Give your morning coffee a feel-good boost by mixing in healthy and delicious supplements. Vanilla collagen powder replenishes collagen to support tendons and ligaments, revitalize skin, hair and nails and fight the effects of aging. Laird Superfood’s original creamer is a delicious, plant-based alternative to dairy creamers with coconut MCT’s, calcium from marine algae and organic coconut sugar for just a hint of sweetness. Made with a variety of organic mushrooms, ashwaganda, cinnamon and more, Four Sigmatic’s Balance powder adds just a bit of cinnamon spice flavor along with calming and destressing benefits, while the Beekeepers Naturals Superfood Honey supports energy and immunity with antioxidants in its blend of raw, enzymatic honey, royal jelly, raw bee pollen and bee propolis extract. All these ingredients together make a tasty, lightly sweet and spicy, delicious cup of morning coffee.
I’m a self-proclaimed coffee snob. You know that line in Pulp Fiction: “When Bonnie goes shopping she buys SHIT. I buy the gourmet expensive stuff because when I drink it I want to taste it.” Yeah, pretty much my favorite quote ever about coffee.
My love for delicious coffee led, years ago, to purchasing a single-serve coffeemaker before Keurig K-cup machines had hit the market. At that time, there were two pod-style coffeemakers available: the high-priced Senseo, and my choice, the more affordable Melitta One:One. Both single-serve machines used pods made from the same material as a coffee filter that were packed with various flavored, unflavored and decaf options. The systems also do a great job brewing tea, both tea pods and tea bags.
I switched jobs and used the office k-cup machine for a while, but then came across numerous articles detailing the environmental impact of the waste generated by k-cups. Eager to do my part in minimizing the generation of non-recyclable waste, I dug out my old Melitta One:One and brought it to my office. I soon discovered that Melitta’s coffee pods are still available, as well as pods from other manufacturers, via websites like CoffeeWiz.com and Amazon. With flavors like Vanilla Creme Brulee, Hazelnut Creme and Parisian Vanilla, plus unflavored and decaf options, Melitta still makes a wide variety of single-cup offerings.
So if you don’t want to add to the stacks and stacks of K-cup waste, consider buying a used Melitta One:One or Senseo single-serve machine. It’s the perfect office accessory for a coffee lover like myself.
We are informed by our past, but we are not all stuck there. Time stands still; time produces evolution. Some things change; some things don’t. There is progression of thought; there is a mindset that is dug-in to the past. There is widespread acceptance; there is widespread racism. There is overwhelming beauty, and there is heart-wrenching sorrow and ugliness. Similarity and contradiction stand side by side. Sometimes it requires understanding, and sometimes it deserves celebration. We are the sum of all our history and all our progress. We are today’s South.