5 Ways to Green Your Coffee
Jan 30, 2009
Brew Your Own: Eliminate your need for disposable cups and save in the process by making your own coffee at home, either hot or iced. Zaccardis.com offers a great selection of Coffee Makers to help you get started.
Buy Organic, Shade Grown, and/or Fair Trade: Organic coffee is grown without the use of pesticides; shade grown coffee is grown without unnecessary clearing of rainforest, which disrupts bird habitats (shade grown is also sometimes referred to as “Bird-Friendly”); and Fair Trade refers to the practice of providing fair wages and conditions for workers. Ideally, choose a coffee that meets all three standards.
Invest in a Reusable Filter: It reduces waste, increases savings, and can even make your coffee taste better.
Use a Thermos: Rather than leaving the coffeemaker on “warm”, making multiple pots, or reheating in the microwave, conserve energy by making a day’s worth of coffee and pouring it into a vacuum-sealed thermos. This will ensure that you have a constant supply of hot coffee to keep you going, while reducing your environmental impact. Zaccardis.com stocks some fantastic Nissan Thermos Travel Mugs that are sure to keep your coffee hot and delicious all day long.
Compost the Coffee Grounds: Finally, make sure your grounds make it into the compost bin. Or, during the growing season, sprinkle the grounds over flower and vegetable beds as a nitrogen-rich mulch.