Organic coffee is the perfect beginning to a wonderful new day in my opinion!
The intoxicating aroma, the warm feel of a steaming cup of coffee in my hand, the satisfying taste of the first sip in the morning! Mmmm- watching the sun come up - listening to the birds chirping - just a great start to a day!
That first cup of coffee is one of my "look-forward-to" rituals of the morning.
Yes, ok, I am probably a more than a little bit addicted and don't really like to have a day without coffee!
So I was very pleased to see a report from the Harvard Women's Health Watch stating the many possible health benefits of drinking coffee in moderate amounts of course. :)
These benefits include reduced risk of some cancers, type 2 diabetes, Parkinsons, gallstones and even Alzheimers!
Yes I admit there are also some inconclusive results about some of the effects of coffee but the majority appear to be linked to excessive consumption and/or the toxic chemicals contained in non-organic coffee.
Of course many people prefer to avoid coffee because of the stimulating effects of caffeine, but for those of us who like it organic coffee is the way to go!
The problem is regular coffee is of course the presence of toxins within it due to the extensive application of chemicals on the growing coffee plant.
There are over 1000 types of creatures that like to feed on the coffee plant -- these range from insects to molds to snails. Yuk!
Decaffeinated coffee has large amounts of the chemical Trichloroethylene in it. This is a result of the decaffeination process. It is used as a degreasing agent in the metal industry and as a solvent and dry cleaning agent in the clothing industry.
Because of this most coffee is produced with heavy use of strong chemical herbicides and pesticides. Even worse YUK!
Coffee planters have regularly used deadly pesticides on their coffee plants for more than 20 years. Some of these toxic chemicals include aldrin, heptachlor and chlordane. Several medical scientists have speculated that coffee beans could be the most significant source of these deadly toxins in North Americans diets today.
To avoid this, drink only certified organic coffee!
Growing coffee organically can be challenging as there are so many different types of pests that like to feed on the growing coffee plant.
The cost of organic coffee is obviously going to be more than the cost of regular coffee!
If you can find it buy traditional organic "shade grown" coffee.
This type of coffee is coffee that is grown under the shade of existing rainforest trees.
The shade method is environmentally friendly, sustainable, and as a big bonus produces a better tasting coffee!
The modern industrial method of clear cutting forests and growing coffee plants in full sun along with fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides cannot produce a coffee bean that compares in taste with the older traditional shade method.
In addition, the traditional shaded method provides living space for many wildlife species!
This method of growing coffee also uses less water!
Buying Fair Trade Coffee means that you know that the farmers who produced the coffee beans were fairly compensated for their work and that their working conditions were decent.
Many organic coffee companies specifically require that their producers adhere to Fair Trade standards.
You can buy organic coffee at your nearest health food store. Most large chain grocery stores will also usually stock it as well.
You can also buy coffee that is certified organic online.
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