All jokes and light-heartedness aside, water really is the most essential element of life and we can all play a part in using it more responsibly. In your daily coffee rituals you can make small changes to save water.
10 tips to save like a local from www.capetown.travel
- The biggest waste of water generally comes in when washing the coffee equipment. With a plunger there are lots of grounds. Try scooping the grounds into your garden or on to your compost heap instead of rinsing coffee down the drain.
- When you use hot water to pre-heat your cups, don't pour that water down the drain, pour it back into your kettle, or into your machine reservoir once it's cooled.
- Drink more espresso!
- Pour overs and aeropress methods use the least amount of water for washing up, since you can literally just take out the filter paper or pop out the spent puck.
- If there's left over coffee in your caraffe put it in the fridge and use it for iced coffee or cold coffee for the heat of the day.
- Be very conscious of the running time when flushing the group head. A very quick on and off will suffice to move old coffee through the screen.
- Empty your drip tray into your hanging plants and pot plants around the kitchen, house or office. They won't mind some coffee particles in their water!
- Choose to stay in accommodation that has water-saving measures in place. Ask about this when you book.
- Re-use your towels instead of asking for a new one daily.
- Try to flush the toilet as little as possible. Each flush uses between 6 and 14 litres, depending on the kind of toilet.
- Use a cup to rinse your mouth when you brush your teeth rather than letting the taps run.
- Limit your showers to 2 minutes, and avoid bathing. Coffee Mag Tip: Place a bucket in the shower with you to collect excess water, this grey water can be used for washing laundry or for the toilet.
- Report leaking taps and toilets as soon as you notice them.
- Avoid washing clothes until you have a full load’s worth of laundry.
- Take a dip in the ocean instead of swimming pools, and maybe even spare yourself a shower.
- If possible, use a dishwasher to clean dishes, but just make sure you only run it when it is full (average dishwasher uses 31 litres of water per run).
- Use this nifty calculator
to make sure you’re helping to save water.