Choosing a Shade Grown Coffee

If you’re interested in sustainable coffee, you’ve likely stumbled upon the term “shade-grown”. Coffee producers use the term or label shade-grown to showcase the environmental standards farmers adhered to in the growing of their coffee crops. Does “shade-grown” really ensure eco-friendly coffee? Unfortunately, like many aspects of the coffee industry, the answers aren’t always obvious….

Choosing an Eco-Friendly Coffee Filter

While the most effective measures for minimizing environmental impact in the brewing of coffee come from choosing eco-friendly coffee beans, eco-friendly brewing methods, and eco-friendly milk alternatives, the humble coffee filter has a big role to play in stemming our waste, resource use, and limiting our environmental impact. Single-use coffee filters, while convenient and traditional,…

5 Times the Coffee Industry Screwed Up

Coffee is amongst the most actively traded commodities in the world. It’s undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. No longer is a standard cup of Joe acceptable; now we fuss over the bean, the country of origin, or whether to have caramel syrup in our triple, venti, half sweet, nonfat macchiato (and no,…