To reduce the collective carbon footprint, today’s consumers are placing increased emphasis on social responsibility rather than convenience. But there’s no rule saying these traits must be mutually exclusive.
In fact, a number of eco-friendly coffee trends have emerged that consumers can enjoy both in their own homes and while out on the town.
- Reusable tumblers: Bringing your own mug to the coffee shop? It’s a burgeoning trend that is paying off for a number of coffee drinkers. Many shops now offer discounts for customers who make the effort. It reduces costs for the retailer and is far better for the environment overall. Orinoco is a big fan of Contigo travel mugs – they’re sleek, super affordable, and readily available online or at your local Target.
- Metal straws: Alarming statistics – such as there being more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050, and the fact that Americans use approximately 500 million straws per day – have contributed to the meteoric rise of the reusable straw. Stainless steel varieties (like this one) are all the rage with coffee-drinking crowds. And because people love to accessorize, many brands arrive in decorative bags or cases for easy transport.
- Metal filters: Like metal straws, reusable, stainless steel filters eliminate unnecessary waste and can be used for years on end. They’re affordable and available for virtually every brewing method – such as pour-over, AeroPress, drip coffee makers, and more. Many coffee lovers also believe that metal filters produce a better-tasting cup of coffee, as paper filters tend to absorb many of the oils that give coffee its flavor and body.
- Cold brews at home: Cold brews, too, are an environmentally-friendly option that more and more people are trying at home. The process, itself, requires no electricity. Grounds are soaked in cold water for up to 24 hours before the concentrate is strained, producing a flavorful coffee concentrate that is free of the oils and fatty acids that can make coffee bitter. Additionally, many home systems are equipped with reusable filters, eliminating waste. Better yet, the coffee produced is good for up to one week and is easier to take on-the-go.
Orinoco Coffee & Tea endeavors to provide our customers with socially responsible products and services. We adhere to the environmentally-friendly organic farming standards set forth by the Rainforest Alliance and support the organization via the purchase of Rainforest Alliance-certified coffees. Shop our organic coffee today.