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Organic Coffee: What Does It Mean and Why Should You Switch To it?

Our rising awareness about preserving the environment and our health has brought multiple changes in our eating habits & lifestyle. Veganism and plant-based diets have witnessed a tremendous rise as a result!

Another healthy food trend in the market is the consumption of organic coffee. It is environment-friendly, healthy, and rich in antioxidants. 

What Does Organic Coffee Mean? 

Organic has become a buzzword today. We have organic milk, vegetables and even tampons. So what does it mean when stuff is organic? Organic means the item has grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and other toxic methods. 

While coffee grown organically has higher qualifications and standards, using natural alternatives. Unlike conventional coffee, organic coffee is grown using organic fertilizers, like coffee pulp, chicken manure, or compost. Regular coffee is genetically modified and treated with addictive chemicals and synthetic pesticides. 

What is organic coffee and how is it grown?
Organic coffee has 95% of the beans grown organically, sans fertilizers, fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, or pesticides.

What Are The Benefits of Organic Coffee?

Since organically grown coffee is grown without harmful chemicals, it offers multiple advantages over conventional coffee. Here are some for you!

1. Eco-Friendly

While organic coffee is good for your health, it is also good for the environment.

  • Since no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides and other growth-promoting chemicals are used in making this coffee, they have less toxic content inside them 
  • Regular coffee plants are hybridized to flourish in open areas and the sun. Although coffee naturally prefers shade, it isn’t easy to tend to it in thick forests. Forests are cleared to make room for growing regular coffee. In contrast, organic coffee is produced naturally within the shade of lush forests
  • Lush forests and tree shade also protect the coffee plants from overexposure to sunlight, keeping them in pristine condition with extra nutrients & flavours
  • The lack of toxic chemicals and sustainable farming practices substantially increase soil nutrients and improve soil health
  • Organic farms also fight climate change. They emit less carbon than chemical farms and sequester significant amounts of carbon

2. Rich in Antioxidants & Nutrients

Organically grown coffee is rich in antioxidants and nutrients.

  • It is not treated with toxins, making it rich in antioxidants, nutrients, minerals and vitamins 
  • This coffee contains essential nutrients like riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, niacin, and manganese, thus, helping your nutrient intake for the day

3. It is Healthier

Not only does this coffee help the environment, but it also helps your health.

  • Coffee in the morning stimulates your body, improves your energy levels, and burns your body fat
  • Caffeine is linked to reducing depression, the risk of Alzheimer’s, and type 2 diabetes 
  • Organic coffee does all of this without the likelihood of you ingesting dangerous chemicals harming your health in the long run! 

4. Benefits to the Coffee Cultivators too

Promoting & growing organic coffee is suitable for its cultivators as well. 

  • A survey in Eastern Jamaica found that out of the 81 coffee farmers, most suffered from adverse side effects linked to pesticide handling 
  • Farmers get exposed to a high level of chemicals while spraying the crops and handling them during harvest
  • The area’s communities also get impacted by chemical residues in the air and water

5. Offer Refined Flavour & Aroma

Organic coffee offers a lovely flavour and aroma. As this type of coffee is grown in the shade, it produces a better smell and a flavourful coffee. 

What are the benefits of consuming organic coffee?
It takes more hard work and effort to cultivate organic coffee. For this reason, it may even be more expensive than regular coffee. Without fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals, cultivators must put extra work to ensure coffee beans get all the required nutrients and grow properly. 

Organic Coffee Brands in India

Here are some of India’s most famous organic coffee brands for your reference! 

1. Blue Tokai

Blue Tokai is an Indian organic coffee brand. They roast their coffee twice weekly and send custom ground coffee to clients across India. 

2. Starbucks

One of the oldest and most famous brands worldwide, Starbucks serves ethically sourced coffee using only the finest Arabica coffee beans roasted with delicate care.

3. David Off

David Off is one of the most premium organic coffee brands. It is made using 100% arabica beans, which are considered the best coffee beans in the world. 

4. The Flying Squirrel

The Flying Squirrel was started in 2013 and is known for its natural and delicious taste. Most of their coffee is grown in Coorg, where squirrels are a common animal (thus, the name and the logo).

What are the benefits of switching your morning regular coffee to organic coffee?
Did you know 97% of the world’s coffee beans are non-organic and treated with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other chemicals? Most of the time, these chemicals make their way into your morning brew.

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Abeera Dubey
Abeera Dubey
Abeera is a freelance content writer at Petpooja.

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