Sustainable Coffee: What You Need to Know

Why Do We Need Coffee to Be a Sustainable Crop?

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According to the group Conservation International, your morning cup of coffee is at risk. The answer that they’ve come up with has everything to do with making sure that every cup of coffee that gets poured emanates from a sustainably grown coffee farm. CI’s goal is to “make coffee the world’s first fully sustainable agricultural product,” and they’ve laid out the challenge to all coffee drinkers in very specific terms. With producers and retailers already on board, the Sustainable Coffee Challenge website has already been launched.

When broken down to raw numbers, the facts around coffee’s impact are staggering. According to Conservation International, “the coffee we drink depends on the health, prosperity and well-being of 25 million coffee producers, 10 million hectares of coffee farms, and the continued ability of nature to sustain them.” All of which makes for a pretty convincing argument when it comes to creating a universally sustainable crop out of international coffee production. Continue reading

8 Ways to Save Money and the Environment at the Same Time!

Doing More for the Planet

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Money and the environment: there used to be a time when these two forces were opposed; but in 2017, they go hand in hand. Some of the best ways to save money is through environmental savings, eight of which we have listed below, so let’s take a look. Continue reading

Simple Ways to Transform Your Home to a Green Residence

Making Life a Little More Green

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Admittedly, there is not a lot that you can do about how other people live their lives. As much as you would like to, you can’t really get people to live greener until they’re ready to do that for themselves. What you can do, however, is to make sure that every aspect of your life is as green as possible.

Much like with everything else, this endeavor needs to begin at home. Making sure that your home is as green and as energy conserving as possible, is the best way to start to live a greener life. Here are a few things that you can do that will not only help the planet out, but may also save you some money in the future. Continue reading

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Thai Coffee Culture

A Rising Star in the Global Coffee Industry

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When you think of the countries that are major coffee exporters around the globe, places like Columbia and Ethiopia likely come to mind. But over the past 30 years, Thailand has experienced significant growth within their coffee industry, and may soon be commonly known around the world for their unique approach to coffee production.

Read on to learn what makes the emerging coffee culture in Thailand unique, and well worth keeping an eye on into the future. Continue reading

Shade Grown and Organic: How These Coffee Terms Relate to the Environment

How Does Coffee Affect the Environment?

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Coffee is a beverage enjoyed by millions of Americans. We consume it at an ever-increasing rate, but is it sustainable? The crop is highly valued all over the world, and is in higher demand than ever before. One way we can ensure that our coffee habit will not harm the planet is by checking and double-checking where our coffee originates, and the methods by which it is grown.

Coffee that is produced under organic and natural circumstances will be a bit more expensive, but will be fairer to the farmer growing it, the supplier importing it, and the customer buying it, which makes everyone more responsible to the planet in the end. But the biggest potential damage to the environment comes from the production of the coffee beans themselves.

By producing coffee beans organically, through sustainable practices like shade-growing, we can make coffee a more environmentally friendly beverage. Let’s take a look at how this works. Continue reading