the 2nd coming..
well..enjoy the inferiority.

Oct 10, 2014
Plastic Grit
by: Anonymous

The Keurig water reservoir on my Keurig Platinum model gets this heavy, gritty, clear salt-like material on the inner walls of the water container. I use nothing but bottled water to make coffee. There has to be a problem with something leaching out of the plastic. The gritty material has to be removed when the water sits in the container overnight.

Oct 07, 2014
K-cup inputs
by: Anonymous

Who are the companies who make the plastic cups, lids, and filters used to make K-cups and other companies compatible cups? Thanks!

Oct 07, 2014
The aluminum and plastic
by: Anonymous


Although there is no BPA in the k cups, plastic toxins can still leach into your coffee. In order to remove BPA they add other chemicals to it that also leach. It is all an advertising scheme to make the population feel better. I think the cups should be made from recyclable paper. As far as the Aluminum top there has been studies showing that Aluminum is linked to Alzheimers. The K-Cups in my opinion are not safe. I do have a Kuerig but have been rethinking going back to the old school way of making my coffee. I only use the Keurig ont he weekends for my daily cup of coffee but I just don't feel right about it anymore.

Oct 06, 2014
This has GOT to be written by some coffee lobbyist
by: Anonymous

Way to tow the company line.....pollution, carcinogens (other plastics no BPA) artificial flavors...mmmmm

Aug 24, 2014
Awful melted plastic taste
by: Anonymous

I ingested much plastic-chemical tasting liquid today. Trying to "fix" new k45 elite! NO MORE.
Am sick to my stomach and pray will have no long term harm!
Get this product off the market!---or FIX it!

Aug 20, 2014
It all makes sense now, Keurig to blame!
by: Anonymous

For 6 months I've been battling nausea, fatigue and general malaise. On bad days I vomit and get very dizzy. Ran tests with my doctor and everything came back normal. It's been very hard and scary.

After a bad day today where I had to leave work because I got so sick, it finally dawned on me. This all started when my work got a Keurig machine and I started drinking their tea regularly! The days I get really sick are the days I have multiple cups.

Wow, thankful that I finally figured out the cause. Will never drink this again and warn others: stay away!!!

Aug 20, 2014
by: Anonymous

Give them enough money and your products are safe. Land of the all mighty dollar

Jul 31, 2014
by: Anonymous

I struggled for difficulty breathing and swallowing caused by some allergen and acid reflux for one year and My MD did not know what underlying cause was till one night I got very sick after drinking a cup of coffee made of K-Cups. Since I am a registered nurse, I started critical thinking and stopped drinking k-cups. Guess what? I am totally fine and don't even need any allergy medicine nor acid reflux medicine. Then I started getting sick after I bought the machine and the sickness became worse every month.

Jul 14, 2014
tummy troubles
by: Anonymous

I have ulcerative colitis and have noticed that the cramping, running to bathroom, etc. is much worse when I'm home and using the Keurig for about 3 cups of coffee in am. Just returned from a few days' trip away from home with regular coffee and no problems, either with coffee at our friend's home or at a restaurant. Noticed on a previous trip in May no problems either. Have been blaming my increased problems on the colitis, but perhaps it's the K-cups. Will use our little Mr. Coffee for a few days and see if there's a difference. Thanks to all who made enlightening comments!

Jul 13, 2014
Gerd and reflux
by: Anonymous

I started using a Keurig 4 years ago for convenience. I drink one cup a day. Ever since I have been plagued by recurring bouts of GERD. Last week I went to the doctor and he said my throat was red and irritated. 2 days ago I stopped the Keurig coffee and changed to tea. Guess Gerd symptoms lessened dramatically. I have always hated the idea of the plastic reservoir and cups, so I won't be going back.

Jun 16, 2014
Alternative to the K-Cups
by: Anonymous

I recommend the ekobrew stainless steel elite cup found on Amazon or other retailers. Simply cut open your K cup and put the contents in the steel cup, plastic problem solved.

Jun 04, 2014
allergic reaction
by: Krysi

I have noticed that when I use the K-cups on a daily basis ( and I drink a lot of coffee) my lips tend to get dry and numb on the outer part. But when I put my own coffee in the refillable one, I am fine. Has anyone else had this problem? What the hell is in these cups that is doing this to me. I have not changed anything else in my diet or lifestyle so I know its the k-cups and it starts after about 3 days straight with drinking the k-cup coffee ( and yes, all different kinds and brands). Any feedback is very much appreciated.

Mar 23, 2014
Sticking to my brand!
by: Caty

Reading comments, I'm happy that I've been using My Tassimo coffee maker, have had no stomach problems and ailments as all mentioned with using the Keurig. I've stuck to my instincts on what coffee maker I bought 3 years back and I was right! I hear BPA and I won't be going near the Keurig, don't see what's so exceptional about the machine anyways......Tassimo is what I love!

Mar 15, 2014
Upset stomach from K-Cups
by: Deborah

Glad to hear I'm not the only person. I've been searching to see if something other than coffe is inside the K-cups.

Love to know return my horrible Keurig but will they take it back? They only seem to want to replace it!!! Maybe I should "tamper" with it then return not wanting a replacement.

Mar 12, 2014
coffee makers
by: Bob

My question is that not only the Keurig uses plastic but also units like the Bunn comercial coffee units use plastic, is it the same. These are commercial units used all over the place.

Mar 04, 2014
New article in Mother Jones mag sheds light on bpa cover-up
by: Anonymous

Plastic companies seem to be going the route of "Big Tobacco". Good coverage on today's episode of

Mar 01, 2014
Kuerig K-cups
by: Layne sultana

So Kuerig is saying that no matter how many K-cups of coffee you have on a daily basis - that there is absolutely NO danger to the coffee drinker ?

Feb 25, 2014
What? K-cups are made of plastic #7?
by: Anonymous

You all need to wake up! You actually believe the FDA? HA! Do your own research!

Feb 04, 2014
Recycle the coffee
by: Dave

I do remove the aluminum top and extract the "9-11 grams out of every k cup and put it in the compost pile". It is a bit of work, but it does add up to a significant amount of coffee grinds over time.

Dec 28, 2013
You need to wake up
by: Anonymous

Your answer was false
the number 7 plastic
that the Keurig cups
are made from are
the worst plastic on
the planet. You need
to start living up
to your name and do
some detective work!

Dec 14, 2013
It baffles my mind...
by: Anonymous

It just baffles my mind that people write on here that they are experiencing stomach cramps but then either keep using their k-cups or decide to just go back to an older machine. Do you not read what other people have written about these things?

Thank you to the person who mentioned paper coffee cups. That makes sense.

And to Paul in September - I agree and shudder to think of the plastic kettle I used for years without even thinking about it. However, it is impossible to find even a metal plug in kettle without plastic inside or a plastic lid.

The best solution I have found is to buy the only one I could find with minimal plastic inside (a mini Betty Crocker) and then remove all of the internal plastic parts, for instance, I replaced plastic washers with metal washers, and just removed a plastic cap that was placed over a metal tube. I've had the kettle for almost a year now and it works fine.

If you're not a forgetful person like I am, I suppose a stove top all metal kettle would be best.

Dec 13, 2013
I also have sever stomach cramps
by: Zoomeranger

Wow....I have been using the Keurig coffee maker for over a year now. When I use the Starbuck's brand of single serve cups I would get a stomach cramp and feel off.

Finally this week after again using the machine with Starbucks and getting severe cramps I thought it might be the coffee brand alone, as other less intense brands don't bring on the same symptoms.

Reading the other blogs it is disconcerting about potential side affects from continued use.

I may go back to my old Tassimo which did not inflict the condition.

Question is? What government agency would look into this if the complaint were to be brought forward.

Good health to all readers. Drink spring water. It may be safer (I hope)

Dec 08, 2013
Yes, BPA has toxicity
by: Anonymous

That is why BPA is banned in California, if they come in contact with infants. Can it be good for adults? It can't be great!

Dec 06, 2013
by: Anonymous

I believe very little of what the FDA says. I wished that wasn't so but they are in bed with money.

Nov 30, 2013
Yes Virginia those K-Cups are TOXIC

First and foremost #7 plastics are about the worst on the market for leaching both BPA and other nasty toxins into your coffee (or whatever). It is also used in the large plastic 3 and 5 gallon water bottles for coolers.

Granted there is not a huge significant amount but when you combine your coffee with your dozen personal care products, the flame retardant dust from your couch, bed, bedding, carpets and other foam products, the chemicals in your household cleaning supplies, air fresheners, and countless other things that you come across daily - well it all adds up to a toxic mixture that you didn't even know you were about to consume.

Paper coffee cups are sometimes lined with wax that will melt and re-harden inside your body. Then there is the question of recycled paper which in most cases can contain BPA as well.

With some very careful preparation you can find a way to significantly reduce your exposure to these high risk areas and really work on a clean life. It may not be as convenient at first but I choose life over convenience any day.

As for checking with the actual company, are you insane? They are going to do everything possible to protect their product, they do not have to disclose anything to you. This is an UNREGULATED area and one of high concern. #7 Other (usually polycarbonate) plastic: if you must use plastic it should be replaced with 1, 5 or corn-based plastics, or even shatter-resistant glass. The evil #7 is one of the worst out there often used in 5-gallon water bottles, some baby bottles, some metal can linings. Polycarbonate can release its primary building block, Bisphenol A, another suspected hormone disruptor, into liquids and foods. In 1998, the Japanese government ordered manufacturers there to recall and destroy polycarbonate tableware meant for use by children because it contained excessive amounts of bisphenol A. If this is banned for use in Japan and even China... what the hell are we doing using it?

Be proactive on your own health and minimize your use of all plastics. And never assume it's okay to heat plastic... it is a toxic chemical and over time it will cause serious health hazards.

Nov 22, 2013
Other affects
by: Canadian

I have a healthy diet and I carefully select what I ingest. I've been at a new job for the past month. We have a Keurig machine and I've been drinking about 3 or 4 coffees brewed from the machine per week day. This has been the only change to my diet in the past month.

It seems like my sleeping patterns have been greatly affected. I have also started getting weird acne, which I never had before.

I see many comments about gastrointestinal discomfort but I'd like to know if people have experienced other affects.

Nov 05, 2013
by: Anonymous

I think its a joke if you think the k-bomb/cup is a good idea. This is just another example of society today choosing convenience and jeopardizing health and screw the environment. The biggest joke is somebody answering questions on the concerns of these K-cups by asking green mountain coffee the company that is capitalizing on them the most. Come on people you have a brain know use it.

Nov 04, 2013
ice President Flavor Technologies
by: K Buschmann

Would anyone out there know the manufacturer of the plastic brewing container used in the K-Cups?

If so please respond to the above at


Sep 19, 2013
Heating up plastics is a bad idea
by: Paul

They have them at my part time job.

Everyone wants convenience. It is an expensive convenience and unhealthy for the home user. Take everything in strides on what the FDA says

Its very simple - boiling hot water/ heating up of plastics of any kind IS A BAD IDEA. SAY NO

From the moment I saw these machines advertised I knew they were a bad idea, and a quick cash grab by these companies


Its 2010's, not the 90's and early 2000's where everyone was brainwashed into buying PLASTIC KETTLES. what a horrible idea.

Its hard, but try not to buy coffee makes with plastic parts

Sep 06, 2013
Real Green
by: Anonymous

French Press baby! No waste. Great taste.

Aug 21, 2013
Estrogens in Keurig and k cups
by: Huntsville, Al girl

I just wanted to let other women know if you are experiencing high levels of estrogen in your body, the keurig will cause this. My husband and I purchased a keurig and we loved it. After about a month My breasts starting growing more! Seriously, I thought o.k maybe menopause. Well they grew two cup sizes! I went to see my Gyno and have my hormone levels checked. He asked me if I had changed my diet in any way the last few months. He told me some things that cause high estrogen levels. One was the keurig and the k- cups. It's the plastic that is used on the keurig. I thought to myself...that's crazy. Couldn't be...well I stopped using the keurig and within two weeks my breasts went back to their normal size. Very disappointed that I could not use the keurig anymore. I don't want huge breasts though!!! Just and FYI...

Aug 08, 2013
K Cup Intolerance?
by: Anonymous

I started using K Cups and Starbucks Verissimo cups in December. I did not put the two together but that's when the non-stop sinus and flu like symptoms started. I drank 1-2 cups a day.

Through the months I experienced severe dizziness, mood changes, aching, sinus infections, blurry vision and confusion.

I have been to the doctor mostly to treat the sinus. I decided to quit using plastic cups and went back to dripping my coffee. Within 2 weeks I felt so much better and every day after that even more so.

My sinus cleared along with all the other symptoms. So then the test. I tried coffee using the K cups again and today is day 4.

I am dizzy, my sinus clogged, so fatigued and feeling crappy. I am writing this as I lay on the couch after sleeping for an hour in the middle of the day.

Could this be related? I believe so. I am going to try it again, eliminating the plastics and see what happens. I do not think this is all in my head and not a coincidence!

May 19, 2013
What are the ingredients in the coffee? Does anyone know?
by: Anonymous

I am skeptical about any product that doesn't list ingredients on the label. They could be putting any cheap chemical inside. This is very troublesome.

May 17, 2013
If BPA is so harmless......
by: Anonymous

Why is it banned in Canada and Europe ?

May 11, 2013
by: Anonymous

Approved by the FDA means nothing to me but white collar crime. They approve things that kill us everyday. Get informed!

Apr 25, 2013
Plastic # 7 is VERY bad for you!!
by: Anonymous

Plastic #7, which is what K Cups are made of, is VERY bad for you. Here is why:

Plastic # 7 is polycarbonate, used in most plastic baby bottles, 5-gallon water bottles, “sport” water bottles, metal food can liners, clear plastic “sippy” cups and some clear plastic cutlery. New bio-based plastics may also be labeled #7. Polycarbonate can leach Bisphenol A, a chemical that mimics the action of the human hormone estrogen. It was found to stimulate prostate cancer, produce ovarian dysfunction, genetic damage, etc.

Editor's Note: Plastics marked #7 include a variety of different plastics types, some of which contain BPA, and some of which don't. In other words, not all plastics marked with the number 7 include BPA. The Keurig K-Cups are BPA-free.

You can learn more about how to identify dangerous plastics at

Mar 07, 2013
more BS rumors
by: Jonny

Love the K-Cups, been drinking them for a couple years now and I feel great! Friends voiced a conscern about this "plastic scare" so I was digging into it and so far have found 0 proof that its toxic.

Feb 20, 2013
plastic/chemical taste
by: W. Bardisa

I am returning my "replacement" B70 Keurig for a refund. Two (2) brand new machines had a chemical taste and smell when brewing a cup of water. Coffee is undrinkable due to chemical taste. Went through the de-scaling process with first machine and no improvement. Second machine, slight improvement after descaling but taste and smell still there. I can no longer trust a Keurig machine since they are leeching chemicals into the water I would be ingesting.If I didnt taste it I wouldnt know, but since I can taste and smell it, I would have to be a fool to poison myself with this water. My first B70 died after 2 years so these replacements were at a discounted price from Keurig corporate.

Feb 10, 2013
Soft pack pods
by: Anonymous

I, too, am mostly concerned about tossing more plastic waste into the environment. I discovered the organic 'paper' pods. Upon further inspection, however, discovered a thick plastic ring around the top. To me, this looks even worse than the regular plastic K-cups. I really hope to find a better alternative.

Dec 27, 2012
Keurig #6 water reservoir
by: Anonymous

I received a Keurig as a Christmas gift. After cleaning and following all the set up directions I started the machine. I immediately noticed a plastic smell as I was running the brew cycle of just plain water. After several rinse cycles I still noticed the smell in the air. I smelled the cup of water and it had a very stong plastic odor. I decided to look at the reservoir and noticed it is labeled #6. I cant believe that they make a machine with such a dangerous plastic. Needless to say, its going back!

Dec 24, 2012
by: Anonymous

is not a PAH, as incorrectly stated above.

Dec 19, 2012
too bad
by: Anonymous

its too bad they choose the worst plastic possible for the water reservoir. Why could they spent the extra money to manufacture the reservoir from a better plastic? This speaks volumes about the likelihood of the other plastics used in the machine. The other indication is that they do not mention what plastic is in the K-cup (and it is not labelled either). BPA was not something I was interested in ingesting but is it better than any form of PS in my book. (hormone disruptor versus cancer) I guess you have to pick your poison these days. I caved and buy one yesterday probably due to their BPA free claim which might suggest they were conscious about the health of the consumer. However, I am afraid I might have to give it away after reading this blog which confirmed what I suspected all along.

Dec 12, 2012
by: Anonymous

I have MCS and know that there is NO PLASTIC safe for humans. We are best to use a glass pot and make our own coffee and stay safe from cancer and other health issues. The more we purchase unsafe products the more they keep making them. No company seems to care about our health but are out to take our money. If we stop purchasing these unsafe products they than may start offering more safe and healthy options.

Dec 11, 2012
Stomach pain and bloating
by: Disappointed

I'll start by saying that I am an avid coffee drinker and DO NOT experience discomfort of any kind when drinking it. Not until today that is. Had my first cup of coffee from my new Kuerig VUE and I was not even able to finish it. The discomfort I am feeling is very similar to that I have experienced after eating oysters. Severe stomach pain that comes in waves and bloating. I found that I have an allergy to oysters and have not touched them since. After reading that others are describing very similar symptoms, I have to believe there is something within the water reservoir or internal tubing that may be to blame. Goodbye VUE.

Dec 09, 2012
By the way.......
by: C.C.

I have the Keurig Special Edition. Just purchased 3 weeks ago. The water reservoir says #6 ps made in China.

Dec 08, 2012
upset stomache from keurig
by: C.C.

I am too having horrible upset stomache and intestinal trouble. Even with plain water so I suspect the water reservoir. Thought maybe I had a plastic allergy. I will be returning this.

Dec 05, 2012
coffee makers
by: Anonymous

Dont all coffee makers have plastics in them?

Nov 08, 2012
Reference: Green America Website
by: Anonymous

#7 (Polycarbonates and Others): Although the #7 designation is a catchall for plastics that don’t fit into one of the other categories, products marked with this number are often polycarbonates, which are used in plastic baby bottles, the plastic liners of metal food cans, sport water bottles, and other items. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor that is used in making polycarbonates and can leach from them when they’re used. A recent review of studies regarding BPA’s effects (Environmental Health Perspectives, August 2005) finds that more than 80 percent of published studies assessing the effects of low-dose BPA exposure on laboratory animals found significant effects, including alterations to brain chemistry and structure, behavior, the immune system, and male and female reproductive systems.

Oct 26, 2012
upset stomach
by: pes78

Is anyone else having upset stomach and gastric pain and bloating from the Keurig coffe maker?
We purchased ours 6 weeks ago, in the meantime my stomach is horribly upset. I stopped drinking coffee for a week and my stomach was feeling better and then I went back to drinking a cup every morning and within a few days I am feeling bad again!

Oct 24, 2012
by: Anonymous

I don't know how anyone can trust what the USA-FDA has to say or approve since they are very corrupt and have been paid off on several occasions. They will give their approval to the highest bidder. We need to care more about the health and welfare of the human race and stop the greed from clouding are judgement.

Oct 09, 2012
by: Anonymous

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY....alot of stuff is bad for us, the filters,styrfoamcups,filterliners,ceramic cups and the ceramic coffee maker for one cup is bad for you too oh yes and plastics, and maybe even the plastic in regular coffee makers and even the water filters the filter the water in some other types of coffee makers. who knows maybe stainless steel might even be bad for us.. gosh i just not sure about anything these days and where does the coffee come from and how is that made..etc etc.
i guess research as much as possible and do our best.good luck

Sep 19, 2012
The Verdict
by: Anonymous

I think it's obvious. If you value your health, stop using your K-cup brewer.

If you value the planet, stop using your K-cup brewer.

If you value your loved ones, help them to understand why they should stop using their K-cup brewers.

Chalk it up to the simple fact that they were a bad idea to begin with.

(And if you're still not convinced, check out Dr. Mercola's recent article on coffee, why it is imperative to drink only organic, and why it's better to use filters.)

Sep 18, 2012
#6 #7 plastics
by: Anonymous

...hello the lid of my reservoir say "#7" but the reservoir itsel where the water sits and soaks up any seeping chemicals is "#6" the plastic filter holder is not labeled nor is the "k pod" or K-pod holder that came with the unit.

Sep 17, 2012
by: Anonymous

The statement from Keurig Social Responsibility Mgr-is that because the K-cups are a mix of plastic materials that includes Polystyrene-for this reason they cant be recycled- THe effects of heating Polystyrene are widely considered to be a carcinogen.
Just one persons opinion-that doesnt use K-cups

Sep 06, 2012
absurd idea of a non recyclable product
by: CYNTHIA TOBEYAnonymous

Everyone I know recycles for the most part. Everyone I know also has bought into this whole k- cup fast, clean, and convenient...But my first and last question was and is, "Why did the manufacturer EVER think little plastic cups, with the ongoing uproar of plastic contamination and waste, why did they think plastic cups were a great idea? Now, yes,they are trying to figure out a green approach, but the fact that manufacturers didn't firstly offer a green product is just disturbing! All about the money, I guess? Just hype the product, let marketing do their thing and then when customers start complaining, let marketing and product enhancement to their thing once again....Rather sad in my book...I'll just make my coffee the old fashion way...drip.

Sep 02, 2012
kureg resivoir
by: Anonymous

The plastic resivoir on my Kureg say's ABS #7

Jul 16, 2012
k cups
by: isusanb

We have been using the folgers k cups my husband too has been getting very sick and vomiting after drinking it and I am having gastric problems too!!I have been fearing the plastic is poisioning my family!

Jul 14, 2012
re: BPA in k-cups
by: katyq4u

What is your most reliable source? You say above that these contain no BPA and then have information below stating they do, but BPA is not harmful according to FDA.

Take what the FDA says with a grain of salt. As long as there is no specifically correlated proof that BPA causes significant harm, doesn't mean it is healthy. BPA messes with hormones. Especially in the growth and development stages. This can result in issues related to thyroid and obesity.

I'm not against using this product, but I am frustrated that they are considering a recyclable option, but appear to ignore the BPA issue. I will be the first to purchase the product if it stated BPA free and meant it.

Jul 11, 2012
Coffee causing sickness
by: Linda Moore

I was wondering if there has been a recall issued on the Keurig K cup Breakfast blend. Several times my husband has gotten very sick, to the point that he had to stop his car on the way to work and vomit. The only thing he had have was the Keurig coffee. I on the other hand am experiencing gastric upset after drinking the same blend. Wondering who I could contact about this. Thanks!
Linda Moore
Alexandria, TN

Jun 06, 2012
What are the ingredients in the coffee?
by: Anonymous

what are the ingredients in the coffee? How is the coffee itself processed?

May 04, 2012
Tea in k cups is the most ridiculous, stupid and selfish idea ever
by: Anonymous

You need a machine to pour hot water over your tea for you? Here's a revolutionary idea: someone should invent little perforated sacks and fill them with tea leaves so hot water can be poured over them in a cup. Oh wait, they've been invented - they're called tea bags!

But what about hot chocolate? Why doesn't someone make hot chocolate so that you can just stir the powder into hot water or milk? Oh wait, they do that too!!!

May 03, 2012
K cups - not just your health is at risk
by: Anonymous

How hard is it to use a measuring spoon and measure out 3 tablespoons of coffee? Why does anyone need a little plastic cup that makes homemade coffee so expensive you might as well go out and let someone make it for you, let alone that could be giving you cancer?

Have you not heard what's happening in the ocean? Islands of floating plastic as large as California. Why? Because we keep buying products encased in plastic.

K cups are one easy way to eliminate some of this plastic. Get over the fact that you spent money on a silly machine and go back to a natural way of making coffee. You can buy a $10 ceramic filter holder on Amazon for excellent drip coffee (no plastic involved) or use a French press or a percolator.

Apr 16, 2012
FDA standards???
by: Larissa Canina

I mean no disrespect to "Coffee Detective", however, as a consumer to other consumers, here is is an FYI about the FDA...just like many other organizations and people in general, they can be bribed and manipulated when it comes to the almighty $$$! If something has FDA approval, I question even further as they have deceived the public time and again. organization with good intentions but too many bad apples! Choose to be informed and make your own decisions from what your "gut" tells you. Coffee Dective...thanks for trying to exceed FDA standards!

Apr 11, 2012
Cold water reservoir
by: Greg

What is the type of plastic used on the cold water reservoir for the B70 Keurig? Some people have said it is #6 (which is a plastic known to potentially leach benzene), and others have stated that the Keurigs don't use #6 plastic.
Anyone have a machine and can take a look for me? I still have mine in the unopened in the box since I can't return it once opened!
Thank you!

Apr 09, 2012
Plastics Number 6 on Bottom of Cold Water Reservoir
by: Anonymous

Question: "Does the Cold Water Reservoir in a Keurig Brewer contain any BPA?"

Above you say "no" for BPA but you don't mention that plastics number 6 may leach styrene – a possible human carcinogen.

Can a Keurig Brewer Cold Water Reservoir, Plastic Number 6, leach styrene?

Apr 05, 2012
#7 is high risk for BPA
by: Anonymous

We are advised to avoid recycle codes #3,#6 and #7 ratings because they pose the highest risk of leaching BPA & toxins. The recycle code #1 which covers 2-liter bottles is also a risk, but is approved for single use only, however the leaching of BPA is known to occur in this category. User beware. When my keurig coffeemaker dies, I will be going to a non plastic coffee process. Looking at one of the glass presses as an alternative. Doesn't do much good to eat GMO free & organic if I am getting the toxins this way. Have been using the Newman's own organic k-cups, but it's a bit of a joke since it's encased in the plastic k-cup. The only thing that would change my mind is if the k-cups were made using bio-engineered plastic. Why don't they do this? (plastic from corn, but this would also have to be non-GMO/pesticide free certified corn since plastic from corn containing Bt would be just as bad.)

Apr 03, 2012
Plastic waste more and more!
by: Anonymous

this is amazing how selfish we all are, no one is worried about all this plastic waste we are producing just for the sake of our convinience.

Mar 16, 2012
by: Anonymous

#7-use at your own RISK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Editor's Note: Keep in mind that #7 is a catch-all category, and that not all #7 plastics are toxic. Toxic plastics by number...

Mar 16, 2012
keriug and like
by: Anonymous

We do love the cup however, at this time we are all looking out for our health and the health of the enviorment, why would they even consider using and componets with BPA, Many of us will give up the convience for health, most people I know are moving away from all reg grown food, coffee ect.. The stores are filled with such unhealthy food, change is needed for us all!

Jan 06, 2012
The dumbing down of America
by: Anonymous

Please, can't you people relax? My Grandpa is in his 90's and sharp as a tack. If everything is poisonous, why do we live as long as we do? Hell, my parents are in their seventies and are perfectly healthy. I drink two Keurig cups of coffee a day and love every single one. I then smoke two cigarettes and watch TV for six hours. I am being facetious with the smokes and laziness, but I doubt most people here will get it. Also, save your rants about the planet. It is so 1991. As George Carlin said: "The planet is fine... the people are fucked! The planet isn't going anywhere... we are!"

Dec 28, 2011
Wake up
by: Concerned Joe

OF COURSE PLASTIC COFFEE MAKERS LEACH. Keurig even states that parts of their makers that come in contact with the beverage contain BPA. It doesn't matter if the FDA comes out with a report that BPA isnt as harmful as previously thought because the FDA is a famously unscrupulous agency that has a long history of cover ups and swindling of consumers. FDA COVER UP was uncovered not to long ago.. " The FDA has been embroiled in similar scandals over the years by failing to enforce federal laws because doing so would negatively affect the profits of the wealthy companies that pay the agency hundreds of millions of dollars in “fees.” The deplorable negligence was even the subject of a congressional investigation that determined the FDA !!!!!!allows companies that annually pay it more than $400 million in fees to compromise public safety."!!!!!!!

Temperatures for coffee and the plastics in the makers DO NOT mix well. The higher the heat, the more plastic breaks down. That's why plastic feels more pliable after heating. Keurig is no different... YOu surely dont think they use the highest qualtiy plastics? It's a business established for profit. The MY K-Cup filter uses cheap cheap plastic....

Dec 26, 2011
cancer causing warning
by: Anonymous

In the owners manual there is a WARNING saying the the Keurig product contains chemicals, including lead, which is known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Is the chemicals and lead in the K-cups or in the machine itself?

Dec 19, 2011
What me, worry?
by: Anonymous

Yes, actually. Newsflash: #7 plastic isn't recyclable. And aside from the potential BPA, and as someone else pointed out, styrene, there are also phthalates to be concerned about. All of these, especially when in contact with hot liquids, can and do leach into the coffee you are drinking. These chemicals can interfere with the hormonal system, thyroid function, and may bioaccumlate in our fat stores. I don't know about you, but if I can prevent that from happening when I just want a cup of coffee--a naturally-occurring plant product and water--I probably won't use K-Cups or Keurig brewing machines or any other plastic-based brewer.

Dec 16, 2011
reusable my cup may not be the solution
by: Anonymous

What about the plastic material in the reusable filter? Is that safe to use with boiling hot liquid?

Dec 14, 2011
worrying about plastic
by: melismo2

If you lived in a place with no radon,no pollution, no acid rain, no dangerous ultraviolet light, then worrying about #6 and #7 plastic would make sense.But it's not going to be the plastic that does you in.Even the person who suggested the Melitta ceramic cone does not know for sure that there is no lead in it. And let's also remember that if you were the health freak you think you are, you would be against coffee.Life is temperate...but stop worrying about each and everything being bad for your health.You are going to die no matter what and it may be from some genetic cause.Won't you feel silly that you were afraid of a coffee reservoir and a tiny plastic cup ?

Dec 12, 2011
I'd spend the extra for non plastic parts!
by: Anonymous

I'd send the extra $50-$75, for glass or stainless steel parts in these machines. I just bought my wife the Keurig Platinum over the weekend, and wasn't to happy that the water reservoir was made out of Polystyrene. I guess I just won't let the water sit in the reservoir for a prolonged amount of time. The bottom line is we're surrounded by plastics!

Dec 09, 2011
El Pablo steers clear of plastics & liquids
by: Anonymous

El Pablo (pihlenfe) will steer clear of any products that contain plastics & liquids combination! The USA-FDA does not really help here either since they are more for corporations & the 1% and less for the 99% of everyday regular folks. No Keurig or K-cups or whatever they call it for El Pablo!

Dec 05, 2011
Does it leach styrene?
by: Anonymous

Why is everyone only talking about BPA? Wouldn't the risk be styrene? If the water reservoir is recycle code #6, it's polystyrene. Styrene is a suspected carcinogen, and a suspected toxin to the gastrointestinal, kidney, and respiratory systems, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Shouldn't water that comes out of a Keurig be tested for styrene?

Dec 04, 2011
by: Anonymous

Of COURSE they're going to tell you it doesn't contain BPA. Because they want to sell them to you. ANYthing with plastic emits stuff because it's PLASTIC. Buy a melitta ( sp? ) ceramic cone filter and be done with it. Your life is much more valuable than that cup o' joe. Really, I care more about you than Keurig does. Buy the ceramic filter. Your coffee tastes WAYYY better and it is wayyy cheaper. Please don't be fooled by these posts that tell you the product is safe. Err on the side of caution and throw out, or take back the Keurig.

~ A concerned fellow man

Nov 27, 2011
Recycle #6 on bottom of water reservoir
by: Anonymous

I bought a B60 from Target just because it said it was BPA free on outside of box. It is actually my 2nd one after the first one conked out in less than a year. I use filter water for everything in the house and noticed a weird metallic plastic chemical taste with the coffee to the point of being undrinkable. I went to and qvc to see if other reviewers say same. There was and some recommended cleaning the reservoir with vinegar or baking soda. I pulled mine out and see a #6 on bottom which is known to leach harmful toxins and to top it off the World Health Org suspects #6 as a carcinogen. Thanks Keurig for making me think I am buying something healthy. With all the links to cancer and endocrine dysfunction with some plastics I am not very happy right now.

Nov 24, 2011
They're Safe
by: Dr. Sean

As a PhD chemist, I feel safe in saying that Plastic #7, while inconvenient for recycling, can be made of plastics that will not leach BPA. I have no doubt that Keurig know that their plastics do not contain materials that would leech BPA.

I decided to test the cups using GC/MS and LC/MS. I also tested the cups with proton NMR. The cups themselves contain no BPA. When I test water that is run through the coffee maker without a K cup inside, I detect extremely low levels of BPA. (We are talking parts per billion to many parts per trillion). As a chemist, I am all for banning BPA. I feel that it is unsafe. That being said, I feel safe drinking from the Keurig coffee makers after having tested their output.

Nov 03, 2011
#7, but no BPA?
by: Anonymous

The Keurig comment that the cups contain NO BPA, yet are plastic #7 is very confusing. I know that #7 is a mix of different types of plastic, so basically they're declaring that no BPA plastics are used in the composition of their plastic #7. Are we to trust them, or trust the manufacturer who tells them they don't use BPAs? Hmmm. There are lots of other coffee makers out there, and most are more environmentally-friendly to boot. Why take a chance?

Oct 04, 2011
k-cup plastic
by: Anonymous

Isn't #7 plastic the most toxic plastic?

May 14, 2011
K-Cups and BPA
by: Anonymous

You state they are made from # 7 plastic and are safe because they do not contain BPA. sorry to say this but it does not seem correct.
Read about # 7 and see if it makes any difference.
And sure the FDA states it's ok...sure they do.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely produced chemical used primarily for the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. More than 6 billion pounds of BPA are produced and used each year for this purpose. The use of this chemical is so profound that it was detected in the urine in 93% of the population over 6 years of age. The study did not include anyone under 6 years of age, so the level in their urine is unknown.

Polycarbonate plastics are typically hard and clear and are marked with the resin identification code number 7. As mentioned previously, the number 7 is considered the "other" category and includes chemicals other than bisphenol A. Nalgene water bottles were made with BPA until recently. They are being voluntarily pulled from the shelves and replaced by bottles that are BPA-free made with a relatively new plastic called Tritan copolyester. Other sources of polycarbonate are food and drink packaging, including infant bottles, toddler sipping cups, tableware, and food containers. Epoxy resins are used to line metal products such as canned foods, bottle tops, and water supply pipes.

May 08, 2011
To Editor regarding plastic #6
by: Anonymous

You're wondering how the Keurig water tank can be #6 when it doesn't seem to be made of polystyrene. Here's a direct quote from;

"Another important thing to know about polystyrene is that it isn?t always used in its foamed form. Polystyrene is also used in a solid form, as a clear or colored plastic. Solid polystyrene is used, for example, in disposable cutlery, some yogurt cups and clear containers for cakes and other baked items."

Feb 05, 2011
Mr. Coffee
by: Anonymous

Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1 Single Serve Brewing System, Silver

has no plastic chamber with # 6. Can use the mesh my k-cup instead of the plastic ones. Hoping this solves the plastic issues and BPA issues, but don't know if this model is BPA free. Here's hoping! Mr. Coffee has been around forever.

Feb 04, 2011
Plastics in Brewers
by: Anonymous

Keurig and Breville water chambers are marked with a number 6 on the bottom-which means may contain benzene. I am going to take mine back. Anyone have a chamber that is not labeled 6?

Feb 02, 2011
by: Anonymous

Plastic #7 is predominately polycarbonate which harbors BPA. No way around it... NONE. Even worse is plastic #3 (dubbed the toxic plastic), which is polyvinyl chloride (the name sounds yummy doesn't it?), or our old friend PVC. The sometimes corrupt and always inept USFDA has said that long term exposure to DHEA (one of several plastizers used in it's production) can lead to: reduced body weight and bone mass; damage to liver and testes and cancer. YAAAAY! And to clarify Green Mountain makes billions not millions so they will tell you whatever they want to keep you buying their convenient but wholly mediocre coffee. That said great company, great idea, I own their stock (total hypocrite :-), go capitalism!

Jan 03, 2011
to Plastic Taste
by: Anonymous

Run a water cycle brew through the brewer 1-2 times and this will get rid of the plastic taste.

I work for a brewer company.

Dec 31, 2010
Plastic Taste

In my new single serve Keurig coffee maker when I make a cup of anything with it it comes out with a heavy plastic taste. What is this? I can't stand it, it's disgusting!!!

Dec 16, 2010
Horses Mouth
by: Anonymous

Getting an answer about the problems associated with a company's product that produces 80% of the profit for said company is a bit like asking an only child who made the mess in their bedroom.

They know the answer, but they will make up every story they can think of, to put off cleaning up the mess.

Dec 10, 2010
To Editor regarding plastic #6 on B60
by: Anonymous

The new units of B60 in various retailed stores including B*dbathandbeyond, S*m's club, etc. are all clearly marked with the #6 recycle plastic symbol. Go check it out yourself.

Dec 08, 2010
K-cups and #7 plastic
by: Anonymous

In the above Q and A section it says that K-cups do not have BPA, but then states that they are made out of #7 plasic which is a combination of plastic. This means that it is unknown! I don't know how they can say a firm NO to that question. There could be BPA and many other chemicals in #7 plasic. In my reasurch I've learned that the most dangerous plastic is #3, #6, and #7.

Nov 29, 2010
keurig water reservoir danger
by: Anonymous

The water reservoir on the kurig doesn not have
BPA. I chose to return my Kurig since the water reservoir has plastic # 6 which is TOXIC.

Editor?s Note: I find your observation a little odd, for a couple of reasons. First, as far as I can see, the Keurig water reservoir isn?t marked with a recycling number. At least, the reservoir on my B60 isn?t. Second, recycling #6 is the designation for polystyrene, and the water reservoir certainly isn?t made from polystyrene. (You can learn more about dangerous plastics, and BPA-free coffee makers at

Nov 28, 2010
BPA Presence
by: Anonymous

In the official references provided above, it was stated that the "packaging" of the K-Cups contained no BPA. This doesn't mean the cups themselves were said to be BPA-free...

Oct 20, 2010
BPA....Let's get to the truth
by: Anonymous

BPA is NOT safe. The companies that make the cups have a "POSITION STATEMENT" for that exact question....there are millions of dollars at stake here so OF COURSE they are going to tell you that BPA is safe.

I'm not saying that the Keurig K-cups are unsafe...but guys, lets get educated and look elsewhere for answers. We owe it to ourselves and our health.

Editor's note: More info on this topic, and answers at - BPA-free coffee makers which, for the most part, have no plastic parts.

Sep 20, 2010
My K-Cup Filter
by: Anonymous

The concern of Plastic in K-Cups is on everyones mind as is the waste thrown in the landfills. Those comments are all valid and it shows that consumers are thinking about the long term results. The My K-Cup re-usable filter answers some of these concerns, but it makes it less convenient..lets face it we bought into single cup for variety & convenience. This is where I found the best answer to both concerns...USE PODS- of the SOFT PACK variety. Pods have been around since the late 60's and offer the freshness and variety without the plastic. Its filter paper & Coffee- just open up the pods and pour the coffee into your My-K-Cup filter. THe Pods keep fresh and are half the price of the K-Cups.

Sep 07, 2010
Water in your Keurig
by: Nick (CoffeeDetective)

Dixiehearts, hi

If my Keurig has been sitting idle for a while, I just run run once it without a the water in the machine comes out and is replaced by fresh. Then I brew my next coffee.


Sep 07, 2010
bateria growth.
by: dixiehearts

How do you empty the water chamber after it is pumped to the other side, how is bacteria kept from groing in the water, if I don.t use for a couple of days it seams slimmy.
What about if it is preset to turn machine off , is it worse then.

Jul 28, 2010
Cafestol and K-Cups
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know if using the k-cups filters out "Cafestol"? I had a french press and read about the dangers of this and just bought the Keurig and still see the oils. Is that this Cafestol their talking about or do all coffee from coffee makers have oil at the top of the mug after brewing?

The new Keurig I bought says it's BPA free but now I'm concerened about the cups and this "Cafestol"

Any help?

Jul 24, 2010
Now I'm confused even more.
by: Anonymous

Isn't that contradicting itself. Plastic's #7 & #3 contain BPA, so how is it, they say K-cups are BPA free and then state they are #7?

Editor's Note: Plastics marked #3 do not contain BPA. Plastics marked #7 include a variety of different plastics types, some of which contain BPA, and some of which don't. In other words, not all plastics marked with the number 7 include BPA. The Keurig K-Cups are BPA-free.

You can learn more about how to identify dangerous plastics at

Jul 16, 2010
Leeching/weird taste
by: Florenzo

BPA has been found in containers, foremost in softer and thinner plastic baby bottles (and that is the real concern). The container material leeches. at hot temperatures. These temperatures in Polycarbonate Containers and safety testing accordingly takes place with 220 degree F. Everything leeches, including your HDPE water bottles (especially), your milk bottles or 1 gallon containers, your glass containers, etc. But it does not necessarily leech all the time. Depending on the material, a product will leech at a lower temperature than in other materials, leeching at a higher temperature. So when your HDPE drinking water bottle is left in the car for a while and you come back to take a sip, you then will taste this funny bitter-weird tasting

Apr 28, 2010
by: Anonymous

I understand that the paper filters are the only filters one should use with coffee because of the carcinogens . Is this true/

Apr 09, 2010
keurig and plastics
by: Anonymous

I just purchased the Keurig Coffee Maker from QVC and did not realize until I read the instructions after it arrived , that there was a warning due to chemicals/lead in the product. There should have been some mention of this instead of having people order the product and later find out that there is a risk. People go to all the trouble of ordering it and the carousel and additional k kups etc. , not to mention pay the money then to find out it can affect your health. It did not cross my mind until I saw the warning label in the instructions.
Some people may think it's nothing, but I work in a hospital and I see cancer patients all the time. It is not to be taken lightly.

Feb 19, 2010
metal insert
by: Karen

You can purchase the metal insert (found one at Kohl's for $10-15), buy regular ground coffee and fill the insert.

It kind of destroys the novelty of one-cup of coffee with no clean-up, but it is an alternative. Especially if you don't drink that much coffee.

Feb 18, 2010
#7 and "PC"
by: Sarah

Over and over in reports it states that plastics with "7" and/or "PC" are to be stayed away from.
Sadly, this means K-CUPs. 7 is really bad.
I wont be using K cups anymore. And I have a brewer at home and its all our company uses. I have consumed so many of these over the past 2 years I am sick to my stomach right now.

Editor's Note: The K-Cups themselves are not polycarbonate plastic, and do not contain BPA. We had this confirmed for us by the folks at Keurig.

Jan 27, 2010
by: Anonymous

So does anyone have a suggestion for a coffe maker or, lattes and espresso machines that contain no bpa at all? I have the keurig and am now afraid to use it, are there any that are safe and effective? Please help, I need my coffee, but I dont want to be exposed

Jan 20, 2010
I'd also like to add
by: Anonymous

I'd also like to add that a dog and owner cetainly share more in common than the coffee pot, they share the same environment, thus any number of environmental factors would need to be considered when determining any link.

Jan 09, 2010
Plastic leaching
by: Anonymous

True, but the K-cups are made of extremely thin plastic.

Cups don't even list the grade of plastic. Our "Newman's Own" simply says "W C150 625" on the bottom.

I have always read that the thinner the plastic, the more likely it leaches the chemicals. Plastic parts in coffee makers are thicker and seemingly more durable/less prone to leaching.

Jan 08, 2010
by: Anonymous

Melanoma is a skin cancer.

It was the sun that killed him, not the coffee.

And who gives their dog hot water from a coffee brewer anyway.

Sorry about your loss, but you have to be realistic about the associations you make. Most exposures to carcinogens take years to produce clinical cancer, not a few months.

Dec 14, 2009
K cup plastic and BPA
by: Anonymous

If I recall, most coffee brewers have a plastic filter cone. Might these not leach chemicals as well? I don't think the K cups killed that man and his dog. It probably was a coincidence. There are, alas, many coincidences in the world and they don't generally mean anything.

Nov 26, 2009
Soft pack pods-
by: Michael

We like the Soft pack pods for many of the reasons stated above. Pods have been around for many years in Europe & are the consumers choice for single cup coffee. In North America there hasnt been as much focus because the attempts to develop a good Pod Brewer has been slow & somewhat unsuccessful...until recently we have found the NEW SUN CAFE POD BREWER> we love this brewer for all the features and brewing system that delivers a superior cup of coffee every time.
The nice thing about PODs is that you dont have to deal with the plastic waste, it is filter paper & coffee grounds. Check out & for info on this brewer. on youtube- Sun Cafe Pod Brewer.

Nov 14, 2009
"7" plastic is also includes polycarbonates with BPA
by: N in SoCal

Wow, this is very concerning as I really was interested in purchasing a Keurig. I will not after reading about the questionable plastic of the kcups and contact areas of brewer. Going by FDA safety is not necessarily good enough these days. They have recalled plenty of FDA approved drugs in the past.

Thank you for sharing this info.

NOTE: The FDA recently updated its position on BPA. More on the FDA's reversal about BPA here...

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