5. Make your own home brew
Your own kitchen is full of resources to save you money, energy and the environment. Try a new coffee maker that doesn’t require electricity such as a French Press or a Chemex. There is a surprising amount of ways to make your own perfect cup of coffee
If you choose to make your coffee at home every morning, you’ll be able to use your own reusable mug and choose your own additives for your coffee such as organic milk or fair trade sugar (In the US, TransFair also certifies sugar).
6. Recycle coffee grounds
Also, ditch your coffee filters. Use a reusable filter and replace a large amount of paper filters.
Finally, you may have heard by now that Keurig Cups are very bad for the environment. Even the inventor of K-Cups regrets that he ever invented them because they are disposable and not recyclable. If you do use a Keurig machine replace the one time brewing cups and switch to a reusable K- cup.
7. Support local brewers and coffee shops
Are any of these Top 10 North Carolina Coffee Shops close to you? Support small businesses in your community and keep your dollars local. Also, make sure to check out some of our local favorites below:
Bean Werks Coffee Company in Asheville
Carrboro Coffee in Chapel Hill
Counter Culture Coffee in Durham
Beansboro in Greensboro
Larry’s Coffee in Raleigh
Island Roast Coffee in Wilmington
Ultimately, there is no "perfect" cup of coffee. Organic, fair trade, coffee shop or home brew, milk and sugar - enjoy your coffee as eco-friendly as you'd like.
Just remember, life is too short for bad coffee. Stay caffeinated.