Sep 082019
What is Organic Green Coffee? Wake up with a Smile!

So, what is organic green coffee and will purchasing it make a difference? Will it help me wake up with a smile?

Here at AboutGoingGreen.com, we believe that the answer is yes. I know it helps me!

In this article, we are going to help you understand what to look for when shopping, the origin of organic coffee, what makes it different to non-organic coffee, the benefits to your health and the benefits to the farmers who grow it.

 

What is Organic?

When you buy organic coffee or food you are buying quality food that is better for your health and the farmers responsible for the production of the produce.

If you look up the definition of organic you will find that it is defined as being related to or derived from living matter. While that definition is true to a certain extent, it can be difficult to understand.

So Let’s take a look at different certification labels and what they represent.

 

 

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certification

I have seen several foods labeled as ‘organic’. However, I was surprised to discover that this does not mean that they are organic. Strange right?

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When shopping for organic produce always look for the USDA label. This can be found on a huge range of products; meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables, dry food, etc.

By purchasing the food with this label, the organic seal, you can guarantee it is a quality organic produce.

These foods have an organic certification with the USDA. Companies using the label are responsible for meeting five organic standards.

About the “USDA Organic” or “Certified Organic” seals on food, items must:

  • have an ingredient list
  • content must be at least 95% “Certified Organic”

According to the USDA “Certified Organic” means free from synthetic additives such as chemical fertilizers, pesticides, dyes and can not be made with the use of industrial solvents, genetic engineering or irradiation.

But what about the other 5%? Don’t worry, these last ingredients must be on their approved list too.

The certification appears to be a thorough process. Once certified, companies will be subject to annual reviews.

For more information on the definition of organic, please click here to see what the U.S. Department of Agriculture has to say in their Organic 101 article.

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What is meant by the term green?

If a product is referred to as being ‘green’, then this means it is “environmentally preferable”.

This term originates from a Presidential Executive Order by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

When you look at a large natural space, the majority of what you see is green. The term green has a direct link to the environment and nature.

 

 

What are the Health Benefits of Organic Coffee?

  • High in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals;
  • Free of pesticides and artificial fertilizers.

People often believe that drinking large amounts of coffee is bad for you. However, these risks are often traced back to pesticide residues and chemicals that occur after consuming inorganic coffee.

When coffee is grown organically, personal health risks drastically reduce. OK, so now I am smiling! This is because artificial additives have been eliminated.

Benefits to your health include:

  • Boosting the immune system
  • Guarding against disease
  • Reducing the risk of harmful chemical ingestion
  • Provide a natural energy boost

When I read about these benefits I want to drink more coffee every day. It makes me think – should there be limits to the amount of coffee we drink with regards to our health?

 

Is too much coffee harmful?

The answer is yes! Consuming too much caffeine, for example, 500-600 mg, can have negative effects on your health such as muscle tremors and restlessness.

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Helping the Environment & Agriculture

This video isn’t perfect but from about halfway has a bunch of fantastic information!

Organic farming is commonly accepted as being environmentally friendly. This is because it reduces our dependence on synthetic products being added to the soil.

When synthetic materials are added to the soil, they run off into our waterways and cause pollution problems. For example, fish living in such waterways can become diseased and the people who eat these fish can themselves become sick. This is just one example.

Organic farming methods use natural fertilizers, such as compost and mulch, instead of artificial fertilizers. This not only benefits the crop but the soil too.

If we narrow it down, coffee has an enhanced taste when grown organically. This is because it absorbs chemical-free nutrients from the soil.

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Where Does My Money Go?

Organic farmers and often linked with fair trade practices. This is important as it can support people producing coffee in developing countries by helping them maintain a sustainable living. That sure does make me smile!

This is because fair trade helps these farmers to achieve better trading conditions.

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Research Different Coffee Companys

Each company is different and will have its culture, following its policies and procedures. You can do your research online by reading reviews of different companies.

 

 

What is Organic Green Coffee? The Final Verdict!

Know how to shop for organic produce and coffee by looking out for the organic certification labels.

Drinking organic is a better option for your health, the health of our planet and it helps farmers in developing countries live happier lives.

If that doesn’t put a smile on your face in the morning then I don’t know what will!

 

A Few Final Thoughts

Would you like to know more about the health benefits associated with honey? If yes, please follow this link. 

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ecocatherine@about-going-green.com

 

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Reader Comments

  1. I really like the idea of organic farming, and whenever possbile I try to buy organic products or even grow my own.

    In addition to growing with organic methods, I like the idea of growing or buying varieties that are wild or at least close to the natural variety. I rarely buy apples from the store because they all taste almost the same. Instead, I grow different types of apples. They don’t look as nice as the ones in the store, but they taste 10 times better!

    This is a great article explaining all the important aspects of organic farming!

    1. Hi Joonas,
      I love the idea of growing your own fruit. I planted 10 different fruit trees last year and got a few plums this year.
      Natural varieties are important as so many products on the market have been genetically modified these days.
      I would love to hear more about the varieties of apples that you are growing.
      All the best and thank you for stopping by!

  2. Okay, I’m convinced. I love coffee and will now be shopping for brands displaying the USDA Organic brand seal. I didn’t know that some of the coffee health risks are linked to pesticide residue. Yuck! I appreciate you sharing this information so that we can be more informed consumers. Thanks for sharing this information.

  3. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing this great content. I learned a couple of things that will come in handy. Tricky about organic not being organic. Now I will look for the label.

    Thanks and keep up the good work!!!

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