How to Become a 'Greener' Coffee Drinker
We are all for helping to save the planet, and if we can get our coffee fix whilst at the same time doing our little bit to help, then it's a win win situation. Here are a few tips for how you can help to do your bit...
1. Buy Local
If you can, buy your coffee locally, and even better, from a small independent roastery. By doing so, you'll help to cut down the amount of fossil fuels used to ship coffee products across the world and therefore you're helping the environment. And you're supporting local businesses in the process!
2. Ditch Takeaway Cups
Reusable coffee cups are all the rage, and why wouldn't they be? Only one per cent of single use takeaway cups are recycled. Take matters into your own hands and invest in a sturdy and reliable vessel you can use again and again, and help keep the environment cleaner. We sell some beautiful To-Go Click Cups from Stelton which do the job nicely.
3. Buy in Bulk
If you're a big coffee drinker and go through a lot each week, it makes sense to buy in bulk rather than small individual bags. Most roasteries sell 1kg bags (Maverick will be very soon!) so buy those to save on packaging.
Coffee grounds and most paper filters can be added to compost along with other kitchen scraps. Composting helps ensure waste products stay out of landfills, and you'll be creating a rich compost which you can use in your garden in the process. Your plants will love you!
5. Repurpose used coffee grounds
Used coffee grounds can be used for a whole range of things, from garden fertiliser to homemade furniture stains, natural body scrubs, or hair masks (you can buy our DIY Coconut Coffee Scrub Kit here.) By reusing grounds, you’ll help cut down on waste as well as the need to purchase some of those products.
6. Choose Manual
If you're really keen to go green, then you can opt for manual grinders and coffee makers. Products such as the Stelton Manual Grinder and Aeropress are amazing pieces of equipment that'll ensure you get an amazing brew, and you're saving on electricity.