6 Steps to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Coffee

1. Bring your reusable mug to the coffee shop.

Disposable cups are a huge source of trash in our landfills. By using a reusable mug when you are enjoying your coffee on the run you can feel good knowing you are not adding to that waste. Some places will even offer you a discount on your bill for bringing your own cup. There are also a wide variety of travel mugs on the market to fit your individual needs!

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2.    Drink your coffee at home.

Making a cup of coffee at home before you leave for work is a much greener choice than hitting the drive-thru line during your morning commute- plus it will save you some green in your pocket too! Creating a morning ritual for yourself not only helps to better prepare for the day ahead, it also give you an opportunity to grant yourself some well deserved “me time”. Rather catch up on some extra ZZZ’s than set aside in the A.M. to get your coffee at home? Invest in a coffee pot with a programmable timer so that your coffee is ready when you wake up. That’s a win-win-win!

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3. Buy local. Choose your coffee wisely.

While coffee is not grown locally, knowing where your coffee is coming from can make all the difference. Buying from a local roaster means you can cut travel miles wherever possible, and allows you to get to know your coffee better. When coffee is sourced from people that are passionate about their product, and producing it in a humane, ethical, and sustainable way you can be confident in the quality – both in taste and for the planet. Generally, look for words like organic, shade grown, rainforest certified, or fair trade if you want to reduce your carbon footprint.

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4. Brew in ways that limit waste.

There are loads of ways to brew coffee that involve little or no waste – think French Press, Aeropress, or percolator, and that’s just to name a few. Other methods like the drip brewer or Chemex require a filter, which you can toss in the compost after use. However, there are reusable filters on the market which eliminate the need to purchase paper filters all together. While single serve coffee pods are convenient when you only want one cup of coffee, studies have shown that the waste created by them in 2014 was enough to circle the earth 12 times. If you choose to brew the single serve route opt for more sustainable versions like our 90% biodegradable cups, just remove the foil and the rest of the pod can go into the compost.

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5.    Rethink your add-ins.

Processed creamers and individually packaged artificial sweeteners are not ideal for the environment or for your body. Try opting for organic milk, raw sugar, or homemade flavored sweeteners whenever possible.

6. Reuse your coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds are incredibly useful and don’t have to be tossed into the trash. There are many different ways to recycle your coffee grounds. For example, you could compost and garden with them, clean with them, or make your own exfoliating coffee body scrub with them. Check out this great recipe from our friends at Fable Naturals: DIY Fairtrafe Coffee Body Scrub

 

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Your Wild Civet FAQ’s Answered

We’ve been receiving a lot of buzz around our upcoming wild civet “cat poop” coffee tasting at the Toronto Food + Drink Market April 8-10 and we wanted to provide some insight around some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve come across.

1. Does this coffee really come from cat poop?

Well not really a cat- a civet is a small, wild nocturnal mammal that searches through the surrounding jungle of  Doi Chang Village for the sweetest and ripest coffee cherries.

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2. Is it safe to drink?

Doi Chaang Wild Thai Civet (also known as Kopi Luwak) coffee beans have been passed through the digestive track of a wild civet. Farmers scour the jungle floor to collect the animal’s droppings, they then clean the beans, process them as they would a typical coffee cherry and roast them. It’s totally safe to drink and makes for a really smooth cup of coffee- if you can get past the initial idea of the process!

3. What makes civet coffee so special?

Because the civets around Doi Chang Village only feed on the choicest and ripest cherries it makes for a coffee with an exceptional taste and aroma. The beans pass through the civet whole after fermenting in the stomach which creates an exotic cup with a distinguished flavor.

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4. What does it taste like?

Ken Davids of Coffee Review has rated our wild civet coffee a 91 out of 100 possible points- this positions these beans in the top 1% of coffees in the world. He noted, “[wild civet coffee is] Balanced, smoothly complete coffee: the raisiny fruit and cedary dark chocolate sweetens towards fresh cherry and milk chocolate in the cup, with a tart complication of lemon. Sweetly tart citrus-toned acidity; very smooth silky mouthfeel. Flavour simplifies a bit in the clean finish.”

5. I’ve heard civets are caged and force fed coffee cherries, is this the case with Doi Chaang Coffee?

Unfortunately this is the case for some of the civet coffees available on the market today. We at Doi Chaang Coffee do not support the unethical treatment of humans, animals or our environment.

Our Wild Thai Civet Coffee is 100% wild, cruelty and cage-free. We have worked with World Animal Protection (formerly World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)) to help publicize this issue and to help make the public aware that when they buy civet coffee, they should make sure it is from wild civets – and not those kept in cages.

They, and networks like Global TV National and BC, Thai TV and radio, plus many recognized and reputable international journalists, have visited Doi Chang Village over the past nine years and none have found any caged civets or have come across the torture of civets throughout the plantation.

Cruelty goes against who we are as human beings; we believe in equality and ethical business practices, which is why we are in partnership with our farmers – 50% of the company is owned by the Akha Hill Tribe farmers of Doi Chang Village in Northern Thailand, making our coffee ‘beyond fair trade.’

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6. where can I buy wild civet coffee?

Head to our website to order whole bean, 50g tins ; each tin comes with a ticket of authenticity.

For more information please visit our website: https://doichaangcoffee.com/doi-chaang-wild-civet-coffee

 

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Coffee isn’t just for the office

The weather has been pretty dreary here in Vancouver so to help us cope we started reminiscing through old blog posts like this one of gorgeous spots in the city to enjoy a cup of coffee and some sun!

There are so many beautiful countries on this planet – and we’re fortunate enough to travel  between two of them quite frequently; Thailand and Canada.

Our office is located in Railtown, tucked between East Vancouver and the Downtown core, There are a variety of spots throughout the city where you can sit, or stroll along while you enjoy a cup of coffee (especially when that big, hot orb in the sky reveals itself from time to time!) So for this entry, we thought we’d share with you our top five spots in Vancouver that we feel are the best for enjoying a cup of coffee in.

1) Coal Harbour – Located between two peninsulas, just outside of Stanley Park, Coal Harbour is a section of the Burrard Inlet, just a few blocks away from Canada Place. It’s lovely for a walk along the pathway with the view of the park, mountains and the ocean. A perfect place to go for a relaxing time – especially if you work downtown and need a break.

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2) Queen Elizabeth Park – Located along 33rd and Cambie – “Queen E.” Park is home to many pathways, gardens and a conservatory that holds exotic plants and birds. It’s easy to enjoy this park for hours as there are many different places to enjoy and explore.

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3) Stanley Park Seawall – Need to stretch your legs? Enjoy looking at amazing scenery? This seawall circles Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park – home to over two million pedestrians, cyclists and skaters every year. Gorgeous views, and of course you’re right on the beach – making this another perfect natural spot to sit and drink some Doi Chaang Coffee.

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4) A bench (or log)! Anywhere throughout the Lower Mainland. Whether they’re in parks, at the beach, near businesses, in residential areas, in more corporate business areas – there are many. Good people watching too!

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5) Robson Square – Located in Downtown Vancouver, Robson Square is a public plaza (and at times an outdoor skating rink!) that’s home to outdoor art, government buildings and it’s also right across from the Vancouver Art Gallery. Perfect if you’ve been shopping  for a few hours and need to chill out for a minute- day or night!

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What are some of your favourite places to relax and drink coffee in? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or by email: info@doichaangcoffee.com

All photos from Flickr.

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My Fair Valentine

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If you have a loved one who loves coffee they’ll swoon over our famous wild Thai civet coffee!

Visit our online shop between February 1-14 and enter the coupon code ‘cupid’ to get $5 off of this delicious, organic, beyond fair trade, cruelty free coffee.

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Debuting our New Single Estate Look

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We’re excited to announce our beloved single estate roasts have a fresh look!  Our new packaging will be popping up on grocery store shelves across BC in the coming weeks. The design is similar to the packaging of our popular blends to help offer a seamless shopping experience for our customers, while maintaining some sleek, darker elements from that original design you came to know and love.  Have you caught a glimpse of our new bags in the real world? Tag ‪#doichaangcoffee and share it with us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter

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What’s New?

  •  Bag size- Both our single estate and blended roasts will now be available in 340g whole bean bags.
  • Value based priced- We want to offer the absolute best quality coffee for a fair price. Plain and simple.

What stayed the same?

  • Our Mission — We are proud to be ‘beyond fair trade’ 50% farmer owned. All Doi Chaang Coffee is 100% Arabica, Certified Organic and Fair Trade.
  • Our coffee— You’ll still be able to enjoy the exact same coffee you love.

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