3

Renewable: Sunglasses Made With Castor Bean Oil

by Justin Thomas •

The frames of these sunglasses (Dragon Experience Eco) are not made with petroleum. Instead they are made with Nylon 11, the only commercially successful high volume biopolymer, which is made by polymerizing a split segment of castor bean oil.

4

Green Coffee Beans

by Justin Thomas •

Roasting your own coffee beans at home is quite simple. It takes about 5 to 15 minutes and you get the freshest coffee around. Green or raw coffee beans can be bought for $4 to $5 per pound, about half the price of the roasted kind. Look for fair-traded, organic coffee beans — it’s the metaefficient choice. Sweet Maria’s is …

7

Criollo Chocolate: Efficient Food of the Gods

by Justin Thomas •

In its pure state, chocolate, or cacao, is quite nutritious, and inspires eudaimonia. There are number of varieties of cacao. Almost all commercial chocolate is made using beans of the Forastero Group. Another more prized cultivar, Criollo, is used by the top chocolate makers around the world. It is less bitter and more aromatic than any other bean.

Heirloom Beans: Efficient Flavor

by Justin Thomas •

Heirloom beans! These are special bean varieties that have been passed down by generations of growers. The beans have their own distinct flavors and heritages. For example, here’s a description of the “Tongues of Fire” bean: A cranberry-type, mottled beige and brown marked bean grown from a seed variety originally collected from Tierra del Fuego, on the tip of South …

8

Raw Cacao Butter: An Efficient Dessert & Skin Moisturizer

by Justin Thomas •

286715_267032113313148_2182149_o

Raw cacao butter — this is the pure oil of the cacao bean, extracted using a cold-press technique — the temperature stays around 104 degrees Fahrenheit, instead of 300 degrees which is the norm. The oil is edible and possesses a rich, delicate chocolate aroma. You can add a piece of the cacao butter to your favorite smoothie, ice cream …

2

Pure Chocolate: Raw Cacao Nibs

by Justin Thomas •

You may have tried a dark chocolate bar with over 70% cacao, but have you tried raw criollo cacao nibs? Cacao is the bean that is ground up and blended to make chocolate. “Nibs” are raw beans that have been peeled. Raw cacao nibs can be eaten by themselves or sprinkled on top of your favourite dessert. Criollo is a …