08 Apr '12, 10am

Earth friendly coffee habits

Earth friendly coffee habits

Assuming that both types are fair trade and organic, which is the greener product? While instant coffee undergoes a great deal of processing; the energy consumption is offset to some degree by lower shipping weight, volume and increased shelf life; so it's really hard to say. Looking at the massive amounts of energy and water used to create instant coffee though, my money would be on the beans. With instant coffee, it's essentially being "brewed" twice - once at the processor; where it is then freeze or heat dried - and then when you reconstitute it. Fair trade and organic instant coffee still isn't all that common and in case you're curious as to what it tastes like; in my opinion - and I'm no coffee snob - it's shocking. The couple of (expensive) brands I bought were so bad; I couldn't even fool myself into thinking it was somehow better tasting because it was organic. M...

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