Coffee is one of the most contentious products which we consume. With electricity being used up each time we fire up the kettle, and a history of exploitation behind the import of coffee beans, it can be easy to be put off when we think about brewing our nation’s favorite beverage. However, things have moved on in the world of coffee over the past few years, meaning that you can actually do some good with your morning fix, rather than damaging the environment. Read on to find out more…
Purchase it ethically
Fairtrade certified products are becoming more widely available, and coffee is no exception. The Fairtrade certification (Fair Trade Certified in the US) is a system designed to allow us to identify products that meet agreed environmental, labor and developmental standards. The system is monitored by a standard-setting body, FLO International, and a certification body, FLO-CERT. It works by auditing producers to ensure the agreed standards are met. Companies that sell products under Fairtrade standards apply for licenses to use the Certification Mark (or, in North America, the applicable Fair Trade Certified Mark) for those products. Buying Fairtrade is a simple way of making sure that your coffee is produced and sold ethically.
Brew it greenly
Using an eco-kettle to heat you water cuts down on the energy used to power the device. Nowadays, you can even invest in a cool Electricity-Free Espresso machine to brew the perfect drink. The stylish machine produces the pressure needed to make café-style coffee in your own home, without the associated energy costs.
To use it, all you need to do is put your favorite coffee in the steel filter, pour boiling water in to the heat proof cylinder at the top. By lifting the lever arms, putting your cup in to position and then lowering the arms, you trap the air and force water through the coffee at high pressure into your cup. ‘Press’ is made from solid, polished aluminum, and is available for around $140 at eco retail stores online.
Recycle the waste
Coffee grounds are famous for their great properties on your garden. Composting your grounds or sprinkling them on the garden nourishes your plants and assists in completing the perfect cycle for a great environmentally-friendly brew. The grounds also have the advantage of deterring slugs and snails from your vegetable patch and smell fantastic if they get warmed by the sun.