coffee or tea?…
creating a beverage station

In America, a whopping 83% of adults drink coffee—63% of them drink coffee every day. On any given day, just over 50% of Americans are drinking tea, although 85% of it is iced. The numbers are clear, coffee and tea consumption is on the rise. Making it at home is not only more economical, it provides the opportunity to up the green factor to new heights. Plus, making your own coffee or tea is a wonderful ritual to embrace. Continue reading

it’s more than a morning pick-me-up


Coffee, for many of us, it’s an early-morning necessity. No matter how you make it, however, you’ve got grounds to deal with. If you’re a multi-cup a day person, or have multiple coffee drinkers in your house, that can up to a lot of brown gritty stuff. Throwing it in the trash is a bad idea, as an organic item, it will just add to methane emissions in a landfill. Composting your grounds is perhaps the best option, but did you know there are all sorts of other, eco-friendly uses for coffee grounds? Continue reading

decoding coffee…
what’s in your cup?


We Americans like our coffee, in fact, per capita, we drink more coffee than we do milk. It doesn’t matter if you like yours straight up, half-caff, extra foam or with a twist of lemon, coffee is a popular drink and many of us not only purchase on the go (hopefully in a reusable travel mug) but we also brew our own at home. And there the fun really starts.

Shopping for coffee beans has gotten almost as complicated as purchasing wine; there are even coffee cupping parties. Beyond your personal taste for flavor and roast, how do you choose the right beans? It’s not all just about light roast vs. city roast and single-varietal beans. Coffee labels have changed along with the rising popularity of artisanal coffees as well. Terms like “organic,” “fair trade” and “shade grown” nestle alongside claims of “Rain Forest Certified” and “Bird Friendly.” Continue reading