Best Sustainable Coffee Brewing Methods

Discover Eco-Friendly Techniques to Enjoy Your Coffee While Reducing Your Environmental Impact.
May 22, 2024 by
Gladys Kyule
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We can all agree that coffee isn't just a morning drink; it's a lifestyle choice. In this fourth wave of coffee culture, the beverage has transformed from a simple drink to a cherished daily household ritual. However, this rise in popularity comes with significant environmental impacts, such as increased waste, high energy consumption, and excessive water usage. For environmentally-conscious coffee enthusiasts, choosing the right brewing method is crucial for sustainability.

At Solai Coffee, we believe in enjoying high-quality coffee while minimizing our environmental footprint. Here are the best coffee brewing methods that align with a sustainable lifestyle.

French Press: Simple and Sustainable

The French Press is a classic brewing method that combines simplicity with sustainability. It requires no paper filters or electricity, making it an eco-friendly option.


  • Minimal Waste: No disposable filters are needed.
  • Energy Efficient: No electricity is required.
  • Durable: A good French Press can last for years, reducing the need for replacements.

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How to Brew:
  1. Add coarsely ground Solai Coffee to the French Press. Image showing the French Press coffee brewing method with step-by-step instructions: adding coarse coffee grounds, pouring hot water, stirring, placing the lid, steeping, and pressing the plunger.
  2. Pour hot water over the grounds (just off the boil) and stir gently.
  3. place the lid on the press without pressing down. 
  4. Let it steep for 4 minutes.
  5. Press the plunger down slowly and enjoy your coffee.

Pour-Over: Precision Meets Eco-Friendliness

Pour-over brewing offers precision and control, which can enhance the flavors of your favorite Solai Coffee beans. A reusable metal or cloth filter can make this method even more sustainable.


  • Reusable Filters: Opt for metal or cloth filters to eliminate paper waste.
  • Quality Control: Allows for precise control over brewing time and temperature.
  • Compact and Lightweight: Easy to carry and store. 
How to Brew:

Image depicting the Pour Over coffee brewing method with step-by-step instructions

  1. Boil water and let it cool slightly. 
  2. Place a cone filter in your pour-over dripper.
  3. Add medium-fine ground coffee to the filter and pour a small amount of water to saturate the grounds.
  4. After 30 seconds, slowly pour the remaining water in a circular motion.
  5. Allow the coffee to drip through the filter, adjusting the grind for the desired time.

AeroPress: Innovative and Low-Waste

The AeroPress is a versatile and portable brewing device perfect for eco-conscious coffee lovers on the go. Its design minimizes waste and requires less coffee and water than traditional methods.


  • Minimal Waste: Uses a small, reusable paper or metal filter.
  • Portable: Ideal for travel and outdoor adventures.
  • Versatile: Allows for experimentation with different brewing styles.

How to Brew:

Image depicting the AeroPress coffee brewing method with instructions: placing a filter in the cap, assembling the AeroPress, adding coffee grounds, pouring hot water, stirring, pressing down the plunger.

  1. Invert the Aeropress and add coffee grounds. 
  2. Pour hot water and stir.
  3. Attach the filter cap and steep for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Invert and press the plunger slowly over your mug for a smooth, concentrated coffee.

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Cold Brew: Refreshing and Resourceful

Cold brew coffee is a refreshing alternative that requires no heat, making it a low-energy brewing method. It's perfect for hot summer days and can be prepared in large batches to reduce daily effort.


  • Environmentally Friendly: Cold brew is energy efficient, reducing carbon footprints.
  • Less Acidic: Naturally smoother and less acidic than hot-brewed coffee.
  • Long-Lasting: Can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
How to Brew:

Image showing the Cold Brew coffee brewing method with instructions

  1. Combine coarsely ground coffee with cold water in a jar or pitcher.
  2. Stir well, cover with a lid, and steep in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. 
  3. Strain the coffee through a fine-mesh sieve or coffee filter.
  4. Dilute with 50% water or milk to taste and enjoy. You can add simple syrup and cream to your taste.

Espresso Machine with Eco-Friendly Features

While traditional espresso machines can be energy-intensive, newer models with eco-friendly features help reduce environmental impact. Look for machines with energy-saving modes.


  • Quick and Efficient: Makes a perfect shot of espresso quickly.
  • Advanced Features: Some machines have built-in grinders, reducing waste from pre-ground coffee packaging.
  • Reusable Accessories: Use a stainless steel tamper and reusable pods to cut down on single-use plastic.
How to Brew:

Image illustrating the Espresso brewing method with steps

  1. Preheat your espresso machine.
  2. Grind Solai Coffee beans to a fine consistency.
  3. Tamp the coffee evenly into the portafilter.
  4. Start the shot and let it run for 25-30 seconds.
  5. Serve the espresso shot immediately.

Tip: Brew according to your machine's instructions for a rich, aromatic espresso.

Sustainable Brewing Solutions for Eco-Conscious Gen Z

Choosing the right coffee brewing method is a significant step towards a sustainable lifestyle, especially in the fourth wave of coffee consumption, where Gen Z and Millennials are the leading coffee drinkers. These generations are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their choices and seek ways to make a positive difference. 

Whether you prefer the simplicity of a French Press or the precision of a pour-over, there's a method that aligns with your eco-friendly values.

It's also essential to consider the following to help with sustainability without compromising taste and quality;

  1. Opt for Eco-Friendly Equipment: Choose brewing methods like French Press, Pour-Over, or AeroPress that require minimal energy and produce less waste. Invest in reusable filters and equipment to reduce single-use waste.
  2. Source Sustainably: Look for coffee brands like Solai Coffee that prioritize sustainability in their sourcing practices. Opt for organic, fair-trade, and ethically sourced beans to support environmentally-friendly farming practices.
  3. Conserve Resources: Be mindful of water usage during brewing and opt for energy-efficient appliances. Consider using cold brew methods that require no heat, reducing energy consumption.
  4. Reduce waste: Avoid disposable cups and opt for reusable k- cups alternatives. To minimize landfill waste, compost coffee grounds instead of throwing them away.

Incorporating these practices into your coffee routine allows you to enjoy your favorite brews while positively impacting the planet.

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Gladys Kyule May 22, 2024
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