Is There an Automatic Drip Coffee Maker with no plastic parts?

by John N
(Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker

Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker


Other then the commercial coffee makers, are there any completely automatic drip home coffee makers out there that have no plastic parts? I mean any piece that water or coffee grounds touch. I’m not looking for the all glass Chemex where you heat the water separately. I guess I'm just a little lazy.


I believe the answer to your question is no.

A lot of people are feeling concerned right now about plastics in coffee makers and, as you know, one of the answers is to use a manual drip brewer, like the all-glass Chemex.

Another popular plastic-free option is the Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker, which is an electric percolator. (Pictured above.)

But as far as I know, there are no automatic drip brewers that are free of plastic parts.

Anyway, I’m posting your question here in the hope that someone may know of a brewer that is plastic-free and tell us about it.

Additional information that might interest you:

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Jan 14, 2020
bunn vp17- LOVE IT
by: Anonymous

Some more info as I've had my BUNN VP17 for 3 months now. I love it!

I now make a single cup of coffee when I'm the only drinker (just like a keurig) by placing my mug where the carafe normally goes and pouring a mug worth of water into the coffeemaker. I use about 3 tablespoons coffee for a mug of coffee. Tastes great!

I have made tea by removing the coffee filter in the coffee funnel (I have the stainless steel funnel) and placing my mug with a teabag in it where the carafe goes and pouring in a mug of water into the machine. Hot water at 200 degrees comes out immediately.

Nov 02, 2019
Bought Bunn vp17 & very happy. Thanks!
by: Anonymous

Just thought I’d report back to everyone here since it was a very helpfull site in my search…

after doing much searching for a non plastic/aluminum parts coffeemaker I bought the Bunn VP17-1 with the stainless steel funnel (extra). We are very pleased with it! makes great coffee. We make anywhere from a quarter pot to 1/2 pot of coffee> just add the amount of water you want to be brewed and that amount of coffee is produced. very fast.

we had the presto percolator for years it was fine (coffee was ok… much better coffee with the bunn) but i got rid of it after I read that the heater tank was aluminum

Oct 06, 2019
Yes - BPA from your coffee maker - studies
by: TooMuchEstrogen

Lots of studies proving the link. Its worth finding a plastic and aluminum free coffee maker!

"They measured the concentrations of the toxic chemical in the urine of the participants. In the experiment, participants replaced their plastic products with non-plastic equivalents. They drank from stainless steel bottles, ate from metal lunch boxes, and used a ceramic drip or a French press to make their coffee. The trial lasted for eight days"


"The researchers reported that BPA concentrations in the urine of participants decreased by 66 percent. "

Aug 31, 2019
Plastic in our coffee
by: Anonymous

Along the lines of health concerns re Plastics - We have a Mr Coffee appliance we bought in May I did not initially notice an issue since I was using ground coffee and filters However when I started just heating water for coffee and tea single serving bags, I noticed some floating, filmy particles (many an inch long) that shine when seen in the light.

We tried washing the appliance once again as well as the filter holder of course + running vinegar thru it. That made no difference.

However, when simply adding water to the carafe (not to the appliance's brewing
reservoir) and heating it on the appliance's hot plate (ie of course the plate is there to keep the water / coffee hot - ie typically after going thru the main heater on toward the filter), no such particles are present.

So the problem is not external to the appliance - ie not the water, not the glass Carafe, etc.

This sounds somewhat like the antimony which is increasingly discussed re plastic water bottles?
Regardless what the particles are, there can be no excuse for such design and materials.

And Mr Coffee is aware of this per at least one review on walmart (I did not look for more) that I wish I had seen. Per that review below, you can see they responded with some supposed concern .....they did nothing however to pull these appliances in that we bought ours months after that posting.

Worse yet, even not heating the water thru the reservoir is sufficient. The steam from a heated carafe of water condenses on the now hot (from the steam) filter housing + after a few days also drops plastic specks + film (tho smaller than if heated thru the reservoir).

This is clearly a health concern, not only for Mr Coffee brewers but including for all appliances using the same plastic?
Manufacturer Part Number CG12

The Review I mentioned:
1 out of 5 stars
Do not buy plastic film creates on top
I bought this a week ago. Didn't know that I would have this issue with a new coffee maker and threw the receipt away thinking I wouldn't need it but this thing is awful. Definitely do not buy. Leaves a white plastic top on your water/coffee when it's done straining threw the filter. The film even tastes like plastic in your coffee. Definitely a huge disappointment. Not worth the money or time. In the photos attached you can see the film starting to gather and create the film and that's just after I made a pot of hot water.
Rissa, March 11, 2019

As I noted the company is aware of this customer's issue ie their posting:
Comment from Mr. Coffee Brand Team - 3/29/2019 Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are extremely sorry to hear about this and even more sorry to disappoint you. Here at Mr. Coffee, we strive to make trusted household appliances that exceed expectations. We would love to turn this experience around for you. Please give our Consumer Care Department at 1-(800) 672-6333 and we will have this addressed. For your convenience, we are available Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm EST. We look forward to assisting you!

How could the firm callously not pull these faulty appliances and avoid exposing all of us customers

Aug 14, 2019
Elite Platinum by Maxi-Matic
by: Anonymous

I've had a great experience with this coffee pot. I believe I've had it over 3 years and it works great. No plastic parts...I had to return a few electric coffee makers when I find any plastic parts. It appears to be all stainless steel, with a real glass dome. I have had Presto, and other electric percs in the past.

Aug 13, 2019
MikeA - did you make the coffeemaker you said?
by: Anonymous

Mike A, I saw this post here by you: Apr 03, 2017
Stay Tuned
by: MikeA

I say stay turned, because I'm so fed up with manufacturer's not building coffee maker with a totally plastic/aluminum free water path that I decided to do it, and collect the millions of dollars myself. Check back in about a year and I should have a solution for you.


Thanks! Debbie

Mar 04, 2018
Krups Moka Brew
by: Linda

What is your opinion of the Krups Moka Brew?

Dec 30, 2017
Heard of Gourmia?
by: Anonymous

How does the Gourmia electric pour over maker look? Saw it on Amazon

Dec 12, 2017
Washer repair kit for Bunn in UK
by: Christiaan

Does anybody know when I can purchase the 'Bunn Washer Seal Repair Kit 4041' in the UK?

Dec 05, 2017
Re: Response to Christiaan
by: Christiaan

You can use any insulated carafe. Not sure which one you’re talking about, because we’re using glass lined one from Ikea

Dec 02, 2017
Farberware is garbage.
by: Nathan

3 Things wrong with the previous poster being excited about the Farberware percolator. The people in this comment thread are searching for something that won't be putting toxic chemicals into our bodies. 1st, there is a plastic cap that the steam touches and extracts poison back into the coffee. 2nd, the stainless steel is made in China, which has been proven to not be trusted since many have been found to contain lead, even though they lie and say that it's the standards expected. NEVER TRUST ANYTHING FROM CHINA!!! 3rd, percolated coffee is at 212 degrees, which makes a horrible coffee, since it needs to be 200 degrees.

Nov 27, 2017
by: Anonymous

Got a Farberware old fashioned stove top percolator, love it. On Amazon under Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator, for $21.24.

Nov 26, 2017
Ratio 8 and Orenda
by: Nathan

Both the Ratio 8 and Orenda look promising until a little more research reveals that both of them source their stainless steel from China (which has been known to have lead in it and no quality control to ensure they aren't cutting corners for profit) and the Ratio 8 has plastic inside.

Nov 25, 2017
Response to Christiaan
by: Anonymous

The insulated carafe lip looks plastic on the website,like a thermos. Let me know when u receive yours what material the lid is.

Nov 13, 2017
by: Christiaan

I picked up a CW15 APS on Ebay. It came with a plastic funnel but I've purchased a stainless steel one to replace it.

It's great because the coffee goes straight into an insulated carafe rather than sitting on a heated plate.

Sep 12, 2017
Yes the commercial Bunn Pots
by: Mick

I serviced these for several years. The "commercial" bunn makers have no plastic/aluminum parts in contact with the water. Look on ebay for used ones. The VP lines are what I've used.
They are still made in Illinois, last for a long time, are very serviceable and cost a mint used. (like $100+ for a good used one when you consider shipping).

I've bought them roached out and covered in scale. But since they're mostly stainless I can soak the pots in acid and clean them up great!.

Good luck.

Aug 26, 2017
by: Anonymous

Brewmatic built-in coffee appliance appears to be all stainless steel.

May 21, 2017
by: Jim

Thanks for the Orenda tip. Looks great!!

Apr 07, 2017
Orenda automatic coffee maker
by: Anonymous

Orenda automatic coffee maker has glass reservoir. The water and coffee do not come in contact with plastic. They just announced pre order on FB 04/17. google it

Apr 03, 2017
Stay Tuned
by: MikeA

The answer to your question is no. Both Ratio and ChemX propose to use less plastic, but there is still tons of polymers leaching into your coffee. Additionally, both use aluminum heating elements and won't disclose if the water comes in contact with the aluminum, which is just as bad as coming into contact with the plastic.

I say stay turned, because I'm so fed up with manufacturer's not building coffee maker with a totally plastic/aluminum free water path that I decided to do it, and collect the millions of dollars myself. Check back in about a year and I should have a solution for you.

Feb 24, 2017
French Press, Bunn
by: Coffee Lover

French press is a good way to go. I also just found on Amazon a Bunn that has a stainless steel water tank. The pour over is great but takes quite a while to make a pot.

Jan 31, 2017
Try alternate methods...
by: desertjedi

Kudos to all of you for trying to find a plastic-free coffee maker. I started this quest after my mother brought her super cheap mini-Mr. Coffee dripmaker to our house during her 3-week long stay. I actually requested it because I was always intrigued by the flavor and body of the coffee it made...which is very odd considering I'm a diehard French Press user. The French Press has better flavor notes (of course) than drip but the body of French Press coffee is a little muddy and less uniform - something you very quickly notice when you try good drip coffee. Drip coffee from this little Mr. Coffee was actually very, very good. But I too realized quickly that realistically, there was no way I'd find a plastic-free dripmaker - unless it was a high-end machine that was purposefully made that way. So my suggestion is to go the Chemex (pour over) route. I'm seriously considering it. It should make coffee just as good as a dripmaker...who knows, maybe better. I would also highly recommend a French Press. If I could only have ONE coffee maker, it would definitely be a French Press. Good luck to all - keep up the quest for good coffee!!

Dec 22, 2016
Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Percolator has aluminum
by: Anonymous

Due to all the concerns regarding drip makers, decided on a S.S. Percolator, Hamilton Beach all Stainless was recommended. Just called the Hamilton Beach Company, and they said the Stainless Steel Percolator IS Stainless Steel, BUT the heating plate at the bottom inside the pot is made of Aluminum! That's just as bad as the plastic. Think I'm going to give up coffee drinking!

Aug 31, 2016
Unique coffeemaker with no plastic parts
by: Anonymous

Well, here's a unique coffeemaker with no plastic parts!

Aug 09, 2016
why do coffee drinkers live longer?
by: Peter

So the fact that coffee drinkers live longer doesn't mean that the plastic found in every drip coffee maker is isn't harmful. They would live EVEN LONGER if they use all-glass or all-metal coffee makers, right? I'm so glad to be on the smart side of things.

Jul 15, 2016
Chemex Ottomatic
by: Anonymous

Has anyone looked into the Ottomatic by Chemex and whether it has plastic parts touching hot water? It does have a plastic reservoir for cold water, but I'm more concerned with the hot water interacting with plastic.

Jul 09, 2016
presto has aluminum
by: Ali

Don't buy a Presto stainless steel coffee percolator.
There is an aluminium nut on the bottom that corrodes. Bad for health. Not 100 percent stainless where it counts.

Jun 03, 2016
Bunn VP-17
by: Anonymous

I have a Bunn VP17-1 and bought it for this exact reason. I've also opened it up to confirm there's no plastic in contact with hot water at any point in the process. You pour (cold) water in through a plastic screen on top of the machine and it goes into a metal reservoir. It then displaces the hot water which is in a metal tank, which causes the hot water in the tank to come out of a metal pipe and make its way to the metal spray head. There is a silicone gasket to ensure a good seal between the tank and the tank lid, but I don't think this is a concern, since the lid itself is also metal and I'm not sure water would make contact with the gasket anyways. It's only there to seal the edge.

The funnel that comes with the machine is plastic, but there is a stainless steel funnel available for purchase.

The machine is a simple drip machine, and it works well but has its annoyances like no power switch (an outlet switch fixes that) and you can't adjust the temperature of the lower burner, so it will evaporate your coffee if you forget to turn it off.

Cleaning the tank is time-consuming because this particular model doesn't have a drain. Every few months, you pour in white vinegar to disinfect the tank, and then keep pouring filtered water through it until what comes out tastes like water, not vinegar. The problem is that filtering all that water takes a long time, and that you have to wait for it to make its way through the machine, in a process where you are successively diluting the vinegar until it's gone. All of this is done with the machine turned off, so the water will be cool throughout. It just takes time and patience.

You will also need to buy a carafe.

This is the machine:

This is the funnel, but SEE MY NOTE BELOW.

NOTE: The funnel as sold on Amazon comes without a critical piece: the funnel tip kit, Bunn part # 01031.0000. Bunn actually sent it to me for free when I called.

This is the carafe I use, and it does have a plastic spout even though the carafe itself is glass, so contact with plastic is minimal when you are pouring the coffee. You can pick a different one of course but I had to draw the OCD plastic line at some point :)

It's not a conventional option, nor is it cheap, but it accomplishes the no plastic goal.

May 17, 2016
May not be plastic but there is ALUMINUM!
by: Anonymous

I was thinking of buying Presto 02811 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker but after reading the reviews on Amazon I found that there is aluminum in the bottom of this pot. As much as I didn't want to I'm leaning more and more to the Chemex. So frustrating!

May 02, 2016
Ratio Eight
by: Anonymous

Elegant and no plastic parts. Could you do a review on it Coffe Detective? Thank you!

Editor's Note: Ask them to send me one! : )

Apr 27, 2016
Ratio Eight
by: Anonymous

The Ratio Eight is the first fully automatic drip machine I've heard of with no plastic: they make a point of this in their advertising. It has gotten very positive reviews on coffee sites. Downside is that it costs $600. Way out of my range. I used a cheaper drip machine every day for years, but now use completely manual processes and don't find it a nuisance. Pourover, aeropress, french press etc. don't need any machinery, and except for the aeropress it's easy enough to avoid plastic.

Mar 08, 2016
Hi Dawn
by: Anonymous

It looks like the coffee maker has pastic part where water flows.

Mar 06, 2016
To Dawn: March 3rd post
by: Anonymous

Hi Dawn! I had a peak at the coffee maker you suggested on Amazon. It looks like a fantastic coffee maker, although from the pictures I suspect the basket filter basket is in plastic. If you see something different, please comment.:)

Mar 03, 2016
I think I found it
by: Dawn

Need to do more research but here it is auto drip stainless steel reservoir...Behmor Brazen Plus on Amazon.

Feb 18, 2016
Krups Moka Brew
by: Anonymous

Stainless water reservoir.
Tubes would be plastic, but it uses steam for
extraction, so it wouldn't be in contact for long.
Really nice coffee. Keeps the coffee warm not hot afterwards, but that's a plus because it doesn't burn it. I micro the 2nd cup.

Feb 08, 2016
I have pretty much given up on inexpensive, automatic drip coffee makers.
by: Anonymous

Brand-new Farberware 5-cup has tasted terrible (like musty plastic!) from day one.

I am going back to my Bodum glass press, with water heated by a plug-in Rival brand soup/water heater with adjustable heat. I have only used it for water. Although it is red plastic with a hot plate in the bottom, coffee and tea brewed using this water does not taste bad. It works so quickly, I can do the coffee prep/ stay in the kitchen and the water is ready.

Jan 11, 2016
Presto maker
by: Anonymous

Inside at the base there is metal that turns black - could it be lead? It doesn't look like stainless steel or aluminum. That would be much worse than plastic!

My husband and I love the taste of the coffee it makes, and it is very hot until the last drop, but the concern about lead has me questioning its value.

Dec 12, 2015
10 hours of research
by: Purist, not fundamentalist

I, too, prefer my coffee without plastic.

I have used a Melitta drip for years and was looking for something that required less time and attention in the morning. Something that I could turn on and forget that would do its thing while I meditate, saving about 15 minutes each morning. That's not to saypreparing coffee isn't its own meditation on life... My Melitta pot and porcelain filter are not a perfect fit so spills and disasters are frequent. My husband suggested a Chemex drip as it has fewer moving parts. But requires no less attention. The Chemex ottomatic (sic) has plastic throughout, so not an option.

I moved on to the Presto percolator. While this machine has no plastic parts, percolating brings out the bitter edge of coffee and the pot adds a metallic tinge. Not for me.

The siphon systems are interesting, but upon close examination, the KitchenAid and Bodum models I researched contained plastic parts that come in contact with boiling water or hot coffee. This Grosche model appears to be pure, but I could not find any specs for it.

But setting up a siphon while bleary-eyed and lighting an alcohol stove beneath is more excitement than I need at 4:30 am.

The automatic "good as pour-over" models all have plastic parts. The most promising was the KitchenAid, but, alas, the filter is ringed with plastic. Tempting after 9 hours of research, but I wasn't quite ready to give up.

I researched a few restaurant models, but do not have 14" of available footprint - that's just the machine, not the space needed to work around it. Avantco seems to have a 12-cup model, but all search engines failed to find specs. Probably need to find a restaurant supplier for this.

In the end, the French Press is the next closest to Melitta pour for purity. Nothing is hidden from view and so there can be no hidden plastic parts. It requires only waiting for water to boil and for coffee to release its flavor. The downside of Bodum models is the glass is thin disperses heat quickly. Either you gulp the first cup to have the second one hot, or you're out of luck. The double-wall stainless steel insulated models looked interesting, but none are chrome plated that I could find, so they would encourage the dreaded metallic tinge that ruins a good cup of coffee.

Finally, I think this research has taken ten hours of my life, I found
Osaka Cafetiere 6 Cup (27 oz) Double-Walled Borosilicate Glass, Coffee and Tea French Press, with Wood Lid "Zenrin-Ji" on Amazon. Insulated glass, no plastic...

Great site - hope someone comes up with a real automatic, really plastic-free model. Till then, I'm pressing.

Nov 25, 2015
Avant Co stainless steel coffee maker
by: Anonymous

I bought an AvantCo coffee maker from 3 years ago. It is a commercial unit the size of the small Bunn. The inlet screen is plastic but only cold water touches that. The rest, including the brew pot and the filter holder is stainless. There is surgical type tubing to route the hot water internally. I verified that by removing the back. I use commercial filters that have been oxygen bleached. No funny taste in the coffee.

The stay hot plate heaters were a weak point. They burned out fairly fast. It looks like they are using a new style heater. I replaced mine with a different kind.

Cost new is over $100, but I got mine refurbed for about 80. Still going strong.

Aug 26, 2015
by: Anonymous

There is plastic in the Chemex? With this brand, do you have to buy their filters?

Aug 12, 2015
Coffee without that chemical taste
by: Anonymous

I use the Bialetti Moka express for regular coffee as well as espresso. I have both the 6 cup, which yields one large mug (2 coffee cups) of regular coffee. Usually I use a good Kona coffee, medium ground for this, and the flavor is incredible as well as consistent. Simply rinse out the coffee chamber with warm water to clean. The grounds basket is also metal and easy to clean simply by rinsing. When I want the espresso cup, I simply put in espresso ground coffee and go to the smaller cup (traditionally) for many may call espresso, Greek, or Turkish coffee. Outstanding!

I also purchased the 12 cup version which allows me to make 3 standard (not giant) mugs of coffee for guests. I've actually thought of buying another for times when I have larger gatherings. All in all, the coffee is consistently good and never an after-taste or chemical-taste. Simply fill the bottom to the the line just below the vent, place the grounds basket in it and bill to the top (without getting grounds on the lip of the basket), then screw on the coffee pot top and voila!! Place on low to medium heat and wait for the sounds of gurgling. You can carefully lift the lid to see that the coffee has risen to the top of the pot. Remove from heat and serve. It doesn't take more than minutes to brew, and the flavor is consistently GOOD !!!

Jul 27, 2015
Old Fashioned!
by: Camille

I am going to try this one!

May 13, 2015
BPA Free Coffeemaker!
by: Anonymous

The Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker:

Editor's Note: It may be BPA-free, but definitely not plastic-free.

Mar 30, 2015
Flip drip
by: Anonymous

This looks pretty cool and you don't need to use a vintage one:

Amazon has many different sizes

Think I am going to try this. I have an old Corning pot, but it is huge.

Feb 26, 2015
I found this glass one at BB&B
by: Anonymous

Feb 22, 2015
bialetti "kitty" coffee maker??
by: Anonymous

Is this just for expresso or can you make a regular cup of coffee in it?

Feb 22, 2015
searching too
by: Anonymous

I have been on the this hunt for years. Amazing that manufacturers haven't latched on to the idea yet. The Bialetti looks promising though unsure how it would do with making "regular" coffee as it's billed as an espresso maker.

Feb 15, 2015
Also looking for plastic-free coffeemaker
by: Anonymous

It's nice to know there are others looking for coffee makers without plastic or aluminum components. I saw this Bialetti "kitty" coffee/espresso maker on Amazon

It says it is made of all stainless.

Jan 15, 2015
Presto Perc Not 100% Stainless Steel
by: ChemFreeDoc

I just spoke with a rep at Presto and though there is no plastic in the percolator, the bottom area where the water heats is aluminum, not stainless steel. If you want to avoid plastic and aluminum, your best bet would be to purchase a vintage percolator. I'm not an alarmist but I am a biochemist and an MD whose work for the last 15 years has been dedicated to environmental medicine. I was a bit of a naysayer before but after years of research, I will not eat or drink anything prepared or stored in aluminum. Breast cancer patients have high levels of aluminum in their system and even if there is, as of yet, no definitive evidence that aluminum is safe, the anecdotal evidence is off the charts. I prefer to use a Chemex, french press, or a vacuum brewer. Sure it's not as convenient as a drip maker, but would you rather be inconvenienced in how you make your morning coffee or "inconvenienced" by cancer?

Jan 10, 2015
stainless steel disc filter for percolator
by: akaha

Gave up on finding a drip coffee maker without plastic or aluminum and just bought a Farberware percolator on ebay. I'm accustomed to using a mesh filter with my drip maker and wonder if anyone knows of a Stainless Steel disc filter that will work? I don't want any plastic parts and the only thing out there is one for an aeropress (2 3/8" diameter). The Farberware has a 3.5" basket

Dec 10, 2014
non-plastic coffee makers
by: Anonymous

Just supporting this research and interest!! I'm on the hunt also, may switch to percolator and try it out. Think my grandparents used something like that!

Nov 10, 2014
I have the Presto coffee perculator
by: Free2bme

It has NO plastic parts….and I love that the light lets you know when it is ready...

Oct 27, 2014
Large Stainless Steel Basket
by: steel brew

well i was thinking of buying a large industrial type stainless steel coffee machine basket. like the one on the big drip machine at starbucks. Place it over a large neck glass carafe and do a slow pour... sort of mimic the machine. I've noticed and watched the big machines.. the one at bucks seems to spray water slow at first ..then speeds up and fills the basket with water..drips slowly until brewed. Would hope to find a stainless steal filter too! But, I will use a paper filter that fits the large basket... rinse it before using it. But, hope i can find a large mesh filter for it.. then reuse it. Also, saw a very large chefs cone shape colander at the restaurant supply store. it was all stainless steel. maybe a somewhat coarse ground and light tamping place the bottom 3 to 4 inches of the cone/filled with coffee grounds into a large neck glass carafe and do a slow pour of boiling water from a glass on the stove boiler. all glass.. all metal... pure coffee. A french press is great. but, just need a big batch. If Bunn has a boiler tank and basket that is all metal... why don't they just say it? But, far as i can tell... at some point the hot water or coffee in all makers touches plastic. If there is maker out there.. they would sell like hotcakes. Or it's just like anything else. If a company like bunn try's to promote the all metal.. then they assume people will dis the plastic ones? Well, Millions of people don't care about leaching plastic for boiling water into there food. So, please some company out there just tell us your all stainless and we will buy it! Is there anyone with knowledge and a website to buy the "Breaking Bad" type coffee set up? That was cool.

Aug 17, 2014
Bunn home coffee maker
by: Andrea in D.C.

Hi--I'm so happy to find people are concerned and making noise about this issue! I just checked the Amazon listing for the Bunn recommended recently in this thread and discovered this Q&A:

Is the tank where the water is heated Stainless Steel? Description is confusing.
No. The inside is mostly plastic with a metal heating element.

So that seems to cancel out hope for the Bunn.

Aug 12, 2014
French Press?
by: Jennie

Seems there's no solution among the auto drip coffee makers. I read through all the manual solutions. I am ruling out percolators because of taste issues, and ruling out the single cup filtering systems because the household will drink a whole pot. So I'm thinking of a stainless steel french press filled by stainless steel teapot. Pros: great coffee, and probably only need to brew 1-2 times per day for the household, Cons: More effort, more cleanup, expensive (but carafe should last forever). Could this work?

Aug 02, 2014
coffee maker with no plastic parts
by: Carol

I cannot find one.
I'm trying coffee in a bag. I've almost got it to the point of being delicious.
I'm putting coffee in thin piece of cloth and placing in boiling water. Still trying to determine the best balance of water and coffee.
This idea came from a sight that suggested using coffee filters to make bags as in tea bags. Great idea, but I'm a bit too lazy.

Jul 28, 2014
Same Problem
by: Alexis

I ultimately ended up getting a french press which is excellent. Problem is I have been lazy and got a $20 drip maker so it can make me coffee automatically. I gave up on finding a non-plastic reservoir. I can't justify paying $100 for one of the commercial makers that may not last a year and has no auto features.

Jun 23, 2014
Finally a possibility
by: Anonymous

i've been searching forever for an electric drip maker with no plastic parts touching the hot water.

is the Bunn Phase HG the answer??? Unfortunately the cold water reservoir is still plastic

Feb 16, 2014
Bodum Bistro Brew Coffee Maker?
by: Anonymous

What about this? Copper with glass tube. Haven't seen many like this.

Feb 14, 2014
A coffee system with less plastic?
by: cw

I have looked into the bunn comercial coffee makers. They are bigger than your at home average unit. I do believe that most if not all, of the parts that come into contact with the water are stainless steel. The smaller units come with a plastic coffee basket, but with further investigation, I found that you can buy a stainless one.for an extra 60$ (or more?). I have not contacted the company personally to verify this statement,but I was able to take a look at a breakdown of all the parts of the coffee maker, and it appeared that most of the guts were stainless. If anyone thinks to call Bunn they could verify. OH by the way, Bunn makes a home unit but I think the guts (parts that tounch the water) were not all stainless.

Feb 06, 2014
stainless steel coffee pot
by: Anonymous

We also are concerned about plastic coffee makers. Our solution so far is to use an old fashion percolator. A percolator takes about the same time to make as a drip maker, plus they are easily available

Dec 21, 2013
Hario V60 Glass Dripper Filter Cone
by: TexasHomeGrown

Has anyone tried this glass cone filter?

Dec 21, 2013
Looking for ALL GLASS, not porcelain
by: TexasHomeGrown

I'm still looking for something besides a Chemex. I'd prefer to stay away from metals, too.

I'd consider a porcelain or ceramic drip cone if I believed China wouldn't cut corners and use something harmful in the glaze.

Does anyone know if someone makes a glass drip cone?

Ideally, I'd like all glass to come in contact with water and coffee. I have no problem with a paper filter, but do not want a washable cloth filter as used in vacuum coffee makers.

I can't believe a glass coffee maker is so hard to find.

Dec 02, 2013
I found one! (but it's not on the market yet)
by: Kristen

I found a really cool upcycled drip coffee maker designed by Gaspard Tine Beres. It's made with cork, chemistry beaker glass, and electrical components. I just don't think it's on the market yet, which is a shame. It's being shown at design exhibitions in Europe by Re-Do Studio. Here's a link to see a picture. If you click through the slideshow, there's a video.

Oct 22, 2013
thanks for a great thread
by: by definition

This is a most excellent thread and of great interest to me. I have never owned a coffee maker in my life but clearly see the advantages of avoiding plastic parts in contact with the hot water. THANKS A LOT.

Sep 20, 2013
Brew coffee as in Turkey/Greece
by: Decent Coffee

Glass water pot, bring to boil, pour over grounds! Just be forewarned NEVER: drink to bottom!

Aug 27, 2013
Yes there is
by: Anthony

Buy a Faberware percolating coffee pot. It is electric and makes great coffee. Kind of old school, but all stainless.

Jul 03, 2013
I can't find one, either
by: David

It seems that planned obsolescence has been thoroughly taken to heart by corporations, and that's likely part of the reason. I can't even find kitchen sheers that don't have plastic handles - they're designed to break.

Jun 01, 2013
Found an electric tea kettle, at least
by: Sandy

By way of update, I ended up getting the Precise electric teakettle and a Chemex coffeemaker. The link to the teakettle is below. It is literally the only one I found without plastic in the interior or in the lid. I like it quite a bit.

I have written to several upscale manufacturers and retailers to let them know that there would be a market for an electric coffeemaker without interior plastic parts, and I recommend everyone else who has this concern do the same. I wrote to Breville and William Sonoma, for example.

Good luck!

May 28, 2013
coleman and bodum
by: Anonymous

In vain I searched and decided to get a coleman all stainless steel camp percolater at Gander Mountain. I heat the water and pour into my Bodum French Press . That is the best I could come up with. Although the lid on my press is plastic. Maybe a press with no plastic lid.

Feb 17, 2013
no plastic coffee makers
by: Mary

I'm also searching for a no plastic coffee maker and have yet to come across one for my home. Currently I use a french press- but really miss an easy drip coffee maker. I'm very concerned with the plastic now used in every residential coffee makers especially because of the side effects of heat/water and drinking the coffee from every coffee maker out there. I only need a ten cup maker so purchasing a commercial for home use would be a waste and too big. Please if anyone out there has any leads, please post. Ms. Mary

Jan 24, 2013
Chemical free coffee
by: Sandy

I am considering getting an electric tea kettle and a chemex, because there is so much plastic in all the coffeemakers out there. There are a couple of kettles that have very little plastic touching the water, which would be an improvement, but I haven't found one completely plastic free. I would love to know if anyone finds either a coffeemaker OR an electric kettle that is plastic free. Thanks!

Dec 25, 2012
auto drip
by: Debbie

Many of your comments are great and some good product suggestions, but I am looking for an auto (electic) drip coffee maker with no plastic parts.
Keep looking!

Dec 22, 2012
by: Anonymous

This one is manual Italian drip-style coffee. Ilsa - Neapolitan Coffee Maker 6 Cup Size - Stainless Steel - Made in Italy


Nov 29, 2012
this one looks legit
by: Sasho

from the picture and description KRUPS KT600 looks like the way to go for "plastic-free coffee". Shows up on
KRUPS KT600 Silver Art Collection 10 European Cup Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel/Chrome

Nov 12, 2012
All stainless drip coffee maker
by: Anonymous

I too have been looking. Even considering going to a commercial maker to get away from the plastic. The Bunn VP17 is good but is extra to upgrade to an all stainless basket. This AVANTCO came up in my search. Looks good and I may give it a try.

May 18, 2012
by: Anonymous

Just found one by Breville that is BPA free. It is pricey and I'm not sure about the heating element (I don't want aluminum). I am using a Farberware Percolator which gives poor to barely fair taste and is annoying with five parts to wash every time.
Hopefully more companies will start coming out with safer designs now that most people know about the hazrds of plastic. Email companies!

Mar 14, 2012
Nevermind the MG600
by: Wally

Jura-Capresso Specialty Coffee Makers MG 600 turned out to be a flop. It is mostly plastic afterall and was poorly engineered. I sent it back. Still looking though!

Mar 06, 2012
Porcelain Cone Holders
by: Anonymous

For those who would prefer to spend $10, I'm still very happy with my porcelain cone that holds paper filters. I bought one for my son, and he bought one for his aunt (although he bought hers from Starbucks and it has only one hole instead of three). It's simple and does the trick.

I'm pretty sure this is the one I ordered on Amazon based on the reviews. I've been using it for years now and I'm very pleased.

Mar 04, 2012
My solution
by: Anonymous

I gave up and bought a big Chemex. Then got an "Able Kone" stainless steel filter that fits perfectly in the Chemex - you still have to use paper filters inside of that, but the two together work GREAT and you can use the cheapest paper filters because the stainless cone holds the shape. After coffee is made, I transfer to an all stainless insulated "Emsa" carafe (stainless inside and out). It was initially expensive, but after over a year of making amazing (great) coffee this way, I am hooked and won't go back to putting boiling water on plastic.

Feb 26, 2012
Steel Brew
by: Wally

Jura-Capresso Specialty Coffee Makers MG 600, Stainless Steel/Black Accents looks like it does the trick and won't break the bank. Decent reviews on Amazon. It's likely there are points where water touches plastic, but at least the entire brew process doesn't involve plastic contact. Check it out.

Oct 07, 2011
Still searching for no plastics coffee maker
by: Concerned

Lawyer Mom, maybe you didn't notice, but the Bunn
coffee maker's filter fits into a "plastic part"
that allows the coffee to flow thru it....there
goes the "no plastic" scenario...
I had one of those...


Jun 22, 2011
Presto 12-cup percolator
by: Perk-It-Good

Presto makes a 12-cup electric percolator. All internal working parts are stainless steel. Except for the electric carafe, all internal parts are dishwasher safe. The pilot light comes on when the perking/brewing is completed. The unit will automatically switch over to lower heat for keeping the coffee warm (not perking).

For stovetop, GSI Outdoors makes an all stainless steel, including the handle, stovetop percolator. All parts and carafe are dishwasher safe. The largest available size is 36-cup.

I own both of these and love how smooth the coffee is when using a percolator. The GSI is a backup unit to use when power outage (no more instant coffee:o). I can use it over a camping stove.

Jun 21, 2011
Ceramic dripper cone
by: Anonymous

We just got a ceramic one cup dripper cone at Wiliams Sonoma.

Apr 20, 2011
no need for shaped filters
by: Anonymous

just buy the basket type paper filters and push them down into the shape of the cone the basket kind are cheaper. if you need a filter but you dont have any in the house use a tough tearless paper towel but run it under the faucet first dont do this to much.
but you dont need to push them down just the weight of the coffee and the water alone will lower it further down into the cone.

id get one of those 23k filters just rinse it out "each time"you make coffee with hot water.

Jan 30, 2011
Farberware percolators
by: Anonymous

I too wanted to stay away from the plastic parts of modern day coffee makers and also liked the idea of making coffee the way my parents did. We purchased a Farberware percolator. It lasted about six months. Just wanted you to take this into consideration before making a decision on what to buy.

Dec 27, 2010
Very easy, very old solution
by: Anonymous

Several posts way down on this page reminded me of a very easy and very old solution that has now been updated to be even better - percolators!

The old ones were all hi-temp glass (Corningware) or enameled steel (still available - by Coleman and others) and typically had aluminum stems and baskets, which, while probably not as bad as plastic, are certainly not great. You can now find glass or stainless percolators and many have stainless steel baskets, and if you don't like having to use coarse grounds and still getting some in your coffee, they also make paper filters for the baskets!

There are electric ones by sevaral manufacturers if you don't want the stovetop variety (the latter allows you to perc-to-taste, however) and Faberware makes a fast one that supposedly brews in just a few minutes. Newer Faberware ones are getting some bad reviews for longevity, though. Look around at different brands. Just type "percolator coffee maker" in Amazon. Here's a $19 stove-top stainless one!

Dec 04, 2010
by: Anonymous

In answer to comment on Dec 3rd, Still looks like hot water passes through plastic to me, so still not the answer.

Dec 03, 2010
Found it!
by: Lawyer Mom

This has a stainless steel reservoir. With the paper coffee filter, you pretty much avoid all plastic. I just ordered it.

BUNN BTX-B ThermoFresh Home Coffee Brewer

Nov 10, 2010
by: slo-mo

I too was looking for a stainless non plastic coffee maker, but i had no luck. then i found the chemex, i know its not automatic, but i actually enjoy making it this way. and yes it does make the best coffee that i have ever made at home.

Sep 22, 2010
drip coffee maker with Stainless steel reservoir please!
by: Dr Coffee

We would be very satisfied with a drip coffee maker with Stainless steel water reservoir. Does anyone know of a coffee maker that can at least offer that?

Sep 03, 2010
all metal coffee maker
by: Anonymous

I agree, there is definitely a market for an all metal coffee maker. Drinking coffee with water in contact with the plastic is probably not going to hurt you, but, there is plastic residue getting into every cup, guaranteed.

Try the bialetti stove top perculator. All metal, and makes a good cup of coffee. I wish the filter were a little finer, but otherwise, its a good choice.

Aug 24, 2010
Percolator=low quality taste SOME INVENT ALL SS PLS!
by: Mi

While it's true you can get all-stainless-steel with percolators, they're known as being the worst quality in taste...though I know that those who grew up on these would probably disagree. I agree, BUNN, MR COFFEE, HAMILTON BEACH, SOMEBODY, invent an automatic coffee maker where the water never touches plastic!!!! Clearly there's a market for it!!!!

Aug 14, 2010
Thrift stores!
by: Anonymous

Scour thrift stores! I inherited an all glass pyrex percolator, an all stainless steel farberware percolator, and an all stainless steel revereware percolator. These gave NO plastic parts. The problem is that they are 2-8 cups.

Apr 12, 2010
French Press vs. Porcelain Cone
by: Anonymous

You're right, the glass French press makes a good cup of coffee too.

I bought my mother a glass one because she was using a plastic press.

For some reason though, I prefer my porcelain cone. The French press is actually simpler to use, but I prefer drip coffee, maybe because the grounds don't go into the cup.

Apr 11, 2010
Stainless coffee maker
by: George

You can buy a Wilbur Curtis Alpha 1ds and add a ss coffee basket for around $200 or even less if you don't mind re-furbished. They come and go on e-bay or you can find commercial liquidators. These are solid units that are made for a very long service life.

Feb 13, 2010
by: Beth

What about the all glass and metal, French Coffee Press?

Feb 05, 2010
Porcelain Cone on for $10
by: Marilyn

I got tired of worrying about the plastic filter cone I was using and bought the porcelain cone from Amazon.

What a relief. And it's really not that big a deal. I just put water on the stove to boil, set the cone on top of my husband's travel mug, or on a regular mug for myself, put in a filter, measure out the coffee grounds, and when the water is ready, pour it on top.

It doesn't brew the hottest cup on earth, but probably the safest.

My husband told me that the plastic that leaches into water from leaving water bottles to heat up in the car has been linked to breast cancer, so why would pouring boiling water through a plastic cone be any different?

I'd rather have a tiny bit extra work than get breast cancer.

Editor's note: You'll find more info on your husband's concerns at

Feb 04, 2010
by: Dennis Fin

My Brunn drip coffee maker has a very square plastic front upper edge and when taking the pot out the plastic lip of the inlet cone scrapes the cone edge coming and going. The scrapings must fall into the coffee. My question to Bronn was Is there anything in the plastic harmful to my health? NO ANSWER.

Jan 22, 2010
Million Dollar Idea
by: Anonymous

Okay, so when are we all going to get together and create one and put it on the market. Sounds like a million dollar idea to me! I've been looking for over 5 years with no luck.

Jan 07, 2010
Stainless steel percolator
by: Katie

I just ordered a Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel 12 cup electric percolator. I'm really looking forward to using it. It's basically what some of our parents used years ago. They didn't have to worry about all of this years ago. I think we're all getting spoiled by all the conveniences but that's all it is because all of these cheaply made plastic coffee pots got all the whistles but basically may cause health problems down the road. Is it worth it?
I had a Keurig coffe maker/w the k cups and just stopped using it. It makes good, fast coffee but all that plastic (BPA )(#7) really got be scared. I've been reading many books and researching and I'm shocked at the things we have on the market with no concern about anyones health. I'll let ya know how the hamilton beach is. Good luck finding a stainless steel drip. Let us know if you find one.

Dec 16, 2009
Hamilton Beach
by: Anonymous

I just went on Amazon and read the reviews for this HB all metal coffee pot. Don't get excited - one reviewer said that the reservoir and basket are plastic. I have found that every coffee pot I have bought with a plastic reservoir leaves the coffee with a plastic taste - totally gross if you ask me. I too am to lazy in the morning to fuss with the chemex. I would love to find a programable coffee maker with a stainless steel reservoir, but there's no such thing.

Dec 16, 2009
Hamilton Beach "All-Metal"--Anyone seen this one?
by: Anonymous

I'm assuming "All Metal" refers to the outside, not the plumbing and coffee basket. Has anyone seen one of these to confirm?
I love the Chemex, but we are lazy in the ayem!

Dec 03, 2009
vac pots
by: Anonymous

There are several vac pots Vacuum Brewers)on the market, notably by Hario and Yama that are all glass, and use a cloth filter. These require heating on the stove, and so are not automatic. However, if you keep looking on ebay, you will find an old Sunbeam C30A stainless steel electric vac pot. These were made in the 50's and 60's, and were so well built that many are still in use today.

Oct 23, 2009
stainless steel coffee percolator
by: Anonymous

I got the Faberware superfast coffee percolator.
All stainless steel pot. Coffee comes out really hot so if you add cream it stays nice and hot.

Oct 18, 2009
Why not get the Chemex then?
by: Anonymous

If you're going to heat and pour your own water, why not get the Chemex rather than the Melita porcelain?

I think what people are saying is that they'd like to see something like the Melita porcelain but in an automatic coffee maker machine.

Now they'd just have to make a non plastic reservoir for heating the water.

Oct 18, 2009
search for non plastic parts coffee maker
by: Debbie

So far, I have not been able to find one, that is an automatic drip style make without plastic parts that would come in contact with hot water. I have found manual types, electric perk types, expresso machines,etc., but no non plastic auto drip styles. I did find a manufacturer of replacement parts and spoke with them. It is all about the cost, very expensive to design and produce a new product. Anyone want to go into business? So I still search, I believe that the place to find if available is in the italian market. Will update you when I find it.

Oct 18, 2009
Best Coffee Maker Option
by: Kirk Kimmering

Yes, there is a plastic free automatic drip coffee maker. It is made by Bunn (VP-17 series) It is perfect except for two reasons. You must order separately the stainless steel carafe and coffee funnel (for the grounds). It does not automatically come together. Also, the maker is actually for commercial use, so you must heat up three pitchers of water in order to make one pot of coffee. So, there is a concern about continually heating a large amount of water for a normal pot of coffee.

Oct 10, 2009
Plastic or Metal? - Neither!
by: Anonymous

Melitta Porcelain Drip- Grind Coffepot with Porcelain Cone. Manual, you have to boil the water before pouring it through the paper filter held in place by the plastic cone. SO much work! (being sarcastic). I'll take my health, please. No more worrying about what bad things are in the plastic pots - all made in China, and we know how they worry all night about making things that are dangerous to our, order online

Oct 06, 2009
by: Anonymous

Go to for a whole bunch of non plastic coffee makers. There are som electric ones

Aug 26, 2009
I've been on the search too!
by: Anonymous

Even if the basket were not plastic, most companies would probably make the reservoir in which the water is heated out of glass.

I wonder if a country like Germany would have something?

Has anyone on here used the Chemex? Do you have to buy their filters? Does it really make superior tasting coffee?

Aug 22, 2009
Gave In
by: Anonymous

25 yrs. ago, I had the same concerns about combining hot liquids with plastics. It's taken a long time for the general population to become concerned!

It seems that if someone moved quickly, they could stand to make a lot of $$$$$ by designing and marketing a moderately priced automatic drip coffee maker along with travel mugs that have non-plastic lids.

Aug 03, 2009
No plastic parts?
by: Anonymous

Has anyone used the "Melitta MEP10T 10 Cup Fast Brew Stainless Percolator Coffee Maker"? I don't have one but was researching all stainless coffee makers and the search found this one. It is a plug-in percolator, but all interior parts are stainless and not plastic. No automatic timer, but I can live with that - you can set it up the night before and just plug it in when you get up. Does anyone have one to comment on or review? Thanks.

Jul 02, 2009
Still searching for an all-stainless
by: Anonymous

I have been looking for this for YEARS! I even went to our local Bunn store thiniking I might just buy a commercial model. I don't get why (at least seemingly) this does not exist on the market. I thought I found it with the Kitchen Aid Pro Line. The outside basket looks like a larger version of an espresso maker (it is stainless). Then you open it up and there is plastic in there where you put the filter. HUH??? I guess I will keep using my 1995 Krups espresso maker until it dies or using my French presses while I will hope someone makes a no-plastic drip model by then...

May 17, 2009
no plastic parts coffee maker
by: Anonymous

I have searched and cannot find one either. I am sure somewhere there is one? I have changed to using a french press to be able to get away from heating through plastic. although I like the coffee from the french press, I still enjoy the drip a little better. I will continue to search and report if I do find one.

Apr 27, 2009
me too, fruitless search for all stainless or metal, no plastic
by: Anonymous

there are likely hundreds of brands of drip coffee makers yet i cannot find one where at least the water reservoir and the basket is made entirely of metal of any kind. the best i have seen is all glass. yes, the chemex is great but you have to heat the water first then pour through. i guess i am going to go with the glass, but even that has plastic in the basket. seems like such a simple request. i am going to write a couple of companies to make a request.

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