“Do I like my coffee black? There other colors?”
The environment is our collective responsibility.
We need to make sure we dispose of things properly (i.e. prescription drugs, oil, batteries, etc.). We need to make sure we use everything to its potential–don’t just throw that pair of shoes out because it’s out of style! Keep them, keep using them, they still work. We need to consider what we do now, that is wasteful or problematic, that we can slowly and eventually change — and this is where coffee comes in.
Coffee is a delightful habit, but it can also negatively impact the environment. Every little change adds up in our individual lives, and if each individual makes a few small changes, we can have a big impact. So what does that look like for the average caffeinated individual?
- Reuse iced coffee plastic containers. I refill mine with iced coffee from home or turn them into my water container.
- Bring your own mug or thermos to the coffee shop.
- Decline the plastic drink stopper.
- Re-purpose coffee grounds–compost, soaps, candles, etc.
- Reuse and re-purpose coffee filters.
- Forgo Keurig pods and use the reusable pod with your own coffee grounds.
- Go into the coffee shop, don’t use the drive-thru.
- Reuse coffee bags — upcycle. Sew them into purses or totes (or, give them to someone who can sew them into purses and totes 😉)
- Reuse coffee cups — the cups are made for coffee, and sturdy, why not give them another go?
- Reuse/re-purpose coffee cans — they are strong containers! If you have no need for them, find an art teacher, they can definitely use them!
These are just a few ideas and suggestions. If we all chose a couple of things to upcycle, re-use, re-purpose, imagine how much we could stop going to landfills. If we all stopped idling in our cars, imagine how much gas (and money) we’d saved, and how much cleaner our air could be. If we all shared our best practices, and implement just a few, we could change the course of history–and still enjoy our coffee, win-win y’all, win-win.
“Adventure in life is good . . . consistency in coffee even better”
– Justina Headley
“I quit coffee. It won’t be easy drinking my Bailey’s straight but I’ll get used to it. It’ll still be the best part of waking up.”
Drink your coffee. Go down the slide.
I have never tasted their coffee, but I would be willing to say that the ambiance, at the very least, would be a whole lot of fun. And, as if the slide and laughter of those sliding down aren’t enough, New Ground is invested in decreasing recidivism and supporting the community at large. They train and hire ex-offenders to work for them. They give people a second chance–and any organization that believes in people, that allows them to re-enter the world with work and a chance to start over positively, that’s the kind of organization I want to promote and support. Next time I’m in London, I know what coffee I’ll be sipping first.
Oh my! I began December feeling a little unwell . . . and it just kinda spiraled from there. I yo-yoed between feeling okay, I was on the way to recovery, and then back to terrible. In the midst of all this, I lost a few posts here on Cups and Comments!
But now, I’m back; I think I have finally kicked whatever it was — cold, flu, the plague, your guess is as good as mine ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Regardless, get ready 2020, it’s time for coffee!
I have been on the move all of November. I traveled and started a new contract job. Exciting and lovely.
I knew this time period would be hectic, so I wrote content through the middle of December. I had great photos, my steady stream of categorized content, and a couple of new discoveries and learning ready to share with you.
This past weekend, however, I was thinking, and realizing, I hadn’t received a single notification. I logged into my account, and something must have gone haywire. No new content in the queue, and some content ready to repeat itself?
On my way to tech support, and my notes . . . my apologies for a missed week, and possibly another missed or delayed week — I need to figure out what happened!
. . . on the bright side, staying up late and writing usually means coffee ☕😉☕
“Spilling coffee is the adult equivalent of losing a balloon.”
–read on memes, shirts, etc.
I have made it!
As mentioned in Global Locations, there are just six Starbucks Reserves in the world. I had the chance, unplanned originally and a happy opportunity seized, to visit a Starbucks Reserve in Milan–the first Starbucks to touch Italy. It was a magical experience on multiple levels and it generated quite the conversation once I shared my post, photos, and my delight.
Once I discovered there were more Reserves, in already desired travel destinations at that, I made a goal of visiting more–eventually. That eventuality was more than a goal written on paper, it is now a goal that is being checked off!
In late October 2019, I was visiting a friend in Seattle and made sure our itinerary included a stop at the very first Reserve in Seattle.
Just like Milan, it was a golden treasure trove of all things caffeinated, of all things delicious.
With that . . . just four more to go!