Growing up, we had a toaster oven that we used to heat up food. My mom had these plastic containers that had compartments, so you could put a meal in them. They were her favorite plastic containers.
One night, I went to heat up the food that was in the plastic container. On the bottom, it said the container was microwave safe. So I put the container with the food in it, in the toaster oven. Apparently, a toaster oven is different from a microwave!
When I pulled out the container, it was thoroughly melted and had started to mix with the food. The fumes from the melted plastic were pungent and deprived the air of its oxygen. Mom, to say the least, was a little irritated.
Plastic + Heat = No Good!
This is how I learned that hot plastic and substances you wish to consume are not a good combination.
This also applies to your coffee maker. Many models have plastic reservoirs where the water sits while it is heating up to a boil. Essentially, you are doing to your water what I did to my dinner, just at a slower rate.
Listed below are two coffee makers that aren’t comprised of plastic components.
KRUPS KT600 Silver Art Collection Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker with Chrome Stainless Steel Housing, 10-Cup, Silver
KRUPS KT600 Silver Art Collection Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker with Chrome Stainless Steel Housing, 10-Cup, SilverWhat does the KRUPS KT600 Silver Art Collection Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker can offer? Well, a full stainless steel body with a stainless steel thermal carafe that can not only brew coffee up to 10 cups at one time but provides you non-toxic full flavored coffee.
This is as close to a plastic free automatic drip coffee maker as you can get. The only plastic parts are the interior water reservoir and the brew basket.
This coffee maker has a water level indicator window that signals whether it needs to be refilled. With a pause and serve feature and illuminated switch for added convenience. It also has an automatic shut off for safety purposes.
This coffee maker is inspired by professionals and designed for connoisseurs. Its modern style is created with passion, precision and perfection in mind.
Venus Induction Capable Espresso Coffee Maker, Stainless SteelIf you like strong coffee and don’t want your coffee to ever touch plastic or aluminum then you have to at least consider a moka pot!
Bialetti makes the extremely popular Moka Express made from aluminum but the Venus is their alternative Stainless Steel model that is even safer for you to brew coffee. Even all of the interior pieces are made from strong and sturdy stainless steel.
The handle is formed from nylon and is heat resistant. There are of course other moka pots that are made with metal handles and if those are more your style check out the Vev Vigano Sonia or Kontessa. They are more expensive however and not nearly as easy to pick up replacement parts or gaskets.
I feel everyone should own a moka pot and the Bialetti Venus is a great option for the masses.
Hario “Technica” 5-Cup Syphon Coffee MakerIf you don’t want to risk your health due to the hazardous effects of plastic you have to get the Hario “Technica” 5-Cup Syphon Coffee Maker. This siphon coffee maker uses two pots where vacuum and water vapor magically comes together to give you a magnificent drink.
This coffee maker is made from durable heat resistant glass which includes a burner, but you also have the option to brew by pacing this siphon on top of a stove.
Coffee brewed by a siphon coffee maker are said to be more indulging than its common counterparts. The fusion of aroma with drink usually makes the coffee taste really rich.
Also, at no point does your water or coffee ever touch plastic! Yay!
Frieling USA Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker with Patented Dual ScreenA french press with no plastic parts is strangely hard to find. Almost all of them have a little bit of plastic on the lid, plunger, or pour spout.
This Frieling do not have any plastic parts of any kind though!
Not only is it a fully metal coffee press but it’s also insulated to help you brew better coffee under controlled temperatures. It’s actually one of the best french press coffee makers sold today.
Pricing is competitive but it is on the higher side. Click through to see more product details and pricing information.
Single Cup Plastic-Free Drippers
You should also not rule out the single cup coffee dripper.
These are usually cone shaped funnels that sit on top of a coffee cup and brew manually as you pour hot water through the funnel into your cup. Many cheap models are made of plastic but the more expensive versions of these are typically made entirely of ceramic or glass.
I’ve listed below some of the more popular non-plastic versions below.
Hario VDC-02W V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper, WhiteChemex 8-Cup Classic Series Glass CoffeemakerDiguo Glass Drip Decanter Glass Coffee Maker Drip Pot with Stainless Steel Filter 3-4 CupsBee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper – Large – Drip Cone BrewerKuissential Ceramic Coffee Dripper, Filter Cone, Size 02 (40 filters included)
Lastly, don’t forget about the Chemex! It is a coffee maker that is also made without a lick of plastic. Not even the handle! We have a full review of the Chemex right here. Check it out.