6 Steps To A Sustainable Coffee Routine from Sustainably Chic

Succulent and coffee beans

Leave your mark but tread lightly. Simple words we live by at Ethical Bean.

This World Environment Day, we wanted to share a blog post to help you tread lighter every morning. Here’s ‘6 Steps to a Sustainable Coffee Routine’ by Sustainably Chic.

Woman at breakfast table with coffee, french press, succulents and Ethical Bean


If you’re like me, you don’t go a morning without your usual cup of joe. I’ve gotten so dependent, my day just isn’t the same without it. Since I’ve become attached to this morning ritual, I’ve had to make some adjustments over the years in order for it to play well into a more sustainable lifestyle. I’ve pretty much eliminated going out for coffee unless I know the business is in line with my ethos, which is more difficult to find here in the deep south. I keep my coffee at home because I know I can control it, and feel good about this habit ;). So, I get it.. sustainability is a journey and there isn’t one way for us all. My routine isn’t flawless {I still use an electric grinder I got as a gift years ago} but, for me, it is the most sustainable at this point in my life. Below is my ideal coffee routine, which starts with the beans…


It’s important to know where those beans come from – transparency is key!! A business specializing in 100% Fair Trade Certified Organic Coffee, Ethical Bean Coffee cares about their impact on the planet. Sip with confidence knowing your beans have been sustainably sourced and help contribute to communities all over the world. Even their roasting is done in a carbon neutral, green energy facility in Vancouver, Canada. Not to mention, the roasts taste really really good 😉 I like a classic cup of coffee so I’ve been enjoying their Classic, Medium Roast most mornings, with the Sweet Espresso, Medium Dark Roast as a treat a few times a week. The Sweet Espresso has a dark chocolate undertone without the bitterness. Typically, I’m not an ‘espresso’ fan, but this has easily become one of my favorite roasts. Definitely one to try!! What’s interesting about their roasts, you can track exactly where they came from – crop to cup – with the QR code. Cool, huh!?


In the beginning of my coffee days, I was lazy. I mean, it’s morning, right?! I loved just turning my coffee maker on, and letting it brew for me. Today, I enjoy the process of creating an awesome cup of coffee, and I wake up with eyes half open to turn my kettle on each morning. When you think top quality kitchen ware, you think Le Creuset, a French brand known to last your whole life. I’ve heard mix reviews on the Kettle I’ve owned for years, but I’ve never experienced any problems myself. I can’t imagine my morning without this kettle.


Nothing is more fresh than grinding your own beans, so I always go for whole bean over ground. I use an electric grinder I have had for years, but a manual one is certainly a better choice. The Red Roosting Trading Company makes their coffee grinders in the US – all made to order!

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