Although my husband doesn’t like coffee, and I assure you I did not know this before I married him, he buys it for me anyways. In marriage there is commitment AND compromise, folks.
Over the last 11 years that I’ve been buying coffee (since I can’t just drink my parents’ for free any more) I’ve bought it from just about everywhere you can imagine. I’ve also bought it in several different brands, forms, and flavors. This time around I decided to try out the Fair Trade coffee from our church.
There are so many reasons to LOVE this coffee.
1. I can get it easily. Which is a plus, because I do NOT like to be out of coffee! I’m not addicted or anything, I just appreciate a hot cup of Joe in the morning, and sometimes even in the evening. In the afternoon I like it over ice.
2. It’s Fair Trade, which according to Google means “trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries.”
3. It’s organic. I have a terrible time with non-organic coffee giving me headaches when I drink it in bulk, which I pretty much always do.
4. It comes in Decaf and Regular. Occasionally I like to have choices.
5. It’s delicious! Truly, the flavor of this coffee is THE BOMB!
I’ve bought so many Fair Trade items from food, to apparel, to Christmas decorations, and always feel good knowing our money is going somewhere worthy and benefiting people who have worked well to earn it.
I did away with my coffee pots (yes I had multiples) a few years ago in an effort to clean up the counters. I use a French Press from Ikea that washes up well and stores nicely in a cupboard.
If you’re looking for a challenge this week try one of these:
Watch Where You’re Spending Your Money.
1. Are the purchases you’re making necessary?
2. Are they fairly benefiting both you and the person/company that you’re buying them from?
Clean up Your Counters
Unless you’ve got some mad skills or super powers, I’m sure there is SOMETHING you can do to clean up your counters a bit. I used to even put the toaster away in the pantry when we weren’t using it daily (now we don’t own one). Clean Counters=Calm & Order. It’s pure delight to walk into a kitchen with clean counters.
Sip Coffee and Relax
If you’re in a season where you want a challenge, but the thought of actually taking on one more thing stresses you out to the max, then THIS is the challenge for you!
Just take time to sip some coffee (OR TEA!) and relax.
*Note: If you are looking for a way to add some Fair Trade accessories to your wardrobe (like the scarf and earrings I’m wearing in the picture) check out Trades of Hope. There you will find beautiful scarves, jewelry, handbags and more! All Fair Trade, All Beautiful!