Low Impact Ways to Brew Coffee


I Love Coffee. The End.

From the smell to the taste it brings me comfort. There is a Jamaican folk song, “Me no drink coffee tea mango time, care how nice it may be mango time.” (Did you try to read that with an accent?)

Totally not relevant but it popped in my head and I couldn’t help it. Let’s just say my love for coffee started at a tender age. If you have met me, chances are I have a cup of coffee in my hand. That hydro flask has no water in there honey. 

Most people head to the store or online to order fair trade and organic coffee without thinking about the process past the purchasing of our truly loved product. Say no to pods, yes I know. This is not the perfect how-to because I am a Nespresso user and I justify using pods because they do give you cool pre-labeled envelopes to send your used pods in to be recycled. (Do not follow my example). Get rid of those pods. They are not good for the environment and increase the waste in our landfills. Not to mention plastic comes in contact with our coffee in some way, shape or form.

With my love for coffee comes great appreciation for how other people like to enjoy their cup.
You can make your coffee in the most simplistic, non-toxic, waste free way possible. So, when it comes to coffee-making time, what should we use? Important tip: It’s all in the grind!

French Press

A carafe that extracts robust and very purse (purse?) coffee, course grounds are immersed in water and then after a few minutes sieved through by a plunger. 

Pro: Minimal learning curve and consistently good strong coffee (since you control the brew time, strength is in your court).

Con: Clean up can be annoying and the lack of brewing experience can lead to some horrible muddy water tasting coffee.

Pour Over  

Grab something to boil water in and a coffee cup. I would advise you to get a cloth or stainless steel reusable filter. If you rather a paper filter, try to use a compostable option.

Pro: This way makes you look like a coffee connoisseur or experienced barista with the ease of use.

Con: This vessel requires a brush to clean it (added expense). It also takes practice and the medium to light coffee strength is a personal con.

Cold Brew Coffee 

Don’t forget this very simple method. It’s very refreshing in the summer months.

Pro: No designated coffee making device is needed. You can set and forget with very little, if any, waste. 

Con: It takes a considerable amount of time to brew (usually overnight) requiring more of a thought process to get the right consistency. Don’t forget, it needs to be be strained.

No matter what, all roads lead to a great cup of coffee.

I would love to know what your favorite way to make coffee is. Do you have a go-to method or do you secretly have them all stashed in your cupboard like I do? I guess the cat is out of the bag.

Parting Tips: If you are too busy to make your own coffee, check out some local favorites, be sure to remember your to-go cup or grab a seat and sip away.


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