Organic Coffee Tips

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Keep Your Coffee Tasting Fresh

Since coffee is 98% water, be sure to use a new filter and fresh filtered water with each new pot of coffee your brew. You can get the freshest beans by ordering your organic coffee through the manufacturers directly. These beans do not spend weeks in transit or on the shelf. Also, remember to store your coffee in an air-tight canister to maintain the fresh taste and aroma of the coffee beans. The fresher the coffee, the better the brew.


Coffee…Not Just For Drinking Anymore

You can now use your organic coffee for more than just a great cup of brew in the morning. Gardeners have discovered a secret weapon against for the war against slugs and snails: coffee. You can use organic or regular coffee (not decaf) for this task, but organic will help keep toxins from getting into your garden soil and plants.

Slugs and snails hate caffeine. The United State Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service tested caffeine sprays on bugs and pests that infest potted plants. They discovered that 1-2% caffeine solution killed nearly all the slugs and snails within two days. That is less than in a cup of brewed coffee. Coffee grounds have already been used for this same reason, but an organic coffee liquid solution has become more effective and is less invasive to the soil or plants.


Kid-Friendly Holiday Organic Coffee

Have some fun with your children this holiday season while allowing them to enjoy a grown-up treat. In a pan, mix 4 cups of water with 4 large teaspoons of finely-ground decaffeinated organic coffee. Once the mixture is simmering, add 4 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix or 4 tablespoons of organic chocolate syrup, 4-8 tablespoons of sugar depending on your taste, a dash of cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg. Simmer the mixture for three minutes then let it sit for one minute. The coffee grounds will begin to settle to the bottom. Skim off any grounds from the surface. Pour into four cups, but be sure to leave the grounds in the pan. Serve to the kids and enjoy. They will be warm inside even if they are cold outside while building yet another snowman!


Protect Your Coffee-Drinking Children

For parents whose children just have to drink coffee to feel grown-up or more sophisticated, give them organic coffee. By giving them organic coffee – and preferably decaf organic coffee – they will receive less damaging chemicals and minerals into their growing bodies. Many children receive a certain amount of foreign chemicals and pesticides in their bodies at birth, which are passed down from their mothers through the foods they intake during pregnancy. Keep your children from receiving more harmful foreign chemicals by feeding them organic foods and coffee.


Slim Down The Organic Way

A study conducted by scientists from the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences and Newcastle University concluded that rats who were fed organic foods were slimmer, slept better, and had stronger immune systems than those fed conventionally grown produce. This may be due to the higher amounts of vitamin C, minerals and nutrients that are found in organic crops. Switch to organic and live a healthier life.


Basic Iced Coffee – The Organic Way

Enjoy a nice cup of iced coffee this summer with your favorite organic coffee. Brew a pot of your choice of organic coffee. Be sure to brew it a little stronger than normal, but do not make it double strength. When the coffee is fully brewed, take the carafe from the warming plate and let it cool until it reaches room temperature. Place the coffee in a covered pitcher and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

To make the most of your iced coffee, make coffee iced cubes earlier that day to fully enjoy the full flavor. Brew your organic coffee like normal. Let it cool before pouring it into ice cube trays. Once they are frozen and your iced coffee had cooled in the refrigerator, enjoy your cup while the ice cubes keep your iced coffee rich and strong even as the ice melts.


What Makes A Bad Bean?

Europeans tend to spend more for their coffee than Americans, but they also get the best quality beans for their buck. A defective organic coffee bean is off-color, broken or the wrong size in comparison to the other beans. These bad beans will burn faster than the rest of the beans causing a bitter taste. If you want rich, smooth coffee with no bitter taste, inspect your beans before you brew. Most organic coffee farmers take pride in their beans and will inspect them before packaging. If your beans are defective, you may want to rethink your coffee supplier choice.


It's In The Bag!

Never buy vacuum-packed coffee in stores or from manufacturers. The same is true for organic coffee. To vacuum-seal the package requires the coffee to set. This deteriorates the coffee beans for at least five days after they are roasted prior to vacuum-packing. This allows the manufacturer to give you the impression of fresh packaging, but they are gaining the benefit of huge production at your coffee's expense.

What Is Swiss Water Decaffeination?

The Organic Coffee Process

To be labeled organic, a coffee must meet some strict requirement. One of those requirements is that chemicals are not used to strip away the caffeine. Instead, organic beans are water processed to remove the caffeine. And there are two methods of water processing.

One method of decaffeination is called the Swiss Water® Process .

In the Swiss Water Process, the green beans are soaked in hot water to remove the caffeine as well as many of the compounds responsible for much of the flavor of the coffee.

The first batch of beans is thrown away and the caffeine is stripped from the solution by carbon filters. What remains is a water solution saturated with flavor compounds in which a new batch of beans will soaked.

The next batch of beans is soaked in water, partially saturated with coffee solids in preparation for caffeine extraction. Next, the beans are immersed in flavor charged water and the caffeine is diffused from the beans into the water.

Since the concentration of flavor compounds in the bean and water are equal, the caffeine is removed, leaving flavors in tact. The flavor-charged water is then recycled to the start of the process for the next batch of beans.


How Big Is The Organic Coffee Market?

Organic coffee has become popular in the United States over the last few years. In the U.S., $80 million in organic coffee was sold in 2005, up 40.4% from 2004. In the month of November, U.S. organic coffee drinkers bought 54% more coffee in 2005 than in the same month in 2004, while non-organic only increased by 8.5%.

You can now get organic coffee products other than the normal decaffeinated, caffeinated, flavored and instant coffee. The organic market has expanded to coffee ice cream, coffee soda, coffee-flavored candy, and chocolate covered coffee beans.

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