How to Make Sustainable Coffee Choices

Not many of us stare at our morning coffee and wonder what impact it has had on our environment. More often than not we’re slamming it down, or sitting and sipping it while thinking about our ever-growing to-do lists. But our coffee choices can make an impact on our world, the environment and the choices that coffee growers make. You see the more people who opt for sustainable coffee options, the more environmentally friendly the farmers will become – hopefully!

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Cold Brew Coffee for Tea Drinkers

Coffee for tea drinkers? Have we gone completely bonkers? The answer is, of course not. Made with our very own Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Single Origin coffee, this recipe is the perfect summer refresher for coffee and tea drinkers alike.

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is ideal for this recipe because it’s light roasted, resulting in a softer taste. Generally speaking, Ethiopian coffee is quite fruity in taste so you can imagine the beautiful flavours released in our Yirgacheffe – a very clean, sweet drink with soft lemon flavours. Delish! 

This is why we think this Cold Brew recipe made with Ethiopian Yirgacheffe will be a tea drinker’s heaven. The soft fruity flavours that are released through this method are similar to a herbal tea,  with a comparable amount of caffeine compared to that awesome hit of espresso.

Now for the recipe itself. This is so easy and the best part is once you’ve whipped up a batch you can keep it in the fridge for those thirsty moments that need a little caffeinated kick.

Cold Brew Recipe

What you need;
– 200g Coffee, ground coarse (filter/plunger grind)
– 2L filtered water
– Large jar 
– Muslin cloth (or equivalent)
– String

Instructions
1. Measure out 200gms of coffee and grind fresh if you’re using beans.
2. Place coffee in muslin cloth and seal with string.
3. Fill the container with the 2L of filtered water.
4. Submerge your coffee gently into to the container and seal.
5. Let the coffee infuse in the fridge for 12 hours.       
6. Remove coffee and muslin coth.
7. Serve!

Top tip: If any coffee grounds escape from the muslin, pour the entire cold brew through a clean muslin cloth to strain out the rogue coffee grounds.

 

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Notes:

  • This recipe can be used with any of our coffees though the flavour result will be different.
  • For a stronger or weaker tasting coffee, increase or decrease the amount of coffee used.
  • How fine/coarse you grind the coffee will also effect the taste. If you grind too fine (similar to an espresso grind) the cold brew will taste a lot stronger.
  • Depending on our mood, we sometimes add a slice of orange to our Cold Brew which give it a lovely summer vibe.

Enjoy!

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It’s Organic Awareness Month!

How organic-aware are you? Do you often choose organic products over their alternatives or does it depend on what you’re buying? Let’s face it, we all get stuck in shopping habits, buying the same brands over and over again without giving the organic aisle a second glance. But once you compare organic varieties to the mainstream versions, you’ll never think twice about your choice again.

Organic Coffee vs Non-Organic

Take coffee for example! Did you know that the coffee plant is one of the most chemically drenched crops around? This impacts everything from the soil, the local water supply, the beans themselves and the taste of the coffee. Think of how much coffee we consume every day… why put chemicals into your body if you don’t have to? Organic coffee has been proven to taste better as beans absorbed flavours from the environment around them and no one wants to drink coffee that tastes like fly spray!

Trust Issues

The ‘organic’ label has been misused by some organisations who simply add it to their packaging with very little to no accountability. The great thing about the Australian Organic ‘bud’ logo, however, is that it indicates that the organic product you’re buying can be trusted. Products that display this label go through a strict certification process and ongoing checks. Every organisation involved in the processes of a wide variety of products is tracked and analysed so that nothing falls through the cracks. There are many ‘hoops’ to jump through just to get the bud on the packaging so you as a consumer can rest assured that what it’s claiming is what you’re getting.

Organic Awareness Month Events

Throughout September the organic industry is going into hyper-drive, celebrating everything organic from meat to coffee, chips to wine! Australian Organic is challenging all of us to buy one extra organic product a week, to buy something certified organic to wear – to mix it up, to break out of our ‘easy’ habits and make a positive impact on our own health and our environment. Head to their Facebook page for more info on events, clients and products to kick-start your own Organic Awareness month.

Go Organic and WIN!

Choosing organic products is a win for everyone, but during September you can WIN some really amazing products and experiences. Head over to Australian Organic on Instagram (@australianorganic) to see which prizes are up for grabs. Each week of September, there’s a different prize on offer and this week it’s a gem! Australian Organic are giving away a fabbo Organic Gift pack with loads of amazing goodies. Check them out!

Which product will you switch over to organic this week? 

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