I understand that a few of you won’t have time to read the entire article, so we recommend the Bialetti Express Moka Pot as the best plastic free coffee maker.
Being concerned about how much of your food and drink come into contact with BPA and other plastics can only be a good thing. There has been enough concern from experts about the levels of BPA chemicals in our bodies over the years, to make an effort to avoid these plastics.
One of the ways you can do that is by buying a coffee maker thats BPA free. Seeing as though it’s a morning ritual for most of us, limiting the BPA in our coffee making process can help reduce the overall levels in our bodies.
What are the risks of BPA? What happens if you ingest a little bit? We’ve answered these questions, as well as reviewed some of the best plastic free coffee makers you can get.
These are the coffee makers we’ll be reviewing:
- Let’s Clear Up What BPA Actually Is
- Why Should You Go For BPA Free Products?
- What Happens If You Ingest Some BPA Plastic?
- So What Other Materials Are There To Use?
- Best Plastic Free Coffee Makers – The Reviews
- Final Words
Let’s Clear Up What BPA Actually Is
BPA stands for bisphenol A. It’s an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics for the last 60 years.
It’s mostly found in polycarbonate plastics, which are used as food and drink containers, like water bottles and tupperware. They’re also found, unsurprisingly, in coffee makers, especially some of the lower end models that not only have plastic shells, but the inside components are plastic too.
You have probably seen the phrase ‘BPA-free’ on plastic container products before. If you’re like me, you may have had an inkling that that’s a good thing, but didn’t really know why. As it turns out, products containing BPA plastics can leak into the foods and drinks that come into contact with them.
This isn’t ideal. You’re body can handle a little bit of stuff you shouldn’t put into it, but not a lot. And too much BPA over a long period of time has been shown to have negative effects on health.
It’s not that BPA plastics have been proven to cause harm, it’s more that they haven’t been proven 100% safe. And with the knowledge you could be consuming BPA if it’s around food, that’s enough to put some people off the plastic.
Better to be safe than sorry.
Why Should You Go For BPA Free Products?
The fact you’re reading this article shows that you’re, if not concerned, then at least little interested in the effects BPA can have on your body.
You might be shocked to learn that around 90% of us have BPA in our bodies right now. We get this through foods we eat that have been stored in BPA containers, through the air, dust and water.
BPA was common in baby bottles, and other children feeding products until the major companies we’re aware of the controversy and changed this.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had BPA as ‘safe’ up until 2010. It changed it’s stance to say that BPA is safe at the current level that is in human adults, however they showed some concern about the potential risks on the brain, and prostate glands in fetuses, infants, and young children.
One area of concern is on the hormone levels of people that have a lot of BPA in their bodies, consistently. Some scientists believe that BPA could act like a hormone in the body, due to its molecular structure. It’s got a remarkably similar structure to the synthetic estrogen, diethylstilbestrol.
There are other concerns with regards to the brain, cancer, heart problems, and mostly problems with infants. They consume most of their foods through these plastic containers, and so their exposure may be higher than that of an adult.
To compound that, their bodies are still developing, and are not as efficient at expelling the BPA from their bodies like adults are.
I must state, there has been no definite links made between BPA plastics and negative health effects, but there are correlations, and concern from certain authorities. This is enough to put some people off, and with good reason. Why take the risk at all? Especially when it’s easy enough to make your morning cuppa without using products with BPA plastics in them.
What Happens If You Ingest Some BPA Plastic?
The human body is a super effective detoxifier. It can ingest some of these toxic molecules and do a pretty good job at filtering them out. You have your liver and kidneys to thank for this.
Sometimes though, you need to give your body a break. If you’re taking in BPA plastics every day, or with every meal, it’s going to build up to a level that might not be very good for you. Who knows what problems that could bring.
Having a cuppa on a morning is a routine for most people who drink it. I’d even go as far to say as a ritual. And it’s not a bad habit, there are some great health benefits to drinking coffee, as long as the drug caffeine is respected.
Therefore, keeping this coffee making process free from plastics can only be a good thing. It might take a little bit more effort to find a good plastic-free coffee maker, but that’s where we can help.
Hey, I’m not against plastic, a little bit on a coffee maker is fine. If it’s the outer casing, or the base that’s all good. It’s more concerning when the insides, the bits that come into contact with the coffee or hot water, contain BPA. We’ve found many coffee makers that don’t include any plastic, or are at least BPA free.
So What Other Materials Are There To Use?
There are two main ones.
Say to me ‘stainless steel coffee maker’ and I instantly think of a Moka pot or percolator. They’re the original coffee makers, and I absolutely love making coffee with a Moka pot, there’s something archaic about it, there’s a ‘good-old-days’ feel to it.
However stainless steel isn’t exclusive to hob coffee makers, there’s a fair choice of great automatic coffee makers out there that brew some amazing coffee. Some of them hit the pricey side of the scales, but you honestly can’t go wrong with a stovetop espresso maker.
Glass is becoming a more and more popular material for coffee makers to be made out of. You have some beautiful glass carafes for your pour-over drip coffee methods. Glass makes a beautiful and elegant material to use for brewing coffee.
It can also work really well with heat, making it the ideal candidate to use in coffee makers.
Let’s jump into the reviews.
Best Plastic Free Coffee Makers – The Reviews
- BPA/BPS/BPF and Phthalate plastic free
- Serves maximum 10 cups at a time
- 40oz glass carafe
- 4-6 minutes to brew full carafe
- Comes in 27 colours
- 5 year warranty
First on the list is the most complex and higher end coffee maker we’ll be reviewing. The Technivorm Moccamaster is a sturdy, nicely finished and fast brewing coffee maker. With it brewing a full carafe in around 5 minutes, there’s no way you’ll be waiting a long time for a coffee.
There are a few features that have been added to this coffee maker that I really like. For example the copper heating component ensures the water is heated to the correct temperature every time, for that optimal extraction process. This way you can be sure your coffee isn’t going to be burnt, and you get as much flavour as possible from your beans.
It also comes with some features that ensure a great user experience. The automatic brew-basket makes sure there’s not a drop of coffee getting spilt when you remove the carafe. Plus there’s an automatic shut-off feature, which switches the Technivorm off after 100 minutes of inactivity.
The length of the warranty speaks a thousand words in regards to the quality of the build. The manufacturers seem to have a lot of trust in their product, which is good news for us. So although it’s expensive, you won’t have to fork out for another coffee maker for at least 5 years.
- Comes in 1-9 cup model options
- Made from high quality polish aluminium
- Takes 5 minutes to brew
- Produces a strong, flavourful brew every time
- Super easy to clean
- 2 year warranty
Personally I love a moka pot. It’s been my go to brew method for a while now. The Bialetti sets the bar for a fantastic moka pot, with its classic design and patented safety valve technology.
Moka pots have been used to brew coffee for a long time now. It was Alfonso Bialetti who first created the moka pot in 1933, and it’s been the go to method to brew coffee for many people throughout the world since.
With it being made out of aluminium, there’s no worrying about BPA plastic running off into your coffee. The only plastic bits are the handle, and the knob on the lid, which never come into contact with the coffee. They act purely as a material that keeps cool when the coffee is brewing.
One thing to note, if you’re brewing on a fire/gas hob, place the moka pot so the handle is just overhanging the burner. That way you don’t run the risk of the plastic melting. They’re also perfect for taking away camping. It gives you a real authentic feel to brewing a coffee, plus the open fire creates these black marks on the bottom of the pot, a real ‘good-old-days’ feel.
- Brews anywhere between 2-12 cups of coffee
- Made of durable stainless steel
- Fast brewing
- Retains heat well to keep your coffee hot
- Easy to clean
- 1 year warranty
The percolator is another classic brew method, but the Presto is electric, meaning the brewing process is quick. You can have a coffee ready in a couple of minutes from the flick of a switch, when brewing a couple of cups. It takes about ten minutes for a full 10 cups.
All the inside components are made from the same stainless steel, meaning no plastic touches the coffee you’re brewing. The base, handle and knob on the lid are the only plastic parts on the brewer.
Percolators are renowned for being easy to over extract your brew. The water continuously cycles through the coffee ground until you stop it, or the switch flicks off, which might be too brewed for your liking. So it might take a little while before you perfect how you like your brew, but once achieved, it’s a consistent, reliable and durable coffee maker.
- Made from non-porous Borosilicate glass
- 40oz carafe capacity
- Can brew up to 8 cups
- Beautiful design
- No warranty, unless bought
The Chemex produces amazing coffee. I think it tastes even better because you put a little more effort into the brewing process than the other methods. Pouring the water in slowly, being careful not to flood the ground coffee is an art, and takes a little practice.
The coffee this method produces is really great, allowing you to savour all of those delicious flavours that are extracted from your coffee beans.
Because it’s made of glass, you do have to be a little careful. Saying that, if you manage to get through the week without smashing a wine glass or something similar, I think you’ll be just fine. The glass brings with it a timeless feel, you know it’s going to stay looking beautiful as time passes.
There is no plastic at all on the Chemex, meaning you don’t have to worry about any unwanted chemicals entering your coffee. Gooseneck kettles are perfect for this brew method for a variety of reasons, luckily we have a article on them too.
- Made from glass and 304 grade stainless steel
- 34oz capacity
- 4 level filtration system
- Glass can withstand boiling water
- Dishwasher safe
- Lifetime replacement guarantee
Finally we have the trusty old French press. This is again, a traditional brewing method that’s been used by people to create our beloved drink since 1958. The process has remained relatively unchanged, and the design has become a classic.
With the Cafe Du Chateau, you’re treated to coffee that’s been filtered through a 4 level filtration system, plus a final top lid strainer. As long as you use the correct grind size (coarse), you can be confident at making cup after cup without any ground coffee making it into your brew.
This is a really solidly built French press, one that’s going to stand the test of time. Certainly worth having in your arsenal of coffee brewing methods at home.
There are some great coffee makers that don’t have any BPA, or plastic touching the coffee you’re brewing. It might mean going back to the manual coffee makers, instead of your new and fancy automatic pour-over/drip coffee makers with all the gadgets.
Personally, I think these more manual and traditional coffee makers produce the best coffee. Out of the list, I’d give my vote to the Bialetti Express Moka Pot. I love the aromas that fill the kitchen and the satisfaction once the coffee has started to pour out of the centre.
You can check out some of our other coffee maker reviews here, if you haven’t found what you’re looking for yet.
Let us know what you went for in the comments!