4 Ways to Become a More Conscientious Coffee Drinker

 For many of us, coffee is integral part of life. From having a morning mug to picking up a to-go cup at lunchtime, caffeine consumption is likely embedded in your daily routine.

 But… Depending on where you get your fix from, you may be damaging your health and the environment.


This doesn’t mean you have to go without, though! Here are 4 ways to develop healthier caffeine habits.

1. Drink Less Frequently

If you need multiple cups of coffee to get through your day, consider rethinking your caffeine consumption.

This hot beverage has a large carbon footprint attached to it. Most of it isn’t sourced in the U.S. Transporting java beans produces a lot of toxic carbon emissions. 

Perhaps the biggest environmental issue attached to coffee production is its water consumption. From start to finish, it takes about 37 gallons of water to produce 1 cup of Joe. And that’s just a plain Americano. Producing a latte requires more than 50 gallons of water.

When you find yourself reaching to make a pot, think about if you really need it. If you don’t, swap it out with these alternatives:
  • Water – hydration is key!
  • Tea, which uses a lesser 9 gallons of water to produce 1 cup
2. When You Do Drink, Use Less

Using fewer beans per serving will help you reduce yourdrink’s carbon and water footprint.

When you do need a cup, use these tips to cut the number of beans you use:

  • Use a different method of brewing.Using a drip machine instead of a French press maker saves half the amount of beans.
  • Drink water before your first cup. This will fill you up and lessen your likelihood of reaching for a second coffee.
  • Don’t immediately make a second coffee. Allow yourself time to feel the effects of your first cup. You may find you don’t need a second serving. 
  • Limit your intake. Treat yourself to one cup per day or 2 cups every other day.
3. Buy Beans from Responsible Providers

You can be responsible when brewing at home. Only get your beans from responsible supplies. By purchasing organic beans, you’re supporting:

  • Cleaner air, land, and water.Organic growers don’t use synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or fungicides to grow their crops. Organic beans are grown using organic fertilizers like compost or chicken manure, which don’t pollute the environment. 
  • Your health. Healthy antioxidants are more plentiful in organic beans. Antioxidants prevent cardiovascular disease and other medical conditions, so you’ll benefit by including them in your diet. Plus, these compounds give your brew a richer taste!
  • Fair employee wages. Organic farmers are often Fair Trade compliant, which secures higher pay rates for their employees. It’s well worth a little extra cash if you can afford it to support those who grow your food. 
Learn more about where your beans come from and how they affect the environment. Get to know Makawao Roasters and other brands dedicated to providing Fair Trade organic coffee beans. 

4. Say No toSingle-Use Plastic Pods

Using pods is tempting. They’re convenient and just the right amount for a single serving.

However, you can only get one use out of each plastic pod. This produces unnecessary waste: a veryinefficient way of getting your daily coffee. 

Consider doing away with pods altogether. If you can’t give up the convenience, reusable pods are now a thing! Invest in these if you can’t bear to part with your machine.

By no means do you have to give up your caffeine addiction completely. Be aware of how your coffee intake affects yourself and the environment and feel good by being mindful of your drinking habits!
 
 
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