Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Must Love Coffee.

A great post from the lovely Heartbreaker totally called me out today.

She said I "know (my) shit about saving the planet."

You wouldn't think so looking at my pathetic blog lately. I've been all about my clothes, my crappy work ethic, my itchy disease poison ivy, my move, and my marriage. Me, me, meeeeeee.

Time to get out of my selfish little bubble and talk about some other stuff, mmmkay?

Like, how about summertime iced coffee and iced tea? And yet another way we can be as green as possible when it comes to our beverage choices.

We've talked before about some ways to -

We're in the throes of summer, and who doesn't enjoy a big glass of iced tea? Or stopping by the coffee shop for a refreshing iced coffee? Yummy.

You can cheaply and easily make either of those yourself - which means:

  • Saving money!
  • Using your own coffee - many coffee shops don't always offer fair-trade, shade grown, organic coffees.
  • Less packaging for iced tea mixes and prepackaged iced coffees.
  • Avoiding the mystery chemicals, like silicon dioxide or artificial colors.

Iced Tea

  1. Brew a tea bag or two in half a cup of water [chai or herbal teas are my favorite].
  2. Sweeten the hot tea if desired. [I always desire sugar.]
  3. Fill a glass with ice, then pour the hot tea in the glass. [Add milk if making iced chai or black tea.]
  4. Stir and enjoy!

Iced Coffee {Using a french press}

  1. Grind (coarsely) 1 cup of coffee and pour in bottom of french press.
  2. Pour 2 cups of water and mix with wooden spoon.
  3. Place plunger on top, but don't press down too far.
  4. Put in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
  5. Plunge/strain the coffee. It's now a sort of coffee syrup that you can pour over ice and add milk, water, and/or sugar to. I usually use a third coffee, a third water, some half & half, and a heap of sugar. [I always love sugar.]
  6. Stir and enjoy. Better than McDonald's or Starbucks, for sure!

I make a pot of the iced coffee once or twice a week and drink it every morning, and love to enjoy a glass of Tazo Passion iced tea while I'm reading on the porch at night.

Here's to summer!


  1. I love my iced coffee. I was just headed to the kitchen to pour myself a glass!

  2. love the post.
    and no one hates you for not posting about being green lately :)
    i can still see your "baby steps" at the side of your blog everytime i'm here.
    that in itself is inspiration!

  3. French pressed coffee also tastes better!

  4. i love french pressed coffee... and i looooove iced coffee... Now i think i need to go to D&D and get a cup!

  5. i looooove iced coffee in an unhealthy way but no matter what technique i use, it never comes out tasting right.

    so i usually end up in line at starbucks :-(

  6. Wait. . . you can get a french press to work? What am I doing wrong?

  7. Your blog's not pathetic at all! I love it! I love the mix of clothes/work related stuff/etc. mixed in with the environmental stuff -- it's what makes you YOU! Gotta have a good balance! Hmmm... now I really want some tea! Yumm!

  8. I love coffee. I need to get a french press because right now, I don't have anything that makes coffee. Hrm. And it doesn't sound hard to use!

  9. fabulous tips! I too find that I have much more fun on my personal blog than on my eco business blog {} I'm rarely over there :( I need to find some new inspiration and revamp it!

  10. What would I do without you helping me save the environment. :)

  11. Oh yes these are two of my favorite things. I always love to make my own iced green tea at home. and the French Press is one of the greatest things ever!

  12. Great tips! You can substitute honey for sugar in your tea. It makes is healthier, and you can probably get local honey. That way you support your local businesses as well. And I read that local honey helps with seasonal allergies because you are introducing trace amounts of pollen and your body builds up resistance to it.


C'mon, leave a comment. They're the best part!