How do you suppose, when I am on such a tight grocery budget, that I am okay with spending about 50% more on coffee than I did 2 months ago? These changes that I have made in my coffee drinking it totally makes up for it.
This is my 3 step coffee make over:
Change #1: Bleached paper coffee filters to a stainless steel reusable filter
I could have been purchasing non-bleached re-usable filters but really did not know any better, so the eco-benefits of a stainless steel re-usable filter start for me with less use/ ingestion of toxins. It’s always nice to avoid bleach altogether if I can.
I found my reusable filter at Wal-Mart for $7. I make 2 pots of coffee a day, so not having to purchase disposable filters is saving me about $30 a year. Helps to make up for the extra cost of organic fair trade coffee.
Change #2: Any coffee on sale to organic fair trade coffee (looking for shade
grown, though if it’s organic most of the shade grown benefits are there)
I won’t go too much into specifically what pesticides are used on coffee. Here are a few reasons I choose organic. Some of the pesticides used are very toxic to birds, fish, bees and mammals (hello, we are mammals..). Some are banned for use in the U.S. because they are so toxic. I’m not sure on how much of these toxins make it through to my morning cup, but for a few extra $$ I can support the companies that are keeping these toxins out of the environment. For more detailed info you can check out this article on Pesticide use on coffee farms. If you love birds and want to know about the connection between shade grown coffee and the well-being of song birds you can read about why it’s important to buy shade-grown coffee here.
Why fair trade?
I don’t always know where everything I consume comes from, so when I have an easy chance to educate myself (movie) on something like fair trade coffee, I take it. I just found out about this movie and have it on request from my library.
Check out the trailer for the movie BLACK GOLD
Change #3: Disposable take out cups to reusable take out cup
While there is some debate out there as to which is more eco-friendly 1 ceramic mug or hundreds of paper cups, I prefer my ceramic cup. I will usually use my ceramic cup to avoid buying take out coffee all together if I can. It is pretty easy (and cheap) to make an extra cup in my pot in the
morning to take with me. I have taken my cup to certain Canadian coffee shops in the past and they still insist on mixing the coffee in a paper cup first. Why would I bother taking in my own cup and still have a paper one wasted? I get that you want it mixed properly but it still seems pretty pointless to me.
Plus I think my ceramic cup is just so cute and I don’t feel like I’m drinking the waxy inside of a disposable cup. Not to mention it doesn’t get too hot like paper cups sometimes do. I’m not a huge take out coffee drinker but by drinking my home-made take out coffee 3 times a week in place of take-out I am saving about $300 a year. This also makes up for the higher price I pay for organic fair trade coffee.