Recycle A Cup: Environmentally Friendly Way To Dispose Of Keurig K-Cups

Consumption of coffee, or hot beverages, has dramatically increased over the last decade. Drinking well-made, piping hot coffee is not something you have to go to a drive-thru to get. Most people go to a drive-thru to only order what they know they can finish, instead of making a pot of coffee that goes to waste. The introduction of single-serve coffee brewing systems made your morning cup of coffee personally convenient. Approximately 12 percent of adults in the United States drink coffee daily from a single-serve brewing system, according to the National Coffee Association.

Unfortunately, the single-serve cups have increased waste in the environment. The most popular single-serve packs being used today, Keurig K-Cups, are find their way to landfills becoming an environmental concern. K-Cups are made of non-biodegradable plastic, heat sealed paper, and polyethylene coated aluminum. Plus the leftover coffee grounds inside them.

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Coffee Concoctions and Recipes: Filipino Style

Filipinos love drinking coffee. It is a staple drink for any occasion for coming together, whether for a short meeting in one of the most popular cafes in the country or as a pleasurable end drink after a hearty meal served at home. It is not surprising therefore that part of what comprises healthy cooking Philippines are coffee concoctions and recipes that make use of coffee.

Filipinos can enjoy both instant coffee and gourmet coffee. In fact, it can be said that a coffee culture exists in the Philippines, that is distinct from that observed in the Americas and European countries. Here are some coffee concoctions and recipes distinctly Filipino that could spell the difference in coffee experience.

Barako Coffee

Barako Coffee or Kapeng Barako in local parlance, is a coffee variety grown in the Philippines, specifically in Batangas and Cavite. Its name was lifted from a Tagalog word meaning wild boar which is often associated with a tough man. Its flavor and taste are strong, accompanied by a pungent aroma. It is best used to prepare espresso or espresso-based coffee drinks. The people from Batangas are known to use Barako coffee as an alternative to soup in preparing a particular rice dish.

Pinoy Iced Barako Coffee

It is but expected that with the Filipinos’ love for coffee, a cold coffee drink that is distinctly Filipino in taste will surface using the Barako coffee. It is prepared like other iced coffee drinks with the use of course of Barako coffee and topped with local Tablea chocolate shavings.

Sago and Coffee Iced Cooler

This is a variation of the Pinoy Iced Barako Coffee where cooked sago and gulaman are added to the drink. Instant coffee with sugar and milk can also be used instead of Barako coffee. Sago and gulaman are very popular additions to many Filipino iced drinks and desserts.

Coffee Flan

The Filipinos’ love for sweets and coffee is easily satisfied with Coffee Flan, using again the Barako coffee to provide the distinct Filipino coffee taste. The taste becomes even more distinctly Filipino with the use of coconut milk and pandan leaves while cooking the gelatin. The pandan leaves are discarded upon extraction of its flavor.

Coffee lovers are sure to have a different coffee experience when they try the many variations of Coffee Concoctions and Recipes – Filipino style. Experiences differ depending on the place we are at. These are just some examples of how coffee is presented in the Philippines.

My 5 Favorite Coffee Blogs to Date

I love drinking coffee. This would probably explain why I love to read about coffee as well. As we all know by now, reading coffee blogs is the most convenient way to go about it. Various coffee information are just waiting to be discovered and along the way I found at least five blogs which I visit regularly enough to be categorized as my favorites.

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I Need Coffee

This blog is an open platform for coffee enthusiasts thus ensuring a wide range of coffee-related articles. It has several sections in which coffee fans can publish their articles. These include coffee brewing, coffee comics, coffee recipes, health, agriculture, history, cafe culture, and travel, among others.

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Coffee Strategies

Coffee Strategies  goes by the tagline “Better Coffee for Better Business”. Andrew Hetzel is the man behind this blog. He decided to pursue his lifelong interest in coffee after relocating to Los Angeles from Michigan. Now presently based in Hawaii, he continues to conduct his home-based consulting and training services  for his coffee specialty clientele. It is always  interesting to read coffee articles from the view of an expert.

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Coffee Detective

Coffee Detective is authored by Nick Usborne. He professes his love for coffee as well as his writing about it. It was a blog that was started as a hobby by a professional marketing writer. In time, he discovered that this blog can provide a second income for him, allowing him therefore the opportunity to develop the site more seriously.

Coffee Sage

Sage is supposed to refer to having wisdom that comes with age and experience. Therefore a Coffee Sage could mean a person having such wisdom in relation to coffee. The Coffee Sage however admits to being seriously into tea as well because of its health benefits. Readers can expect to read about both in this blog.

Pure Coffee

Pure Coffee is basically a blog that provides reviews of coffee and tea, both for establishments and products. The author assures readers that he has actually visited the coffee establishment being reviewed and tasted the coffee product being assessed. Its main purpose is to inform readers of quality establishments and products especially those who are on travel.

It is fun to alternate reading these 5 blogs as each offers its own brand of information about coffee. I’m sure there are still a lot of excellent coffee blogs out there so I will continue to check on blog portals for other recommendations.

The Looks of Christmas Coffee

There is absolutely no reason not to dress up coffee to fit the Christmas spirit. I’m thinking why not since coffee is a good hot drink as any during this season. Here are some I found in the Internet:

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Before we go to the actual coffee beverage, here is an interesting way to arrange coffee beans while making your accompanying greetings. Now off to the looks of Christmas coffee.

Christmas Sweater Mug

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This is unmistakably Christmas sweater wrapping a hot mug of coffee. If Christmas sweaters protect us from the cold, this mug sweater protects our hands from the heat. Double purpose?

Christmas Tree and Stars on Coffee

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There is something so wonderful about looking at coffee with Christmas symbols. Does it make the coffee warmer? Maybe so, in emotions.

Coffee in Snowman Cups

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If this doesn’t shout Christmas coffee, I don’t know what will. Snowman, marshmallows, and coffee with snow-like top…what more can we ask for? We can never go wrong with Christmas-themed cups to lift the spirits.

Christmas Coffee Cups

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For coffee to go, Christmas coffee cups are commonly seen during this season. It admittedly adds cheer to the atmosphere while drinking coffee. Take special note of the sleeve design which can be custom-made.

Coffee with Christmas Cookie

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When coffee comes with a Christmas cookie, it definitely is Christmas. This provides so much comfort and is reminiscent of simple Christmas celebrations at home. This is what simple pleasures are made of.

Whether prepared at home or bought in commercial coffee shops, the looks of Christmas coffee can be seen everywhere, reminding us that coffee can be very much a part of Christmas celebrations. Coffee and Christmas do not usually go together but many are discovering that coffee beverage can be reinvented many times over for the holidays.


The Best Reads While Drinking Coffee

Drinking coffee alone allows coffee drinkers the luxury of doing some worthwhile read. Having no pressure at all to make small talk or engage in lengthy conversation with anyone over a cup of coffee, we can consider a lot of reading options for some relaxing time. So what can offer the best reads during this time?

Your Favorite Newspaper

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5 Most Unusual Uses of Coffee

Most of us know coffee as something to be eaten or drank, depending on the preparation. Not a few would be surprised that coffee has a lot of many other uses, some more unusual than the rest. Let us check five of these.

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Whether it is to dye hair in rich coffee brown color or dye a shirt or any piece of clothing which has been stained by coffee anyway, coffee provides the perfect natural dying substance for the best results. With a pot of coffee that has been cooled from hot to warm, use the contents and leave on hair for about 20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

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Come up with your 0ne-of-a-kind tie-dyed clothing piece by using coffee as a substitute for textile color. Every piece will come out different from the rest. Your hair on the other hand will not be subjected to harsh chemicals to have color.

Scouring and Cleaning Element

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Ground coffee is naturally abrasive though more on the light side. It is highly suitable for use in on greasy and grime-stained objects. You can be sure it would be much gentler on your hands than commercial cleaning agents and while smelling good too.

Natural Deodorizer

Dried ground coffee can be used as deodorizer in the refrigerator or any part of the house. It readily absorbs offensive strong smells similar to that accomplished by coal and baking soda although on a lower scale. The coffee smell itself provides such an enticing atmosphere to any place.

Insect Repellent

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Ants and some other insects purposely avoid coffee which works as an effective repellent. Again, use of poisonous chemicals is avoided by opting to use coffee. Of course this option is not advisable for body use.

Plant Food and Protection

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Some plants including azaleas and evergreen grow better when coffee or whatever is left in the morning cup  is poured on its soil. It is  also suitable for compost making. Coffee also repels maggots and other insects that may possibly attack the plants.

Celebrities Who Absolutely Love Their Coffee

Who among the famous celebrities cannot do without their coffee? Like most people, these famous people are not immune to the alluring taste of this beverage. Let us try to look into the coffee drinking habits of the stars we adulate.

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Should You Cream Your Coffee or Not?

Coffee and cream seem to be the perfect partners. There are questions however as to whether coffee is best drank black or without cream. More than a matter of taste preference, some are actually saying that putting cream will reduce the antioxidant benefits attributed to coffee drinks.

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Top Three Ethnic Coffee Preparations

There is bound to be a specific coffee preparation associated to a place where the beverage is drunk. Each represents a different ethnicity tightly bound to culture and tradition. There are at least three ethnic coffee preparations that have made their mark in coffee drinking.

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Three Things You Don’t Know About Coffee

Coffee is a very common edible item in our world. In fact, it might come as a surprise for many to discover that there are actually some little-known facts about coffee. Knowing these can make drinking coffee much more interesting.

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Zero Calories for Black Coffee Without Additives

Did you know that a cup of black coffee containing no additives amount to zero calorie? The calories start to pack in the moment we add sugar, cream, and other flavorings. The more complicated we like our coffee, the heavier the calorie equivalent becomes.

So if you want light coffee, keep it simple. The positive effect of opting for reduced calorie laden coffee is usually realized over time and not by a single cup. Coffee drinkers should start considering this option if they would like to take advantage of a healthier coffee. Read more

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