Florida Keys Coffee Shop
Key Largo, FL, USA
Across the globe, coffee is the most widely consumed commodity after oil. Every coffee lover will swear by the aroma, flavor and health benefits of their favorite cup of joe. However, very few of us are aware of the harmful effects of processing conventionally grown coffee beans on our health or the adverse effects of coffee farming on the environment. With such high demand, coffee farming methods have been developed to maximize efficiency. This pursuit is done mostly at the expense of human and environmental health.
To meet the high demand of coffee, the growers would cut rain-forests, apply synthetic fertilizers to the soil and use a wide variety of chemicals to ensure the pests and weeds stay away from the crop. All of this hurts the environment as non point source pollution leaches into the ground and waterways. Deforestation leads to a loss of nutrients from the soil and the mono-crop farming of coffee saps out the remaining nutrients, resulting in the use of additional chemicals to supplement the growing medium. These chemicals then seep into the water, air, and surrounding farms, causing irreparable damage.
There are no harsh chemicals or fertilizers used in the production of Organic Coffee. The Coffee that is certified as Organic ensures both the beans and the soil are chemical-free and only pre-approved organic fertilizers used. It also takes longer, about three coffee growing seasons, to produce organic Coffee. The certification process is quite rigorous and ensures that the farms are up to the standards before they get certified.
Apart from the good feeling of contributing towards the betterment of the world, drinking organic coffee has many substantial benefits over the conventional one. For starters, the taste difference is prominent and verified by anyone who has tried Organic Coffee. Then there are the environmental and health benefits as well.
On the other hand, organic farming of coffee uses the shade growing method which uses the cover of the rainforest. The ecosystem around ensures that the crop gets enough nutrition. This added nutrition is absorbed by the coffee and passed along to us. The biodiversity around eliminates the need for using any harsh pesticides which ensure that the air, soil, and water around the coffee stay clean.
Coffee beans are known to provide health benefits to protection from Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes and many more diseases. However, these properties get removed when the beans are over processed to manufacture instant coffee. Additionally, the harsh chemicals on the crop can cause harm to your health and lead to hormone imbalances, cancer, and certain nervous system issues.Organic coffee, unprocessed and free of chemicals, manages to give you the health benefits it is supposed to.
Organic coffee is also fair-trade certified which ensures that even small plantation farmers receive the appropriate price which helps them maintain their livelihood.While organic coffee is typically more expensive than a conventional one, its health and environment benefits make it worth the extra cash. With the growing pollution around us, it is high time we start thinking about what we are putting in our bodies. Given its rate of consumption on a daily basis, Coffee is a good place to start.