Organic Coffee Or Not? Does It Really Matter?

by Jennifer Boudreau on April 18, 2013

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Cup of CoffeeI remember the day when my husband was sitting at the kitchen table staring at his Blackberry reading an article. I was floored by what he was about to tell me. Coffee is one of the most heavily treated crops of any agricultural commodity. At that time we had made a lot of healthier changes in our home and were primarily eating organic and other clean foods. We had never thought about the coffee that we were drinking each day, so this new information was very concerning to us.

When creating conventional (non-organic) coffee, trees in rain forests are cut down in large quantities to create full-sun coffee plantations. As a result, pesticides are needed because there are no predators left to kill off the pests that attack the crops because their habitat has been completely demolished. Not only do these chemicals hurt us when ingested, they also hurt the environment where they are used by damaging the soil and water supply. Not to mention the fact that it creates a more hazardous work environment for the harvest workers. If you think you are doing yourself a favor and making a healthier choice by drinking decaf, you may want to think again. Decaffeinated coffee is typically soaked in chemicals to remove the caffeine from the bean. Yikes!

On the other hand, organic growers plant in the shade where the environment creates a perfect little utopia for coffee to grow. No pesticides are needed resulting in healthier coffee for us and a healthier environment for the workers. As an added bonus, you may have a more satisfying beverage because organic coffee is often more flavorful due to the fact that it absorbs the flavors and aromas from surrounding trees. As far as that pesky decaf, you can buy organic coffee that uses the Swiss Water process to remove the caffeine rather than nasty, toxic chemicals. For more information on the Swiss Water process, go to http://www.swisswater.com/consumer/decaf-experience/coffee-everyone.

It is a known fact that herbicides, pesticides and fungicides are known carcinogens. So, it is important to choose foods that are free of these chemicals. I went on a tour of Whole Foods once and the guide gave some great advice on going organic. She suggested that when you find yourself in a position where you do not have the money to switch your entire kitchen over to organic products, simply switch over the products you use the most. As an example, our daughter eats an abundance of strawberries and our son eats raspberries by the handful. As you can imagine, we definitely buy organic strawberries and raspberries. With that being said, if you consume coffee frequently, it may be worth considering making the switch to organic. It can be relatively easy to find caffeinated organic coffee at your local grocery store. To find decaffeinated organic coffee, you may have to go to the health food aisle at your local grocery store. If your local grocery store does not carry decaf, a trip to your local health food store may be in order.

As a side note, don’t forget to use the unbleached, tan colored filters when brewing your coffee. The white filters are bleached with chlorine. And, you certainly don’t want the chlorine to drip right into your tasty, organic cup of coffee!

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