We’re starting by pushing our views on you!
Earth coffee is about bringing great quality coffee to the masses, without encouraging exploitation of citizens of the global economy who happen to live in poorer countries. Coffee enjoys worldwide demand, and many of the biggest producers use low paid workers to complete difficult jobs in challenging climates. Because those areas tend to have poor employment prospects for locals, they tend to exploit that fact to offer low wages, commonly insufficient to allow workers to support the families properly.
The motivation is clear, the less they pay, the lower the prices that coffee appears on our supermarket shelves, and the more the companies employing these people can line their pockets.
Having a moral conscience can help the tide turn against exploitation, and buying fair trade coffee is a small step you can take on the road to solving this problem.
It’s not been long since the bean to cup coffee machine market really came into its own. Filling the gap between home and cafe coffee, Delonghi have been the leaders in dragging up the quality of home coffee at a sensible and affordable price.
Once you’ve bought a really good coffee machine, you’re only going to need to find the money to buy coffee beans from that point forward. There are a huge number available, but finding your preferred brand and roast will make a big difference to how much you enjoy your coffee. If you like Starbucks or Costa, then buy their beans. If you like to try new things, have a good look down your supermarket’s coffee aisle, or online in the coffee beans department at Amazon.
So, the question remains – how to choose the right coffee machine? Well, let’s start with the easy bit. If you want to get the cafe taste, you’ll need a bean to cup coffee machine. These take the whole beans, grind them, brew the coffee and decant a fresh hot coffee right in to the cup or mug you place under the nozzles. You just don’t get the same result with pod or ground coffee percolators, so it’s worth spending the money to get the result you want. Just think of the money you’ll save on the high street!
Choosing the right machine is a matter of personal preference, but if you’re wanting to learn about the most popular models, you could do a lot worse than to spend some time reading bean to cup coffee machine reviews on the web (site used to be cosmics coffee if you’re a long time reader and confused!). There are lots of choices, but relatively few worth looking at. Common quality brands include Delonghi and Gaggia, but review sites can really guide you into the ones worth considering.
Buying a good bean to cup machine will save you a lot of money over its lifetime if you buy a lot of coffee when you’re out and about, and free up time to spend on other hobbies like looking after yourself and getting a bit more exercise. As I talk about on that page, staying fit and alert can make you more productive in your job, and get a lot more out of life in general.
Some of our customers know me quite well, but let’s assume for now that you don’t. I love coffee. I really love coffee. I drink a lot more than I should, and I spend a lot of time making sure that I get the best coffee beans and have the best machines possible to get the best cup possible.
I also love exercising. That’s something that I am very grateful for, as I know a lot of people aren’t so lucky and find it a real chore to go to the gym, or even walk instead of taking the car. People often compliment me on how I’m a morning person, at least I take it as a compliment! Many of those people assume I’m on my fourth coffee of the day by nine o’clock, as that’s what I do for a living. Actually I don’t quite drink that much, and while I’m sure that does account for part of my early energy, I believe it’s got a lot more to do with my fitness.
As you may have read, I have a home gym, which I recently expanded to include a cross trainer. I’m a big believer in variety being the spice of life, so if you started on ‘mission fitness’ and lost interest after a few weeks or months, then I’d highly recommend investing a little more. I find that I drift back and forth between the exercise bike and the cross trainer over time, and even still head out and pound the streets from time to time, but regardless, it all helps to stay fit.
So, next time you’ll know, my morning buzz isn’t all down to the caffeine!