Posted on Monday 22 April 2013
Crafting the ideal cup of environmentally friendly coffee is well in reach of all levels of coffee brewers. From novice to aficionado, coffee lovers worldwide will savor the new depths of flavor that present themselves to our demanding palates. A few affordable changes to our craft will benefit both ourselves and the world we all share.
The manner in which we heat our water is a logical change to our brewing process. Companies, like Green Mountain Energy, offer energy plans that support renewable energy generation. With rates that are similar to other energy providers, a conversion to a green source of energy will help alleviate some of the wear and tear utilities have on the environment.
Transitioning from paper filters is an affordable step that all of us can take. A French press is a low cost investment that typically enhances flavor. A metal filter transfuses and imparts more of the oils that lead to a deeper flavor. The boon to the Earth is that the metal filter is reusable and helps save trees.
Re-usability can also be seen in the types of containers we use for our coffee. The Styrofoam cup is an enemy to the environment. Landfills contain these pollutants that will not degrade. Future generations will be left to deal with the accumulation of these vessels. Reusable travel mugs feature a wide range of colors and sizes which meet our drinking needs in vibrant visual splendor. Many coffee shops offer a discount to their customers who bring in their own containers. Money saved and one less addition to the landfill is a win for all of us.
The procurement of free trade coffee is an investment that pays immediate dividends. Our fellow man benefits in a better standard of living. The criteria for the free trade classification typically involves a more environmentally conscious process for growing coffee. All this extra care results in a higher quality product for your consumption.
By these simple steps, we can all play a role in making our world a better place. Every positive action that we can do for the environment is another step in the right direction. That we can partake in a better cup of coffee is a bonus which we can all enjoy now. Spread the word, make the change, and taste the benefits this very day.