What’s your coffee footprint?

by | May 9, 2015 | Food for Thought | 0 comments

According to research, coffee is the number one beverage in Canada. Anyone waiting in line for their favourite java is probably not surprised by that. Fast food outlets and single serve coffee machines have shouldered their way in front of the old fashioned drip coffee maker in the quest to fill our coffee mugs each day.

But more and more people are starting to wonder about the effect all this convenience is having on the environment. A truly environmentally friendly option are the Senseo coffee pods that we import from The Netherlands.  At one time the Senseo machines were difficult to find in North America but we have been able to source them for several years now. These machines will give you a frothy espresso style cup of coffee. Customers have told me that you can use the pods in other machines, too.  Senseo coffee pods will compost in a regular backyard unit like a teabag. Senseo is UTZ Certified…a European fairtrade programme.  Click here for information about UTZ.

And then there is the old fashioned drip coffee maker or instant coffee options.  We carry a number of excellent imported coffees and can source many more.

Unfortunately, coffee cannot be grown in Canada. So every cup of coffee has a trail of footprints behind it already.  We can, however, try to limit the impact of those footprints on the local environment and try to ensure that our coffee enjoyment is not at the expense of coffee workers in other countries.



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