Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 2 – June 17, 2018

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters and Happy Father’s Day to all our Dad’s out there! I thought today would make a great day to discuss something that is near and dear to my heart, and something that I know a lot of you fellas out there might enjoy, coffee.

Oh, how I love a good coffee! Do you remember the cartoon, Dexter’s Laboratory? My favorite episode was the one where Dexter and Dee Dee discover their parents coffee, in “Topped Off”. I’m sure that we can all relate to that “Ping”. Here’s a brief snippet from that show where the parents get up in the morning and have their first cup, boy can I relate! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZoXep3Ax70

With the rise of new ways to brew coffee and all sorts of new gadgets on the market, it makes one wonder about the overall impact consumers are having. We know that many of the coffee shop “paper” cups are not easily recycled, since they are coated with a plastic resin. According to this article from June, 2017, (https://www.lsretail.com/blog/reduce-waste-grow-loyalty-coffee-shop/) Starbucks sells 4 billion paper cups worth of coffee annually. Of course, there are ways that one can get around the paper cup consumption such as purchasing reusable mugs form your favorite shop, and some shops will fill any mug that you bring in.

Well, hello Father’s Day gift idea! You know, just in case you are still trying to figure out what Dad might like for today – give him a reusable mug and a gift card to his favorite coffee stop. And, honestly 2 refillable mugs are even nicer, as one can be on the go, and the other in the dish rack.

Are you a fan of the K-Cup revolution? I know many people are, and convenience is nice. And I am not going to judge how you get your Cup of Joe, but have you ever thought about K-Cups? In 2014, enough K-Cups were sold that if placed end-to-end, they would circle the globe 10.5 times. Now that it is 2018, just imagine how many rings of K-Cups have circled the earth! Fortunately, there are companies that are thinking forward on this issue. Check out these 5 ideas on how you can make a difference: http://www.sustainableamerica.org/blog/5-ways-to-green-your-k-cup/

My Mom has a reusable K-Cup basket, but she has troubles with finding the right brew. I read in a Consumer Reports article that each machine brand brews at a slightly different temp and time, so finding the right blend of coffee and the correct amount of grounds to match your machine can be a bit of a challenge. So, Mom, keep trying! You’ve got this! YOU can Save the Planet one K-Cup at a time!

So, anyone else into the cold brew coffee? I crave it during the summer. I have bought a few of the store jugs, and I am hooked. So much, that despite my best efforts on recycling, I feel like I need to learn how to brew it on my own and cut down on my waste.  There are lots of recipes and methods to be found on the internet. My next investment is going to be one of those reusable mesh filters that fits into a wide mouthed mason jar. Visions of cold brew coffee just waiting for me in my own fridge, in my own mason jars, is just too dreamy! Do you have a favorite cold brew recipe? Send it my way! In the meantime, try this recipe: https://www.thekitchn.com/big-batch-cold-brew-coffee-257177 , and you, too, can make cold brew into iced coffee just like Starbucks.

Before I let you all go, I have a minimalism game update – I officially finished my February Challenge! I diligently kept track of each item, and can say without a doubt that I completed, and exceeded the 28-day challenge! It was a lot of work, but I am happy with my progress. Life does not just give me time to get to simply clean out closets, but a little work here and there has paid off. I have a long way to go before I can say that I have accomplished clearing from the entire house, but the tortoise pace does work. Game on for July! https://www.theminimalists.com/game/

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may each of you enjoy celebrating with the fathers in your life. If you’re a Dad, enjoy your day. Enjoy your coffee. Don’t take it for granted. Mindfully enjoy each glorious coffee filled moment! Remember to be kind to yourself and each other and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

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