In the past few years, BPA (bisphenol-A) has become a popular subject and as recently as the beginning of this year EU has banned this plastic poison from being used in baby bottles – a good gesture but since we have been aware of the possible dangers, if should have been done years ago. BPA is a compound which has been linked to a lot of different diseases such as various forms of cancer even when ingested in very small amounts (1/100 000 of a gram per kilogram of bodyweight on a regular basis), and it can be found in almost everything that is made of plastic. It will leak from the plastic to whatever you have in contact with the plastic and when heated it will leak even more. This has many people looking for BPA free coffee makers and water boilers.
BPA also acts as a xenoestrogen causing for example feminization amongst men, but the most alarming thing is that BPA is always found a lot in the placenta. This means that it can terribly harm an unborn child. So if you are pregnant, planning to be or want to be, you should eliminate all sources of BPA from your life immediately!
Many companies have already started manufacturing their coffee makers from plastics that don’t contain BPA, and for example Cuisinart makes BPA free coffee makers. Even though they are free from BPA they aren’t necessarily free from plastic, and there might be still other compounds used which haven’t been discovered to be as harmful as BPA, so many coffee drinkers are looking for a more traditional way of brewing coffee. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you a few ways of brewing your coffee without plastic.
The French Press is a very popular coffee brewer, and in most cases it is BPA free. The problem is that many manufacturers have started using plastic instead of glass to increase the durability. When you are looking for a BPA free coffee maker, this is exactly what you want to avoid – I have chosen this particular press to display here as it has metal parts and glass instead of plastic.
Most people who tried making their coffee on a French Press never got back to drip brewing. The taste is a lot thicker and smoother, and honestly you will just make better coffee. I personally always use the Bodum Chambord, and every time I have friends over they are telling me how good my coffee tastes. They want to know what kind of beans I am using, but I always say that it is not the beans but the maker. When you use a coffee filter, you will filter out some of the fat in the coffee and leave a bitter taste to the coffee. Also some coffee makers make you actually taste the plastic in the brew.
Another thing that you should notice when using a French Press is that you don’t boil your water in a plastic water boiler. I recommend that you use a regular stainless steel whistling kettle on your stove.
I know a lot of people who don’t like the coffee that comes from a percolator, but then again I also know few who are very passionate about the brew they get from their percolators.
I always recommend to get stovetop percolators and water boilers because many independent units have rubber or plastic washers that might leak to the water. If you want a BPA free coffee percolator, you should make sure that there isn’t any plastic that gets in contact with the water.
To describe the taste of the brew that comes from a percolator… It is sort of between espresso and regular coffee. It is definitely more bitter than the brew you get from a French Press, but it is still very good.
Many people don’t really care how their coffee tastes, as long as it gives them the caffeine that they are looking for. If you want to make coffee which is loaded with caffeine and really kickstarts your day, then the percolator is the brewer you want to get! Because the water is boiling all the time when in contact with the coffee grind, it will dissolve the most caffeine from the coffee.
If you still prefer drip brew over anything else, the Chemex coffee maker is for you. These nice little BPA free coffee makers have been made for ages, and the best part is that they are still made from glass! Many of them are still hand blown and because of this they are also quite durable.
Because there are no parts that can break (except the glass) you will have this brewer for as long as you drop it accidentally – or on purpose. Unlike the two different brewers that I mentioned above, you will need to use filters with this, and if you don’t like the bitter taste that a filter paper adds to the coffee, then don’t get this but use one of the above. Many people use cheap coffee makers and high quality coffee, and always wonder why it tastest so bad.
If you are ready to invest $10 for a quarter pound of coffee grind, you should at least be ready to invest $100 to ensure that you are brewing it correctly! The best thing is that the best ways to brew coffee, always have a BPA free coffee maker – you can’t make good coffee with a cheap drip coffee maker!