How To Make Quality Coffee With Non-Toxic Coffee Makers
POSTED ON May 4, 2017 BY Kat Gal
Written by: Kat Gal
Did you know that the world consumes 2 billion cups of coffee a DAY? How many of those cups are you drinking?
Whether you are a coffee addict or drink coffee occasionally, chances are, you have a coffee maker at home. Even if you don’t drink coffee at all, you probably have friends and family who make a cup of joe once in awhile.
But did you know that not all coffee makers are created equal? Crazy, huh? It’s not enough that coffee holds both health risks and benefits to confuse, now you have to figure out what to use to make your morning cup.
Don’t worry, just read on for detailed information on non-toxic coffee makers.
Let’s go over some of the coffee basics first before getting into the nitty-gritty of coffee makers.
Health issues that are associated with drinking a large amount of coffee include:
Coffee can lead to caffeine dependence and addiction.
Drinking non-organic coffee can lead to pesticide exposure.
May lower your risk of mental health issues and diabetes.
Should You Drink Coffee?
If you haven’t started yet, I would say, don’t start now. If you are a coffee addict chugging down several cups a day, try to decrease your dose to a cup a day at the most. But if you are a casual coffee drinker and are consuming a cup a day or less, you may enjoy some health benefits without damaging your health.
Make sure to drink good quality organic coffee.
It may surprise you, but the way you make your coffee can make a difference in your health as well. This includes choosing the right coffee maker.
The Problem With (Some) Coffee Makers
For starters, you should always choose organic and fair trade coffee to avoid pesticides. But even if you do that, some unsavory substances can end up in your coffee from other sources.
Coffee Pods Are A No-No
Avoid coffee pods and k-cups at all costs. They are a burden to our environment with over 10 billion of them ending up in landfills. The chemicals from the plastic pods can end up in your coffee as well, leading to health problems.
Some regular coffee makers contain plastics as well that come in contact with hot liquid, ending up in your coffee.
Stay Away From Mold
Speaking of hot liquid, being a wet, warm and dark environment, coffee makers can become the perfect place for mold to grow. Buying the right coffee maker can greatly reduce this potential problem.
Safer Coffee Makers
Don’t be scared of the dangers of plastic and mold. You have some safer options that make better tasting non-toxic coffee.
French press is my personal favorite. You don’t need electricity, only hot water. You can easily control your coffee’s intensity and temperature using this method. They are also multifunctional – you can also make tea in them! Most french presses are glass with stainless steel filters, but you can buy a completely stainless steel version too if you fancy.
The pour-over method was my former colleague’s favorite. I could never convince her to choose the french press over it and vice-versa. Try it and decide for yourself.
The method of brewing is easy. Basically you pour hot water over the coffee ground allowing gravity to do the work. This method is becoming increasingly trendy with some coffee shops even using it. The pour-over system requires a filter, but no worries, you can buy reusable steel filters if you prefer it over the unbleached disposable varieties.
These iconic machines used to be popular and are now becoming trendy again. They don’t require any filters or equipment and are easy to clean. Choose the stainless steel model over the plastic one.
Stainless Espresso Maker
If you love a strong espresso, an espresso maker is a must have in your house. The original models are made of aluminium, which can lead to possible health problems. Though it’s more difficult to find, it definitely worth your time and money to get a stainless steel stove-top espresso maker.
If you are a serious coffee lover, you may want to purchase all these four varieties of non-toxin coffee makers for a variety of flavors and strengths – and maybe to impress your friends. If you are a once-in-a-while kind of person, like me, pick the one that resonates with you the most.
Which one will you pick? Are you a coffee drinker? How do you take your coffee? Black or with nut milk of your choice? Join the coffee chat in the comments below.
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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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