April 2, 2009–Today’s Way: A great way to save energy AND the flavor of your coffee (of course, Fair Trade, Shade-Grown Organic Beans are preferred) is to keep it in an insulated thermos rather than on hot burner all morning.  If you don’t have one of those new fancy coffee makers that drips directly into a special thermal caraffe, you can just use any thermos you’ve got available around the house.  Those extra large upright thermoses with a pumping spout are quite affordable and work great at the office.  Either way, your coffee stays hot without getting that used motor oil consistency, and you’re cutting your energy use (and bill) at the same time.  This works for tea lovers, as well.