5 Reasons to drink organic coffee

There’s a lot of skepticism about buying organic goods, often because cheaper alternatives are too tempting and at a glance it’s hard to tell the difference. But if you dig a little deeper you may be shocked to find out what’s been added to your food and, most importantly, your coffee.

So let’s set the record straight and if you haven’t yet embraced organic coffee, you will after you read this!

5 Reasons to drink organic coffee

1. Pesticides

Yep, as much as we don’t want to know, non-organic coffee is dripping in pesticides, poison! And coffee is one of the most chemically treated plants. I don’t know about you but I hate chemicals, so to avoid drenching your body in pesticides, organic is by far the smarter choice.

With coffee in demand across the globe, farmers have turned to pesticides to make sure their coffee plants yield a bountiful crop. But this means that beans treated with chemicals are being washed with water that leaks back into waterways, pouring poison into drinking water.

The soil is also affected by pesticides sprayed on to crops. This produces a vicious circle with new plants growing in nasty soil, producing poor quality coffee that is cheap and full of chemicals. Have I convinced you yet?

2. Sustainability

In its natural state, coffee plants are shade dwellers, meaning they thrive under a nice palm tree (a bit like me). But recently sun-resistant plants have been developed leading to deforestation, devastating the environment that increases Global Warming, effecting us all.

Organic coffee farms, on the other hand, protect their crops from pests using natural methods. Hooray! Birds nest in the rainforest and their droppings fertilise the lovely plants below. They also eat the pests off the coffee plants and everyone is happy.

A truly organic farm must be chemical-free for at least three years. They must be far enough away from non-organic farms so their crops don’t even get a whiff of pesticides and they have to keep rotating crops to make sure the soil stays fertile. Sounds like a lot of work, but it’s worth it!

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3. Taste

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t have instant coffee in your home, you hunt for the best coffee house in town for that perfect latte and you tear up if you drink a bitter, nasty cup of coffee.

Well, the great news about organic coffee is its taste. It makes sense that coffee beans grown naturally will taste a heck of a lot better than coffee dripping in pesticides. Organic coffee plants are grown in beautiful soil, free from chemicals and full of natural fertilisers that they love.

Being aromatic, organic coffee plants are able to absorb more flavours from plants living around them. These could include fruit or even cacao plants (chocolate!!!!). The fact they’re chemical-free means that you won’t be tasting anything man-made but simply pure coffee just as nature intended.

4. It’s healthier!

Studies have found that coffee that has been treated with chemicals can potentially cause cancer, it can mess with your nervous system or even irritate your skin and eyes. Which makes sense when you think about what goes into it.

On the other hand, organic coffee is full of beautiful antioxidants that actually prevent cancer and inflammation in your body. It’s also a great stress reliever, especially on those busy mornings, right?!

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5. Supports small businesses/ poorer nations

If you buy Fairtrade Organic coffee, you are a part of a global movement to bring equality and justice to third world farmers and small businesses. It may seem like a small thing, but choosing a cappuccino sourced from a Fairtrade farm through a small local business will change lives. Full stop!

Unlike its non-organic/non-Fairtrade brother, this coffee makes sure everyone on the chain gets a fair slice of the coffee pie, which can only be good for the world as a whole. Rather than the rich getting richer, the poor get a chance to provide for their families producing quality coffee for us to enjoy, guilt-free!

Next time you go to buy a coffee or a bag of beans, ask for Fairtrade Organic coffee. Not only will you enjoy a quality cup or two, but you will be helping to make this world a better place, cup by cup!