I love my morning cup of coffee (well, I'll be honest, I love my afternoon cup too!). And I know I'm not alone ... so any chemicals in the coffee will add up over time. Here are my top tips to make a toxin-free cup of coffee.
#1: Drink Organic Coffee!
Most conventional coffee likely contains lots of pesticides and herbicides. Though certain pesticides may be banned or highly regulated in the U.S. and Europe, they are often still used in many other countries where coffee is grown. And look for a coffee that is tested to be free of mold and mycotoxins, which is a very common problem in most coffees.
This is why I choose Purity Organic Coffee. Purity coffee is certified organic and tested for mold and mycotoxins which is a common problem in most other coffees. If you do choose to drink coffee, I highly recommend Purity Coffee.
#2. Only use decaf coffee that has been decaffeinated through a Swiss water process.
Decaf coffee can contain even more chemicals than caffeinated coffee depending on how it is decaffeinated because many decaffeination processes use chemical solvents.
Again, this is why I choose Purity Organic Coffee.
#3. Use unbleached coffee filters.
While results are inconclusive, the EPA has noted some possible risk that dioxins from bleaching agents can leach into coffee as it is brewed.50 Since this is an easy fix to buy unbleached filters, better safe than sorry I say. You can also use a French press to avoid all filters.
#4. Use filtered water for your coffee.
If you’re using unfiltered water from the tap, you could also be adding chlorine, fluoride and other toxins that are in the water – and heating them can make them even more toxic to your body. This is why I use only filtered water from my Berkey water filter.
#5. If you need to add some flavor or make your coffee a bit sweeter, DON’T use artificial sweeteners or flavorings. Instead use organic honey or stevia. You can also add organic unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk and there are a variety of organic spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves and vanilla that will give it a great flavor.
#6. Try to use a plastic-free coffee maker.
Unfortunately, that Mr. Coffee is mostly all plastic (ever gotten that plastic taste especially when you use a new machine?). It’s not great to be drinking water that has been piping hot through plastic as the chemicals can leach into your nice cup of java. Some great alternatives are coffee percolators made of stainless steel, glass French press or just boiling your water on the stove and pouring it over your coffee grounds through a filter. I admit it’s not as convenient as Mr. Coffee, but I promise it’s a lot less chemical-filled!
#7. Avoid the plastic lids at Starbucks!
If you're like most people, when you order your morning latte, you don't think about the plastic lid; however, research shows that you probably should. Plastic coffee lids made with #6 or #7 plastic are very likely to contain and release BPA – and this is especially the case with coffee because the heat and acidity of the liquid cause high levels of BPA to leach into your drink. Instead, if you really want that Starbucks bring your own reusable stainless steel mug or make your organic coffee at home!