How to Avoid Chemicals in Your Coffee

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Here’s what I’ve learned on how to avoid chemicals in your coffee along with how to save money on going out for coffee.

What You Need

-A French Press

Side note: I’ve taken a liking to a fancier copper finished metal frame model myself. Because why not.

-A good, structured water filter.

Side note: Never settle for plain unfiltered tap water, for anything. Least of all your coffee. I’ve taken to using a five-stage mineral infusing water filter. It removes most of the lead, hormones, and if you live in Ontario, fluoride (a newly classified neurotoxin) from your water then replaces it with the natural minerals found in clean, spring water.

-Organic, whole bean, fair trade coffee from an economically viable source.

Side note: I know this might sound pretentious to some, but trust me when I say this — Ground coffee is notorious for not being as fresh or chemically in-tact as whole coffee. Once a bean has been ground, the beans oxidize, caffeine breaks down at the molecular level, the coffee bitters at a much more quickly than whole bean coffee. All this decay starts to happen just twenty seconds on average after grinding. Also, knowing where your coffee comes from and if it’s sustainable has been beneficial for me in how I feel about my morning. Knowing something I do every day has a benefit to individual farmers and surrounding ecosystem, is something I can sip to.

-Basic manual coffee grinder adjusted to coarse.

Side note: Why manual? For me I find it a more meditative and interactive experience that makes me feel more present in the task I’m performing. I’d recommend it to anyone who has issues living in the moment in other areas of life as it will teach you the process of reward for being present in what you’re doing with the best coffee you’ve ever made for yourself.

-And finally, I changed the cocoa powder, cinnamon, and sea salt and honey I use to organic USDA certified and/or local products, to reduce my potential chemical intake of compounds such as glyphosate.

Side note: I’d encourage further research on the above information I’ve detailed. There’s a lot of ground to cover there and I feel everyone’s health will benefit for learning the basics.

How to Make.

This is tested and certified delicious by all my friends who have had coffee I’ve made them from home, or that they’ve made this way themselves.

-Use 2 1/2 rounded table spoons of coffee beans for every 4 cups of water.

Side note: Your average french press will hold roughly 8 cups total volume.

-Add a pinch of sea salt to your water and put it to boil on the stove in a stainless steel pot.

Side note: DO NOT USE A PLASTIC KETTLE OR A POT COATED IN TEFLON. Plastic kettles and Teflon have one fatal weakness. Once water is heated to boil, micro plastics and Teflon particles infuse into your freshly filtered water, ruining all your detox steps you just took. A steel pot or anything made of non-coated metal will be your only option if you want to avoid chemical contamination. Aluminum is also not recommended as it has a low melting point at the microscopic level. That has made food and beverage contamination in commercial kitchens and canned products a big, yet not often publicly discussed problem. It even remains unknown to most of the industry at the customer service level. Be mindful of such things, metals in our bodies aren’t as easy to flush out as organic matter.

-Just as the water starts to boil, add a pinch of cinnamon and cocoa powder to the empty french press, then start grinding your coffee beans and add them in.

Remember the twenty-second average rule. That still applies to you grinding the beans yourself.

Combine everything in the press, add your boiled water, wait 4 minutes.

You’ve just learned how to make the healthiest cup of coffee, and also the best tasting, you’ve likely ever had in the comfort of your own home.

I’d encourage everyone once again to do your own research into what was presented to you in this article/coffee recipe, and if you enjoyed it and found the extra knowledge helpful, pass this on to a friend!

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