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In the spirit of brewing a greener cup of Joe, we've compiled a list of five ways to reduce your coffee carbon footprint.
1. Switch to a Manual Brewing Method
2. Make Your Coffee at Home - Not only will you be able to make a custom drink, tailored to your tastes, you'll be doing our planet a favor. Brewing at home means less wasted gas getting to and from your favorite coffee shop, as well as less disposable cups littering the landfills.
3. Use the Energy-Saving Feature on Your Home Machine - Most super-automatic espresso machines and some single serves have energy saving features that can make a world of difference. These eco features will often automatically switch the machine to standby mode or even turn it off after a certain amount of idle time.
4. Choose Earth-Friendly or Certified Organic Coffee - Coffee sold as certified organic must, by FDA standards, be sustainably grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Consider Gimme! Coffee The Natural Blend, J Martinez Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Fair Trade Organic Coffee, or Lavazza Gran Selezione Premium Drip Coffee.
5. Compost Used Coffee Grounds - Once you're done brewing, don't toss your spent grounds. They contain 2% nitrogen and are an excellent addition to a compost pile.