Day 7 - Coffee
How is it going so far?
Today I will talk about:
1) Coffee... woo hoo! Hope you had yours already!
Wow. Coffee. Believe it or not, it's the second most traded commodity in the world after oil! So many human beings consume coffee every day, multiple times a day, making it the most important product you need to pay attention to! Even I, who have been avoiding the morning coffee for the first 30 years of my life, I realized I was still part of the problem, because I was consuming coffee every time I went out with my friends and bought a sweet "cafe late" or when I ate coffee flavored chocolates. So nobody is immune to this problem.
Since coffee's influence on the planet is so big, this means my coffee consuming habits affect sooo many people, it's ridiculous. Not only the entire supply chain is affected, but also all the coffee shops that exist today. All the online websites that sell them. All the roasteries and independent MLM distributors. Not to mention the ridiculous amount the trash is made when consumed.
So how can I contribute to a better supply, production and consumption of coffee? Without sugarcoating and complex explanation, here's what you should pay attention to if you want to consume coffee the Zero Way:
1) Supply of raw coffee - buy fair trade. (Fair trade is the certification that producers acquire by demonstrating that their coffee suppliers get paid fairly and there are no child laborers in the process.)
2) Transportation of coffee beans - buy coffee that arrives raw at the shop - aka it is advised to buy fresh coffee from a roastery. Because you can see the entire process with your very eyes: how raw (fair trade) coffee beans are being roasted and grinded to become the flavored yumminess that keeps your brain buzzing :)
3) Consumption - make sure that when you consume your coffee, it's never in a plastic or paper cup. If you're going to consume it:
a) at home, use a mug (obviii)
b) at work, use a 100% stainless steel tumbler
c) at a coffee shop - ask for a mug or use your own tumbler.
If outside, be it a coffee shop or a restaurant, be SURE to tell them (sometimes several times) that you want a stainless spoon with it (or no spoon at all), no straw (unless reusable obvi) and no milk/sugar (unless in reusable little bottle/cup/jar).
If you're feeling brave, you can buy your own hand coffee grinder and coffee maker. But not the plastic one mind you!! You can get inspiration from the above Zero Way approved grinders and coffee makers.
So, to summarize, when buying coffee, buy fair trade coffee beans, preferably in bulk, put them in reusable bags, roasted locally. If you want to be more efficient, have them grind them to you and put them in a big jar.
Bring it home, store it safely, then, every time you want a fresh cup, either grind it manually (it takes only a few seconds, I promise or go ahead and make it in one of the above gizmos.
What about instant coffee? Well, learn about the reality of instant coffee in this article in HuffPost.
How's it going so far? Still feeling motivated?
How is your MyBag and MyBottle challenge going?
What will you write in your journal today?
"Hello, how much for a cup of coffee?”
“Two dollars, sir, and refills are free.”
“Great. Then I’ll have a refill.”
"How do you take your coffee, ma'am?"
"Seriously. Very seriously."
Well, see you tomorrow! And don't forget:
Think Cycles. Feel Good. Choose Wise. Act Bold. Aim Big. Believe.
a) Today's Daily Challenge:
Fair Trade Coffee
b) Today's Zero Way Win:
I bought my own tumbler!
c) Grateful for the African people who work hard so I can have coffee every day,
d) Ideas: tell my coworkers
coffee jokes :)
e) I feel... proud!
To Do List
◽︎ Buy a coffee maker and grinder
◽︎ Buy a tumbler
◽︎ Buy fair-trade coffee