8 Reasons Why you Should Drink Only Organic Coffee
Last week, I discussed why you should not drink decaf coffee except if it has been made using the Swiss Water Process. This time, I want to explain why you should drink only organic coffee, especially if you drink coffee every day. There is nothing better than the sound and smell of coffee brewing in the morning!
Read my recent blog here: How is Decaffeinated Coffee Made?
Organic coffee means that it is grown without the use of chemical-based fertilizers, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or genetically modified organisms (G.M.O.s). Yes, non-organic coffee can contain all that garbage. Would you drink tap water that contains pesticides?
Conventional coffee is amongst the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world; coffee crops are sprayed with over 200 different types of pesticides. Unfortunately, those pesticides penetrate into coffee beans. It is not only you who can be poisoned by pesticides in your fresh brewed morning cup of Joe but also farmers who spray coffee plants, especially if they don’t use proper personal protection equipment (PPE). In addition to that, pesticides can cause both short-term and long-term health diseases to coffee farmers and to you as consumers.
Much of the conventionally grown coffee contains health-harming contaminants like mold, ochratoxin A, acrylamide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, yeast and pesticides. All of these not only can cause short-term symptoms like fatigue, weakness, and brain fog, but also lead to long-term health consequences like cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and more. Additionally, certain pesticides have been linked to an increased risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Studies have also shown that pesticides can mess with your gut by disrupting the flora in your microbiome and, consequently, weaken your immune system.
When farmers use chemicals to spray their coffee crops it is not only harmful for your health but also the pesticides kill bees. Bees are an absolute necessity to pollinate our fruits and vegetables, including coffee plants.
Why should you drink and buy only organic coffee?
- It is higher in nutrient-rich antioxidants, vitamins and minerals;
- It has better taste;
- No chemicals or synthetic fertilizers are used;
- It has a smaller carbon footprint;
- You decrease your risk of debilitating aging effects;
- You decrease your risk of getting cancer, diabetes, neuromuscular diseases, high blood pressure, heart disease, hardening of the arteries and chronic fatigue syndrome;
- You contribute indirectly to the health and wellbeing of farm workers;
- The result is cleaner beans, soil, air and water.
I remember when I backpacked solo through Vietnam a few years ago, I saw many home owners using their front yards to sun dry coffee beans!
If you want a good local organic coffee, I love Salt Spring Dark Roast Coffee at Costco. I also appreciate Kicking Horse Coffee. If you still love your decaf coffee, you can find organic ones as well!
Finally, by purchasing organic coffee, you support systems that value healthy ecosystems, sustainable methods, and superior coffee. Now that’s good taste!
Read more here:
Here’s What Makes Organic Coffee Different by Bean Poet