“Give me a good cup of coffee and a book I love and I’ll forever be yours.” Coffee and Books most certainly are two of my all-time favourite things in life. Apart from that special moment right before a kiss when you’re looking into each other’s eyes anticipating the next move, the feeling of ocean waves slowly crawling over your feet, the tickling sensation of sun rays on your skin in summer and the sound of rain hitting your windows on a slow Sunday.
It’s not a secret that I do love coffee and reading. And as you guys seem to enjoy reading my Bookclub posts, I thought why not pair the two together and tell you a bit about my preferred coffee and books pairing. I am a firm believer that there’s the right book for each phase in your life. Furthermore, that also applies to parts of the day. When you drink loads of coffee at home, you’ll inevitably face the question of what to do with all those used capsules. That’s why I’m talking you through my Nespresso recycling story at the end of this post. Feel free to share your tips in the comments – I’m always looking for ways to live a bit more sustainably.
Coffee and Books – The Perfect Pairing
THE MORNING COFFEE || Soy Cappuccino and an old Favourite, The Great Gatsby
I have a habit of rereading my favourite books, or passages of it, over and over again. And since The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is my all-time favourite read, it’s also the one that I most frequently grab in the mornings with my soy cappuccino. The coffee I usually have in the morning is the most important one of the day for me – a large cup of soy cappuccino prepared with either Envivo or Vivalto Lungo capsules and lots of warm and foamy soy milk on top.
Other books to pair with your morning cappuccino:
- THE POETRY: Milk & Honey
- THE CLASSIC: Pride & Prejudice
- THE YOUNG ADULT READ: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
AFTERNOON COFFEE || Iced Latte and the Inspiring Read, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k
My cappuccino usually get’s me through the morning just fine. After lunch, however, I tend to experience a decline in motivation and the urgent need of a nap. So I just substitute the nap with a huge glass of iced latte and a little break in which I read an inspiring and motivating book. For my iced latte I usually use the Vanilio Variations capsules from Nespresso together with a Roma Capsule. I then top off the coffee with lots of ice cubes and fill the glass with either soy or almond milk, depending on what I have at home.
Other books to pair with your afternoon pick me up coffee:
- THE EMOTIONAL: When Breath Becomes Air
- THE INSPIRING: We Should All Be Feminists
- THE FUN: Adulthood Is A Myth
EVENING BLISS || Decaf Espresso and a Leisure Read, The Book Of Lost Things
In the evenings I like to take some time off and enjoy some me-time. This, I usually do by making myself a decaf Ristretto as a post-dinner treat and sit down with a good book in hand. One that I read for leisure and pleasure only, no obligations for Uni or work whatsoever.
Other great evening reads:
- THE BESTSELLER: A Little Life
- THE NEW ONE: Into The Water
- NON-FICTION: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
NESPRESSO – THE POSITIVE CUP AND MY PERSONAL STORY
With great coffee consumption comes great responsibility. (See what I did there, eh?) And I’m aware that I do drink lots of coffee – believe me, my bank account does make that quite obvious. Also, I know that capsule machines aren’t the most sustainable way of preparing your coffee at home. However, that is a luxury that I cannot abstain from. I’ve always been aware of the problems my coffee addictions come with – such as waste. That is why, for example, I hardly ever order coffee to-go but rather sit down in my favorite cafe and drink my coffee there. I personally think that supporting sustainability and trying our best is up to each of us. And in the end – it’s the little things that count, isn’t it?
My Nespresso capsules I’ve recycled from day one. I vividly remember when my mom got her first machine right after it came out here in Austria and we wondered what we should do with all that aluminum. Quickly, however, we found someone in town who used to make all kinds of gadget out of them – bags, jewelry, little plant hangers, etc. So cool! The coffee ground we used for the plants and coffee scrubs.
In Graz, however, I collect my capsules in their recycling bags and bring them to the store whenever I go there to get more coffee. This way this doesn’t feel like an extra step and I know that my capsules will be recycled and turned into new things made from aluminum.
Recycling made easy
I always felt like it’s my duty as a customer to try to find ways to reduce waste and recycle wherever I can. Sure, a zero waste lifestyle would be even better. I’m not going to lie to you, though, that’s just not what I am about. Rather, I try to do my best where I can. And that’s the most important thing, isn’t it? To TRY and give back.
As part of their “The Positive Cup” initiative, Nespresso does exactly that. They try to give their best in recycling and re-using all that aluminum. For example, did they turn some of the capsules into these super fancy limited edition pocket knives in collaboration with the Swiss brand Victorinox.
This weekend you have the chance to win one of ten (10) of these on both my Instagram and Facebook account – so make sure to follow along and leave a comment on the latest pictures. I think they’re perfect for summer hikes, as a present for your boyfriends, fathers or simply because you’re a strong and independent woman and you need all the gadgets to survive on your own #GRLPWR ;)
What do you do with your Nespresso capsules after using? And what’s your fav pairing of coffee and books? Let’s chat in the comments down below.
- In friendly collaboration with Nespresso, thank you! -