Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Coffee and Tea Guide

    How to Green Your Coffee & Tea (TreeHugger)  Annotated

    How to Green Your Coffee & Tea

    Coffee is the world’s most commonly traded commodity after crude oil, and tea is the world’s most consumed beverage after water.


    (A solar coffee roaster used by Solar Roast Coffee)

    6. Loosen up

    Tea bags and coffee filters can be useful but are mostly unnecessary. Great coffee can be made at home with a reusable filter or a stovetop espresso maker. A quality tea infuser can last a lifetime and replace an untold number of (questionably compostable) tea bags. If you do use filters and bags, look for biodegradable and unbleached ones. >

    9. Compost the roast

    Tea leaves and especially coffee grounds make outstanding compost. Coffee’s high nitrogen content has made it a fertilizer of choice since days of yore. Composting leaves and grounds helps keep organic waste out of landfills, makes great soil, and keeps waste baskets dry. If you don’t have a heap to toss it on, just spread coffee grounds on the top of your plants’ soil.

    2. Since there’s no point in using energy to boil more water than will get used, fill the mug you’ll use with water and pour that into the kettle.

    5. Milk kills the benefits of tea?

    While tea has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, a study conducted at the University of Berlin has found that adding dairy milk to tea eliminates these benefits. (link


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