6 Tips for Healthier Coffee Drinking

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Use these 6 tips for healthier coffee drinking to turn a really bad habit into a mild vice.

As a Nutritional Therapist, I’ve been told more than once that I have a gentle way of working with clients.  I don’t force diets and supplements down people’s throats.  I know we’re all at where we’re at health-wise for a variety of reasons that go well beyond just food itself and it can take time for changes to be instituted.   I understand people use food for mental, emotional reasons and that taking a specific food away can be akin to a huge psychological shock. 

On my intake forms one of the questions is, “Is there a food you are absolutely not willing to give up?”  This gives me an idea of how fast or slow we need to go when making dietary changes.  Chocolate, sweets and alcohol are just some of the obvious ones.  But by far the most frequent item is…yeah, you guessed it…coffee.

I always encourage my clients to minimize too much coffee in their diet.   It can stress the adrenal glands, liver, kidneys and stomach and can cause the excretion of vital vitamins and minerals as the body tries to rid itself of the caffeine.  It can contribute to blood sugar irregularities (see #5 below) as well.  I could go on and on about its negative health effects.  But I’ll never tell anyone they have to give up coffee. If I did, the majority of the people I see would never come back!

Why I Can’t Quit Coffee

However, it never ceases to me amaze when people do go cold turkey and never go back.  When they come back for a follow up and say they’ve given up coffee and feel great, I always feel like saying, “Umm…could you show me how to do that?”

Drinking coffee every day is a habit that started long before I changed my own diet, one that goes well back to those all-night study sessions in college.  It’s also a habit that’s reinforced by my love of coffeehouses.  I like hanging out with friends there, I like to do work there, I like to listen to music there, and now, I guess I like to blog there as well.  And I know a lot of people who feel the same way.

So I have funny feeling a lot of people will identify with this blog because I know more people are NOT going to give up coffee than those that are.  So this blog is for you, my fellow coffee drinkers out there that scoff, smirk, sneer and roll your eyes at the seemingly endless barrage of how- to- quit -coffee articles out there and think, ”Yeah right”.  

Because I’m right there with ya.

And God knows I’ve tried to give up coffee.  I’ve tried switching to tea and I’ve tried the coffee substitutes.   None of it has worked.  I even gave it up for 30 days once.  It made no difference.  Zippo.   I craved it as much on day 1 as I did on day 30.  I’ll never forget that first sip of coffee on the morning of day 31. 

I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

Of course, there’s a big difference between drinking a cup of coffee a day to say drinking 3 pots.  I know some of my Nutritional Therapist friends disagree with me on this but so be it.  Of all the toxic things we can put in our body, I don’t think a cup of coffee a day is anywhere near the top of that list.   I’m much more concerned with people getting sugar, chemicals and all manner of processed foods out of their diet.  These are the true culprits in our national health epidemics.  So if you’re eating mostly locally grown, nutrient-dense sources of foods– including plenty of good healthy fats from grass fed, pastured animals– and if drinking a cup of coffee per day is your only nutritional vice, trust me, you’re way ahead of the game.

So with that being said, if you truly love coffee and there’s absolutely NO WAY you’re ever going to give it up, here are 6 tips for healthier coffee drinking that can turn a really addictive habit into a mild vice:

Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip#1:  Choose Organic

Healthier coffee drinking definitely starts here. Conventional coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides.  There’s a plethora of organic choices out there.  At the very least, do this.  Better yet, support companies that promote fair trade practices.  You can usually find a few of these in your local health food store.  If not, here’s a few I recommend:

equal exchange coffee

See Equal Exchange Coffee here

kicking horse coffee

See Three Sisters Kicking Horse Coffee here


And finally, stay away from the flavored coffees (yeah, I know they’re yummy) which are usually full of artificial flavorings.

Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip #2: Get the Sugar Out!

This is probably the most important tip for healthier coffee drinking.  I realize this is a tough one for a lot of people.  It was for me.  Until I did this I never realized that what I was really craving in my coffee was the sugar more than the caffeine. But once I ditched the sugar, my palette became more attuned to the various types of roasts and regional variations.  I actually started enjoying the taste of coffee instead of the taste of sugar.  

Try adding just cream (preferably raw if you can get it) in place of sugar.  That helped me get the sugar out once and for all.  The fat in cream will cut the bitterness of coffee.  Cream also has a natural sweetness that can help you wean off the refined white stuff.   

Lastly, please do NOT use those flavored cream/creamer concoctions!  They’re made with hydrogenated vegetable oils, corn syrup and a whole host of other chemicals.  Now some of you might be saying, “Cream?!  What about low fat milk?  Isn’t that healthier?”  No.  A famous comedian once said, “Show me the cow who makes skim milk and then I’ll drink it”.  Low fat milk and all manner of low fat products are not health foods.  But that’s another blog topic for another blog day.

Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip #3:  Buy Whole Beans and Grind Them at Home

Coffee beans, like anything, will begin to breakdown and become rancid once the inner contents are exposed to oxygen and moisture.   To see this process with the naked eye cut open an apple and see what happens. The white flesh starts turning brown pretty fast.  This is due to its exposure to oxygen and moisture, the enemies of freshness.  

They’re also the enemies of anti-oxidants, those things you hear about that create stability and health in living systems and ward off disease.  I’m skeptical about the anti-oxidant health benefits you hear about in coffee.  But if it’s true, those anti-oxidants will start to oxidize immediately after grinding, which is OK if you drink the coffee soon after.  After a few days however freshly ground coffee doesn’t taste so fresh anymore.  And if you get the sugar out, you can start to taste this pretty easily (which is not good for healthier coffee drinking).

I use a simple Krup’s coffee grinder  to grind my beans at home. It’s probably the most used appliance in my kitchen. 

Here’s the one I have if you’re in the market:

Use these 6 tips for healthier coffee drinking to turn a really bad habit into a mild vice.

Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip #4:  Keep it to ONE Cup Per Day.

For starters, one cup is not a Starbucks twenty plus ounce mega-grande french vanilla frappuccino with whip cream and chocolate syrup.  Nor does it resemble a giant caramel coffee coolatta from Dunkin Donuts.  It’s eight ounces.  Your liver can handle that.  I know more than a few people who drink coffee all day long – five, ten, fifteen cups.   If you’re one of those, don’t even think about cutting down to one cup right away.  Reduce it slowly.  If you’re drinking ten cups, get it down to eight in a week.  Then get it down to five, and so on and so forth.  Other strategies for reducing the caffeine content include a second brewing from the same beans and including half decaf (Swiss mater method only) in each cup.

Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip #5:  Drink Coffee After a Meal.

For most people that would be breakfast, and it’s definitely better to wait until you have some food in your system before downing that cup of coffee.  Caffeine causes your body to release sugar into your bloodstream which in turn causes the pancreas to release insulin (another good reason to get sugar out!).  On an empty stomach this can cause a sharp drop in blood sugar which can then set up more sugar cravings. Guess what will help spike that sugar besides sugar?  Caffeine.  Furthermore, the caffeine in coffee can suppress your appetite causing you to go longer without feeling hungry.  This sets up further episodes of low blood sugar and further coffee and sugar cravings.  Having food in your stomach will help modulate this blood sugar response and keep those cravings at bay.

Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip #6:  Enjoy the Heck Out Of It!

Yeah, that’s right.  We live in a world where we’re made to feel guilty about food:  don’t eat this, don’t eat that, this food will kill you, that food will kill you.  Of course, a lot of that is true, but you can take any food, create negative thoughts around it and actually make it unhealthier to consume with those stressful thoughts.  After all, stress depletes nutrients from the body, too.  So don’t feel guilty about your one-cup-per-day of organic, ground-at-home-with-cream coffee. 

Enjoy it!  I do every day.

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  1. Deb Chandler says:

    Thanks, Craig, for a sigh of relief about my coffee. I drink one cup in the morning and I SO enjoy it. Cream, no sugar. Fresh ground. Locally roasted, organic, fairly traded. Mostly Fogbuster by Pierce Bros.

    Now, to stop drinking that occasional 2nd cup in the afternoon….

    • Hi Deb. In place of the second cup, try kombucha. It’s really easy to make but you can readily get it in health food stores now.

    • Try drinking a cup of hot Chaga with cream! It’s not coffee but is a good replacement for that second cup of coffee. It is the highest antioxidant known to man and also has lots of other great stuff in it. So go ahead and enjoy your cup of coffee plus drink Chaga too! Or mix them together!

    • William Dixon says:

      Maybe people should read time magazines recent article about the positives of drinking more than one cup a day. This is what pisses me off about so called right and wrong ways to consume food from the experts. Remember when eggs were bad for you! I drink a pot a day. I smoke, I drink, I’m 60 on no medication. Dr amazed every time I come in alive.

      • Angela Turney says:

        This just means that you can process and detox toxins out of your system better than others. It will catch up with you one day 🙂 the smoking and drinking part anyways.

    • I don’t use sugar, but milk, 2%, is more unhealthy than cream? Sorry, there may be an obvious answer, but I really don’t know.

  2. Mary Jo Kaye says:

    Since I have eliminated the sugar in my coffee and switched to raw heavy cream, I can’t tell you how much more I am enjoying it!

    • Me too! It took about a week cold turkey, to get over the sugar, but coffee is amazing with heavy cream. It’s so much better. Different roasts taste so different. Also, my sugar canister stays full. I’m amazed at how much sugar I was consuming, 1 tsp at a time.

    • Where do you get raw cream? I would love to!

  3. I’m a nursing student and I just read a study that showed people who drink coffee or black tea daily have about 50% lower incidence of MRSA. While I know there are a lot of other factors, I thought that was a tribute to its antioxidative power.

    I also enjoy my coffee fresh and black or with a dollop of raw cream! It doesn’t get any better than that!

    • I think the MRSA correlation was found only with HOT coffee and tea drinkers. The incidence of nasal swab MRSA was lower, so it may be a combination of steam cleaning & antioxidant power =)

  4. Craig,

    That was a great article! I love that your posts are a break from the norm. It makes me happy to come back and read what’s on your mind.

    • Thanks Jennifer! Glad we’re connected on RFM. It’s been a whirlwind past week or so getting to know everyone and familiarize myself with everything. Such a great forum!

  5. I’ve heard that decaf is made using chemicals. Is it better to just stick with a cup of organic regular coffee? I don’t drink it for the caffeine; I drink it because I love the taste.

    • Hi Lydia,

      Most decaf is made via chemicals but there’s something called the “swiss water method” which decaffeinates coffee without chemicals. You should be able to find it in health food stores. Good luck!

      • Yes, always look for the designation “Swiss Water Decaffeinated”. It is a more expensive process, so you will be paying for it, but it is so much better not just in terms of health but taste as well. The companies that use the Swiss Water method WILL ALWAYS proudly advertise it, so there will be no doubt which method of decaffeination was used.

      • It is my understanding that as long as it is certified organic decaf then it is not done with the toxic solvent method. I am the only decaf coffee drinker in my office, and I use Newman’s Own Special Decaf for the Keurig, which is organic free trade sourced and roasted by Green Mountain Coffee. I have one large cup in the morning after breakfast with half and half (I need to get organic half and half more frequently) and it’s very good.

  6. I’m so very glad that when purchasing my french press over a year ago I decided to go for the smaller individual 2 cup press rather than the 4 cup press. It is just enough for this single lady. Recently, I discovered a method of making my one cup a day from freshly ground, locally roasted beans by first french pressing it and then pouring it into a blender with 1 Tbls. of coconut oil and 1 teas. of raw grass fed butter. Blend it up and it gets nice and frothy, slightly sweet, and oh so delicious!

    • Hi Amanda, I tried the coconut oil and butter thing recently too. Oh man is that gooooooood!

      • Till recently, I was a “cream and sugar” girl (the tiny tubs of fake stuff at the office that doesn’t have to be refrigerated and white sugar – shudder). I would prefer to use raw cream but since I always seem to struggle with skimming it off our milk, I just gave it up altogether and don’t miss it in my coffee since I started using coconut oil and raw honey. (I know the raw honey loses some if its enzyme-benefit when added to the hot coffee, but figure it’s a better alternative to white sugar.) The combination is really delicious.

  7. I loved this info, especially since I love my coffee, too. I have tried green tea (yuck) and other teas, but always come back to my coffee. I do drink organic, fair-trade. My first cup has raw honey, coconut oil, and half and half in it. The second (yes, I have two…gasp!)just has cream.

  8. Good article! I am one of those feels better without coffee people, but its safe to say I’m a kombucha addict :). I think there is something culturally and emotionally tied with coffee though, I love going to a coffee house and getting a nice latte every once in awhile!

  9. Great article! I would only add one thing: use full fat coconut milk or grassfed cream for healthy saturated fats.

  10. Great topic, have you tried Bulletproof, Upgraded Coffee? It’s organic, fair trade & one man’ persistent & passionate endeavor to find the best & healthiest coffee out there. I tried my first cup today. It tastes gorgeous & makes me feel alert without being zippy, if you know what I mean.

    • I tried bulletproof coffee. I am a Wise/Nourishing traditions patriot and thus, very excited about this new idea of an energizing, full fat coffee. Sadly, my digestive system was not ready for the large amount of fat and even though I took probiotics and bile salts – the coffee made me *cough* constipated *cough*.
      It was so severe, I ended up getting inflamed bowels and then hemorrhoids(I’m only 22..). It was not my favorite experience.

  11. We started making cold-pressed coffee, as we have read that it greatly lowers the acid content of our coffee. We do 4 parts cold water to 1 part ground coffee, let it sit at room temp. for 12 hours (we use a french press), then pour out the coffee & store it in the fridge for when we want a cool treat. We pour the concentrate over ice, and add cream or milk to taste.

    • We use a Toddy to cold-filter our coffee concentrate, then use it cold our pour hot water in for the smoothest cup of coffee anywhere. LOVE my coffee! 🙂

  12. Great post. I’d argue that besides eliminating sugar, the second most important thing would be to use filtered and not tap water. Most if not all municipalities add chlorine to tap water and that just wreaks havoc with your gut flora, esp. the good bacteria. Of course, I have yet to find a coffee shop that uses filtered water so that further constrains your options…

    • Katherine says:

      So true! And tap water tastes bad which causes more people to opt for other beverages which are not as good for them! Use triple filtered osmosis water available for 39 cents a gallon in your own container.

      • Hi…can you tell me where to get triple filtered osmosis water and is this safe? I have heard it robs all the nutrients/minerals from the water…

  13. Sbux has their own filtration system. Yukon and Italian are their two organics, if they aren’t on tap, you might be able to request a pour-over (brew single cup at a time).
    I drink coffee purely for the delicious factor, usually only a 6oz cup a day. Unfortunately, even if I drink it early, it messes with my sleeping patterns, so I routinely cut it out for a few months at a time. Kinda tricky since I work at a coffee shop, the only way I manage is to go for water first and keep at it throughout the day. That cup of heavy coffee and cream doesn’t call so strongly with 16-20oz of water sloshing around your stomach.

  14. I have been black coffee drinker for years with 2 sugars
    recently went starch free replaced sugar with honey. ITs great
    now i am back to bit of honey bit of sugar but its still good.
    I usually have one a day unless i am doing alot of driving, and would rather drink a coffee than eat starches i should not have

  15. I’ve been making my own creamer lately with cream, some maple syrup, and usually a little cocoa powder and peppermint extract…yummy! I can’t believe I was paying extra for natural creamer when I had all the ingredients around the house already!

  16. Just came across your post from the Food Renegade. I’m actually sort of new to coffee drinking, as a trip to Europe this spring got me to realize what coffee SHOULD taste like and now I’m a total snob! I keep it to one cup daily though, with some organic local half and half, and sometimes a tiny bit of sugar.

    I’m new here but liking what I’m seeing…will definitely peruse more of your site!

  17. Oh thanks for this! No one has ever been able to explain to me why my blood sugar is affected by coffee! I can only have one cup and with a high protein breakfast!

  18. Here is my healthy/high ORAC coffee recipe (it’s my tweaked version of bulletproof coffee). I look forward to it daily. It may be a little rough on you if your adrenals aren’t up to speed though.


  19. According to Dave Asprey (bulletproof coffee guy), a lot of the problems people experience with coffee is not with coffee but with mycotoxins. Coffee has the highest amount of antioxidants of any food. There are many health benefits to drinking coffee. Excellent coffee is available but it takes a bit of a search. He outlines how to find it locally in his blog. He also sells coffee. The beans have to be arabica, from a high altitude single estate in Central America, a single kind of bean (not a blend) and has to be water processed. A quote from his website: The easier way is to say, “Give me the most expensive Central American, wet-process (or washed) beans you have please.”

    I called around Chicago (I live in NW burbs). I found a coffee roaster and where they sold their beans. It cost about the same as buying from Upgraded Self. Plus, they were shipped to me instead of having to drive 25 minutes one way to closest place. There was a place in town that sells from that roaster, but they don’t sell the beans I want.

    I know this sounds crazy. He has done huge amounts of research because he went off coffee for 5 years and missed it.
    Once I know there is a better way, I don’t want to go back to the old way.

  20. Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts and tips! I’m gonna check out this Bulletproof coffee dude once and for all.

  21. Thanks for speaking up for us coffee addicts out there 🙂 I came over from http://empoweredsustenance.com/august-link-love/ and was browsing your site when I just had to read this article!

    I have gone off coffee many times in the past 14 years but I crave it. I used to crave the milky taste but since going on the GAPS diet, I realised that I actualy like the taste of coffee coz I am no longer craving the buzz from caffeine, though that is a nice side effect 🙂

  22. I’ve always thought I was just addicted to coffee until we started getting Jim’s organic colombian. Now if we run out or have to get something else I find myself not drinking coffee. I realize what is wrong when I get my throbbing headache.Ok I am still addicted, I just enjoy it now.

  23. It”s not about the caffeine for all of us. The AM ritual. I use H2O processed decaf with a dollop of caffeine, a spoonful. Almond milk, cinnamon and stevia in the first cup. Yum.

  24. You can get the coffee for cheap at this site. You can also get their MCT oil which bulletproof also makes. They’re having a sale right now with free shipping, I think it ends on Jan 28th. Just enter the code SHIPFREE!


  25. Valt Lionar says:

    My wife has found in Los Angeles the healthiest supplement to help us to loose weight (I’m over 20lbs and she 20): the site is lafitnesscoffee.com
    We brew this so called Fitness Coffee Antioxidant as our usual coffee, fully replacing with it our 3 daily Java cups in 2 months we lost 8 and 6 pounds and in more it’s more aromatic and delicious. We feel every day more energetic 🙂
    The price is a bit higher than our old Java.

  26. Those are some great starting pointers for a healthier coffee but if u want to take it a step further here are some further tips for a real Badass Coffee 🙂 I can honestly say I haven’t enjoyed my coffee more and it’s totally decadent! http://freshunlimited.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/this-is-my-badass-coffee/

  27. I gave up coffee about 4 years ago, and managed to remain coffee free for 2.5 years…only to succumb to its warm creaminess in a moment of weakness and add it back into my morning ritual once again about 1.5 years ago…

    For me it was never sugar as I do not like sweetener in my coffee…its much more about the warmth, the aroma, the heavy cream I had always added to it…

    I did change a few things though, when I went back
    1) In an attempt to rid my life of plastics, I no longer use a coffee pot to brew my coffee, instead I use a glass Hario dripper.
    2) I add about a tablespoon of coconut oil to my coffee, which might sound strange but its so delicious and another good way of getting some nutritious fats into me.
    3) I did switch to just plain cream, most add thickeners (read labels) which I just do not want to consume, and in most cases, I will get organic or raw.
    4) While I still buy my coffee pre-ground, I get organic and store it in the fridge to keep the oils fresh.

  28. Love the advice~

    Great words for anyone looking to live a healthy lifestyle with only one vice!

  29. Superb website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any
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    I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get feedback from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thank you!

  30. Have you ever tried Alphay coffee? It is a silky blend of black Arabica coffee and the rich tradition of Alphay’s proprietary blend of mushrooms in zhi4 BLACK and zhi5 FLASH! Natural Zing with a nutritional boost. Was very surprized!

  31. This is my modified bulletproof coffee – mine’s called a coffee bombe. I recently purchased single origin coffee for the first time and it certainly won’t be the last time. Tastes heaps cleaner on the palate.

    This brew gets me through until about 1pm. Great on a keto diet.

  32. great article! thank you!

  33. Wonderful article. I love the part about the sugar. So true, I have stopped using sugar for years now. The coffee actually taste better without it.

  34. great.. thanks for sharing the tips

  35. Just made these and they were absolutely delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  36. Emily R says:

    Oh, this is SO liberating! I am actually fine without coffee every day. I’m more of a once or twice a week coffee drinker and usually drink less than 8 ounces at a time. Boy to I love it, though! I would be so sad to never drink coffee again. What I really appreciate about this article is your compassionate and pragmatic attitude. This is hard to come by in this crazy health food world and all of the crazies are exactly the reason people think healthy eating is for radicals. Thank you. I’ll be coming back to your blog.

  37. There is a coffee line that promote a better coffee. The secret is a powerful herb called Ganoderma that is infused into the product. Also know as Reishi mushroom apparently in the far east its been known for thousands of years but only recently unearthed and now delivered to the world. Documents suggest amongst its list of attributes that it’s also the most alkaline food on earth and helps contain the extreme acidity level of coffee. The acid environment is where disease runs rife. If you’re interested watch this video: http://www.numberonedomain.com. There’s options to buy and sell the product as well.

  38. I recently found a site that sells USDA organic LOW ACID coffee. You can drink it without the cream because there is no acidic aftertaste! Here’s the link:


  39. What do you do if you are lactose intolerant and need a substitute for the “creamer concoction?”

    • Hi Ben, you could try some rice or almond milk in place. It won’t be as rich as full fat cream however. I’ve also seen some coconut milk creamer in health food stores. I haven’t looked at the ingredients and I’m a little suspicious but you can look for it and see for yourself.

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  46. I am finally totally off coffee. I use dandy blend which is a natural blend of dandelion and chicory. It tastes just like coffee. I usually drink 2 cups. a 2 lb bag sells for 27.00 on amazon and that makes 234 cups. Comes out to .12 cents a cup. Much cheaper than my keurig k-kups. I am hooked. Never thought I could kick coffee, but I did.

  47. Vahagn antonyan says:

    Hi. Thank for all the info about coffee. I’m an “addicted” drinker too and I like to read about it. Your post is awesome, but I noticed some things that are not properly addressed. First, you shouldn’t compare an apple with a coffee bean, because when you cut an apple and leave it for a little while it gets due to iron in it being exposed to oxygen and getting rusted. Coffee beans contain NO IRON. So this comparison is not valid. Secondly, addressing coffee intake by cup(s) is very vague, it is usually addressed in mg’s, even Starbucks that you mentioned has caffeine content in mg’s listed in their nutrition bucklet present in every store. Third, I am surprised why you suggest people one cup a day? I think that is your personal preference which you shouldn’t suggest to public. Do you know what is a half-life? if yes, do you know whats the half-life for coffeine? do some reading on it. Research shows that 3-4 cups a day medium intensity coffee brew (~300 mg) promotes better memory consolidation and reduces the risk of dementia later in life. Fourth, about the stress that according to you coffee can produce in stomach, I have a question, what fruit/vegetable/whatever you eat or drink in excessive amounts doesn’t produce the same stress on your stomach? And finally, why so negative about coffee? Wy not let people know of it positive sides? It seems as if you drink coffee for flavor pleasure and not for its performance enhancing properties. Coffee is popular for its performance enhancing properties. If drunk according to RDA standards its positives significantly dominate all the negative things that you listed.

  48. Thank you so much for a very REAL blog article regarding coffee drinking. I too am a very health conscience individual – even a retired athlete, ex gym owner and health coaches cafe owner remain a coach today. I LOVE MY COFFEE !! only to be out done by my mother. When my mother was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2009 I went on a serious search to help her detox and increase nutrition. Reishi Mushroom kept coming up in chinese medicines + I wanted to alkalize her system – coffee was not on the agenda – – – and yet – coffee drinking continued – – – then we found the Organo Gold line of coffee. Have you tried them yet ? We love them. We drink the organic king of coffee with the organic ganoderma (reishi) lucidum extract. . . more alkalizing, less toxic, less acidic, energizing without the feeling of a stimulant. I can hardly say enough about this product. My mom is still with us today (May 17, 2014) an in fact has recently been substitute teaching 4th grade because she was getting bored. Amazing. If you love drinking coffee – definitely worth checking out. I have found it to be so amazing I just signed up to be a distributor – great company to work with too. If you are interested in trying a free sample – stop by my site….http://www.tastysofias.com/freecoffee

  49. Definitely choose organic! And with good quality coffee who needs sugar, it tastes amazing without it 🙂

  50. Hi.
    Thank you for this article. I have been of the mind that food should be medicine and find so many contradictory reports about the effects of coffee on health. I seem to have a very sensitive system and ALTHOUGH I LOVE coffee, I think I would be better off without it – although I seem to be looking around for justification to keep it in my diet. From your article, I would assume that you would agree. I’m going to experiment with 30 days without coffee and see what happens.
    Thank you . . . .

    • Hi Tamara, I do agree! I actually just went 30 days without it myself. I felt great. Slept better and had more sustained energy. But I couldn’t go longer than 30 days. Glad to be back on the coffee train. 🙂

  51. Thank you so much!

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  54. Hi. I have read that drinking coffee with or up to an hour after a meal significantly reduces the capacity of the body to absorb iron (although not as much as tea does). Maybe this would be worth mentioning in the part about drinking coffee after a meal. Depending on what you are eating maybe it doesn’t matter but if you eat a salad and then have some coffee you are negating much of the nutrients you just consumed, right?

  55. Caleb Jamieson says:

    I stopped drinking coffee at the beginning of this school year – I think it was… Maybe last year? I’ve lost track of time. Anyway, I went about 3-4 months without drinking coffee (With the exception of a cup before a test, which I did twice) up until recently when I started drinking it again.

    I used to drink a minimum of 3-4 cups a day, sometimes up to 7. I stopped cold turkey and remember feeling horrible for about 2 weeks. After that I was golden. Discovering tea was my greatest ally in my struggle to cut coffee out of my life; I became an avid tea drinker for the next 3 months drinking pot after pot all day long.

    I recently went back to drinking coffee – but I went from drinking Tim Horton’s double-doubles (just about the nastiest, most sugary coffee imaginable) to drinking small black coffee, mostly made at home.

    Coffee for me had become more of a social prop than a beverage for me to enjoy; I couldn’t imagine what would I do with my hands if they weren’t holding a coffee. Now I drink it and enjoy it in the mornings, or at night when I wake up to start my day early.

    My suggestion to anyone who is looking to stop drinking coffee: Replace it with tea. First two weeks may or may not be hell, but after that tea will give your hands something to do and your mouth something to sip at.

  56. Hi Craig,
    I recently got involved with promoting a healthy coffee, do you have any opinions or insight into the health benefits of Healthy Habits Global products? https://www.healthyhabitsglobal.com/abruza

    Any recommendations would be appreciated! Great post by the way.


  57. Coffee after a meal? Interesting. I’ve heard it both ways.

  58. What about brewing with alkaline water? Do you think that helps too?

  59. I could never get into coffee without any sweetener. It’s just not for me. However, I have eliminated all sugars by using unsweetened almond/coconut milk in my coffee. It has a natural good taste and no sugars. Milk and creme have sort of neutral tastes, so that didn’t really work for me. I use the Almond Breeze unsweetened Almond Coconut milk and it is really tasty. They also have other flavors like unsweetened Vanilla (a little less sweet) and Vanilla Almond Coconut (more sweet) that are good. Just make sure you get unsweetened or it will have sugar.

  60. Moderation in all things leads to a healthier life, right? This is why I agree so much with tip number five to limit yourself to one cup a day. Making sure that you keep yourself moderated will make you more able to naturally maintain your energy levels, and it keeps yourself from developing a habit or reliance on a drink to get you throughout the day.

  61. There is also the social side. Connecting with family and friends is mentally and emotionally healthy. Coffee is a great way to connect one on one or as a group.

  62. Homemade creamers are safer and more economical, and this is why several individuals would prefer to use this one. Aside from keeping yourself away from those harmful preservatives, you can also have a big discount for the expense of buying creamers.

  63. Coffee is proved today they not only a drink but also have some great health benefits. Beside Healthier benefits it also social value in drinking coffee.

  64. I noticed drinking coffee between meals is best. Drinking with a meal upsets my stomach. I’ve learned to listen to my and removed certain foods from my diet. But I could not remove coffee…so…now I only drink 1/2 cut between meals.

  65. I love coffee, when my doctor asks me how much I drink, I always said half of the real number I am planning to get a new coffee machine and I found this one called Orca https://www.orca.coffee/ Does anyone know it? I almost decided for this one but I am lookinf for second opinions. Thanks

  66. Lily White says:



    coffee depletes your already magnesium deficient body increasing the symptoms more like muscle cramps, leg spasms, heart palpitations, anxiety, insomnia and much more. People, read this article take the advice by taking a high absorbable magnesium, and you will benefit from the coffee instead of it doing a disservice to your health: http://bit.ly/2hF2kx5

  67. Thank you for this article. But, where do you get raw cream?

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  69. One on the best read on coffee by the way. You not only mentioned some side effects of too much coffee but you also guided on how we can be on the safe side by considering those 6 points of healthier coffee drinking. In fact I even made my own plan using your point. In you 3rd point you mentioned that we need to have freshly grounded coffee, so I would like to share my views over here too. The thing is, when you buy grounded coffee from store; it loses its flavor with time, so to prevent this thing you need some freshly grounded coffee while making yourself your first cup in morning.

    So to help you guys in this I just complied the best coffee makers with grinders available in market. After a detailed research I’ve written down their reviews along with their Pros and Cons so it’ll be really helpful for you guys: http://homekitchenary.com/best-coffee-maker-with-grinder/

  70. Contrary to the ugliness of what coffee brings about, drinking coffee can be beneficial to our bodies. Thank you for this share. It helps ppl who are skeptical about coffee, know more about it.

  71. Coffee improves my energy levels and also helps put me in a good mood! I usually take my coffee black, but lately, I’ve been using soy milk as well in my iced coffee. Thank you for this amazing post

  72. Great Post Craig. I know Coffee is the most controversial and also the most popular drink. Some researchers give good reasons to enjoy coffee guilt free and some studies talk about the downsides such as insomnia, indigestion, addiction etc. However, even today, more than 90% of the people can’t start their morning without a cup of Joe. We can still drink a coffee keeping in mind about the rules you have said and can reap all the benefits of it. Thanks once again for this great post and keep posting great ideas.

  73. Most if not all municipalities add chlorine to tap water and that just wreaks havoc with your gut flora, esp. the good bacteria. Of course, I have yet to find a coffee shop that uses filtered water so that further constrains your options…

  74. Can I take coffee before breakfast?Is there any disadvantage for liver and kidneys

  75. Great tips, really helped me out!

  76. I’m a coffee lover and I was looking for some healthy habits to include in my routine. This will surely help me a lot. Thank you!

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  78. I love, love, love my coffee! I thought that drinking coffee with a meal depleated vitamins and minerals out of your food, especially Iron? I could be wrong…

  79. PAUL D WILSON says:

    Coffee is brewed and served in 6oz sizes…..6oz is one cup of coffee.


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