What are your thoughts on coffee? Jackie Chan claims that coffee is a language in and of itself. Coffee enthusiasts couldn't agree more. A coffee-to-go is a lifesaver, especially if you leave home early, take a break from work, or go for a long city walk. But have you ever considered where your coffee comes from or how sustainable it is?
If you're interested in sustainable living, it's essential to consider the sustainability of the coffee you're drinking. So we made a list of key factors that will help you find out:
Coffee grown sustainably and ethically offers better livelihoods to those who cultivate and process it while protecting the environment. It enables a transparent coffee chain by involving those who add real value to the bean-to-cup journey. As a result, both the impact of your cup of coffee and the lives of coffee farmers are improved. To help you choose wisely the next time you buy coffee, consider the Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certifications.
You might be shocked that even fair-trade coffee's eco-friendliness can be improved. Ultimately, it all comes down to the brewing method and the amount of electricity and water required. If your coffee machine consumes a lot of energy, consider replacing it with a more sustainable alternative. An example of an easy-to-use and more eco-friendly option is the French press. It's a great place to start for those concerned about the environment. You only need a few things to make French-pressed coffee:
The coffee's intensity and flavour are well-known among French press aficionados. Another great way to make coffee with a low impact is by using a pour-over. You'll need:
These things can get you started on the path to great coffee with minimal waste. Don't worry—we did mention a filter. Paper filters are not required when making a pour-over. By investing in reusable filters, you can prevent the waste that comes with using disposable ones. There are many more ways to make the ideal brew—these are just a few to get you started.
About 3% of the carbon footprint of the entire coffee supply chain is caused by packaging. Paper, plastic, and aluminium are usually used for coffee packaging. It is harmful to the environment if plastic packaging is not correctly sourced, produced, transported, and discarded. For something to be considered truly "green," it must either be biodegradable, or the packaging must be reusable or recyclable. Rice paper and unbleached kraft paper are among the most widely used eco-friendly materials to make coffee bags. These natural substitutes are created from the rice-paper plant, bamboo, tree bark, or wood pulp. Choose eco-friendly options, buy coffee with FSC-certified packaging whenever possible, and minimise your coffee’s environmental impact.
Switch to a reusable cup or mug if you accept disposable coffee cups. That way, you'll be ready when single-use plastic cups and containers are banned in July 2023.
There are some other creative solutions as well. For example, reusable cups made of natural rice husks rather than plastic by Huskup. Another alternative, De Koffiejongens, sells coffee cups made of corn and sugarcane, which you discard with organic waste after use. Within three weeks, their cups decompose into compost - so cool!
Enhancing the sustainability of your coffee consumption is possible in a variety of amazing ways. So, next time you're going for a takeaway coffee on a cold winter day, pause to think about how eco-friendly it is. Spread the love for sustainable coffee by sharing this article! For additional tips on building a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle, visit the Bamboovement blog.