NEW YORK -- Pod-based coffee machines that make individual cups of java are now used in one out of three American homes.
You might be surprised to learn that the man who invented the K-Cup -- the single-serve, plastic "pouch" used in machines like the Keurig -- is not proud of his achievement.
John Sylvan told The Atlantic that he sometimes regrets his invention because it creates too much waste that is bad for the environment.
“I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it,” Sylvan said. “I don’t have one. They’re kind of expensive to use.”
He said he thought they would be used primarily in offices, where people like different brews and get coffee at different times.
But Sylvan can't do much about it. He sold his interest in the company in 1997.
The company Keurig Green Mountain says it is “committed to making 100% of K-Cup packs recyclable by 2020.” Sylvan disagrees, saying K-Cups will never be recyclable.