Drink less coffee??!! Eh?

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I believe we are all inter-connected. 

What happens to you, affects me and what happens to the earth impacts all of our wellbeing. To me this now seems undeniable. 

So, in the spirit of trying to reduce the impact of my coffee habit and in the hopes that others are looking to do the same I have decided to dedicate this month’s blog post to tips I have found that help me to reduce it’s impact. If you have anything you could add I would love to hear it as this is, most certainly, a mission of discovery.

1.Cutting back. What??!! Yes! Drink less coffee but enjoy it more. Really take the time to sit and enjoy it without having to get it down as part of some unconscious habit.

2. More coffee at home. I realise that so far these tips are not very glamorous but I have found a new love of coffee with some new brewing methods I have bought for my house. As I mentioned in my September blog post, I adore my Aeropress. It makes a simple yet beautiful cup of coffee. 

And who can deny the elegant beauty of a French Press? You can’t rush it. The falling grinds, the gentle pressure… wonderful.

3. Shop local and shop small.  Stewarts of Trent Bridge have a new, stunning Columbian bean with rich aromas of chocolate, roasted right here in Nottingham. It is a wonderful example of a small business using micro lots with goals around traceability and transparency.

4. Bring your own reusable for takeaways.

5. Compost your used grinds.

And there we have it, my 5 simple tips to a greener coffee habit. It is also worth mentioning that at The Split Screen HQ we are doing are best to make sure the coffee you receive from us is following these same principals and we continue to look for new ways to reduce our business waste and increase the bean transparency. Our friends at Nottingham’s Zero Waste Collective are always giving us top tips in the world of packaging, we have now ditched 1 kg coffee bags and have a reusable bucket we fill at our local roasters, Stewarts of Trent Bridge. We continue to be part of the countywide Eccocuppa initiative giving you all a whopping 50p off any hot drink when you use a reusable and we keep composting our used grinds in our own allotment or with our fellow trader Primary Gardens

But we are ALWAYS looking for more ways to educate ourselves and welcome any tips you may like to add. 

Do comment or let me know via social media.

We're reducing our plastic and luxury hot chocolate recipe for rainy (where the hell is spring?!) days.

50p off all hot drinks!

50p off all hot drinks!

The Split Screen is going green.

Having not yet completely lost hope in humanity’s ability to make the world a better place and finding inspiration from Blue Planet 2, the most watched TV programme in 2017,  we made a little silent pledge to use less plastic.
We have always offered a 50p discount to anyone who has brought us a reusable mug but we are now teaming up with other cafes in and around Nottinghamshire in the hopes of building up a movement away from disposable cups.  Visit http://www.ecocuppa.org.uk to check out all the participating cafes. 

Luxury Hot Chocolate.

Spring and the warming sunshine are taking their time this year so we are having to find an alternative heat source.  Our hot chocolate sauce is going down a storm and it couldn’t be easier.  All you need is good quality cocoa, sugar, salt, vanilla, water and a spare 10 minutes.

Here’s how:
Mix 250g unsweetened cocoa with 250g of caster sugar.  

Add 250ml of cold water and 1/4 tsp of salt and whisk over a medium heat until boiling stirring constantly.  

Allow to boil for 3-4 mins.  

Taste and stir in an additional 1/4 tsp of salt of required.  

Remove from heat and stir in 1 tbsp of vanilla extract.  

Allow to cool before storing in a sterilised airtight container.  

Will keep for up to a month.