It's International Coffee Day!
I discovered the magical coffee bean when I was in university and there was no going back. Like the billions of others who indulge in the world's most consumed substance, I was hooked. From the delightful tastes and aromatics to the miraculous effects of caffeine - coffee is a life-force that many of us refuse to do without. But something we should be willing to do without - unjust and unsafe working conditions, environmental degradation, and the unnecessary waste that often accompanies your morning fix.
My coffee preferences and practices have changed quite drastically over the years as I became a bit more socially conscious (and perhaps a bit of a coffee snob). In addition to celebrating the day with a cup of my favourite brew, I felt it was important to bring the lens of sustainability to the (breakfast) table. Read on for tips for enjoying your coffee in a more sustainable fashion and for a peek of my daily paraphernalia.
How do you like your coffee?
(1) 2017. The Washington Post. "Organic? Fair-trade? The truth about coffee labels."
(2) 2019. Rainforest Alliance. "What does rainforest alliance certified mean?"
(3) 2015. Modern Farmer. "Our Guide to Buying Ethical Coffee."