How Much Does Colombian Coffee Cost?

Colombian is the premier producer of high quality Arabica coffees, especially in wholesale quantities. But how much does Colombian coffee cost? Cost depends on the current coffee market, the quality of the coffee and export costs. A half-pound bag of ground coffee such as Aguila Roja in a Colombian grocery store will sell for around $2 (6,000 Colombian Pesos). A one pound bag of Juan Valdez organic coffee as a coffee of single origin from a specific part of the Colombian Cafetero will sell for around $9 (27,000 Colombian pesos) in Colombia. Unfortunately if you want to send via UPS it may cost as much as $100 for shipping of a kilogram of Colombian coffee! However, you can buy wholesale coffee from Colombia and the price is attractive provided that you deal with a trusted supplier and exporter and deal in larger volumes.

Air Freight Coffee Colombia to the USA

If you are interested in mid-size shipments of organic green Colombian coffee air freight arranged by a supplier and exporter in Colombia can be cost efficient. The wholesale price of highest quality green organic coffee of origin in Colombia will run around $7 a pound. Air freight Bogota to Houston will run about $1.25 a pound. Ten 60 kg bags (132 pounds each = 1,320 pounds will cost around $8.25 x 1,320 pounds = $10,890. This works out to $8.25 a pound. The cost of basic green Colombian coffee is closer to $2 a pound which works out to $4,290 for ten 60 kg bags air freight Bogota to Houston.

Shipping Containers Full of Colombian Coffee

Large orders of wholesale Colombian green coffee are usually shipped by sea. Or suppliers in Colombia ship via Buenaventura on the Pacific coast or Cartagena on the Caribbean. Shipping containers are the most cost effective way to ship. A 20 foot shipping container holds 18 tons of coffee in bags and 21 tons in bulk. Shippers say that coffee in bulk arrives in better condition than coffee in bags. Special liners are used for bulk shipping of coffee. Shipping cost per pound is pennies on the dollar compared to air freight. The most coffee way to send is FOB which means that you employ a shipper to receive the shipment as it goes onto the boat and insure that it gets to you safe and sound.

Coffee Quality

The price of regular coffee futures is quoted on the NYMEX during every business day. This is the base from which all others are derived. If you want export quality Colombian coffee it will commonly cost a dollar to two more a pound than basic coffee beans. If you want organic, shade grown or coffee of a specific origin this is where the price moves from around $2 to around $7 a pound.

For Starters

We suggest that if you are interested in high quality Arabica coffee from Colombia that you try a 60 kg bag shipped by air freight. In November of 2015 Colombia changed its export laws making it easier to export smaller quantities of coffee. If you would like a quote for a 60 kg bag or a 20 foot shipping container of your favorite kind of Colombian coffee please contact us at Buy Organic Coffee.

 

How Do Green Coffee Beans Work?

We have written about green coffee beans, how one might lose weight with green coffee beans, how to get wholesale green coffee beans and organic green coffee extract. And later we reported on a bogus green coffee extract claim. Unroasted green coffee beans have a higher level of chlorogenic acid and that is what is believed to be the benefit of green coffee. Chlorogenic acid is believed to help reduce high blood pressure and people take it for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease and bacterial infections. It is the extract of green coffee beans that people take for medicinal purposes.

For Weight Loss

There is evidence in human testing that chlorogenic acid can reduce the absorption of carbohydrates from the intestinal tract which in turn lowers blood sugar levels and the insulin spikes associated with rapid intake of sugars. In essence to the degree that this works out it is like going on a diet by fooling your body into absorbing fewer calories.

Lower Cholesterol

Chlorogenic acid dramatically reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels but this evidence comes from studies on rats.

Weight Loss

There is evidence that taking green coffee extract can result in moderate weight loss over a short period of time. However, the study on people only lasted for three months and resulted in a six pound greater weight loss in folks taking green coffee extract versus placebo. There is no evidence that this effect lasts and no research into long term use of green coffee beans or extract for weight loss.

Effect on Diabetes

We know that coffee consumption reduces the incidence of type II diabetes. But is also seems that chlorogenic acid may also have a protective effect as well. In rat studies chlorogenic acid supplements reduce glucose absorption.

Blood Pressure

There is evidence that chlorogenic acid taken daily lowers high blood pressure. Researchers compared chlorogenic acid with placebo in patients with mild high blood pressure and found that both systolic and diastolic blood pressures decreased significantly so long as the patient continued the regime.

What Green Coffee Does Not Do

As we noted in our bogus green coffee extract claim article, manufactures cannot claim long term success in promoting this product for weight loss.

The Federal Trade Commission has levied a fine of $3.5 million on Applied Food Sciences, the company that sponsored the study claiming that green coffee extract resulted in weight loss. Here is a quote from the FTC

the study’s lead investigator repeatedly altered the weights and other key measurements of the subjects, changed the length of the trial, and misstated which subjects were taking the placebo or GCA during the trial. When the lead investigator was unable to get the study published, the FTC says that AFS hired researchers Joe Vinson and Bryan Burnham at the University of Scranton to rewrite it. Despite receiving conflicting data, Vinson, Burnham, and AFS never verified the authenticity of the information used in the study, according to the complaint.

Despite the study’s flaws, AFS used it to falsely claim that GCA caused consumers to lose 17.7 pounds, 10.5 percent of body weight, and 16 percent of body fat with or without diet and exercise, in 22 weeks, the complaint alleges.

The point of all this is that researchers in India fudged the results of their study and no one followed up. This was a bogus green coffee extract claim and should be ignored. If you purchased any green coffee extract for the purpose of losing weight you may want to ask for, or demand, your money back.

How Much Is Organic Coffee?

If you want the best coffee you want to drink organic Arabica coffee from Colombia. How much is organic coffee compared to non-organic? And how much is high quality Arabica coffee from the mountains of Colombia compared to less aromatic and flavorful types of coffee.

The Price of Basic Coffee

We were recently in a coffee farmer’s cooperative in a small town in the heart of the Colombian coffee growing district, the Eje Cafetero. On one wall was a wide screen TV showing up-to-the-minute coffee futures prices quoted from New York. This updated coffee trading price is what the coffee farmer gets for basic coffee picked, with the fruit removed and dried when delivered down the mountain. The CME/NYMEX base price of coffee futures deliverable as of this writing for July 2016 is $1.3270 a pound. Futures for later delivery are progressively higher with March 2018 at $1.4665 a pound. If you are trading coffee, by the way, contract units are 37,500 pounds and quoted in dollars. Consider this the basis on which organic coffee is priced. But how does this price compare with what you pay for a cup of coffee and why?

 

Green Coffee Beans

Coffee and Hidden Costs

Serious Eats published an interesting article about the hidden costs of coffee.

The price of unroasted green coffee depends on multiple complicated factors. For example, to start: Is the coffee Arabica or Robusta? Arabica is a higher-altitude-grown, lower-yielding species of the coffee plant that is considered the “gourmet” bean type. Robusta is just what the name implies: highly productive and robust even in the face of disease, drought, and infestation (largely because it’s higher in caffeine, which is a natural pesticide), but not typically as delicious or delicate as its cousin Arabica.

As a general rule, 100% Arabica coffees cost more all-around-to the farmer, the roaster, and the consumer-than Robustas. Furthermore, if the coffee is organically grown, or Fair Trade-certified, it might command additional premiums.

So, organic Colombian Arabica beans are going to sell for more than your average coffee bean, especially more than Robusta beans.

Then, there’s the quality to consider: coffee buyers usually grade every coffee on a quality scale (say, 1 to 100), and choose selections that score well (an 80 at least), paying more per pound of green beans as the score creeps higher.

So, high quality coffee beans are more expensive than low quality beans. Then there is the process of exporting, importing and getting the coffee to the roaster which adds to the cost. Roasting, packaging and delivering to retailers commonly adds around $6 a pound to the cost of the coffee.

 

Roasted Organic Coffee Beans

Roasted Organic Coffee Beans

A coffee house will use about 2 grams of coffee beans per 10 ounce cup. That works out to about 30 cups of coffee per pound. If the roaster paid only $3 a pound for imported green beans and added $6 a pound to roast and distribute their base cost of just the coffee would be $9 divided by 30 which equals 30 cents a cup. However, you need to factor in the total cost of running a coffee shop and the need to make a profit and then you get your $3 or more cup of coffee.

 

Best Brewed Coffee

Best Brewed Coffee

How Much Is Organic Coffee?

At the coffee shop organic coffee is not that much more because the only increase in cost is the coffee while every other step in the supply chain is the same. But what if you want to buy wholesale? A couple of years ago we wrote about the cost of wholesale organic coffee using prices from our roaster in Bogota.

The cost of high quality roasted whole bean organic coffee from Colombia is lowest when purchased in bulk. A recent price quote that we have from one of our suppliers is as follows: $18,861.70 for 1,980 pounds of roasted whole bean organic coffee with USDA and other organic coffee certifications.

For this quote the coffee would be roasted and put in 2.5 kilo bags (5.5 pounds). This quantity requires 360 bags:

Cost for 360 bags = $18,861.70

Cost per bag = $52.39

Cost per kilo = $20.96

Cost per pound = $9.53

Prices change but just in this example you can see that by purchasing green roasted coffee in bulk and having it sent air freight to the USA allows you to get high quality Colombian Arabica organic coffee from the price that a roaster in the USA would charge for roasted coffee or average quality. For prices on green coffee, organic green coffee, coffees of origin from Colombia please contact us at Buy Organic Coffee for a quote. Depending on quantity we can arrange air freight delivery or shipment by shipping container from either Buenaventura or Cartagena, Colombia.

 

Best Organic Coffee Grows in the Cafetero of Colombia

Best Organic Coffee Grows in the Cafetero of Colombia

What Does Organic Coffee Mean?

You may have heard that organic coffee is better than regular coffee. What just what does organic coffee mean? Organic.org tells us what organic means.

Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.

As we noted in our article, Organic Coffee Certification,

The soil in which organic coffee is grown must have been verified as free from prohibited substances for at least three years. In addition there must be distinct boundaries between land on which organic coffee is grown and land where pesticides, herbicides, and prohibited chemical fertilizers are used. This guarantees that drift of substances sprayed or otherwise applied on adjacent land will not contaminate the organic plot of land. Organic coffee certification includes the adherence to a specific and verifiable plan for all practices and procedures from planting to crop maintenance, to harvest, de-husking, bagging, transport, roasting, packaging, and final transport. Along the way procedures must be in place at every step to insure that there is no contamination of the healthy organic coffee produced in pristine soil with regular coffee produced on soil exposed to herbicides, pesticides, and organic fertilizers.

Years ago in Australia health authorities tested regular coffee and found more than 130 impurities including residues of herbicides and pesticides and many other unwelcome ingredients. Drinking organic coffee means that you skip having all of those bad things in your cup. Coffee is good for you as it helps reduce the incidence of diabetes and various forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s and many other conditions. Organic coffee does the same and you also get the skip the impurities that are all too often found in regular coffee. And besides being good for you organic coffee is good for the environment.

Organic Coffee and the Environment

The process of growing organic coffee as well as other organic produce is called sustainable agriculture. Organic coffee growing is sustainable coffee production.

Although organic coffee grown and certified by the USDA is the result of sustainable coffee production so is coffee that is UTZ certified or Rainforest Alliance certified.

Rainforest Alliance is an NGOP that works to conserve biodiversity. They seek to convince buyers to purchase what is good for the environment and good for small farmers. Their certified coffees are produced using good land use practices. Certified coffee farms meet a strict set of environmental standards including ecosystem preservation and minimal use of synthetic chemicals.

The UTZ Certified label tells you that the coffee came from a farm that employed sustainable agricultural practices, good environmental practices and efficient farm management. UTZ Certified label is that UTZ Certified coffee is traced from grower to roaster.

Before farmers learned to use crop rotation it was common for land to be “farmed out.” In the American Great Plains farmers rotate corn, soybeans and alfalfa on the same land. Because coffee is a perennial and not an annual crop farmers don’t change plants every year. But what they do is use mulch from dead plants and other organic natural fertilizers when needed to avoid polluting the water table with chemicals. In addition they commonly plant coffee among trees in a forest environment where the habitat is natural and self-sustaining.

What Is Single Origin Coffee?

Colombia produces the finest Arabica coffee in the world. But, many Colombians would be surprised to know that the coffee they commonly buy at the grocery store probably was grown in Ecuador! If you want to be assured that your coffee is 100% Colombian look for Juan Valdez on the label. This fictional character was dreamed up half a century ago by the Colombian Coffee Growers Association as we noted in our article, Juan Valdez Organic Coffee. We wrote that article more than five years ago and noted the lack of organic coffee at Juan Valdez coffee shops. Since that time you can find bags of single origin Juan Valdez coffees at their shops. What is single origin coffee? It is coffee that is entirely and specifically from a single location. That could be a country or even a single farm although typically it is an area such as around Manizales, Armenia, Cali, Medellin, Pereira or Huila.

Single Origin Coffee From Colombia

Single Origin Coffee From Colombia

There is a lot of coffee in Colombia and the vast majority goes for regular coffee, roasted, ground and sold in the grocery store. This is where a few extra beans from Ecuador might find their way into the mix. But what if you want single origin organic coffee from the heart of the Colombian Cafetero?

Wholesale Coffee versus Retail Quantities

Coffee just off the mountain is quoted on the NYMEX and runs about $2 a pound. When that coffee is processed, sorted and the husk removed the price goes up but not much. The largest bump up in price is in roasting. This assumes that you deal in shipping container quantities of coffee. But what if you want single origin organic or at least export quality coffee from the heart of Colombia but in ten to twenty pound range? It turns out that BuyOrganicCoffee.org can help you in both cases. We deal with suppliers who ship via Buenaventura on the Pacific or Cartagena on the Atlantic and can fill a shipping container with your favorite whole bean green or roasted coffee. And we deal with suppliers who can send you ten or twenty pounds of your favorite, green or roasted, via Fed Ex or UPS. Roasted coffee will be freshly roasted just before sending and green coffee has a two year “shelf life” when properly stored.

Why Single Origin?

Coffee lovers know that coffee is much like wine in that the flavor and aroma are affected by the soil in which it grown and the climate as much as by the type of bean and the quality of care given to the coffee plant. Coffee grown around Huila differs from coffee grown West of Medellin and that coffee differs from the coffee from the Valle de Cauca near Cali. Roasters who are interested in single origin organic coffees from the Colombian Cafetero or simply high quality 100 Colombian coffees please contact us at BuyOrganicCoffee.org.

Who Makes Organic Coffee?

We know that coffee is good for your and organic coffee is better. But, who makes organic coffee? The only organic coffee producers in the USA are in Hawaii. But coffee is produced throughout the tropical regions of the world and virtually every country that grows coffee grows a little healthy organic coffee as well.

Coffee Growing Countries

Here are the top coffee growing countries ranked by production by 60 kg bags in 2014.

  • Brazil, 45,342,000
  • Vietnam, 27,500,000
  • Colombia, 11,600,000
  • Indonesia, 6,850,000
  • Ethiopia, 6,500,000
  • India, 5,005,000
  • Mexico, 4,500,000
  • Guatemala, 4,000,000
  • Peru, 3,500,000
  • Honduras, 2,700,000

But not all of these countries produce a lot of organic coffee. For example, Vietnam produces mostly robusta coffee which is used for the caffeine in soft drinks. They produce very little Arabia coffee which is where organic coffee typically comes from. The top producers of Arabica coffee are Brazil and Colombia followed by Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Honduras. Other Central American Arabica coffee producers are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama. Both Colombia and Panama are widely known for the quality of their organic coffee.

Organic Coffee from the Mountains of Panama

Panama is a small country and a small producer of organic coffee but what they lack in size they make up in quality. Panama Mountain Grown Organic coffee wins awards.

A prime example of Panama mountain grown organic coffee is Duncan Estate organic coffee produced by Kotowa Coffee in the Chiriquí Highlands of Panama. This Arabica coffee grown by sustainable practices received honors as the best organic coffee in Panama in 2005 and the best organic coffee in the world in 2006. Duncan Estate organic coffee by Kotowa is certified by Bio Latina. Other Panama mountain grown organic coffee certified producers receiving Bio Latina organic coffee certification include the following:

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

Coffee growing in Panama centers on the towns of Boquete and Volcan. This area is the Northeastern end of the arco seco, Spanish for dry arch, which is the agricultural breadbasket of Panama.

The Eje Cafetero of Colombia

Colombia is a country about the size of Texas or California. Mountainous region in the West of the country is cloudy with rich volcanic soil ideal for growing coffee. There are a good number of great coffees from Colombia. The region roughly bounded by the cities of Medellin, Cali and Manizales is the Colombian coffee growing axis, the Eje Cafetero. Virtually all coffee grown in Colombia is high quality Arabica coffee and there are many organic producers both for local sales and high volume exports.

As there are many Colombian organic coffee brands and Spanish speaking producers, feel free to contact us today at http://buyorganiccoffee.org/contact-us/ for help finding the organic coffee that you need.

 

What Is Shade Grown Coffee?

If you are looking for great coffee and coffee farming that helps the environment, look for shade grown coffee. What is shade grown coffee? The quick answer is that shade grown coffee is grown under the forest canopy and not in full sun. Why is that important? Shade grown organic coffee is how coffee was originally grown.

Natural coffee strains grow best in partial or total shade. In fact, many plants dry out and die if planted in full sun. Thus coffee has traditionally been grown under a canopy of trees. This method of planting on hillsides helps prevent erosion as is still seen in regions of Colombia, Panama, and other parts of the world where coffee is grown on steep slopes. However, new sun tolerant coffee strains were introduced over the last two generations. These plants thrive in full sunlight and are capable of producing up to three times as many coffee beans as traditional coffee plants in a shaded environment. Unfortunately, in order to boost production rates growers use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides to protect the monoculture of coffee that they plant. By taking coffee out of its more normal habitat growers subject it to the same risks as other field crops and orchards in which individual infective pests can enter and destroy a crop.

The ideal habitat for growing natural coffee in the shade is in a forest in the mountains in the tropics. In these habitats there are typically up to forty different species of trees on traditional, organic coffee plantations. This mixture of trees helps maintain soil quality and provides habitat for numerous smaller plants as well as animals and birds. A mature plantation producing shade grown organic coffee is a mature ecosystem that is virtually self-sustaining. It does not require insecticides as birds and other animals living in the coffee forest consume the pests. It does not require large amount of synthetic fertilizers as the natural products of plant decomposition slowly leach into the soil to fertilize new plants and do not poison downstream water or the water table.

What is shade grown coffee? It is the ideal product of a sustainable habitat, free of impurities and most commonly an excellent coffee.

Shade Grown Coffee and the Birds

Shade grown coffee is good for the environment because the coffee farmer leaves the trees and other plants alone. And, because the tree canopy is left intact, shade grown coffee is good for the birds. In our article about coffee for the birds we noted that preserving the rain forest canopy means preserving bird habitat and that the best certification if you want to save the birds is from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has a Bird Friendly Coffee page on their web site.

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has developed the only 100% organic and shade-grown coffee certification available: Bird Friendly.

That’s right-no other bag guarantees that every bean is produced organically and under high-quality shade. Our seal of approval ensures tropical “agroforests” are preserved and migratory birds find a healthy haven when they travel from your backyard to those faraway farms producing the beans you so enjoy every morning.

The point is that USDA certified and other certifications do not guarantee that the forest habitat was preserved while the Bird Friend Coffee certification does.

How Can Coffee Beans Be Organic?

Coffee is good for your and organic coffee is better. There are many health benefits to drinking coffee so that it has tongue-in-cheek been called a wonder drug. Organic coffee is better because it contains virtually none of the impurities that can be found in regular coffee. But just how can coffee beans be organic? Healthy organic coffee is grown using sustainable agricultural practices and is processed, stored and shipped separately in order to avoid contamination with regular coffee.

Healthy organic coffee has been around for a long, long time. Unfortunately in the modern era the use of pesticides and herbicides has entered the picture in growing many crops, including otherwise healthy organic coffee. Although non-organic contaminants do not necessarily reduce the beneficial health effects of a healthy cup of organic coffee the non-organic contaminants cause problems of their own.

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.

So you really want organic coffee when you can get it. The best way to make sure that your coffee is organic is to look for certification on the bag. The three most reliable certifications are USDA, UTZ and Rainforest Alliance.

USDA Certified Coffee

USDA organic coffee is certified by the United States Department of Agriculture. Many consider this the gold standard in organic coffee certification.

According to the USDA, the following applies to USDA organic coffee as well as to all organic food production. “… Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.” Organic coffee certification reliably gives you a safe and flavorful coffee.

Because the only state in the USA that produces coffee is Hawaii most USDA certification is “farmed out” to designees of the USDA, such as Bio Latina.

UTZ Organic Coffee Certification

UTZ certified coffee meets the same standards as USDA certification but in addition UTZ works to teach coffee farmers good practices and helps to market their product.

Rainforest Alliance Organic Coffee Certification

Rainforest Alliance certified coffee also meets USDA standards and, like UTZ, this group helps small farmers develop their operations and market their product.

How Important Is It to Drink Organic Coffee?

The news is full of reports about the health benefits of coffee. But, how important is it to drink organic coffee? Healthy organic coffee is typically made from high grade Arabica coffee beans. Organic coffee offers all of the health benefits of regular coffee. And, organic coffee has far fewer impurities than can be found in a cup of regular coffee. How important is it to drink organic coffee? First, let’s start with what you might find a a cup of regular coffee.

Safe Organic Coffee

Years ago we wrote an article about Safe Organic Coffee.

If you are worried about all of the junk that someone might be putting in your food consider safe organic coffee. USDA organic coffee is certified to be grown according to sustainable growing practices. Coffee used to be grown in the shade and commonly in forested areas. Historically the environment and spacing out the coffee plants took care of much of the problem of insects and plant diseases. However, new coffee strains were introduced which can grow in the full sun. With the use of synthetic fertilizers the grower produces more coffee. This also erodes the soil and leaves synthetic fertilizer residue in the coffee bean. Crowding of plants brings about more plant diseases and pests which growers commonly treat with fungicides and pesticides, which also end up on the coffee bean. Safe organic coffee, on the other hand is grown and certified to be grown without use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. When the consumer has his cup of safe organic coffee each morning he can be assured that the product he is drinking is good for the environment. And, he is not drinking a contaminated beverage.

Over one hundred thirty contaminants can be found in a cup of regular coffee. The Australian Food Standards Authority found metals such as aluminum and zinc, pesticide residues, and many other unwelcome substances in commercially available regular coffee. The effects of some of these chemicals are impairment the immune system, liver problems, and even certain kinds of cancer. On the other hand, antioxidants in black organic coffee in easy to find organic coffee brands can help prevent disease.

Antioxidants Are Good for You

Antioxidants are good for you and the major source of antioxidants for most people is coffee. There are other good sources of antioxidants but, because we drink so much coffee, it is the major source. Organic coffee antioxidants are available all day long in your coffee cup.

Healthy organic coffee is not only free of many of the impurities found in regular coffee but contains things that are beneficial to your health. These things in organic coffee include antioxidants. So, just what are antioxidants and why should we want to have more of them? 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.

For information about the health benefits of coffee that come mostly from antioxidants read a couple of our articles on the subject. How important is it to drink organic coffee? Read the articles.

Health Aspects of Organic Coffee

Less Diabetes with Daily Organic Coffee

Organic Coffee and Glaucoma

Health Effects of Drinking Coffee

Benefits of Drinking Coffee

How Is Coffee Good for You?

A morning cup of coffee is great for waking up and starting the day. But otherwise how is coffee good for you? It turns out that coffee has a lot of health benefits. The benefits of drinking coffee range from living longer to reducing the risks of various diseases. According to The New York Times the more coffee you drink the better off you are. And this is true to a point.

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 include 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.

Where Does Organic Coffee Fit into the Picture?

Think of healthy organic coffee as the cleanest and healthiest of the lot.

Organic coffee is typically Arabica coffee, the best tasting and most aromatic of al coffees. And organic coffee is commonly grown on small family farms where you are assured of the best quality beans and processing. Certified organic coffee is free of as many as 130 impurities that can be found in regular coffee.

The soil in which organic coffee is grown must have been verified as free from prohibited substances for at least three years. In addition there must be distinct boundaries between land on which organic coffee is grown and land where pesticides, herbicides, and prohibited chemical fertilizers are used. This guarantees that drift of substances sprayed or otherwise applied on adjacent land will not contaminate the organic plot of land. Organic coffee certification includes the adherence to a specific and verifiable plan for all practices and procedures from planting to crop maintenance, to harvest, de-husking, bagging, transport, roasting, packaging, and final transport. Along the way procedures must be in place at every step to insure that there is no contamination of the healthy organic coffee produced in pristine soil with regular coffee produced on soil exposed to herbicides, pesticides, and organic fertilizers.

As the experts say up to six cups of coffee a day provide increasing health benefits and the more organic coffee you drink the more free your coffee is of pesticides, herbicides and other unwanted ingredients.