6 Ways to a More Eco-Friendly Coffee Machine

No one ever wants to go without their morning cup of Joe. Making a cup of coffee is a comforting ritual for thousands of people worldwide, but at what cost? As an environmentally conscious person, you may worry about your ecological footprint. Luckily, there are many options for those looking to be a more responsible coffee consumer. One of the best ways to aid the environment is by investing in an eco-friendly coffee maker.

Coffee's Environmental Impact

As one of the world's hottest trade commodities, the demand for coffee is vast and ever-growing. The world runs on the famous brew, depending on it for energy, motivation, comfort, and socialization. With so much demand, what are the environmental impacts of this global product?

Deforestation

Coffee cultivators know that many bean varieties need the sun's warmth to thrive. Because of this simple need for light, large companies are playing a role in tremendously concerning deforestation. Farmers can destroy thousands of years of biodiversity in mere hours. Various species have lost their precious habitats to agriculture. Landscapes once lively and vibrant are now barren landscapes of mass production. 

Pollution

Heavy pesticides used by non-organic farmers contaminate natural water sources, killing various aquatic species and hurting human health. The use of pesticides in coffee bean cultivation will only increase as the targeted species build a tolerance to chemicals currently used. Additionally, the significant resources used to transport, roast, and package coffee beans add to greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact.

Erosion

When land that was once protected by the shade of trees is exposed to constant heat, the earth dries up, loses density, and is carried away by water and wind. Soil erosion has significant environmental impacts, affecting the climate, water sources, and dirt quality.

Soil Contamination

The deadly combination of pollution and erosion contaminates valuable soil, eventually becoming unusable for cultivators. These means of production are unsustainable, leading to even more deforestation.

Wasteful Materials

While cultivation methods of coffee beans are indeed concerning, there are many other things to consider. The coffee industry produces thousands of straws, cups, pods, and plastics to suit consumers' needs, which is why it is vital to avoid companies that mass-produce wasteful products.

Choosing Organic, Eco-Friendly Products

It can be discouraging to learn about the adverse effects of your favorite blend, but don't think you have to give it up altogether! Thankfully, many companies are pushing for sustainable cultivation methods and environmentally conscious products. You can make a difference by selecting an eco-friendly coffee maker to whip up your cup of Joe.

6 Characteristics of Eco-Friendly Coffee Machines

It's easy to feel overwhelmed when searching for an environmentally friendly coffee maker, but there are many excellent options on the market today. All you need to know is what to look for when choosing an eco-friendly coffee machine. Keep reading to discover what characteristics you should consider when shopping for your new gadget.

1. Minimal Energy Consumption

These days, having endless amounts of electricity feels like a given, but unsustainable products can use absurd amounts of energy, increasing your ecological footprint. Remember that any energy you use comes from somewhere– most likely, nonrenewable resources like fossil fuels. Show some love to the planet by selecting a coffee maker that needs minimal energy to function.

2. Quality Materials

Before purchasing a new machine, look closely at the materials used to construct it. Many coffee makers manufacture cheap plastics, adding to the environmental crisis. Plus, many of these materials can be toxic. The last thing you want is the many health benefits of your morning cup to be offset by ingesting chemicals. Don't ignore that plastic taste you get from your old machine. When certain materials come in contact with a hot liquid like your morning coffee, they can release BPAs, linked to reproductive issues and cancer. Make sure your new eco-friendly coffee maker is BPA-free!

3. Little to No Waste Production

Avoid adding to the pile of trash at your local landfill by using methods or makers that generate little to no waste. If you're using filters, search for those made out of recycled or biodegradable materials. Avoid plastic pods, which have grown in popularity as an easy office coffee option. You can even consider using your coffee grounds as compost to really make a difference in the environment.

4. Easy to Clean

An eco-friendly coffee machine is about more than the health of the environment; it's about you! Coffee makers are a breeding ground for mold– yep, you read that right. Mold in your morning blend. The warm, dark, wet environment provided by the tubes of your cheap machine may mean you're consuming mold spores every time you enjoy your cuppa. Make sure your new device is easy to clean to maintain your best health.

5. Compatible With Sustainable Products

Choose an environmentally friendly coffee maker that is compatible with sustainable products. Our organic beans are sustainably packaged and only roasted in small batches. If you're looking for a consumption method conducive to making office coffee, try our Ecodisk Angelo Machine with biodegradable eco-disk pods. They're convenient to use and don't leave the same environmental impact as traditional coffee pods.

6. A Company That Cares

Last but not least, purchase from a company that cares. Small businesses like us are making an effort to create eco-friendly products at affordable prices. Together, we can make a difference in the world by drinking delicious, organic coffee with sustainable products.

Do it for the Planet

You shouldn't have to feel bad for enjoying the warmth and energy from your morning coffee. By simply choosing organic, eco-friendly products, you can feel good about the difference you are making in the world. Enjoy your brew while supporting companies working to bring you fresh, delicious coffee while showing love for our earth.

Good Tasting Coffee: How to Identify Coffee Flavors

In order to appreciate the different types of coffee available, it's important to cultivate an awareness of its unique characteristics. Let's take a look at the way coffee connoisseurs judge different cups of coffee.

Aroma

The scent of a cup of coffee has a direct influence on how we perceive its flavor. As you drink coffee try to notice if the scent is smoky, fruity, earthy, spicy, nutty or grassy.

Acidity

One of the most defining characteristics of a cup of coffee is its acidity. This is the sharp, bright tangy quality of coffee that perks up our senses. Coffee doesn’t necessarily contain just one type of acid, either. It may contain citric acid, malic acid (fruity in flavor) or even quinic acid from stale coffee, which gives us stomach aches.

Body

This is the weight, thickness and texture of coffee in your mouth. The body of different types of coffee falls on a spectrum of light- to full-bodied viscosity (thin to thick).

Flavor

This is where comparisons come in handy and there is some overlap between aroma and flavor. Your coffee might taste bitter, sweet, savory or sour with common comparisons to chocolate, wine or fruit.

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