Currently, there are regulations (speaking for the US) in place that allow your big-name coffee brads to have twigs and leaves in your pre-ground coffee. If you’re like me and wondered why they could sell their coffee for so much less than their whole bean competitors, that’s why. Not all of what your buying is 100% coffee.
In 2012, a study from the U.K.’s Royal Botanic Gardens and the Environment stated that 70 percent of the world’s coffee supply might disappear by 2080 because of conditions caused by climate change. Lucy Nixdorf, Ph.D. – working at the State University of Londrina in Brazil – has been looking into the problem of coffee fillers. She had this to say,
“… after roasting and grinding the raw material, it becomes impossible to see any difference between grains of lower cost incorporated into the coffee, especially because of the dark color and oily texture of coffee.”
By switching away from pre-ground coffee, you can be sure what you’re getting is what you’re paying for; coffee!
Health and Flavor
Mindfulness meditation leads to better health, reduced cortisol levels (the stress hormone), lower blood pressure, and an overall boost to mental performance. Read our post – Create a Morning Ritual Around Coffee – to learn how you can improve creative performance, and overall life satisfaction; all from your morning cup of coffee.
Coffee beans aren’t actually a bean. They start off as the pit of a berry. It’s only after being roasted they become the wonderful, delicious substance we call coffee beans. Depending on how long they’re roasted for you’ll end up with light, medium, or dark roast.
What’s more is each batch of beans have their own unique flavors, that come from the oils trapped inside the bean. If you’ve ever opened a fresh bag of bean coffee, you’ll notice it’s a tad moist; that’s the oils of the beans. Coffee beans lose most of its oils when it’s pre-ground before packaging, and thus the flavor of the brewed coffee suffers.
According to Robert H. Shmerling, MD Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing, coffee could save your life.
“… a November 2015 study in Circulation found that coffee consumption was associated with an 8% to 15% reduction in the risk of death (with larger reductions among those with higher coffee consumption). Other studies have found that coffee drinkers may have a reduced risk of
cardiovascular disease (including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke)
type 2 diabetes
uterine and liver cancer
Coffee has more than caffeine in it to give you that pep in your step in the morning – those oils are the best way to get the extras from coffee such as Niacin (vitamin B3). Speaking of caffeine – if you follow our method you’ll be better able to control the amount of caffeine you consume with each cup of coffee. Allowing you to find that perfect daily dose that will make you perform like the Rockstar you are.
Here are a few whole bean options to get you started: (Check out our review on Death Wish Coffee too)
Check out the other posts in this series:
> Why Whole Bean?
> How to Switch.
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