Morning Beverages

There’s nothing like waking up on a cozy weekend morning and making a fresh hot beverage… For me the smell of coffee is one of my all time favorites. I’m not opposed to tea, juice, milk or other usual morning beverages, but coffee is certainly my go-to beverage of choice. That being said, many people do not like coffee, think coffee is really bad for you, or just prefer tea or juice instead. Everyone has their own palette, and one really should enjoy their beverage of choice. However, if that beverage is coffee… well then your probably aware of the health benefits and health concerns with coffee. But did you know there’s a thing such as “healthy” coffee? Actually there’s a few different types of organic and/or healthy coffee options…

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, I have personally tried pretty much every major brand and several not as well known brands of coffee. There are so many types of coffee, the options feel somewhat limitless. In the coffee world there’s espresso, lattes, brewed coffee, K-cups, instant coffee, coffee beans, green coffee, coffee mixes with additional ingredients, and the list goes on… So how do you know what’s healthy and what’s not? How do you know what’s good or bad?

Coffee is personal! What’s good flavor and aroma wise to me may not necessarily be the same for you… This adds an extra challenge to finding the ultimate best coffee. However, with all coffee there’s some health commonalities. Coffee itself isn’t bad for you. But some of the ingredients that accompany coffee can be harmful. Caffeine for instance is present in most of the coffee that we consume on a daily basis. We have to go out of our way to order decaf and if your a coffee snob or friends with one, decaf can be frowned upon. A little caffeine really isn’t going to hurt most people, but large quantities can effect your health both long term and short term. Too much caffeine can cause side effects such as insomnia, nervousness, jitters, restlessness, stomach problems, increase in heart rate, and more…. Sounds pretty bad right?

So let’s talk about our coffee consumption options… we could just consume decaf all the time and cut out caffeine completely from the picture. Or we could explore what options we have for coffee with caffeine that is still good for you… Is there such a thing? Well actually – I’ve been looking for a solution to this for a while. I have cut out coffee completely out of my diet a few times in my life. But at the end of the day –  I love the smell, flavor, and atmosphere that accompanies coffee. So I went out to find the best and healthiest coffee…

Coffee itself actually has many benefits. It has been studied due to its antioxidant and nutrient profiles. Several studies have shown that instant coffee can be higher in antioxidants compared to
other brew methods. However, pretty much all coffee contains the following ingredients: Chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant compound that is the major phenol in coffee. Quinic acid, an antioxidant/phytochemical that contributes to the acidic taste of coffee. It is also found in apples, peaches, and other plants/foods. Cafestol, an ingredient that is lower in instant coffee than
in French Press coffee.

After trying several brands of coffee there’s a few that are my favorites. They each have some pluses and minuses, depending on how you prefer to make your coffee. But they are all highly delicious and healthier than your typical cup of joe.

Option 1: This is my all time favorite go-to brand for coffee! The ONLY downside is that they do not make coffee in ground bags to brew in a coffee pot. In order to consume this coffee, you have to use instant packets or K-Cups. Most of the time this downside is totally okay with me, my workplace and home both have a hot water dispenser or boiler, and Keurig machines. This brand is called Organo Gold. My go-to is their Gourmet Black Coffee.

Here’s why it’s my go-to: All of the Organo Gold brand coffee contains “Ganoderma – also known as the red Reishi mushroom, this mild flavor adds a note of depth to the coffee flavor and brings it’s own benefits. Ganoderma mushrooms provide triterpeniods and amino acids. Ganoderma mushrooms are ‘adaptogens’. Ganoderma has been used in traditional Asian medicine for thousands of years. The name Ganoderma means “spiritual potency”, while the Japanese name Reishi can be translated as “King of Herbs”.” This essentially counter-acts the negative effects of caffeine in coffee. This means you can consume Organo Gold coffee at any time during the day and it WILL NOT KEEP YOU AWAKE!!!! This is literally a golden nugget in my life! I love coffee, and this is a way that creates a healthy coffee option that I can take and make almost anywhere at anytime. The other thing I should mention is that the gourmet black coffee doesn’t contain any added creamer or sugar products. This allows you to have a straight up bold black cup of joe, or frilly it up with your favorite creamer or flavor. Organo Gold also makes several other coffees, teas, and cocoas with ganoderma included. The Cafe Mocha is a great mocha mix! I highly recommend it as well!

So how do you get Organo Gold?! You can click here for discounted product or you can click here to purchase at retail cost. But before you do either of these – let’s talk about pricing. A box of gourmet black coffee at retail sells for $27 dollars for 30 cups of coffee… Seems a little spendy at first but it breaks down to about $1 per cup when you are paying full retail price. If that’s too much there’s two options for getting a discount.

If you sign up as a preferred customer you can score this same box for 25% off retail. This brings your $1 cup of coffee down to $0.67 per cup plus this gives you access to exclusive promotions. The down side – by getting this discount you are signing up for an auto-shipment. If you go through this coffee as much as I do – this is no problem. But some people don’t like this and I totally get that too. There are some products I would prefer to spend more money on because I don’t want an auto-shipment of it. However, this is not one of those. I personally also love the option they have for a distributorship. In order to do this you do have to make an upfront purchase of $49.95 to purchase the distributor kit. That being said – this option isn’t for everyone. But – if you are looking for the best pricing as a consumer, this is how you will get it. Although you spend $50 up front. That makes up for itself once you hit the 5-6 boxes of coffee mark for most people this will be in the first 2-3 months depending how many cups of coffee you consume daily. The distributor price is lower than the 25% discount as a preferred customer. So you will save your $50 by ordering at the distributor wholesale cost. Your break-even point is about 5-6 boxes of coffee. From there, everything you save is money back in your pocket. I definitely recommend this even if you don’t want to sell coffee as it is the best pricing you can get for personal consumption.

Option 2: There’s more than 1 brand of coffee that is delicious and healthy. However, the next one I will discuss does not contain Ganoderma. This is the sole reason it isn’t my #1 go-to. If you consume enough of this you will feel the caffeine effects. This coffee does come in the option of coffee beans or k-cups so if you need to brew a pot of coffee this is a good option! This brand is made by Melaleuca – it’s called Mountain Cabin Coffee. This is pretty much up there with any of the natural and organic coffee brands out there such as: Green Mountain Coffee, Organic Coffee Co., Newman’s Own, and more. The main benefit of this brand and why I place it above other brands is where the beans are grown. The beans are sourced in a high mountain altitude which contains incredibly rich mineral soil. The coffee beans are better nutritionally for you than most due to the soils and how they are grown and processed. Due to this it is my #2 go-to – or my #1 go-to if I need to make a full pot of coffee instead of individual cups.

Mountain Cabin Coffee comes in multiple flavors as well – one of my favorites is their Vanilla Ground Coffee. This roast has a really nice vanilla flavor similar to what you would typically get from a sugar packed vanilla creamer. I enjoy this one because it provides flavor without the added sugar or calories from cream. The down side to this coffee to me is the pricing. It is totally do-able as a preferred customer, but looking at retail costs, it’s not the cheapest. The retail price for this is $15 per 10oz bag. Compared to Starbucks which sells an espresso roast for $13 per 16oz bag it seems a bit spendy. Again you can get a discount if you are a preferred customer or a distributor. In this instance the setup is exactly the same for a preferred customer and distributor. It is typically $20 to enroll (although they do $1 membership promotions frequently) and then your coffee and many other products are discounted. This makes your $15 bag of coffee $10. The downside is that in order to remain a preferred customer you would need to purchase 35 product points per month. I am a preferred customer with Melaleuca as I buy several products from this company – you’ll find more about that in other blogs. But this commitment means spending about 60-80 dollars (with tax and shipping included) per month. This option is definitely not for everyone! It 100% depends on if you have other products from Melaleuca that you use.

How to get it? If you would like to sign up as a preferred customer use this link. If you just want to shop at full retail use this link.

In summary, there’s a TON of brands of coffee… and choosing the best one is hard. The flavor of a hot starbucks latte is one of my favorites. However, when talking about healthy coffee for daily consumption, it’s important to know where the beans are sourced and if there’s something else included that counters the caffeine. Decaf is always an option, but a coffee with ganoderma is definitely my recommendation. Ganoderma itself has several health benefits outside of making your coffee better for you. There are a few other brands out there that make ganoderma coffee – but I have tried a couple and found that they tend to lose the coffee flavor and have a pretty bad after-taste. At the end of the day – Organo Gold is my go-to for all things coffee. Don’t forget they also have delicious tea, hot cocoa, and more options for those of you who don’t LOVE coffee!

 

 

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