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[ Sunday, September 29th is National Coffee Day! ]

ATX MugShannon sent me the heads up about Sunday… National Coffee Day.  She sent me some Green Tips to celebrate the day and also make Mama Earth Happy. I also ran into some freebies you can look into grabbing from Starbucks to Dunkin Donuts! Click here!

The National Coffee Association’s 2013 survey of National Coffee Drinking Trends revealed that 83 percent of Americans drink coffee regularly.That averages to three cups a day per person, or 587 million cups, making the U.S. the world’s biggest coffee guzzler.

You can keep it Green on Sunday by trying some of these tips! Enjoy!

1.) Ditch the paper cup: Fifty-eight billion paper cups are thrown away each year… Grab a reusable cup.  Many places give you a bit of a discount for using one. Starbucks gives you .10 off a drink. Every little bit helps us and Mama Earth

2.) Forget paper filters: As  long as you’re abandoning paper cups, why not forego paper filters, too? Instead  of a traditional coffee pot, consider buying a French press, which doesn’t  require a filter.  It’s also cheaper and makes more flavorful drinks. A reusable  mesh filter is an option for those who already brew their Joe in a pot. Linda Green Homes offers an array of reusable filters for the  gamut of coffee brewer brands.

3.) Look for socially and environmentally responsible labeling: Next time you refill on coffee beans, make sure you choose bags bearing the following labels:

USDA organic     Fair trade     Shade-grown  

4.)Buy from roasters who participate in farm assist programs: Support roasters who go the extra mile by providing grants and assistance to help farmers fund the costly certification procedure. Check their websites, which often prominently publicize this information.

5.) Choose Arabica beans:  Unlike Arabica beans, Robusta beans thrive in the sun and therefore tend to have  higher yields. That means growing Robusta often requires deforestation.

6.) Prepare to dish some dollars: Cheap coffee might make less of a dent in your wallet, but the same can’t necessarily be said of its effects on farmers or the environment, which often take the brunt of the cost in the form of exploitation and deforestation to keep prices low. Shoulder some of the financial burden, and avoid buying coffee from convenience store chains, fast-food restaurants, and other inexpensive outlets.

7.) Compost coffee grounds: Get  the most out of your coffee—even after you’ve downed it. They work great for gardens.

Do you have a  green coffee tip you do that hasn’t been mentioned?  Share it!


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