Ever wonder if you should switch from regular coffee to organic? If you are a regular coffee drinker, you should probably consider making the switch.
Second to cotton, coffee beans are one of the most heavily pesticide-sprayed crops in the world. So, that reason alone should get you questioning the regular coffee you might have been buying over the years…
I first decided to switch to eating more organic foods when I became pregnant with my first, wanting to do whatever I can to ensure a healthy pregnancy + baby. Not only did I have a great pregnancy, but I noticed less anxiety + my cystic, hormonal acne disappeared! I definitely believe it’s linked to my lifestyle change with organic foods.
The first organic switch I made to my diet was coffee. Since then, I have never turned back! Yes, if I get coffee on-the-go [which is maybe 5-10 times a year for me], it is normally non-organic. But, I focus on what I can do when I am in control of what is organic + what is not without obsessing. It’s about balance + focusing on the majority of what I consume.
Whenever I post about organic coffee on Instagram, I always get messages asking questions about why “organic” matters + if the health benefits are really worth the price tag.
So, that’s what led me to writing this blog post!
In this article, I am going to break down:
- What makes coffee “organic”
- The benefits of drinking organic coffee
- A note on organic decaf coffee
- Why the extra $$ is worth it to me
- My favorite coffee products
What Makes Coffee “Organic?”
For coffee to be considered “organic,” it needs to have no synthetic ingredients or additives to speed up the process [farming used to always be this way years + years ago!]. Instead of organic farmers focusing must on creating more of their product faster [like regular coffee bean farmers], they commit to a slower, more expensive process that maintains higher quality nutrients.
Certified organic farmers use things like compost + manure to fertilize their beans. The beans are picked by hand + stored in places with no chemical substances inside or nearby them.
The coffee beans are farmed in soil that contains a very small amount of fertilizer, pesticides, + herbicides. Any trace amounts that are left on the bean after they are farmed are burned off during the process of roasting the beans. During this roasting process, no chemicals are allowed to be involved to speed up completion time.
Benefits Of Drinking Organic Coffee
If you’re trying to lose weight or create a healthy lifestyle, a top priority should be trying to reduce the amount of chemicals + toxins entering your body. Conventional farmers use massive amounts of chemicals to keep away pests + incests, all of which seep into the soil + grow into the food.
Making the choice to drink organic coffee can dramatically lessen the number of toxins entering your body if you drink it regularly. Like I stated in the opening, next to cotton, coffee beans are the #2 most heavily sprayed crop in the world! Many chemicals used in modern-day farming have been linked to things like food allergies, hormone imbalances, infertility, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, + Parkinson’s.
The main reason I switched to organic coffee is that I wanted to fuel my body with more nutritious food, especially since I have 2-3 cups a day. But, consuming organic promotes a more ethical way of farming that doesn’t put working in harms way of breathing in unhealthy chemicals all day. Also, it promotes healthy soils, surrounding waters, + air.
Bonus: I personally think that it tastes a million times fresher + bolder!
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The Only Decaf Coffee I Buy
About 6 months ago I learned that decaf organic coffees can be just as bad for you as conventional regular coffee. There is no such thing as a decaf bean, so the caffeine needs to be stripped off of each bean through the decaffeination processes, organic or not. With that said, you can only imagine how many more additional chemicals are in non-organic decaf coffee. Yowzah!
The only method that is 100% chemical-free right now is the Swiss-Water method of decaffeinating beans. It’s a slower process that only uses water to strip the caffeine from the coffee. I am pregnant now, so I have swapped half my caffeine intake to decaf with my coffee! These are the decaf Swiss-Method beans I buy + I grind them with this amazing [+ cheap] bean grinder.
Why The Extra $$ Is Worth It To Me
This post isn’t meant to scare you into wanting to switch to organic coffee. I simply wanted to share my experience + feelings around organic coffee to help you make your own informed decision — no judgments!
But, a common comment I hear people make when it comes to organic ANYTHING is that the money isn’t worth it. I completely disagree. Why? I would rather spend a bit more now than hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars later in my life [+ my family’s] on health bills that are linked to the chemicals used in non-organic products.
You also don’t have to spend more overall necessarily. It’s all a mindset shift. If you choose the organic coffee for $9.99 instead of the conventional coffee for $5.99, you can easily save money on your grocery bill. To not spend more than usual, you can cut out a processed box of cookies or a frozen dinner, which also lacks nutrients + is linked to life-threatening illnesses!
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