Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Repost: Drink Your Coffee and Give A Bird A Home

I'm not sure what it is about coffee that gets people so excited. I enjoy the aroma, but the taste is something I guess I never acquired. (Except I will confess that I could easily be swayed to the other side of the coffee fence with enough of those yummy flavored creamers.) But regardless of whether or not you drink it, this addictive bean definitely works well for weddings. Coffee loving brides have created entire coffee loving themes for their weddings. It's a great after dinner treat, it works well as favors, and you can even use the actual beans for decoration. In fact, I placed coffee beans into hurricanes, provided by my venue, and then placed pillar candles on top for my wedding. If one of your wedding colors is brown or "espresso", as was mine, it works really well as a means of decor. They add a soft, rich color and a nice texture.

So if you're planning on incorporating coffee into your wedding in some way shape or form, then consider an organic and/or fair trade coffee. Here is a fairly extensive list of coffee manufacturers that are green in one way or another (edit: the original link from 2007 was broken, so that is a new one) . I actually learned a lot from this list. Did you know that some organic coffee growers also make it a point to be "bird friendly"? The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center deems coffee "bird friendly" when it is "shade grown," aka grown under the rain forest canopy. Over 150 species of birds have been found to live in the shade of "traditionally managed coffee and cacao (chocolate) plantations in Chiapas, Mexico, a number exceeded only in undisturbed tropical forests."

So drink your coffee and give a bird a home!

Photo Credits from Flickr: Far left photo-Catherine Buca, Top Right Photo-Kyris

26 comments:

Hudson Valley Green said...

Love the blog! And you are right on with the "bird friendly" coffee!

I've just started my own eco-friendly wedding blog at www.hvgreen.blogspot.com. The blog highlights local, eco-conscious wedding vendors and ideas for the NYC/Hudson Valley region of New York. I would love if you checked it out!

Jennifer said...

Hi! You have a beautiful blog! Always happy to see others featuring eco-friendly vendors! Great work!

Wedding Dress Berkshire said...

I don't think you can go wrong with any coffee theme at a wedding.

Lizzie B. said...

Thanks, Jennifer. I'll be checking your blog regularly for great ideas!! BTW, Organic Bouquet is having a sale on petite flower bouquets - check it out at hvgreen.blogspot.com!

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I have quit smoking too, and had the same problem with coffee. I can not have a coffee anymore, because I am about to light up a cigar, and I don't want to do it anymore.

Bonbons said...

I have quit smoking too, and had the same problem with coffee. I can not have a coffee anymore, because I am about to light up a cigar, and I don't want to do it anymore.

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