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How To Be An Ethical Coffee And Tea Drinker

Strengthening the Base of Our Whole Community.

 Locally owned businesses make more local purchases, requiring less transportation and set up shop in town or city centers which generally means:

  • less sprawl
  • congestion
  • habitat loss
  • pollution.

Furthermore, the local businesses are owned by your friends and neighbors who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in our community’s future; just like you.

Zero-Waste and the Minimalist Lifestyle

If you are looking to make the switch towards living a zero waste, minimalist, and low impact lifestyle:

Then supporting sustainable, green, ecofriendly, plastic free products is the best step forward!

How To Be An Ethical Coffee And Tea Drinker

Sustainable Packaging

Industry experts define sustainable packaging as one that has minimized its footprint in terms of carbon, water, and chemical use, along with its overall waste.

The Plastic Problem

Discarded packaging creates an overwhelming amount of waste (nearly 30% of municipal solid waste is packaging and containers) and contributes to a massive carbon footprint.

And just making sure that packaging is recyclable isn’t enough.

Did You Know…

A shocking 91% of plastics aren’t recycled, and nearly 25 million tons of it are dumped into the ocean each year.

Certified FairTrade Coffee

On the other hand, the term ‘ethics’ are becoming increasingly important in western society as we gain a better understanding of how our coffees are made.

Many people choose to purchase a certified coffee.

In Australia, this is predominantly Fairtrade.

Ethical Farming

Purchasing coffee with the Fairtrade certification guarantees that a fair price is paid to the farmer:

  • provided that the farmer hasn’t exploited anyone during the growth and processing of the coffee
  • a minimum price per kilo is paid
  • with an additional premium paid for organic coffee.

Hand Picked Coffee

High quality coffees are almost always picked by hand.

This is a laborious process, as cherries don’t ripen at the same pace, and pickers must return to each tree several times over harvest.

Not only does hand picking mean higher quality coffee, but most coffee farmers would consider it terribly unethical to purchase an expensive piece of machinery that would take the jobs of dozens of local workers.

Quality Grown Coffee

The best coffee is grown in shade.

While farmers selling low quality coffee will clear native trees in order to grow as many coffee plants as they can.

Farmers growing high quality coffee keep the native trees in place to provide shade for their coffee trees, which encourages a slower maturation of the cherries, leading to a more complex flavour and again, a higher price.

How To Be An Ethical Coffee And Tea Drinker

Ethical Grown Coffee= Quality Consumption

The key is in the quality. Farmers growing high quality coffee will almost always be operating ethically.

Look at the company roasting the coffee, involving their ethics, are whether they are supporting the push towards higher quality products, assisting and educating farmers.

Specialty coffee roasters are all about paying a generous price for high quality coffee, grown in the best conditions, by people who are treated fairly.

Fairtrade and Tea Sustainability

Similarly, when it comes to tea, we must understand that tea workers often receive poverty wages and extremely poor conditions in return for their labour.

Fairtrade is not a panacea, but it may help slightly.

It is vital to keep in mind whether the tea is sourced  from a devoted Fairtrade company that attempts to go beyond, working with suppliers on the ground, rather than one which just certifies a few products.

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Benefits of Tea

Tea will always be appreciated for its good taste and soothing qualities, and innumerable studies have shown its great medicinal value from:

  • detoxifying body
  • weight loss
  • boosting immunity and mental alertness
  • preventing heart diseases and arthritis

and much more…

Introducing KindEarthCoffee

KindEarthCoffee pays respect to the people and planet where their tea and coffee comes from. They do this by sourcing:

  • Organic coffee where possible
  • Knowing the origin
  • The people and communities growing the coffee / tea are supported
  • Sustainable packaging (Tea comes in compostable, Earth Bag Simply remove the tin tie prior. Labels by Print together.)
Coffee

1) Smooth Baby – The Ultimate House Blend – SHOP NOW!Pile Of Roasted Coffee Beans transparent PNG - StickPNG

As the name states, it’s smooth baby! It is rich like Warren Buffett, bold like Amelia Earhart and full bodied like Chubby Checker.

Tastes like :

Smooth caramel, fine dark chocolate, toasted pecan, warm spice and a touch of floral brightness.

It is also: 

Great as espresso, milk based or filter coffee.

2) Single Origin – SHOP NOW!

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Taste:

Sweet berry, warm spice. Jasmine aroma. Medium acidity

Taste the world one coffee at a time without even leaving your chair!

Tea

1) Organic English Breakfast – SHOP NOW!

Loose leaf organic English Breakfast tea in a solid circle

Taste:

A perfect breakfast tea with great body and full flavour

Brew colour:

Copper

A Brief History

English Breakfast tea is one of the world’s most popular teas. Robust and rich like the Queen, it’s fit for royal-tea. Actually Queen Victoria stumbled upon this tea in the late 1800’s.

It is also: 

 

2) Organic Japan Sencha Akaike – SHOP NOW!

Loose leaf organic Japan sencha green tea in a solid circle

Taste:

A beautiful medium bodied Sencha. Fresh sweet grass, subtle vegetative tones

Brew colour: 

Avocado

Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is a very popular drink consumed everywhere.

It is also: 

In the world of superfoods (things that are really really good for you), there aren’t many that taste as good as this decadent, slightly rich Japanese Akaike Sencha.

(Truly, compared to the onion tonic my wife force fed me a few years ago when I had a slight snuffle).

 

3) Organic Peppermint Williamette – SHOP NOW!

Organic Peppermint Williamette - Loose leaf tea

Taste: 

Refreshingly cool, fresh menthol and crisp

Brew colour:

Yellow green

Sooth your soul and Awaken your Senses

The pure damp mountain air of the American Pacific Northwest gives it some of the highest volatile oil counts in the mint family.

A fresh and invigorating treat anytime of the day.

It is also: 

  • Caffeine free
  • Sweetens breath
  • Calms nausea, heartburn, stomach pains and the digestive tract.

3) Organic Nile Delta Camomile – SHOP NOW!

Organic Nile Delta Camomile - Loose leaf tea

Taste:

Apple like, earthy with honey like sweetness

Brew colour: 

Pale yellow

So Bad it is Good

Camomile (also spelt Chamomile) is one of the most negative herbal teas around. Why I hear you ask? It is anti everything:

Anti inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic and antimicrobial…

Camomile are flowers of the Asteraceae plant — that contains the flavonoid, apigenin, which binds the brains receptors, acting as a mild sedative.

It is also: 

  • Caffeine free
  • Assists sleep, muscle spasms, period pain
  • Promotes healing of cuts and skin conditions.
  • Calms stomach pains and the digestive tract.

4) Organic Strawberry Sunset – SHOP NOW!

Organic Strawberry Sunset - Loose leaf fasting tea

This one was my favorite one. Super fresh and critic, loved the taste.

Taste: 

Lush ripe strawberry with an astringent finish

Brew colour:

Bright pale green to yellow

A Dessert in a Cup

Combining the superfood properties of green tea with the sweetness and aroma of strawberry and papaya you will have yourself feeling refreshed.

It is also: 

5) Organic French Earl Grey SHOP NOW!

Organic French Earl Grey - Loose Leaf Tea

 

Taste: 

A soft, yet complex floral black tea with a clove like spice

Brew colour:

Copper

Parlez-vous Francais?

French Earl grey tea is a very popular drink consumed everywhere.

It is also: 

  • An aid in digestion
  • High in antioxidants

Earl Grey may have started this blend but the French made it there own.

By adding delicate rose petals, calendula & cornflower to the traditional black tea & citrus oil from the rind of bergamot oranges, we picture ourselves kayaking down the river Seine.

6) Organic Lemongrass & Ginger – SHOP NOW!

Organic Lemongrass & Ginger- Loose Leaf Tea

 

Taste:

Smooth yet zingy citrus flavour

Brew colour:

Straw yellow

A Soothing Zesty Sensation

Lemongrass & ginger is technically a tisane. A tisane is a drink that does not contain Camelia Sinensis (tea) and is caffeine free.

It is also: 

  • Caffeine free
  • Very high in antioxidants,
  • Aid digestion and ease inflammation

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To learn more about Kind Earth Coffee click HERE!

Is drinking coffee sustainable?

With all the talk of single-use takeaway cups and wasteful coffee pod machines, drinking coffee is sometimes thought of as a wholly negative thing from an environmental perspective. However, the truth is that it is perfectly possible to drink coffee in a way that is eco-friendly and won’t harm the planet.

What does ethical coffee mean?

So, what is ‘ethical coffee’? Defined generally, it’s coffee that is grown in a way that conserves nature and provides better livelihoods for the people who grow and process it.

Why is sustainable coffee important?

Sustainable practices are important because it ensures workers are fairly compensated. Coffee is a commodity crop and is traded by people with power. It’s also vital to pay attention to HOW the coffee is grown, both for coffee quality and for taking care of the land that makes it all possible.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

A passionate lover of socially and responsible products; I write to share my insights on their latest trends in town.