Take a moment with us. Picture that first cup of coffee in the morning - steam curling that delicious coffee aroma to your nose. That first sip of rich coffee goodness where you close your eyes and your soul just says “Mmmmm.”
Now imagine you’re sipping that heavenly brew knowing that it was grown free of any chemicals, roasted to perfection in toxin-free roasters - pure coffee goodness to your body (and yes, coffee can be healthy for you). Just took that coffee experience up a notch, didn’t it?
That’s organic coffee, and we’re big fans of this clean-grown-and-roasted stuff. We know that as a discerning coffee drinker, you want to have the best coffee for your morning (noon and night) cuppa, so we’re here to introduce you to the best-tasting organic coffee that your taste buds could wish for.
What This Article Covers:
- The Lowdown on Organic Coffee
- Coffee for Everyone
- Best Organic Ground Coffee
- Best Organic Coffee Beans
- Healthiest Coffee Beans
- Top Rated Organic Coffee
The Lowdown on Organic Coffee
First things first - what is organic coffee actually, and how is it different from “normal” coffee?
Coffee that is certified “organic” has been through a carefully-managed growing process and rigorous testing and certification procedures. Regulatory requirements differ from country to country, but here in the USA, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for putting that organic stamp of approval on products that meet this standard.
Grown Au Naturel
Plots growing organic coffee beans must be completely free of synthetic pesticides, not just per crop. The soil must have been synthetic-pesticide-free for at least three years. (Now you know you’re playing in the big leagues.)
Natural repellents may be used to keep bugs (like the coffee berry borer) from gobbling up the coffee berries while they’re growing - and birds safe as they won’t be tempted to eat those chemical-bearing borers. Organic farmers also use some pesticide sprays like Cinnamomum and copper sulfate.
The coffee plots should also not displace existing bugs and birds from their natural habitats. We love this because we’re eco-friendly folk here at Lifeboost Coffee, and we like to know that our cuppa joe hasn’t harmed any animals (or insects) in the making.
Many coffee plantations are grown either completely or partially in the shade, allowing nature to thrive around the coffee plants - and encouraging insects and birds that feed on coffee berry pests to be completely at home around the plants.
Once the berries are ripe, they are carefully picked - and if we’re going hardcore organic, put in chemical-free bags - to transport to the roasting machines.
The roasters themselves may only be used to toast organic coffee beans. This is because there may be residue from chemicals that remain in the roasters should they be used to toast berries grown and farmed using synthetic pesticides.
Roasting is done cleanly with nothing added to the beans as they toast up and develop those divine flavors that you enjoy in your cup.
As much as we love our birds and bugs, we love our coffee farmers too, and the Fairtrade Mark recognizes the amazing care and work they put into growing the coffee beans that land in your coffee grinder.
Rigorous standards have to be met to get this acclaimed mark on our coffees - and it shows support for the farmers, their communities, and the environment.
Coffee for Everyone
Right, now that you’re up to speed on organic coffee, let’s get into the good stuff - the actual coffees.
Lifeboost Coffee has loads of coffees to choose from. Whether you’re a light, medium, or dark-roast coffee lover, we have a coffee that will make your taste buds tingle and your tummy tango.
Our brand was actually created because our founder - Dr. Charles Livingston - couldn’t find that perfect cup of coffee, that was healthy, flavorful, toasted to perfection, and kind to animals, farmers, and the planet. So he did what all great founders do - developed his own.
So what’s your coffee of choice?
Best Organic Ground Coffee
If you’re a plug-’n-play type coffee lover, coffee beans that are already ground and ready for brewing are a great choice. And we make it that much easier for you because most of our coffees can be purchased as whole beans or already-ground.
Here’s a delicious option to get your flavor feels going…
Optimist Light Roast
We love how coffee can boost your mood - especially first thing on a Monday morning. So, introducing, our Optimist Light Roast (just the name makes you feel more buoyant, right?).
This light roast is a great morning cuppa as it’s not too heavy for your first cup of the day, but strong enough to give you a kickstart. Sourced from local farmers who grow the coffee beans to full maturity in the mountain shade (we know right - the thought of those rich juicy flavors is making our tongues tingle too), these 100% Arabica beans are also certified organic as well as being mold and mycotoxin free.
What Do You Mean Mold? Since When Does Coffee Get Mold?
Coffee beans are like any other food product - if processed or stored incorrectly, they can grow mold (and we don’t think “mold” is a flavor you’d like included in your coffee’s flavor profile - we certainly wouldn’t).
Coffee beans may have mold spores on the surface of the coffee before they reached your coffee maker.
If a part of the prep or packaging process is flawed, then those spores can take a lovely holiday with your coffee beans and start a mold family in your cupboard (pretty distasteful).
So we make sure that our beans are thoroughly tested for mold spores so that they are as clean as whistles when they are packaged and delivered to you with love.
What Are Mycotoxins?
According to the World Health Organization WHO, mycotoxins are “naturally occurring toxins produced by certain molds (fungi) and can be found in food”. So that mold can really go to town on your coffee beans.
These toxins can cause mild to severe health problems, such as immune deficiency and certain cancers. So it’s pretty important to know if your coffee beans have been tested or not.
Best Organic Coffee Beans
It really is true that the best cups of coffee are when you grind the beans and brew your cup in one go. This ensures that no flavors are lost in the time between when the beans are ground to when you spoon them into your coffee maker.
The best organic whole bean coffee is that which holds the full flavors and aromas of the coffee beans, without losing anything to “time in between.”
We are so passionate about our coffee quality that we treat our coffee beans like gold. Only the top 2% of the world’s coffees are good enough to make it to our roasting phase, and we roast in small batches only, when you order - so freshness is guaranteed.
Our rigorous third-party testing phase happens next, followed by delivery to your door.
This is why we can confidently say that our coffee beans are the best and healthiest organic coffee beans available.
Best Dark Roast Coffee
Welcome to the dark side of life - and some of the best cuppa joes you’ve ever had. Our spirited and bold dark roasts are, hand to heart, some of the best organic dark roast coffees out there. Dark roast coffee also makes for the best organic espresso beans since they have a deep rich flavor that’s great for a small shot.
Here are two options to get your heart racing.
Embolden Dark Roast
If you’re looking for a deeply-rich, bold and powerful coffee kick, the Embolden Dark Roast is a great option. Touted as one of the healthiest dark-roast coffees possible, Embolden is a single-origin coffee (like all of Lifeboost’s coffees). It’s low in acid (good for the tummy) and tested by a third party to ensure it’s free of mycotoxins, pesticides, and a whopping 400+ other chemicals.
And we’ve tested it ourselves too - because we wouldn’t want you to drink anything that we wouldn’t drink ourselves.
The Difference Between Dark, Medium, and Light Roast
It all starts with the length of time that the coffee beans are roasted. Dark coffee beans are roasted longer than medium roasted beans, which are roasted longer than lightly roasted beans.
- Characterized by a dark, glossy bean because of the oils drawn out in the roasting process.
- Robust and full flavors, and takes on the smoky flavors from the roasting process.
- Start to take on a bit of the flavor of the roasting process, losing the bright florals and taking on a more balanced flavor.
- It can also be referred to as Breakfast Roast, American Roast, or City Roast.
- There is often more caffeine in a lighter roasted bean (because the roasting process can draw out caffeine).
- Roasting stops at the first “crack” of the bean.
This beaut is sourced (single-origin, of course) from Central America, in the mountains of Nicaragua. We call it Midnight Roast because of its gorgeous dark coloring - but there’s a hint of chocolate in there too for you chocolate lovers (but without any of that sugar that comes with chocolate).
With that said, stir in some double cream and sugar to taste and you’ll be bewitched by the rich and voluminous flavor (midnight is, after all, the witching hour…).
How You Get Chocolate Flavor in Coffee
There are two ways to infuse coffee beans with flavor. One is by adding the specific flavors you want the coffee drinker to taste, and the other is through flavors that come about through the growing and roasting processes.
Flavors Through Growing and Roasting
We find the natural flavoring process quite magical. The soil in which the coffee plants grow influences their flavor. Things like acidity, rain and sunlight levels, elevation, temperature, etc., all influence the flavors you taste in your cup of coffee.
Then there’s the harvesting time - coffee berries that are picked with they are super ripe will result in a sweeter, cleaner, and smoother flavor.
But the processing of the berries is one of the biggest factors in determining their flavors and aroma. There are four main techniques used: washed, wet-hulled, honey, and natural.
Naturally processed coffee beans will have a juicier, more syrupy flavor; while washed beans will have a cleaner and crisper flavor. Wet-hulled coffee is more heavy-bodied, nutty, and chocolatey; and honey-processed coffee is more acidic, juicy, and syrupy.
And of course, the roasting process, which varies in length depending on whether the roaster is looking for a light, medium, or dark roast, can bring out flavors in the coffee that we identify with other ingredients like peaches, florals, nuts, chocolate or caramel.
These coffees get their delightful flavors from essential oils and flavor extracts that are used to flavor the coffee beans.
Well, that’s how we do it at Lifeboost anyway: no funny business when we create our flavored coffees - just the highest quality ingredients, added in the most natural way, to give you the best-tasting cup of coffee possible.
But Wait, There’s More…
OK, we’ve just always wanted to say that. But there really are loads more delicious dark roasts to choose from - check them out.
Organic Medium Roast Coffee
Now if you’re looking for something in-between - not too robust, but not too light and feathery either - an organic medium roast coffee is where it’s at.
A deeper color and flavor than light roasts, medium roast coffee beans also have no oil on the surface of the bean, as the heat wouldn’t have reached high enough to start that divine oil extraction process, that makes your dark roasts ooze with a smoky flavor.
A medium roast is sweeter than a light roast and is beautifully balanced with more body and higher acidity. By not roasting the beans to dark roast level, you can really taste those natural flavors that have grown and developed with the coffee bean, giving you a smooth and very “present” cup of coffee.
And what’s more, if your body doesn’t react well to caffeine, you can get a decaf version that hasn’t lost any of the flavor or aromas.
What’s the Buzz About Decaf?
Decaf coffees have gotten a bad rap for having chemicals pumped through them to remove the caffeine, ending up putting residues of those chemicals into your body. But some clever people somewhere developed some nifty methods of gently removing the caffeine without removing the flavor - and without using any chemicals.
Lifeboost decaf coffees are decaffeinated in a way that respects the coffee beans, the organic designation of the beans, the care taken in growing them, the roasting process, and most importantly, the taste buds of you, the coffee drinker.
There are two ways to take caffeine out of organic coffee beans - the Swiss Water Method, and the Carbon Dioxide Process. Each of these is a slow and tender process that uses pure water or CO2 to gently remove the caffeine from the coffee beans, leaving them caffeine-free, but packed with the same flavor as their high-kicking counterparts.
Lifeboost Coffee uses the acclaimed best method - the Swiss Water Process - to ensure that whether you drink full-caf or decaf coffee, you're getting the same, best organic coffee experience.
So now that you know what the buzz about decaf is, why not try one of our organic decaf coffee varieties?
Medium Roast Decaf
Hand-picked, spring-water washed and then bathed luxuriously in the sun to dry - Lifeboost coffee beans really get top-class treatment (look, we’d even massage the beans if we thought it would bring more flavor to your cup.)
After they’ve rested for 30 days - which encourages the taste-enhancing richness to be released - the green beans then go through the decaffeinating process. This eases the caffeine out of the beans, so we’re left with pure coffee goodness - and no caffeine. Roasting is next, and then…well, you know the process now.
This medium roast has a nice, rich, and bold flavor, with an undercurrent of chocolate and caramel that brings a natural sweetness to the coffee. Its low acidity and unique flavor make it a cup that you just want to keep on refilling.
Healthiest Coffee Beans
So, what do you think? Has all-natural coffee sneaked into your heart, and taken your taste buds captive? We do get a bit poetic about our coffee because we believe in its superiority - and we don’t say that lightly. There are many great coffees out there, but our team puts body and soul into sourcing, preparing, and bringing you the very best cup of coffee you could possibly get.
And we believe that your cuppa joe should be a part of your healthy lifestyle, which is why we make sure that all the processes and techniques we use are supportive of delivering cup after cup of delicious, healthy, anti-oxidant-filled goodness. Coffee has also been said to help with reducing the likelihood of diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, and helps with mental health.
Finding the right coffee is the key to making your favorite cold brew organic coffee.
So we say - cheers. Pour us another cup.
Top Rated Organic Coffee
Don’t just take our word for it though. We’ve received many great reviews of our Lifeboost coffees, from people who tried and tested (then tried again…and again…) our coffees. Because that’s who we make it for - you. Our coffee community, our caffeine (or decaf) compadres, our roasted bean besties.
So, whether or not organic coffee is worth it for you, we’re sure you’ll love Lifeboost Coffee regardless.
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