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Organic Vodkas: Metaefficient

by Justin Thomas •

Liquid Ice Vodka is a unique vodka made by distilling five grains — wheat, corn, barley, rye and oats, all of which are certified 100% organic. The vodka is made with water from the Snake River in Oregon, which runs right under the distillery. It is distilled four times and filtered three times through lava rock. In 2003 it was …

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Metaefficient Spice: Frontier Natural

by Justin Thomas •

Frontier Natural Products is a large supplier of bulk organic spices. They provide fresh spices sealed in foil packaging at great prices. For example, you can get a pound of organic black peppercorns for $12. About their company, Frontier says: As the world’s largest global supplier of organic herbs and spices, we hold a leadership position, not only in the …

Biota Spring Water: Biodegradable Bottles

by Justin Thomas •

Biota is the first spring water to be packaged in a compostable bottle. The bottle is made of a corn-based bioplastic, which was exclusively created for Biota by Naturework PLA. The bioplastic is an alternative to PET which is the petroleum-based plastic commonly used to bottle beverages. PET takes about a thousand years to decompose. The bottle will break down …

Shafer: A Sustainable Vineyard

by Justin Thomas •

Shafer Vineyards practice organic and sustainable harvesting. They are also Napa’s first 100% solar powered winery. Organic Style and Wine Spectator liked their Firebreak 2001 offering. Donna Binder, co-owner of Counter, a hot Manhattan vegertarian restaurant and wine bar, says it is “A real crowd-pleaser, Firebreak has aromas of spicy black pepper, black currant and dark plum that pair well …

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Another Efficient Tea: Honeybush

by Justin Thomas •

Honeybush is another excellent tea from Africa, like Rooibos, it is caffine-free and low in tannins. The taste is sweet with notes of apricot. It contains a high amounts of vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium. It is traditionally used to treat coughs. This can be explained in part, by its content of pinitol, a modified sugar (a methyl group …

Metaeffective Tea: Rooibos Red Tea

by Justin Thomas •

Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) is a red tea grown the mountainous Cedarberg area north of Cape Town in South Africa. During the summer months the Rooibos plants are harvested, fermented and dried in the sun. The sun induces the change from verdant green to the mahogany red of Rooibos tea. The slightly sweet tea is free of caffeine and is low …

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Efficient Sweetener: Stevia

by Justin Thomas •

Stevia is a herb native to Paraguay whose leaves are extremely sweet. In fact they are 10-15 times as sweet as table sugar, and refined extracts are 200-300 sweeter than sugar. I can’t abide artificial sweeteners, but I use Stevia to make lemonade, and it tastes great. It takes just one dash of the extract to sweeten an entire pitcher. …