Organic Coffee with the Most Antioxidants

We have written time and again about the health benefits of coffee and how regular and organic coffee antioxidants are central to these benefits. We have also noted that by drinking organic coffee you can avoid the many impurities too often found in regular coffee. So, organic coffee is a better choice than regular coffee but which is the organic coffee with the most antioxidants? Here are the facts about how to get the organic coffee with the most antioxidants in your cup.

Robusta versus Arabica

Robusta coffee beans not only have much more caffeine than higher quality and better tasting Arabica but green Robusta coffee beans also have double the antioxidants. Years ago the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published an article comparing antioxidant activity in coffee, tea, and cocoa.

Green coffee beans of Robusta coffee exhibited a 2-fold higher antioxidant activity than Arabica coffee, but after roasting this difference was no longer significant.

So Robusta starts out with more antioxidants but they do not survive roasting.

Roasting

Health.com writes about antioxidants and light versus dark roast.

For the new study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, Korean researchers compared coffees of several different roasting levels, analyzing their caffeine content and levels of chlorogenic acid, a well-known antioxidant. They also exposed extract of each coffee to human cell cultures to test their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

The results? The lighter the roast, the higher the chlorogenic acid content-and the better the coffee extract protected human cells against oxidation (cell damage) and inflammation when tested in the lab. Caffeine levels, on the other hand, did not vary significantly between samples.

This seems to make sense given the fact that the excess antioxidant levels in Robusta go away when the beans are roasted. So, excessive roasting will also reduce the level of chlorogenic acid antioxidants in coffee. However, there are also antioxidants that are produced in roasting. The so-called “Maillard reaction” produces new antioxidants when green coffee beans are browned. Your goal, if you want organic coffee with the most antioxidants, is to roast your organic coffee but not excessively.

Time and Ground Coffee Are Your Enemies

When antioxidants in coffee are exposed to air they oxidize! Because grinding coffee exposes more coffee surface area to the air ground coffee loses its flavor and its antioxidants faster than roasted whole bean coffee. Years ago we offers some tips about how to store coffee and preserve freshness.

It is because coffee starts to lose its flavor (and antioxidants) 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.

If you purchase a large quantity of wholesale coffee put the larger amount in an air tight container and take your daily coffee out of a smaller container, replenishing as needed. Small and airtight containers can be store in the freezer but only until the first use. The same rules apply for regular coffee and healthy organic coffee. Coffee ages and it ages more if it is warm, wet, and exposed to the air.

It turns out that the most important factor if you want organic coffee with the most antioxidants, you need to buy new and not old beans, store properly, and grind just before making your coffee.


How Can You Get Freshly Roasted Colombian Coffee?

The best coffee is Arabica and the best Arabica coffee comes from Colombia.

There are two basic species of coffee, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica coffee is generally believed to be the first type of coffee to be cultivated. When you buy Arabica organic coffee you are choosing the species of coffee with superior taste according to many experts. Café Arabica also contains less caffeine than Robusta. Although wild Arabica coffee plants can reach 12 meters in height coffee growers typically prune the plant to no more than 5 meters and often as short as 2 meters high to make the coffee easier to pick. Arabica coffee grows best at just under a mile in altitude although it is grown at sea level and as high as 7,500 feet.

The Colombian coffee growing region known as the Eje Cafetero has ideal soil and climate for growing coffee and the coffee farmers in the region have been growing high quality Arabica coffees for a century and a half. So, if you want great Arabica coffee, look for coffee from Colombia.

Juan Valdez

If you want to make sure the coffee you buy at the market is Colombian look for Juan Valdez. Juan Valdez is a fictional character invented by the Colombian Coffee Growers Association. When you see Juan of the label you can be assured that the coffee is 100% Colombian. But how can you be assured that the coffee is fresh?

Coffee Freshness: Green Coffee

The coffee that you buy has been dried, had the fruit of the coffee berry removed and has been threshed to remove the outer husk of the bean. At that point the green coffee beans are at their freshest and when properly stored and transported green coffee retains a reasonable degree of freshness for up to two years. Coffee house coffee is made from freshly roasted green coffee beans. But, how old are the green beans? If the coffee house got a great deal on old beans they are making a better profit and you are drinking inferior coffee!

Coffee Freshness: Roasted Coffee

There is an art to roasting coffee. When we visited the roaster at Tilladora Manizales last year the roaster explained that perhaps one out of five batches that he roasts ends up being sold to institutions instead of high end buyers. And the freshness of roasted coffee lasts for up to six months when properly stored. Most of us do not have the skill, time, or interest to roast our own coffee. And we do not know how long ago the coffee that we are buying was roasted. So, how can you get fresh and freshly roasted Colombian coffee if you do not live in the Eje Cafetero?

Buy Organic Coffee to the Rescue

If you would like coffee that was just picked and processed and has been roasted within the last week or so contact us at BuyOrganicCoffee.org. We work with coffee roasters in places like Manizales or Chinchina in the heart of the Eje Cafetero. Order your coffee and we will have our partners select the freshest coffee beans, roast them to perfection, and send to your via express air delivery. That is how you can get freshly roasted Colombian coffee.

Last Word on Coffee: It’s Good for You!

We have written extensively about the health benefits of coffee. While there are still a few naysayers, here is the last word on coffee: it’s good for you! The Annual Review of Nutrition published a comprehensive review entitled Coffee, Caffeine, and Health Outcomes: an Umbrella Review. Here is the short version.

To evaluate the associations between coffee and caffeine consumption and various health outcomes, we performed an umbrella review of the evidence from meta-analyses of observational studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Of the 59 unique outcomes examined in the selected 112 meta-analyses of observational studies, coffee was associated with a probable decreased risk of breast, colorectal, colon, endometrial, and prostate cancers; cardiovascular disease and mortality; Parkinson’s disease; and type-2 diabetes. Of the 14 unique outcomes examined in the 20 selected meta-analyses of observational studies, caffeine was associated with a probable decreased risk of Parkinson’s disease and type-2 diabetes and an increased risk of pregnancy loss. Of the 12 unique acute outcomes examined in the selected 9 meta-analyses of RCTs, coffee was associated with a rise in serum lipids, but this result was affected by significant heterogeneity, and caffeine was associated with a rise in blood pressure. Given the spectrum of conditions studied and the robustness of many of the results, these findings indicate that coffee can be part of a healthful diet.

These people did not study any patients. Rather they looked at all of the studies done regarding coffee and its effects on health. There was a lot of statistical analysis involved and in the end the results confirmed much of what has been written about coffee and health.

Coffee and Diabetes

This last word on coffee confirms what we wrote years ago about how more organic coffee can lead to less diabetes.

The bottom line of the UCLA study was that drinking 4 or more cups of coffee a day, with caffeine, reduces Type II diabetes incidence by 56%, more than half.

The benefit of drinking coffee goes up with the number of cups consumed a day up to six. This is also confirmed in the last word on coffee study.

Coffee and Cancer

Several years ago we wrote that you might avoid cancer by drinking coffee.

Prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, and colon cancer may all occur less often in long term coffee drinkers. To avoid cancer by drinking coffee it appears as though one needs to drink as much as four cups a day although some research studies show benefits in individuals with lower levels of coffee consumption. In general the benefits of coffee in the case of reducing the incidence of cancer have to do with chemicals called antioxidants found in roasted coffee.

The last word study confirms a decreased risk of breast, colorectal, colon, endometrial, and prostate cancers in coffee drinkers.

Degenerative Diseases

Research has linked to coffee to a decreased incidence of degenerative diseases and the last word study confirms the link to Parkinson’s disease.

According to a study of persons on Olmstead County, Minnesota, there is an inverse relationship between the amount of coffee that people drink and their chances of getting Parkinson’s disease. Nearly two hundred persons were followed for twenty years (1976-1995). Researchers noted the amount of coffee that people drank and whether or not they developed Parkinson’s disease. When other things that might affect the incidence of Parkinson’s disease, like smoking, were excluded, there was a clear association between higher coffee consumption and a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease.

The last word on coffee is that it is good for you and up to six cups a day, more coffee is better.

Egg in Your Coffee versus Egg Coffee

Remember in the movie Rocky when Sylvester Stallone drinks raw eggs before going out on his morning run? The rationale was that he needed all that protein because he was in training for a major boxing match. Now there is a new craze in the world of coffee. People are putting a raw egg in their coffee before going to work out. A couple of years ago it was butter coffee.

Butter coffee, also recently called bulletproof coffee, is currently the rage in some places. Butter coffee is eight ounces of freshly brewed coffee plus a teaspoonful each of unsalted butter and coconut oil. There are variations on the theme but the claim of those who like butter coffee is that it gives you more energy, helps you lose weight and avoids the ingestion of so-called inflammatory sugars. It turns out that butter coffee is not really a new idea. In Ethiopia where coffee was first discovered putting butter in freshly brewed coffee is a custom.

Whether you are putting butter and coconut oil in your coffee or a fresh egg, you are getting more calories which you had better burn off with exercise. Otherwise you are probably reducing some of the health benefits of coffee.

A downside to putting a raw egg in your coffee is that there is a risk that the raw egg contains bacteria and will make you sick. We went to Eggsafety.org for more info.

Always thoroughly cook eggs to destroy pathogens and reduce risk of illness.

These bacteria have the ability to result in human illness, and egg farmers vigilantly work to prevent them.

The bacteria that are dangerous to people and can be found in raw eggs include salmonella, bacillus cereus, campylobacter, and staphylococcus aureus. Mild infections result in mild symptoms and severe infections can result in death.

So, is it really dangerous to put a raw egg in your coffee? The point is that you need to heat the egg to a high enough temperature for long enough to kill any bacteria. That means there is less risk if you drop a raw egg into the coffee that you just made with boiling water than if you drop a raw egg into a coffee house latte or, even worse, cold brewed coffee.

But, didn’t your great grandmother make egg coffee back on the farm? When great grandma made egg coffee she boiled the coffee in a big pot and added a couple of eggs, shells and all, to the pot. The protein in the egg and the calcium in the egg shells helped buffer the bitterness of the coffee resulting in a milder brew. After boiling the heck out of the coffee and eggs there was no risk of infection from Grandma’s coffee!

Is there a nutritional difference between egg in your coffee and egg coffee? Grandma did not add enough eggs to make one per cup of coffee so, yes, there is a lot more egg, protein and calories in you cup of coffee with one egg than with the old farm egg coffee variety. But, remember that the rationale is to drink egg coffee before a workout and make sure to heat the water and egg enough to kill any germs.

Why Is Coffee Bitter?

Coffee has a unique and, for some, an acquired taste. Caffeine plus two compounds created when coffee is roasted result in a bitter taste that is unique to java. Caffeine is the minor partner in the bitterness endeavor. The main two culprits are both antioxidants, which are the chemicals responsible for so many of the health benefits of coffee. The first antioxidants are chlorogenic acid lactones. These chemical antioxidants are created in light and medium roast coffees. A more potent cause of bitter taste in coffee comes from phenylindanes which are created in a dark roast coffee. But, there is more to the story than how you roast your coffee. How you prepare coffee is important as well.

Leaving Coffee in the French Press Too Long

Whether you like a light, medium or dark roast, the longer the water is in contact with the coffee grounds the more chemicals, and bitterness, you will extract. The best example of this phenomenon is when you use a French press and make more coffee with a than you will use right away. You let the coffee and grounds remain in the French press and return later for another cup or two. The odds are that more of the bitter antioxidants will have dissolved into the water making your second and third cups increasingly bitter.

Maximum Coffee Ground Surface Area

You could make coffee from putting whole roasted beans in hot water. But, you would need to wait a really long time for the antioxidants and caffeine to leach out and even then you would end up with an awfully weak cup of coffee. The reasons we grind coffee are to increase the surface area of coffee that is exposed to the hot water and to decrease the distance that caffeine and antioxidants need to move to get out of the coffee grounds and into the water. If you do not like bitter coffee, you need to be careful how finely you grind your beans. Very finely ground coffee gives up its caffeine and antioxidants quickly and thoroughly. This is a common reason why your coffee is bitter.

Hotter Water Dissolves Coffee Ingredients More Thoroughly

One reason that cold brewed coffee is less bitter than brewed coffee is that the bitter antioxidants are not as quickly or thoroughly removed from the grounds. The hotter the water you use to brew coffee the more antioxidants you will get in your cup. When you boil water to make coffee you have water at 212 degrees Fahrenheit if you live at sea level. If you live in the Eje Cafetero in Manizales, Colombia your boiling water reaches 198 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live at lower elevations and want to avoid coffee that is too bitter let the water sit a few minutes after removing from the stove. The ideal temperature for brewing coffee according to the National Coffee Association is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. The folks in Manizales at 7,500 feet altitude can make their coffee with boiling water.  Those of us who live in the low lands should wait a minute or two to let our just-boiled water cool ever so slightly.

Should You Avoid Airplane Coffee?

We know that regular and especially healthy organic coffees are good for you. But, what about the water they are served with? Ideally the water for making coffee is boiling hot and kills any germs that are around. But what if coffee is made using instant powder and lukewarm water? This may be an issue with the coffee you are served on an airplane. So, should you avoid airplane coffee? Here is a news release from the EPA from several years ago. It reports aircraft water testing information from 158 randomly selected passenger airplanes.

As part of enforcement activities, EPA, during August and September 2004, randomly tested the water supplies on 158 aircraft. Aircraft tank water is used in the galleys and lavatory sinks. Initial testing of onboard water supply revealed 20 aircraft with positive results for total coliform bacteria; two of these aircraft (1.3 percent) also tested positive for E.coli. Both total coliform and E.coli are indicators that other disease-causing organisms (pathogens) may be present in the water and could potentially affect public health. When sampling identified total coliform in the water, the aircraft was retested. In repeat testing on 11 aircraft, the Agency confirmed that water from eight of the aircraft tested still did not meet EPA’s water quality standards.

The EPA notes that while water from municipal sources in the USA is generally free of pathogenic bacteria the same may not be said for water taken on in foreign nations during international flights. But, what if the airline has a coffee maker on the plane and brews its coffee fresh? There is still a chance that the coffee maker has not been cleaned and harbors bacteria or mold.

We wrote an article about your moldy coffee maker.

This unappetizing title has to do with cleaning your moldy coffee maker and removing the bacteria as well! Bacteria and mold are everywhere in the environment and when they land on moist surfaces they make themselves at home and start to reproduce. One of the unnoticed places in your home where this will happen is your coffee maker.

At home you can routinely clean your coffee maker but if the airplane crew does not have that chore as part of their routine, and the water contains pathogenic bacteria, maybe you should avoid airplane coffee.

How About Bottled Coffee?

An alternative to drinking instant coffee in questionable water on an airplane is to ask for bottled cold brew 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!

And if the airline offers this choice of beverage you may wish to take it instead of running the risk of a bacterial infection from the infected water in their reserve tanks.

Best Organic Coffee to Buy Online

There are lots of healthy organic coffees and many are available online. But, which are the best? What are the factors you should take into consideration when looking for the best organic coffee to buy online? In our recent article about the best organic coffee to buy, we noted the factors to consider when purchasing high quality coffee.

Fresh Is Best

The freshest coffee is from green coffee beans just picked and dried.

When the coffee cherries have been properly dried they are sent to a mill where the hull of the cherry is removed, the green coffee beans are graded for quality, and bagged. Coffee is then shipped in hundred weight bags, a quintal. Healthy organic coffee is produced and processed much the same as ordinary coffee but lots must be segregated in order to maintain purity. Many of the beneficial health aspects of coffee are due to antioxidants found both in green coffee beans and produced in the roasting process. Once coffee is roasted the shelf life for flavor, aroma, and antioxidants is reduced from two years to six months, if roasted coffee is properly stored.

If you purchase green coffee beans shipped directly from collection points in Colombia you benefit from extreme freshness. Green coffee beans are good for a couple of years but newer is fresher and better. And if you really do not want to roast your own coffee consider coffee roasted at the source and shipped air freight directly to you in usable quantities every month or so. And if you ask us at Buy Organic Coffee to help you find a supplier in Colombia you are on the road to the next step in getting the best organic coffee to buy.

The fresher your organic coffee the better it will be but you need to start with a high quality coffee and that means Arabica coffee beans.

There are two basic species of coffee, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica coffee is generally believed to be the first type of coffee to be cultivated. So, if you buy Arabica organic coffee you are buying into a tradition stretching back over a thousand years. The so called coffee shrub of Africa is believed to have originated in the mountains of Yemen although there is also evidence that the species originated in the highlands of Ethiopia and the Sudan. When you buy Arabica organic coffee you are choosing the species of coffee with superior taste according to many experts. Café Arabica also contains less caffeine than Robusta. Although wild Arabica coffee plants can reach 12 meters in height coffee growers typically prune the plant to no more than 5 meters and often as short as 2 meters high to make the coffee easier to pick. Arabica coffee grows best at just under a mile in altitude although it is grown at sea level and as high as 7,500 feet.

And, the best Arabica coffee is coffee from Colombia. And, if you are looking for great coffee from Colombia, fresh from the source, contact us at www.BuyOrganicCoffee.org.

Do You Need a Fancy Machine to Make Great Coffee?

The other day we ran across and article on the internet about high tech gizmos for making coffee. The Stranger writes that the future of coffee is in Seattle’s coffee machines.

The Mavam UCEM espresso machine looks unlike any espresso machine you have ever seen. When it was released, coffee executives from Japan and Europe flocked to a garage in Seattle to see its unveiling.

The UCEM is one of a wave of Seattle-made espresso machines sweeping the world. Companies like Mavam, Slayer, and Synesso are designing and fabricating some of the industry’s most sought-after espresso machines, and thanks to our proximity to these businesses, you can taste the future of espresso without leaving the city limits.

But, do you need a fancy machine to make great coffee? A great cup of java starts with healthy organic coffee.

Start the day with a hot cup of healthy organic coffee and you can receive a number of health benefits. Healthy organic coffee contains calcium. It contains antioxidants such as polyphenols which are also called condensed tannins and help prevent tooth decay in addition to their antioxidant activity. The antioxidant properties of a healthy cup of organic coffee include the ability to lessen age associated cellular damage, prevent new blood vessel formation in cancerous tissue, and inhibit the long term inflammation seen in atherosclerosis. Ongoing research points to uses of polyphenols as treatments for specific age related conditions. And all of this from a cup of healthy organic coffee!

Our point is that great coffee starts with the ingredients! Arabica coffee from Colombia is the place to start.

There are two basic species of coffee, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica coffee is generally believed to be the first type of coffee to be cultivated. So, if you buy Arabica organic coffee you are buying into a tradition stretching back over a thousand years. The so called coffee shrub of Africa is believed to have originated in the mountains of Yemen although there is also evidence that the species originated in the highlands of Ethiopia and the Sudan. When you buy Arabica organic coffee you are choosing the species of coffee with superior taste according to many experts.

In Colombia they only grow high quality Arabica coffee.

Fresh Is Best

The flavor and to a degree the health benefits of coffee are best when the coffee is fresh. The idea way to guarantee fresh coffee is to have green coffee beans shipped directly to you from the source in the coffee growing axis of Colombia. Green coffee beans retain their freshness for up to two years when properly stored, although the best is when the beans are less than a month old. Roasted whole bean coffee is your second choice for great coffee. Again these can be roasted at the source and shipped to you from the source.

Fancy Coffee

Coffee house coffee comes from espresso so you need an espresso maker. And heating the milk for latte or cappuccino is easier with a fancy coffee maker. So, for the folks who run coffee shops, it is best to start with the freshest Arabica coffee. Then a fancy machine may be the next step.

Best Organic Coffee to Buy

When you buy healthy organic coffee you want the best. But how do you know what is the best organic coffee to buy? There are two things to consider. First, you want a high quality Arabica coffee from a coffee producing country like Colombia. Second, you want a fresh coffee and not one that has been in storage for years or in your cupboard for longer than you can remember.

Coffee Freshness

The freshest coffee is from green coffee beans just picked and dried.

When the coffee cherries have been properly dried they are sent to a mill where the hull of the cherry is removed, the green coffee beans are graded for quality, and bagged. Coffee is then shipped in hundred weight bags, a quintal. Healthy organic coffee is produced and processed much the same as ordinary coffee but lots must be segregated in order to maintain purity. Many of the beneficial health aspects of coffee are due to antioxidants found both in green coffee beans and produced in the roasting process. Once coffee is roasted the shelf life for flavor, aroma, and antioxidants is reduced from two years to six months, if roasted coffee is properly stored.

If you purchase green coffee beans shipped directly from collection points in Colombia you benefit from extreme freshness. Green coffee beans are good for a couple of years but newer is fresher and better. And if you really do not want to roast your own coffee consider coffee roasted at the source and shipped air freight directly to you in usable quantities every month or so. And if you ask us at Buy Organic Coffee to help you find a supplier in Colombia you are on the road to the next step in getting the best organic coffee to buy.

Coffee from Colombia

Why is coffee from Colombia so good?

If you pass through the Eldorado terminal at the international airport in Bogota, Colombia, stop by the Juan Valdez coffee shop for pan de bono and either regular or Juan Valdez organic coffee. You will be glad that you did and you will be on your way to believing that coffee from Colombia is some of the best in the world. After your cup, or two, of coffee go to the gift store and pick up a few 500 gram bags of Juan Valdez Gourmet Selection coffees. Organico – balanceado is a medium strength organic coffee. As the message on the bag states,

The coffee is “grown and handpicked by Colombian coffee growers who follow the principles of environmentally friendly agriculture by using the most resources out of their farm. Their respect for nature is reflected in this specialty coffee.

The coffee culture in Colombia is strong. All of the coffee is from Arabica varieties and even the non-organic growers are commonly following organic and sustainable practices in their production.

The best organic coffee to buy is Colombian, recently picked and processed and sent directly to you from one of the many collection points in the Eje Cafetero, the Colombian coffee growing axis. As Buy Organic Coffee for suggestions and assistance.

Eggnog Coffee for Christmas

Christmas is almost here and with the season come many traditional foods and beverages. One staple for Christmas is eggnog. This yuletide beverage comes to us from medieval England. In East Anglia the locals modified a European hot milk beverage called posset. Noggin was a Middle English word used to identify a carved wooden cup in which they served alcohol. The drink made it to the English colonies where an early traveler noted the custom of drinking eggnog made from rum, sugar and milk all mixed together.

If you want to spice up your Christmas java consider making eggnog coffee. You can start with organic coffee from Colombia. Then you have two choices. Buy an eggnog mix from the grocery store or make your eggnog from scratch.

Eggnog Recipe

Ingredients

  • Milk: 4 cups
  • Whole cloves: 5
  • Vanilla extract: ½ teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
  • Egg yolks: 12
  • Sugar: 1 ½ cups
  • Light Rum 2 ½ cups
  • Vanilla extract: 2 teaspoons
  • Nutmeg: ½ teaspoon

Add cinnamon, vanilla and cloves to the milk and bring slowly to a boil.

In a mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks and sugar. When this mixture is fluffy, pour it into the milk and stir on medium heat until it is thick. Don’t let this mixture boil again.

Put the eggnog aside to let it cool for an hour or more.

Eggnog Coffee

Make your coffee from freshly ground beans. Use two parts coffee to every part eggnog and serve hot.

And for New Year’s Eve?

Another choice for a winter time coffee drink is Irish coffee.

If you are a lover of healthy organic coffee and would also like a little something special on New Year’s Eve or any time, consider making organic Irish coffee. Irish coffee consists of coffee, whiskey, brown sugar, and whipped cream. A bit of attention to each of the ingredients will make your organic Irish coffee a treat for all. But, before we give you the recipe, how did this drink get its name. The story goes like this. There was an Irish chef at the airbase where Shannon International Airport now sits. There was a flight from Ireland to New York that had to turn back because of bad weather. The chef greeted the returning travelers with a hot drink of coffee, whiskey, brown sugar, and whipped cream. It became a regular feature at the airport and when people asked what kind of coffee it was they were told that it was Irish coffee (as opposed to one of the Brazilian or Colombian organic coffee brands). An American traveler brought the recipe back to America and it caught on.

This coffee drink is easier to prepare.

For each cup of organic Irish coffee use the following:

  • Coffee mug (A glass mug is traditional.)
  • Tablespoon
  • 4 ounces of hot coffee freshly ground and brewed organic coffee
  • 1 ounce of organic, preferably Irish, whiskey
  • 2 teaspoonful of brown sugar
  • 1 ounce of organic double cream whipped just lightly

The Steps

  • Have everything ready.
  • Warm your coffee mug.
  • Put the brown sugar into the glass and then add the hot organic coffee.
  • Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the whiskey and stir again.
  • Add the cream by pouring gently over the back side of the tablespoon so that the whipped cream sits on top of the coffee.
  • A little cinnamon and or nutmeg sprinkled on top of the whipped cream are an American addition to this treat and are optional.

Whether you go with eggnog coffee or Irish coffee please enjoy. And from those of us at BuyOrganicCoffee.org, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.