Question: “Hi, I just bought a Keurig coffee maker and the K-cups (which are filled with enough coffee to make one cup) are made of an unknown plastic. Boiling hot water is sent into a filter in the K-cup to make the coffee. Do you know if the plastic they use is safe?”
Answer: We contacted Keurig and asked about their brewers and K-cups. After about 20 minutes of waiting for them to find out, they finally came back to say they don't use polycarbonate, but they had no idea what type of plastic(s) they do use. They promised to get in touch with someone in development to find out.
We contacted them again over the next two weeks, spent more time on hold, and again we were told by the operator that they would get back to us soon with the info. . .
We were grateful to finally receive an email response from the Customer Service Manager:
We use a variety of plastics in our Brewers and some do contain BPA. With the higher level of concern about plastics in consumer products these days, we often get asked about the materials. I am happy to report that the Cold Water Reservoir, K-Cup holder assembly and the K-Cups are BPA-free and constructed using only FDA approved food safe materials. In addition, the temperature of the water dispensed in Keurig brewers is well below the melting and softening points of the K-Cup materials. Therefore, no plastic leaches from the K-Cup into your cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa.
The Hot Water Tank and heater are both stainless steel.
We regularly review the components used in our products to ensure that they are safe in every way, as well as meet or exceed applicable FDA standards.
Thank you again for your inquiry. We hope this information proves helpful.
Much of the information was helpful, but we still can't seem to get an answer about the type of plastic is used in the K-cups, and which containers actually have DO have BPA in them. Well, at least we know the coffee can be brewed into the BPA-free coffee mug of your choice.
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