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February 04, 2010

Green Your Caffeine: Boiling Point

Tea Kettle If you’re like us, you need a jolt of caffeine to start your day, especially on these cold winter mornings. You already know to buy organic, fair-trade, and shade-grown coffee and tea, so this week we’re giving you other tips for making your daily cup eco-friendlier.

Tip #4: Boil Water Efficiently

Both tea and French-pressed coffee require hot water, so you’ll likely need a kettle. To use energy wisely, choose an electric one (metal, not plastic) instead of the more traditional stove-top model, and don’t boil more water than you'll actually drink. Clean your kettle often to keep it efficient – boil a mixture of distilled white vinegar and water to oust lime and calcium deposits, then rinse.

Tell us: Do you use an electric or a stove-top kettle?

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