With almost 20 billion pounds of coffee produced annually, coffee is among the top beverages consumed in the world and is number one in the United States. Why is this important? Because while coffee is the most popular beverage, it is also the most chemical-treated crop that we consume.
This means each cup of conventionally grown coffee contains things like Ochratoxin A, a mycotoxin that is classified as a possible carcinogen. There are even pesticides and contaminants linked to symptoms like fatigue and brain fog - exactly what most coffee drinkers are trying to avoid.
So, what's a coffee drinker to do? Enter organic, shade grown coffee. Organic is more than just a fancy title in the coffee producers' world. It really does mean your beans are grown in natural fertilizers and without chemicals. Moreover, these methods keep dangerous contaminants out of the surrounding water, preserve animal habitats, and create better working conditions for farmers.
What's the difference between a cup of rich, roasty coffee and a mug of sour dish water-like brew? It could be the size of your coffee grounds. Coffee can be ground all the way from extra fine to extra coarse and this is more than just personal preference. The size of your grind will determine the best way for you to get your brew done.
In this post we will look at the best way to grind coffee based on the brewing method you want to use. We will also look at the science behind why coffee grind size matters and other coffee brewing tips.