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Ever wondered why there’s no scientific consensus on whether coffee is good or bad for you?
It turns out coffee is REALLY good for you – according to Johns Hopkins Medical School…
But only if you drink the right type.
See, the majority of coffee on the market is MADE poorly.
Starting from how it’s grown from the ground all the way to the way it arrives on your doorstep.
Which is why it’s very important to check your coffee’s credentials.
In this article, we’ll be showing you exactly what to look for in your coffee and why. So you can enjoy a healthier cup of coffee everyday.
Not all organic coffee is created equal. And some aren’t even organic at all. In the United States, there are 4 classifications of organic: 100% Organic USDA Certified is the highest grade of organic certification. To qualify for this certification, the coffee needs to be grown, processed and handled with 100% all-organic ingredients. Organic USDA Certified is the next tier of organic certification. On this tier, the coffee needs to be made with at least 95% organic ingredients. Made With Organic Ingredients is the second lowest tier. This isn’t certified by USDA but indicates that at leatst 70% of the ingredients are certified organic. Organic Ingredients is the absolute lowest tier. This has no certification requirements. And your coffee may contain GMOs, synthetic compounds and potentially harmful chemicals may be used during handling and processing. So when buying coffee, it’s important to make sure that the brand is USDA Certified. That’s the only tier that guarantees that you are actually getting an organic product, not just one with dishonest marketing full of potentially harmful ingredients.
Unfortunately, being USDA Certified is not quite enough alone. There are certain loopholes in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 that coffee growers use to grow “organic” coffee with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Plus, the USDA allows private individuals and companies to become certifying agents. Which lets other parties certify brands as “organic” without government oversight. This means that you could be drinking a USDA Certified Organic coffee that still uses chemical fertilizers and pesticides! Yuck… The USDA Certified label filters out most coffee brands. For the brands that are left, you want coffee that also performs independent 3rd party testing for contaminants to ensure the product is completely safe to drink. This includes scans for mycotoxins, pesticides, heavy metals, and more.
Many coffee brands claim they have high quality beans. But the only true ‘high quality’ coffee beans are grown at high elevations.
At high altitudes, cooler mountain temperatures slow down the growth of the coffee beans.
This additional time imbues the coffee bean with more complex sugars, creating richer and more compelling flavors.
The altitude also helps water drainage, letting the flavors become more concentrated instead of watered down.
And the biggest thing: it helps prevent growth of mold.
Not only giving you a richer, more satisfying cup of coffee… but a healthier one too!
For a better daily cup of coffee, we recommend looking for coffee that is grown at least over a mile above sea level.
Unfortunately, with a market as large as coffee, the industry is rife with exploitation.
Specifically, farmers aren’t paid fairly for their produce and can’t afford to hire the workers needed to harvest coffee. So these underpaid farmers pull their children from school to help on the farms.
While it IS difficult to know if a brand is sourcing their coffee at fair prices, there is one simple way to narrow it down.
Buy single-origin coffee!
Single-origin coffee means the coffee brand sources their beans from one place. By doing this, these farmers have more negotiating power since the brand’s quality and reputation depends solely on them.
The coffee brand also benefits by getting a more consistent product, which gives you a reliable and delicious taste every time.
This won’t impact your health. But it will impact your conscience!
The world can be an unfair, unforgiving place sometimes. And it’s nice to know that your daily cup of coffee is helping to make it a better place for someone out there.
So if you are torn between two specific coffee brands, pick the one that also donates a portion of profits to the benefit of the coffee growers and the environment.
This way, you can drink your coffee with the added pleasure of knowing you’re helping the environment and the world around you too.
With the sheer number of coffee brands lacking credentials, one popular brand is stepping up to the plate…
Every bag of Lifeboost Coffee is made to be the healthiest, highest quality, and most socially conscious coffee on the market.
In fact, you can rest assured that every bag is…
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