Things on this page: Links to recommended items on Amazon, product reviews, alternatives to K-Cups, coffee books on Kindle, books about birds and biodiversity in the coffee lands, and current promotions and specials from select roasters.
I write this site because I have a passion for coffee and a career as a bird ecologist — and many of the birds I study spend the winter in coffee farms. My experience as an ecologist in this field, I think, makes me uniquely qualified to write on the intersection of coffee and conservation. I hope I provide an authoritative, unbiased look at the issues surrounding coffee and its impact on the environment that people find useful. I appreciate your support of this site through your readership, comments, and purchases made through affiliate links that help pay for my web hosting, research, and associated costs. Thanks so much.
Many of the products that I recommend are all gathered at the
Coffee & Conservation Amazon store
Product reviews, featuring alternatives to K-Cups
I have reviewed a number of coffee-related products. Reviews can be found by looking through the posts in this category archive.
Among the most popular of these reviews are the ones explaining the various alternative to the ridiculously wasteful K-Cups for Keurig brewers, which dominate the U.S. single-serve market. I strongly believe that if you really feel you have to have one of these brewers, you should use your own (sustainably-grown) coffee in them. Here are some of the best ways to do it:
- Refilling K-Cups using the My-Kap reusable lid.
- The My K-Cup reusable filter basket for Keurig brewers.
- The Solofill reusable coffee filter for Keurig brewers.
- ekobrew reusable coffee filter for Keurig brewers.
- Melitta JavaJig reusable coffee filter for Keurig brewers.
I have a summary post that presents a table listing all the reusable alternatives to K-Cups which allow for the use of a consumer’s own coffee which includes price, capacity, rating, and notes.
Coffee books on Kindle
I have quite a few books listed in my Amazon store. I am personally a big fan of Kindle reading devices, and this widget shows coffee books that are available on Kindle as well as free eBook reading apps available from Amazon (hover over image for arrows to scroll through choices).
Bird and biodiversity books
Interested not just in coffee, but also the birds and biodiversity that depend on coffee lands? Here are some excellent books that will introduce you to the roots of my passion.
- Silence of the Songbirds. An overview of the threats to songbirds that nest in North America, many of which winter in coffee lands. Includes information on the coffee-and-birds connection; the author is one of the “Voices” of the birds for Birds and Beans coffee. (Kindle edition).
- Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds. Beautifully written book about the incredible twice-yearly journeys of our birds.
- A Neotropical Companion. An eye-opening introduction to the American tropics, their remarkable rainforests and other ecosystems, and the amazing biodiversity in them.
- Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons In the Lives of Migratory Birds. Another book outlining the incredible wonder of bird migration. (Kindle edition).
- The Tapir’s Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest. One of my favorite books on the New World tropics by one of our best nature writers. I reviewed this book on one of my other web sites.
- Birds of Tropical America: A Watcher’s Introduction to Behavior, Breeding, and Diversity. Like the title says.