Are you the type of person who can’t start the day without a cup of coffee in hand? Don’t worry—millions of people feel the same way. As a coffee enthusiast, though, you should think deeply about how your daily habit can potentially affect those around you.
In this article, you will learn about four simple things you can do to change your coffee habit into something more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
1. Bring Reusable Cups When Buying Coffee
When it’s a busy day, and there’s no time to make a cup, or you’re just craving the ambiance of being in a coffee shop, it can be tempting to just buy from your favorite cafe. However, single-use coffee cups can be very harmful to the environment, so it’s best to switch to an alternative.
Bring a mug you love, a travel cup, or even a tumbler and use that for your coffee instead. This way, you limit the amount of plastic or paper waste, and your cup of joe will be deliciously guilt-free. Some coffee shops even offer incentives to those who have reusable containers, so you can save money!
When it comes to becoming more environmentally responsible, Kunjani provides you with a few options. We're working to reduce and eventually eliminate the majority of our waste. We provide compostable to-go containers, discounts for those who bring their own tumblers, and compost most of our kitchen and coffee roasting trash into rich soil for local farmers.
2. Brew Your Own Cup as Much as You Can
Love coffee and want to save some cash? Be more eco-conscious by making your own coffee at home instead of supporting carbon-emitting coffee chains. Brewing your own coffee can be intimidating at first, but you’ll find it to be a stress-relieving experience in the long run.
When you brew your own coffee, you have complete control over how it would taste, how dark or light you want it to be, and can experiment with different types of flavors.
If you want something easy, you can start with the popular pour-over method. This style is very straightforward—you drench your coffee grinds with hot water and wait for the solubles to dissolve. All you need is a manual grinder, a pour-over brewer, and a reusable filter, and you’re good to go!
3. Compost Your Ground Coffee Beans
As you brew your coffee, you will notice you produce organic waste from your ground coffee beans. If you want to make the most of this waste, turn them into mulch and use them as a natural way to fertilize your garden!
How can you start composting? Here are the five easy steps.
- Choose a place for your compost pit, like your backyard or balcony.
- Place twigs and straws, and then add the materials layer by layer.
- Water your compost pit regularly, as moisture is the key for decomposition to start.
- Cover the pit to retain heat.
- Aerate every week to maintain optimal oxygen levels.
4. Purchase From Reputable Sources
Not all coffee roasters value their work in the same way. Some people are unconcerned about their environmental impact. Some people have tremendous control over their footprint.
I advise you to research the practices of your local roasters to see which ones are reducing, reusing, and recycling effectively. Support those who are roasting consciously to continue their efforts, and put pressure on others to do the same.
Kunjani is one roaster you can always count on to adopt sustainable techniques.
The coffees we use originate from some of the world's top estates. The farms are not only quality-focused, but they are also environmentally mindful.
Several of our partner farms are Rainforest Alliance Certified, and a few are Rainforest And Bird Friendly Certified, and they all give empowering wages to local employees. Simply put, we're very pleased with our environmentally conscious and business-savvy farm partners!
Check out the Kunjani Coffee Subscription if you'd like to have sustainably sourced, high-quality coffee beans roasted and sent to you every other week!
Enjoying your favorite brew and saving the environment can go hand in hand. You can still have your coffee fix by switching to more eco-friendly solutions and supporting fair trade brands dedicated to sustainability.
If you’re looking for a small batch coffee roaster where you can get sustainably sourced coffee beans, Kunjani is the right choice for you. Kunjani is a specialty coffee shop based in Naples, Florida, that ships the best coffee beans nationwide.
Try out our coffee subscription today and get a taste of authentic coffee beans from Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Ethiopia in your own home.