Q. How safe is coffee that’s made in a coffee maker with multiple plastic parts? -Jay


Q. I see that you have said coffee is ok, but most of us coffee drinkers make coffee with an automatic drip coffee maker. An examination of mine shows the cold water sits in a plastic bin, is heated beneath that bin, and passes through what appears to be a rubber hose, then drips through the coffee which is in a PP5 plastic filter basket. I suspect most coffee makers are built a similar way. Is this safe? –Jay


You are smarter than the average bear.  You are looking at the “details” of your life and that means you are likely to exceed the norm.  What you say is very true. When I get my morning Starbucks I realize that hot coffee is pouring over a plastic lid and giving my daily dose of plastic residue, phthalates, BPA and other toxins that I really don’t want.  But since I have removed 95% of all other plastics from my life, it fits my general principle which is “you can’t be perfect, but you can limit your exposure.” 

I have an espresso machine at home that is all metal, very little plastic.  I have removed most of the tupperware and other plastics from our family’s kitchen and we use glass, corning-ware, and stainless steel. I take green drinks and chlorella to bind phthalates and other toxins and I sweat aggressively when I exercise to push these elements out of my body along with other toxins like heavy metals. 

Life is to be enjoyed and I enjoy my Starbucks.  But I love the point that you are making.

Be observant about the elements in your life and the influence they make on your overall health. Pick the areas of your life where you are willing to make a change and keep working each and every year to clean up your environment and your body. 

Toxins and garbage are all around us so we’re bound to get some stuff we don’t want but we are empowered to remove this junk as well so protect the health of your bowel and immune system and work to cleanse your body in as many ways as you feel comfortable. 

Drink filtered water, sweat regularly, eat organic, take probiotics and think good thoughts.  The negative thoughts in your mind can be just as destructive as the plastic in your coffee.

Thanks for the question, Jay! 

Dr. Gary Huber


6 Responses to “Q. How safe is coffee that’s made in a coffee maker with multiple plastic parts? -Jay”
  1. Gail says:

    Can you recommend a coffee mug for hot coffee that is safe? One that you travel with.

    Thank you !!

  2. Dr. Gary Huber says:

    Hi Gail,

    I would avoid plastic as much as possible but stainless steel or ceramic are good options. The problem with a lot of the stainless steel “travelers” is that they have a plastic rim at the top,or a plastic lid which leads to some exposure. However, if that’s your only source or plastic exposure then you are doing better than most!

    Dr. Huber

    • Katie says:

      Klean Kanteen now has stainless steel lids, and BPA free plastic lids. I don’t like having to keep unscrewing my lids, so I purchased one with a hole and have stainless steel straws I use to limit my plastic exposure. :) You can find all of this stuff at amazon.com.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Any recommendations for a coffee maker? Especially interestd in single cup servings (not the flavored coffee machines) like Hamilton Beach brew station

    • Kiki says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      My husband uses a bodum glass french press as he drinks a cup each morning. it takes up very little space, requires no cords, and makes great coffee!


  4. Gerry says:

    Apparently french press coffee produces high levels of carcinogentic acrylamides as compared to drip (alas!). Don’t know a lot of details though.

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