20 Dec 2013
The world drinks around 1400 million cups of coffee daily! It’s the second most popular drink, right after water and I’m sure it’s almost a routine for all of us to start the day with a cup of this “controversial” beverage. Yes, controversial is the word I am using here.
Did it ever cross your mind that Coffee Is Actually A Fruit! Don’t doubt me, I’ve did a Google check to make sure my daily intake is actually “FRUIT JUICE”. Coffee beans are called ‘beans’ because of their resemblance to beans. Actually they are edible pits of berries growing on a tree or rather a coffee plant. This is also why the Brazilian acai berry shares so many properties with the coffee ‘bean’.
Coffee aside to oil is the main trading commodity in the world. Historically, coffee is perceived as a “RICH Beverage” mainly consumed in the “Wealthy West” and most of the production takes place in less developed countries. It is a fact that it does bring wealth but this fortune doesn’t come at liberty. Coffee is causing deforestation in Latin America, the largest country that yields coffee. Coffee production process needs a large amount of chemicals which harms the environment and wildlife. It was proven that an estimation of 37 gallons of water is needed to produce one small cup of coffee. Just imagine how much can we do with this amount of water in a country like Singapore where water sources are not readily available.
Nonetheless there are many ways to be a more socially and environmentally responsible coffee drinker. You might want to start by looking for certified organic coffee brands as they are often those that helps reduce some of the environmental impact. Studies shown that coffee plants grown in the traditional way helps protect the forests and less pesticides are used. On the other hand, keep a lookout for the Fair Trade certification as it represents that the bag of coffee powder that you’re buying was produced by labour that draws a fair wage under a safe working environment.
Alternatively, you can also try using a glass french press for the preparation of your coffee. It is known as the greenest way as no filters are required and it is free of the toxic plastic that can be found in most coffee makers. Electricity is not required other than boiling the water to be added into the machine. Coffee grounds collected after the brew, can help keep pests away from your plants and you wouldn’t need any garbage disposal as it will deodorize and compost in a few days’ time.
You can also contribute if you are someone who prefers ready-made coffee, then you might just want to bring your own reusable mug (purchased from the store*). We can’t eliminate these negative implications since it is a drug that we can’t live without but at least we are making greatest contributions. Just give it a little thought on making our habit more eco-friendly every time before we start our daily indulgence.
By: Russet Devotee