Inventor of K-Cups feels bad about their use, doesn’t use ’em

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There’s little happiness in the story, really. John Sylvan invented those little individual-serving coffee cups one places into the machines that seem to pop out of the woodwork almost everywhere, like mushrooms from the forest floor. (The irony of his name immediately strikes me–sylvan means “in or of the woods or forest”; one could take it more generally as “green”.) Yeah, the K-cup was his idea.

Some years back, Sylvan came up with the idea of small disposable containers of coffee, pre-blended, packed and sealed, that could be popped into a machine, a button pushed, with the result being a decent cuppa joe with almost no effort.

But there is the waste. Last year, nearly 10 billion of those little cups were sold. It might be important to stipulate that some are “recyclable”. But Sylvan himself maintains it is not: “No matter what they say about recycling, those…

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