Organic vs. Conventional Coffee

My morning always starts with a cup of coffee, followed by 2 or 3 until lunch. I never worried about what was in my coffee or anything I exposed myself to until recently. I work in the cancer field and have seen an increasing in number of younger patients coming in for treatment. While a certain % of that can be attributed to better medical testing and advancements I strongly believe there is more to the problem. We consistently poison ourselves on a daily basis. Today’s post is simple about one small cup you may not realize contains a shit ton of known carcinogens, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides – your morning coffee!

If you choose to drink any brand or brew of coffee you will be exposing yourself to some level of toxins as the roasting process causes the release of acrylamide a known toxin which can play a role in your cancer risk based on levels in your diet! So yes, in a perfect world you probably should steer clear of coffee all together, but I just can’t do that, rather than quit cold turkey, I decided to minimize my toxin level exposure by switching over to organic grown coffee.

Now I say switched over, because I in the beginning I still drank my other coffee I hadn’t finished yet and also grabbed coffee from the cafeteria at work frequently. But after about two weeks of going organic I could taste the difference in the conventional coffee, and it is nasty! It is truly amazing how easily we don’t realize the things we are putting into our bodies until we remove them, and can then tell what they were doing! The taste difference in the coffee really made me wonder and think why did it taste so different? The answer is in the growing, harvesting and brewing of the coffee beans!

Conventional Coffee

Regular coffee beans, like the ones used in your Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts coffee, are harvested in an effort to maximize profits. Rain forest vegetation is removed to create room for coffee crops, and in doing this the environment’s ecosystem is effected causing less nutrients in the soil and more pests and insects in the area. The lack of soil nutrients means less benefits of minerals like B vitamins and magnesium. The increase of insects calls for the use of pesticides and chemicals, and we are not talking a small amount, we are talking tons of chemicals used to ensure maximum production and no care as to the person who will be drinking the cup on the other end. These chemicals not only poison us but are washed away into the soil and environment of the local people and animals also exposing an entire second group of people.

Organic Coffee

So you may think that organic coffee is expensive, and depending on where you buy it from, it can be. But there are also affordable and in some cases even less expensive organic coffee options. Haven’t you ever went to Starbucks? There is a reason they may cost a little more, because a profit isn’t the main reason for harvesting, organic coffee farms only yield about half the harvest a regular coffee farm would produce. For this reason in order to produce a profit they may need to charge a little more. But can I tell you, healthcare bills later on from consistent daily exposure to the toxins readily available will cost you much more in the end. You get what you pay for. When you shop organic, you not only save yourself but you also help to minimize environmental pollution.

Try It Yourself

Don’t take my word for it, try an organic brand of coffee for a couple weeks, then go back and try your usual brand and I promise you will taste the difference!  Need an amazing flavor brand to try? Check out Organic Coffee This is my favorite place to get all my healthy living supplies! Fill out a contact form for any questions or additional information and comment below when you’ve tried organic for yourself!