I looooove coffee! I won’t drink just any coffee, however. It HAS to be organic. Many people hate the taste of coffee and honestly it’s because conventional coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides and it does taste like absolute crap. So people load their coffee down with tons of sugar or artificial sweeteners that cause cancer and weight gain. If people would just buy good coffee i.e., organic and ground fresh, they would realize that coffee is delicious BLACK – or with just a touch of coconut oil! It’s so much healthier that way! I am going to discuss why you should start buying organic coffee and grinding it yourself. You will find that it tastes so much better than Folgers, Dunkin Donuts, or Starbucks coffee. I don’t even like nor do I drink Starbucks coffee for that matter – it tastes bitter and awful to me! I buy dark Italian roast from Whole Foods or Sprouts and I grind it fresh, there at the store. It’s DELICIOUS. Anytime I travel I bring coffee with me because I refuse to drink the crap that’s out there.
Benefits of coffee (again, buy organic as coffee beans are sprayed with tons of pesticides!!):
- Helps burn fat (because of the natural caffeine) and boosts metabolism
- Improves physical performance (coffee = my pre-workout for 530 am gym sessions)
- Contains nutrients, and especially when you drink 3-4 cups like I do, these nutrients add up!: vitamin b12, b5, magnesium, vitamin b3 (niacin)
- It may protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Coffee has protective effects on the liver
- Coffee can fight depression
- Coffee drinkers have lower risks of getting certain cancers including liver cancer
- Coffee drinkers appear to live longer
- Large source of antioxidants
- Increases cognitive performance
Now Reasons WHY organic is BEST:
Organic coffee beans are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. This means cleaner beans (HELLO more antioxidants) and cleaner air and land! Not only is this better for you to drink but it’s also better for the earth as no toxic fumes are emitted. Most organic coffee is also grown the natural way – and the way the beans prefer – which is in the shade of forests! Most conventionally grown coffee beans are actually hybrids so that they can be grown in the sun – since it’s much easier to tend to a crop in an open field as opposed to a forest. So the non-organic varieties are hybrids designed to grow in the sun/open fields. Rain forests are demolished so that more open space is created for these conventional coffee beans which kills tons of animals as well as destroying natural habitats of these animals! Without tree cover/shade for the coffee beans, when it rains there is more water runoff, therefor most of the nutrients from the beans is washed away and then the chemicals used as pesticides washes away and into local water supply!
From Equal Exchange Website: “Most organic coffee is grown the natural way – within the shade of lush forests, providing a home for wild plants and animals, sustaining soil fertility, and keeping unique regional ecosystems alive. These forested farms also more resilient and better equipped to handle unusual weather patterns that are a result of climate change, making them a safer investment for farmers and their futures. Hundreds of thousands of acres of South American rain forests have already been demolished for various industries, but Equal Exchange has partnered with co-ops that are working to restore the land to its natural forested splendor while growing organic coffee.”
Hopefully after reading this you will consider buying organic coffee! Not only is it better for you, but you are also helping preserve rain forests and animals’ habitats as well as the lives of those animals! You are doing better for yourself and for the earth. Choose organic! It tastes better too!!