Category Archives: 2019

No. There isn’t a way to use pods that is both convenient and not an environmental problem

Also, you can’t turn that into a catchy, appealing marketing phrase. That’s unfortunate, because catchy and appealing seems to be winning the day for the pods.

A “friend*” asks: “Is there a “nespresso” style coffee maker where I don’t have to use proprietary pods that make tons of garbage?

The answer is no. There are refillable pods, but they are a pain. They are also sold by Wayfair, the same company that benefits from the ICE raids in the US.

Search results for coffee pod garbage
Search results for coffee pod garbage show that the industry is hiding the impact from us

Or, for less than the effort of the refillable pods, one can use an espresso machine.

For the record. There is no way to use a coffee pod machine that isn’t problematic if you want it to be convenient as well. They are either inconvenient (to fill), or they are an environmental problem.

I was told that pointing these things out constitutes harassment. This is a person who, when I took him to a food trade show refused to have such a coffee and shamed me for taking one.

To be very clear, I didn’t go out of my way to find someone who uses these and shame them.  The question was asked if there was a responsible way to do this and I answered.

If you want both convenience and not to be totally self-absorbed about your impact on the environment get an all-in-one machine like this, which automatically measures and grinds your coffee (in the long run much cheaper and more convenient than the pointless pods.

Even if they were producing properly compostable pods, the industrial effort in making them is a shameful waste of resources in itself.

What one needs to do, is not shave 10 seconds off of coffee making time, but to shift ones mind so that this tiny effort isn’t magnified beyond reason.

Ultimately, if you want to do something and not feel bad about it, you have two options. Make defensible choices, or abandon your sense of responsibility.

Or, as was pointed out by environmental advocate Chris Istace, of The Mindful Explorer blog who generously proofread this article:

“…so many fail to see the consumptive waste of having to have the single purpose machine in their house that can’t do anything but make a single pod of coffee,  My kettle does everything in my house.”



*It feels odd to have to put quotes around that word, but obviously this person is not dedicated to a standard of friendship which has any real meaning.

PSA – Pain-free, fast cherry-pitting

Cherry Stoner
When I posted this image to Facebook, my friend Kent said: “Cherry Stoner. That’d totally be my groupie name”

This style of cherry-pitter is the one-and-only proper use of slap-chop technology. There are many versions, this is the one that my partner already owned when I moved in. With this, I can pit 5lbs of cherries in less than 30 minutes.

It is more than worth the price (Between $24 – $40 unless you find it in a thrift shop),

By the way, if you aren’t a teetotaler DO NOT TOSS THE PITS. Fill a jar halfway with pits, pour a bit of sugar over them, and then fill to the brim with brandy, rum, or vodka (a quality version please, garbage in, garbage out). If you like, include a few whole cherries.

This will very quickly give you an almost irresistible result with a rich cherry flavour . If you can wait a few months however, it will gain a richness that is worth the wait. At this point, it tastes a lot like Cherry Herring

PS. This is not paid placement, I am not making any money on this post. It is a public service announcement to the cherry-pitting people inspired by this morning’s Facebook chat,  below.

Cherry Chat with Don Fowler
Cherry Chat with Don Fowler


Your challenge, should you choose to accept it is this:
Using the photographs at this link as your starting point, create palatable recipes, then style the presentation to replicate the original image. We’ll post more inspiring images as we find those worthy of the honour and effort.
Photograph the results, then share. You will win the admiration of your peers, and the envy of your culinary frenemies.
Use the hashtag #RetroRedemption and please tag @eatinscanada in your post.