Leaf Rust Resistant Honduran Coffee

Research into resistant coffee strains and significant replanting has led to increased Honduran coffee output and exports. Agrimoney.com writes about how the third ranking exporter of Arabica coffee is well on its way to overcoming coffee leaf rust and bringing exports back up to traditional levels.

Honduran coffee production, and exports, will hit a record high in 2015-16 as Central America’s top bean grower reaps the benefit of efforts to counter rust, which badly hurt the region’s output two seasons ago.

Honduras – Latin America’s third-ranked coffee exporter after Brazil and Colombia, and renowned as an origin of higher quality supplies – will produce 6.11m bags of beans in 2015-16, on an October-to-September basis, the US Department of Agriculture bureau  in Tegucigalpa said.

That would take to 37% the rebound in output from a low last season, as coffee rust spread through the country, as it did through other Central American producing nations.

And it would lift output – all of arabica beans – above the record 5.60m bags achieved in 2011-12, before the outbreak of rust, caused by the roya fungus, which cuts yields dramatically and can result in tree death.

Honduras, like Colombia has been carrying out research to develop coffee leaf rust resistant strains. This effort has been successful and many coffee plantations that were replanted a few years ago are back in production.

Corporate Efforts to Fight Leaf Rust

The mega coffee shop people, Starbucks, are pouring money into supporting high end and organic coffee farmers in fighting leaf rust. The Seattle Times reports that Starbucks is giving $30 million more for this effort.

Starbucks renewed a commitment to fund loans for coffee farmers in a bid to strengthen the often wobbly supply chain for the bean that underpins its sprawling empire.

The coffee giant said it will allocate $30 million to a global fund for farmers to be distributed over the next five years, a follow-up to the program that has applied $20 million since 2010 toward loans made through microfinance nonprofits such as Root Capital. The loans are designed to help farmers with little access to traditional financing from banks.

Starbucks’ promise comes as coffee farmers in Central America and the Caribbean struggle to recover from a devastating epidemic of coffee rust and deal with the impact of climate change on their crop.

The company says some 62 cooperatives in eight countries – representing more than 40,000 farmers – were aided by the initial $20 million.

This is an example of enlightened self-interest. Starbucks prospers because it provides a great cup of coffee and that cup of coffee threatened when small high end and organic coffee farmers go under.

Not All Nations Are Successful

While leaf rust resistant Honduran coffee is leading that nation back to its accustomed spot on the coffee export list nations like Nicaragua are struggling with the plant disease. CCTV America writes about how coffee rust threatens crops in Nicaragua.

High-quality coffee produced in Nicaragua is one of the country’s most lucrative exports. But a disease called “coffee leaf rust” is devastating the crop fields of Nicaragua and the farmers who harvest them. The same plant that won one of the most important coffee prizes in Nicaragua a few years ago has now been deeply affected by coffee rust.

The most successful nations, like Honduras will follow the example of Colombian efforts to fight leaf rust and see their production and exports recover.

What Is Chicory Coffee?

If you have visited New Orleans there is a good chance that you have tasted chicory coffee. What is chicory coffee? Chicory coffee contains the root of the chicory plant. Chicory grows wild in Europe and has adapted to North America and Australia. Roasted and ground chicory has a flavor similar to coffee so when coffee has been scarce chicory has been used as a substitute either entirely or in part.

Chicory Flower

Chicory Flower

Root Chicory

Root chicory has been cultivated as a coffee substitute in Europe. If the roots are baked and ground they can be used as a coffee substitute or additive. This is common in the Mediterranean region of France where the plant grows wild. In Southeast Asia chicory is mixed in Indian filter coffee. Chicory coffee is common in Southeast Asia, South Africa and the Southern USA, especially New Orleans. Elsewhere Chicory has been used when coffee is not available such as during the Second World War in Europe and everywhere outside of coffee producing countries in the Great Depression. Strong blond Belgian style ales often contain chicory to augment the hops.

Chicory Root

Chicory Root

 

Making Chicory Coffee

Let us say that you are a fan of healthy organic coffee but would like to try something a little different. You can certainly buy, coffee, chicory or a mixture of both. But is you want to do it right, how do you make chicory coffee?

  • Starting with fresh chicory root, preferably from your own garden, pick and clean.
  • Cut into slices and dry in the sun or in the oven on low temperature.
  • Roast the chicory in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for at least half an hour or longer for a “darker” roast.
  • Grind the roasted chicory chips, twice as they do not grind as well as coffee.
  • Grind your whole bean organic roasted coffee.
  • Make the first batch with half coffee and half chicory.
  • Then adjust to taste in later batches.

Chicory has a chocolate and malt-like aroma and flavor. It is slightly more acidic than coffee. Drink your chicory coffee and think of New Orleans.

With Beignets

If you want the entire New Orleans chicory coffee experience you need to have your chicory coffee with beignets. A long term New Orleans favorite, beignets are squares of bread dough, deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar. Ideally they are made fresh in front of the customer. Fortunately you can find beignets outside of New Orleans although not always with chicory coffee. The LA Times reports that there is a beignet food truck that roams the Arts District Farmers Market.

With all the different food trucks roaming around the streets of Los Angeles, it’s comforting to know there’s one truck serving nothing but piping hot beignets, chicory-laced coffee and hot chocolate.The Beignet truck is at the Arts District Farmers market in downtown L.A. most Thursdays. It’s parked next to a health food vendor and across from a man who serves rotisserie chicken out of a truck.Every instinct will tell you to rip open the bag and stuff one in your mouth. Just be a little cautious. These golden, puffy pillows of dough are served exceedingly hot, with every inch covered in sugar.The beignets have a light, crisp coating, but are fluffy and chewy on the inside. And when you take a bite, a small cloud of sugar poofs out of the top, showering your clothes and anything nearby in a layer of sweet white snow.

And if you find a place that makes fresh beignets, look for chicory coffee as well!

 

Coffee and Chicory

Coffee and Chicory

What Is Nitro Coffee?

Nitro coffee is ice cold coffee, slightly bubbly, on tap. People have likened its appearance to a glass of Guinness on tap. The coffee is treated with nitrogen, or carbon dioxide, under pressure and chilled in a keg. Those who have tried it say that nitro coffee is sweeter and less acidic than other cold brew coffees. You will typically have your nitro coffee served to you in a pint glass, like beer. Variations on the theme can include adding cream, vanilla, syrup and cinnamon. Beware of chugging down this tasty concoction as you may suffer acute caffeine overload!

 

What Is Nitro Coffee?

Nitro Coffee

What Is the Point of Nitro Coffee?

Nitro coffee is different. If you are tired of the usual coffee house coffees, nitro coffee may be a pleasant change of pace. But, if you like the aroma and taste of freshly roasted, freshly ground Arabica coffee you may be disappointed. The point of drinking freshly roasted, freshly ground and freshly brewed coffee is that it is in fact fresher. Regular and organic coffee antioxidants provide much of flavor as well as the health benefits of drinking coffee.

So You Want Coffee or Caffeinated Soda?

Historically coffee drinkers with a sweet tooth added a lot of sugar. Now there are a lot more variations on the theme. Coffee house coffees include Americano, Breve, Latter, Cappuccino and Mocha to all of which you can add sugar.

Americano

Americano is a coffee house coffee made from espresso and diluted with water. This goes back to the World War II era and after when GI’s who were used to Mom’s home perked or boiled coffee asked the barista to add water to their espresso to make it less strong. Think “weak espresso.”

Breve and Latte

Both of these are made with espresso and foam. Latte is made with steamed milk and breve is made with half and half. For latte think “coffee with milk” or café au lait and for breve think “coffee with milk and cream.”

Cappuccino

Cappuccino is made with espresso plus hot milk plus lots of steamed foam.

Mocha

Mocha is for coffee and chocolate lovers. It is made with espresso plus chocolate syrup plus milk.

And now nitro coffee with the appearance of beer provides a coffee flavored, bubbly caffeinated soda to which you can add cream, vanilla, syrup, cinnamon and more.

What Do You Gain or Lose?

What you gain with nitro coffee is a cold drink that you can store and serve on tap. What you lose are probably the antioxidants that make coffee healthy.

Antioxidants

Scientifically an antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the cell damage and cell death in human cells caused by oxidative breakdown of other molecule in the cell. Oxidation is a factor in sickness and aging. Antioxidants help prevent the damage caused by excessive oxidation and to a degree inhibit the aging process. When an oxidative reaction brought on by disease gets going it produces free radicals that start chain reactions which in turn cause cell and tissue damage. The human body has or uses antioxidants to control this situation. Natural means of controlling oxidation include vitamins C and E as well as glutathione. It is low levels of antioxidants that can lead to a condition referred to as oxidative stress and resultant damage to cells in the body. Organic coffee antioxidants are in the same class of molecules that help reduce oxidation.

Are There Minerals in Coffee?

Coffee is good for you. It wakes you up in the morning and keeps you from falling asleep in the afternoon. You can reduce the risk of Type II diabetes with coffee. You would think that perhaps coffee is chuck full of vitamins and minerals but that is not the case, with one exception. Coffee is good for you because of the antioxidants. The one mineral of use in coffee is potassium. An eight ounce cup of coffee contains 116 mg of potassium which is three percent of the recommended daily amount that the body needs. By comparison an average banana contains about 400 mg of potassium and an average orange has about 237 mg of potassium. If your doctor tells you to eat an orange or banana each day to add potassium to your diet you could just as easily drink three cups of coffee!

Why Is the Potassium in Coffee Good for You?

Whfoods.org suggestions sources of potassium and explains why it is important.

Along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium, potassium is an electrolyte, meaning that it helps to conduct electrical charges in the body. Like all the other electrolytes, our bodies have evolved elaborate systems to control blood levels in a narrow range. This is good news since normal levels of potassium are absolutely critical to life-if potassium levels get too high or too low, the heart and nervous system completely shut down. Luckily, most of us are able to obtain enough potassium from foods to meet our most basic needs. But since just meeting a minimal intake need is not a recipe for health, many people in the United States often fail to obtain optimal amounts of this nutrient, and pay a health cost for it.

Don’t forget about bananas, oranges, avocados, lentils and beet greens as sources of potassium but also don’t forget that the mineral in your daily cup or cups of coffee is potassium.

And the Antioxidants

There are no vitamins in coffee but if you are looking for healthy ingredients you will find antioxidants. Better Health defines antioxidants.

Antioxidants are compounds in foods that neutralise chemicals called free radicals (unstable molecules), produced by oxidation in the human body. These chemicals have been linked to diseases such as heart and liver disease and cancer. Plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and wholegrains are rich sources of antioxidants.

The protective effect of antioxidants continues to be studied around the world. For instance, men who eat plenty of the antioxidant lycopene (found in tomatoes) may be less likely than other men to develop prostate cancer. Lutein, found in spinach and corn, has been linked to a lower incidence of eye lens degeneration and associated blindness in the elderly. Flavonoids, such as the tea catechins found in green tea, are believed to contribute to the low rates of heart disease in Japan.

And the antioxidants in a good cup of coffee are known to reduce the incidence of disease ranging from Type II diabetes to Alzheimer’s to various forms of cancer. The one mineral in coffee is potassium but the antioxidants are the reason to expect health benefits.

Bottled Cold Brew Coffee

A refreshing summer drink is cold brewed coffee. Cold brewed coffee is about two thirds less acidic than espresso or percolator coffee. It has to do with extracting caffeine and healthy antioxidants but less acid using a slow, cool extraction process. Basically the coffee just diffuses out of the ground beans over a few hours. And now, if you do not want to spend the time making your own cold brew coffee, you can buy bottled cold brew coffee and store it in your frig!

Bottled Cold Brew Coffee

The New York Times reports that a New York coffee roaster, Toby’s Estate, makes cold-brew coffee in a bottle.

Toby’s Estate, a coffee company with three outposts in New York, has introduced cold-brew coffee in bottles. Drink it straight or pour it over ice. The coffee is deliciously full-bodied with slightly fruity and chocolaty notes: Toby’s Estate Cold Brew Coffee, $4 for 12 ounces at the Toby’s Estate cafes in the West Village, the Flatiron district and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, tobysestate.com.

If you are not a New Yorker check out the web site and see if they won’t send some to you. Or if you live in Phoenix check out Royal, Press, Cortez or Mama’s cold brews.

Bottled Coffee or Fresh

Bottled cold brew coffee sounds interesting but if you like the idea of healthy organic coffee is the cold brewed bottled coffee organic? And how to the organic coffee antioxidants preserve in a bottle? The best way to make sure that your coffee is organic is to buy it yourself. And the best way to make sure that your coffee is fresh with strong antioxidant content is to store, grind and brew it yourself. Antioxidants degrade in the presence of oxygen. So if you bottle your just made cold brew coffee you should be able to preserve the antioxidant potency for at least a while. What are other ways to preserve potency of antioxidants in coffee?

Smart Coffee Storage

Remember that the warmest place in the kitchen is above and beside the stove. So, don’t put coffee in containers in this kitchen hot spot. Although your refrigerator is cool the top may be warm from heat bleeding off. Try a cupboard away from heat and sunlight.

Many coffee containers are fine for shipping and until opened. After first use it is often wise to put remaining coffee into a container with an air tight seal. The cost is worth it as you will store coffee and preserve freshness away from the air. Coffee ages. The reason that Panama Mountain Grown Organic Coffee is often shipped to the USA for roasting is not because they cannot roast coffee in Panama (or Colombia, or Brazil, or Vietnam). It is because coffee starts to lose its flavor as soon as the roasting process is completed. Thus roasting takes place close to the market where coffee will be sold. You will want to store coffee and preserve freshness but you will also want to purchase small quantities of coffee, enjoy our coffee, and buy more when you run out. Coffee is not a fine wine. It does not improve with age. Green beans maintain their potency for two years if properly stored and roasted whole coffee beans are good for six months. If have ground coffee you want to brew in now!

Coffee As Medicine: the Right Dose

We have written frequently about the benefits of regular and organic coffee for your health. More and more the world has come to realize the medical benefits of coffee, both the caffeine and antioxidants. Because we could think only of the health benefits of coffee, we should consider coffee as medicine and ask what is the right dose? Forbes seems to have been thinking along those same lines as they write about the right doses of coffee and alcohol.

The world’s most-used stimulant and best-loved depressant – caffeine and alcohol, respectively – have shared an interesting phenomenon in recent years: They’ve both moved from the probably-not-healthy-but-socially-acceptable category to the probably-healthy-in-moderation-because-science-says-so category. Based on the scientific evidence of the last decade or two, coffee is now believed to reduce risk of everything from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases to depression to erectile dysfunction to some forms of cancer to overall mortality. Alcohol is thought to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and perhaps even curb obesity and type 2 diabetes risk. Each drug has been shown to have these much-desired health benefits, and few risks, provided they’re consumed in moderation. The operative words are of course in moderation.

A study by the European Food Safety Authority indicates that 400 mg of caffeine a day, the equivalent of five shots of espresso is safe over the long run. Pregnant and breast feeding mothers should cut this in half. This is good news for coffee as medicine as a dose of four cups a day is where the health benefits are most pronounced.

The Goldilocks Approach

Not too little and not too much but just right is the moral of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It would seem to fit with finding the right dose of coffee as medicine. The drawbacks of too much coffee include stomach upset, acid reflux and wakefulness at night. The drawbacks of too little coffee are that the many benefits mentioned in the Forbes article do not come into play. Some of the benefits of coffee such as alleviation of depression come from caffeine so one could simply drink a coca cola. But the antioxidants are what kick in to help prevent various forms of cancer and Type II diabetes so the four to five cups, equivalent to five shot of espresso is probably ideal.

Condition Specific Dose of Coffee

Women who report drinking four cups of coffee a day have the best reduction of diabetes incidence. Just one or two cups an hour in advance are sufficient to boost athletic performance. Research shows that more is a waste of time. If you are drinking coffee to stay awake while studying for finals all bets are off as you need to stay focused for as long as it takes. The downside is that if you consistently drink lots and lots of coffee you eventually need to sleep and may take a long time to wake up. And, the caffeine in excessive amounts is an acid stimulant and that can lead to ulcers and acid reflux.

Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Even The New York Times is jumping on the coffee band wagon with an article about coffee’s benefits. Here is a snippet of what they have to say.

Just last year, a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies looking at long-term consumption of coffee and the risk of cardiovascular disease was published. The researchers found 36 studies involving more than 1,270,000 participants. The combined data showed that those who consumed a moderate amount of coffee, about three to five cups a day, were at the lowest risk for problems. Those who consumed five or more cups a day had no higher risk than those who consumed none.

The author goes on to report research showing lower risk of cancer, depression, suicide, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Type II diabetes. In fact, recent studies show a reduced risk of death from all causes! So the benefits of drinking coffee including getting to drink it for more years!

Maximizing the Benefits of Drinking Coffee

CBS News reports on how to maximize the health benefits of coffee.

But heavy java drinkers beware: consuming coffee does come with diminishing returns. “There’s a U-shaped relationship, meaning if you have less than one or two cups a day, the benefits are weaker, but it also drops off if you have more than five or six cups a day,” Phillips said.

The point is that drinking three to five cups of coffee a days is good for you in many ways. Drinking a lot more is not any better and may even be associated with fewer benefits. Moderation in all things is required for the best benefits of drinking coffee.

Even the Grounds Are Good for You

Science World Report talks about the benefits in used coffee grounds.

New findings published in the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry examine how coffee-grounds are chock-full of rich antioxidants that can help provide some of the health benefits associated with our favorite morning beverage.

Coffee is naturally rich in a wide variety of antioxidants, including dietary phenolic compounds. Furthermore, previous studies have shown that coffee can even help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular issues and numerous other health problems.

For the study, researchers specifically looked to figure out the total amount of phenolic content in the extracts of leftover coffee grounds.

Then, they used three different methods to release antioxidants from spent grounds and found high levels of phenols in the extracts, with somewhat higher levels in brewed coffee.

However, they have the potential to serve as additives to enhance the potential health effects of other food products, the scientists concluded.

Take a look at our article, Healthy Coffee Grounds, for more info on this subject. An interesting niche use of coffee grounds is as an ingredient for skin care products. Put the antioxidants directly on the skin and reduce sun damage as well the incidence of cellulite. These may not be benefits of drinking coffee but by saving the grounds instead of sending them to the landfill we can use this source of antioxidants for healthy purposes instead of losing them.

Listing of Organic Coffee Brands

Coffee is good for you and healthy organic coffee is the best. But how do you find organic coffee? What brand names do you look for? What kind of certification should you see on the bag to know that you are getting real organic coffee?

Organic Coffee from Colombia

Some of the best organic Arabica coffee in the world is grown in the Eje Cafetero, the Colombian coffee growing district roughly bounded by Cali, Medellin and Manizales. This is the land of the fictional character, Juan Valdez, a familiar icon for pure Colombian coffee and more recently the trade name for a chain of coffee shops featuring one hundred percent Colombian coffee. Here is a listing of organic coffee brand names from Colombia.

  • Volcan
  • Linea Roja
  • Sostenible
  • Origen
  • Frailes
  • Taeq
  • Juan Valdez, several varieties
  • Oma

The Colombian Cafetero straddles the Andes with the Amazonia on the East and the Pacific region of Colombia on the West. The region has excellent rainfall, high elevations, great drainage with crops sometimes planted on 70 degree slopes, and frequent cloud cover. Any great Colombian organic coffee is by proclamation of the Colombian coffee growers association, Juan Valdez organic coffee.

From the Caribbean: Jamaica

One of finest coffees in the world is Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. These brands are mild coffee, low on bitterness. Because these coffee brands have a great reputation they are expensive. Four fifths of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee ends up in Japan. The Blue Mountains provide an excellent climate for coffee, rising to over seven thousand feet there is rich soil, excellent drainage, and abundant rainfall. Jamaica Blue Mountain organic coffee is certified as originating in the region of the world.

And from Hawaii

Organic Kona coffee is grown on mountainous slopes on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kona coffee benefits from mild weather and moist growing conditions as well as the volcanic soil of the Hawaiian Islands. Because of its scarcity as well as its quality Kona coffee is one of the world’s most expensive coffees. Organic Kona coffee is therefore rarer and somewhat more expensive. Although Hawaiian coffee was first grown on large plantations a crash in the worldwide coffee market in 1899 led owners to lease or sell land to their workers. This started a tradition of family operated coffee farms of five to twelve acres. The fact that families continue to grow on the same land has led to the tradition of sustainable coffee growing that is the hallmark of growing healthy organic coffee. Top grades Kona coffee are Kona Extra Fancy, Kona Fancy, Kona Number 1, Kona Select, and Kona Prime.

Organic Coffee from Panama

Panama mountain grown organic coffee offers some of the top organic coffee brands. Although some Panama coffees fetch a high price there a several top organic coffee brands in Panama that can be purchased at reasonable prices. Here is a short list of Panama coffee producers:

  • Asociación de Caficultores Orgánicos Ngöbe Ascon
  • Café Kotowa –Duncan
  • Finca Dos Jefes
  • Finca El Remedio – Ama de Casa
  • Finca Ramon Arauz
  • Finca San Miguel de La Montaña
  • Finca Señor Ramón Arauz
  • Hacienda Barbara – Las Brujas
  • Hacienda Barbara Jaramillo
  • Hacienda La Esperanza
  • Leap Of Faith Farms,Inc
  • Los Lajones Estate Coffee S.A.
  • Productos de Bocas de Toro

For more information regarding Panama organic coffee sold via the Panamá Natural Coffee brand please contact us today.

More Coffee Linked to Longer Lasting Erections

And there is one more benefit of regular and healthy organic coffee. More coffee is linked to longer lasting erections! Forbes reports on a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Coffee consumption is linked to decreased erectile dysfunction. That is to say if a man drinks more coffee he is more likely to be able to maintain an erection for the time desired.

According to a new study out in the journal PLOS ONE, caffeine intake is linked to reduced odds of having erectile dysfunction (ED) in men who drink the equivalent of two to three cups of coffee per day. Among the lifestyle factors that are known to put a man at risk of ED – poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and alcohol consumptions – caffeine has not been of the biggest candidates. But the new study suggests that like other areas of physical and mental health, ED may be another beneficiary of caffeine’s fascinating benefits. Since erectile function, and dysfunction, is in some ways an extension of cardiovascular health – and caffeine is known to have certain cardiovascular benefits – the idea that it could also help ED may not be so surprising. But for men who are devout coffee drinkers, the results may come as good news.

The odds of a man having difficulty maintaining an erection for the desired length of time is about 44 percent for men age 40 and over. For men over 70 the incidence of erectile dysfunction is 70 percent. So, just how much does coffee help?

What Is the Benefit of Coffee?

Researchers found that the caffeine equivalent of two to three cups of coffee a day were roughly forty percent less likely to have erectile dysfunction than those who do not drink coffee. The scientists believe that the benefit comes from caffeine. The benefit works for men who are overweight or frankly obese as well as men with hypertension, common reasons for erectile dysfunction. The caffeine in coffee does not help if erectile dysfunction is causes by diabetes, but coffee itself can help prevent diabetes!

Coffee and Diabetes

We have known for years that more coffee leads to less diabetes.

Drinking coffee reduces the incidence of Type II diabetes, the type that affects 95% of people with the disease. This has been known for some years but until recently no one really knew why. Now researchers at UCLA have found what may be the reason. It turns out that there is a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin. Its normal job is to regulate sex hormone activity in the human body. Researchers have long suspected that the same hormone has an effect on the development of Type II diabetes. How does organic coffee come into the picture? Drinking coffee increases the body’s levels of sex hormone-binding globulin. The American Diabetes Association says that nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes of which more than 9 in 10 have the Type II variety. That comes to roughly 22 million people with Type 2 diabetes. The fact that more organic coffee can lead to less diabetes could be a significant issue in US public health.

So, not only does more lead to longer lasting erections but it can prevent type II diabetes, a cause or erectile dysfunction!

What Does Organic Mean?

Coffee is good for you and organic coffee is better. Regarding coffee, just what does organic mean? Here is a primer on healthy organic coffee.

Organic Coffee

Organic coffee is grown with the addition of artificial substances such as synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides or fungicides. Organic coffee is also processed and stored separate from other non-organic produce. To obtain organic coffee certification a grower must abide by several restrictions. Fertilizers must be one hundred percent organic. Such fertilizers include chicken manure, coffee pulp and general compost. Three fourths of all organic coffee is grown in Latin America.

Preserving the Environment

Organic agriculture can strengthen the natural environment’s resistance to disease. Organic coffee is commonly shade-grown. This helps preserve forests and provides habitat for birds. Soil erosion is minimized and the water table is spared the polluting effects of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Insect populations are more balanced and less likely to case plant disease.

Organic Means Cleaner Coffee

A study by the Australian Food Standards Authority revealed that as many as 133 contaminants may be in a cup of commercially available coffee. These contaminants include metals such as aluminum and zinc, pesticide residues, ochratoxin A, acrylamide, furan, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are found to cause cancer. Furans have been associated with skin disorders, liver problems, certain kinds of cancers, impairment to the reproductive, endocrine, and immune system, as well as effects on embryonic development. What does organic mean? It means a cleaner cup of coffee with no harmful additives.

Coffee Is Good for You

Coffee is good for you. So don’t take away from the benefits by adding things that are bad for you. Coffee drinkers get less type II diabetes.

Women who drink at least four cups of coffee a day have less than half the incidence of Type II diabetes as women who do not drink coffee. The coffee drinkers all had elevated sex hormone-binding globulin levels while the non coffee drinkers did not. The relationship was complete between the elevated enzyme level and a reduced incidence of Type II diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association says that nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes of which more than 9 in 10 have the Type II variety. That comes to roughly 22 million people with Type 2 diabetes. The fact that more organic coffee can lead to less diabetes could be a significant issue in US public health.

Drink coffee and reduce your risk of this disease.

And coffee reduces the risk of diseases like colon cancer.

It turns out that one of the antioxidants obtained during the process of roasting organic coffee may well reduce the risk of getting colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the USA. For many years medical researchers have known that a set of enzymes in the human body, phase II enzymes have a protective effect. They help us avoid getting colon cancer. The higher the level of phase two enzymes you have the lower your risk is of getting colon cancer. Here is where a good cup of organic coffee comes in. The methylpyridium produced as a natural byproduct of roasting organic coffee raises phase II enzyme levels. In fact more coffee means more methylpyridium which means higher levels of phase II enzymes. Medical studies are underway to determine the precise amount of methylpyridium that would be recommended.

What does organic mean? It means healthy, good tasting safe-for-you coffee!