Some methods of making coffee can indeed be detrimental to the environment, however, there are many ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint and make more eco-friendly coffee. Below are some tips to consider when brewing and buying coffee that will help aid us at Espresso @ Home in the fight to save the environment.
Purchase a Reusable Filter
A lot of coffee machines are still using paper filters which is okay in small amounts, yet the main reason that these are bad for the environment is because most of them are bleached with chlorine. They also produce trace amounts of dioxins which are toxic to our health as well as a danger to plant life.
You should instead purchase a metal filter, this way the filter can be washed, and you will not have to keep throwing away filters which would increase your carbon footprint yet using a metal filter produces much more flavoursome eco-friendly coffee, it truly is a no-brainer!
Single-Serve Cups Should be Avoided
This point should already be common knowledge as the UK gets through around 2.5 billion paper coffee cups each year! This amount is also currently on the rise and needs to be stopped before it is too late. As a simple alternative, either bring your own mug/cup when you are buying coffee or purchase a reusable eco-friendly coffee cup. Single-serve cups, much like filters will fill up the landfill with paper and plastic. What tends to happen then is these materials will blow away into our environment as they are so lightweight and could cause things like water pollution if they end up in rivers or sewers.
Using multi-use coffee cups can help to stop the landfills over-spilling and reduce the amount of paper and plastic in our streets and rivers as well as the level of greenhouse gases produced into the atmosphere.
Recycling Your Coffee Pods
This is a crucial point to make, coffee pods can be a large burden on the environment, it is estimated that around 1bn coffee pods go to landfill in the UK every year. However, there is a way that we can make using coffee pods very environmentally friendly. Nespresso offer a recycling service where you can gather your used coffee pods and drop them off to over 6,000 Nespresso collection points in the UK & Ireland.
Manually Brew Your Coffee
This again could be seen as obvious, yet some will still tend to opt for the easier option of automatic drip machines and whilst when used in consideration these auto-brewers aren’t too bad for the environment, everyday use will harm your carbon footprint as they won’t tend to last long and are eating up plastic with mass production. Want to learn how to improve your coffee making at home? Read one of our recent blogs to get some expert tips on brewing coffee at home.
Manual brewing allows you to see for yourself the process of brewing coffee as it is happening. It creates great tasting eco-friendly coffee without producing excessive energy consumption. Manual coffee brewers are also built to last so you will save on costs as you will not need to buy another one for a while. And you can also recycle to coffee grounds by putting it on your flower beds!
Know Who You are Buying from
Some baristas care more about the environment than others, with certain cafes and coffee shops focusing more on the shops profit! Prior to visiting you could research using online reviews into the places you are buying coffee from; some will have extensive plastic usage and coffee waste whilst others will produce eco-friendly coffee. A lot of these more caring baristas will tend to promote their environmentally-friendly methods openly and are passionate about decreasing their carbon footprint.
Contact Espresso @ Home for Home Coffee Machine Repairs
If you are looking for coffee repairs that won’t increase your carbon footprint, then be sure to bring it to us at Espresso @ Home and will be sure to give you the best service whilst using our most ecologically friendly methods! Use our contact form or by giving us a call.