Chemical free coffee maker
Are you are a coffee lover you might like like to smell of fresh brewed coffee, I know I do. There are some downsides to coffee. Let’s talk about the best options for a chemical free coffee maker.
Down sides of coffee
Coffee is a stimulant.
Depending on where and how coffee is grown there are concerns for fair trade as well as pesticides that are sprayed on the coffee crop.
Should you be concerned about mycotoxins?
According to Healthline,
“Mycotoxins are formed by molds — tiny fungi that may grow on crops like grains and coffee beans if they’re improperly stored”. The highest level is found in decaffeinated coffee.
Roasting kills off a lot of the mold but you are still exposed to it when drinking coffee. Your exposure will increase depending on how many cups of coffee you drink a day. This study showed that up to 4 cups of coffee have safe levels of ochratoxin A set by WHO.
Toxin free coffee brands
Look for coffee that is organic.
You might like this brand. Bulletproof, Coffee The Original Ground, 12 Ounce
Purity coffee did some tests. You might be surprised with the contaminants that are found in coffee.
Chemical free coffee filters
Look for unbleached coffee filters or coffee filters that are made from stainless steel,
Best chemical free coffee maker
Percolators are safe choices as they are made with stainless steel. Avoid hose which have a plastic coffee filter.
Pour over coffee makers made from plastic free filters. You simply heat water and pour the hot water over coffee. it is a simple way to make coffee without the risk of plastic contaminants. I use this one Yitelle Stainless Steel Pour Over Coffee Cone Dripper with Cup Stand and Scooping Spoon Plus Cleaning Brush. I think it is the best chemical free instant coffee maker for one cup.
If you are making multiple cups, you might want to consider a French Press. Ensure there are no plastic parts. This one has good reviews. French Press Coffee & Tea Maker Complete Bundle | 34 oz | BEST Coffee Pot with 304 Stainless Steel & Double German Glass
Look fo coffee makers that do not contain plastic parts.
Coffee pods chemical concerns
There is no doubt that coffee pods are convenient.
The plastic pods accumulate in landfills, they are harmful to the environment.
There are some pods that have a just a plastic rim but plastic is plastic. In addition, I am concerned about the plastic components leaching into my coffee. We know that when plastic it heated it leaches more.
I would rather not have BPA in my coffee. There are concerns that BPA is a hormone disruptor and an obesogen.
Some pods are biodegradable. I use these when I am not using my stainless steel filter. San Francisco Bay OneCup, Organic Rainforest Blend, 120 Count- Single Serve Coffee, Compatible with Keurig K-cup Brewers
Styrofoam cups contains harmful chemicals
New York City phased out the use of styrofoam in 2015. Expanded polystyrene foam, or Styrofoam is not biodegradable. The city was not recycling which resulted in large amounts accumulating in landfills.
There are health concerns as well. Styrene is used in the manufacturing of styrofoam. According to ABC News, there is concern that styrene is a carcinogenic. “It is found in rubber, plastics and insulation, among other objects, but the general population is generally exposed to it through cigarette smoke.”
A hot beverage like coffee can cause breakdown of the styrofoam. Have you ever noticed a film on the top of your coffee when it is poured into a styrofoam cup?
Avoid microwaving a cup of coffee in styrofoam, this can result in breakdown of the styrofoam as well.
What are some good choices for a “Toxic free coffee cup”?
Ceramic cup which is manufactured in the United States that has lead free glaze.
Glass is usually a safe choice providing it does not have a decorative design. There have been reports of lead and cadmium.
Stainless steel is also another safe choice but it takes awhile for your coffee to cool down.
Do you have any coffee safe coffee drinking tips?