If you are like us here in this house and are obsessed with coffee but conscious about the waste linked to it – some good news here is a blog with three zero waste coffee options for your warm brew.
Coffee is a big part of my daily routines; I often joke that I have a little obsession with it while drinking one of my 5 cups a day. Until this year, I was using coffee pods, and even though I was sending the pods back to the manufacture for recycling, it just didn’t sit well with me. In February, I took part in a sustainability-focused challenge (#ecofeb2020), aiming to make one eco-friendly change each day. Coffee was high on my list, and below are the guilt-free coffee options I found and love to use:
The French press is a popular low-waste option for making coffee. The process is simple, add your coffee grounds, pour in the hot (not boiling) water, and push down the plunger. The plunger has a filter within it that is reusable, and with good care taken while washing, it should last you the lifetime of your French Press. They are also reasonably priced, come in an array of sizes and colours, meaning they are perfect for any kitchen.
I have found they are also awesome for brewing tea; add some ginger, loose tea leaves, and boiling water for the perfect cup of herbal tea. No pesky microplastic teabags are needed.
Pour over does exactly as it says on the tin: use hot water, pour it over your coffee grounds, and then it works in a similar process to a drip coffee pot. Chemex is one of the most popular brands I have seen on the market. To avoid using paper filters, use a coffee sock instead.
Coffee socks are reasonably priced, easy to use, and made from 100% organic cotton. It is important to ensure that the coffee sock is thoroughly cleaned/disinfected before its first use; this can be done by boiling in hot water for approx. 10 minutes. If the coffee sock if cared for correctly, it can last a lifetime.
Finally my personal favourite, the Aeropress. You may have seen me feature this little device on my Instagram stories over the last year. This portable, easy to use tool makes the perfect cup of coffee every time. Add your coffee grounds into the large cylinder and pour in your hot water. The smaller cylinder is pushed down and creates pressure within the larger cylinder. This pressure then extracts the coffee by forcing it out the bottom. A stainless-steel filter can be used instead of paper ones, which helps to cut down on waste. This eco-friendly device has also proven to be incredibly convenient when travelling due to its size and ease of use.
WHERE TO SOURCE:
Being the avid coffee drinker that I am, I love trying out different coffee shops. I have been delighted to see more and more cafes focusing on sustainability throughout their business. Here are my favourite cafes who have moved towards selling environmentally friendly coffee products online. I bought all my eco-friendly coffee makers from these two suppliers:
The Old Barracks
Based in Birdhill County Tipperary, The Old Barracks is an adult-only Coffee Roastery and Coffeebar. Every visitor is treated to an art show of coffee making when you enter the premises, and there is no rushing the process I love. They have a large supply of coffee-making products to choose from in-store and online. To find out more, you can visit the following
PS Coffee Roasters
PS Coffee Roasters has only one agenda: to positively impact the world while creating delicious cups of coffee. They do this by using exclusively ethically sourced coffee that is now supplied in fully compostable bags. Located in Clane and Naas, these cafés offer some of the best coffee I have ever drank( that is saying a lot), but if you don’t believe me, you can try it out for yourself with their pay as you go subscription. You can shop all of their Sustainable Coffee options here:
IMPORTANCE OF COMPOSTING
Remember to compost your leftover coffee grounds to ensure that your zero waste coffee experience isn’t wasted. Coffee grounds are full of nutrients and add nitrogen to your compost pile. Composting is a great way to give back to the earth as it helps reduce the need for fertilisers and introduces important microorganisms back into the soil.
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