The Truth about Coffee: A Look at Fumigation

The Truth about Coffee: A Look at Fumigation

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Whether you know it or not, that coffee you drink each morning is likely chemically treated. In this article we will look a natural alternative to your chemically treated coffee.

When it comes to your morning coffee, it doesn’t need to be said how important it is to you. Without that morning fix your day just doesn’t get the right start, and for many it can be the one point that ruins their entire day. With the importance of that cup of coffee you’d think that most people would know a lot about their favorite morning drink.

However, there is one thing that many people don’t know. Most of the coffee you drink is fumigated with a chemical called methyl bromide which is harsh on the environment. With most of your morning coffee coming from imports, it is actually very likely that your morning brew has been chemically treated to comply with import laws.

The Problem

With current US law, and USDA policy, most raw coffee beans coming into the United States must be fumigated before it lands on US soil. Bugs, coffee leaf rust, and other coffee diseases may be present in shipments of green coffee beans that are imported into our country.

To compensate for this the government forces importers to fumigate most shipments of coffee with a carcinogenic chemical that is bad for the environment. This current method is leading many people to choose a more natural alternative.

What is Methyl Bromide Fumigation?

With the current method of treating coffee beans each shipment of coffee is treated with methyl bromide for eight hours before being allowed into the country. With over 90% of the coffee in the U.S. coming from imported raw coffee beans, this means that a large proportion of the coffee you drink has been treated.

Luckily, There is a Solution

There are actually two types of coffee that come into the U.S. without chemical treatment. Pre-roasted coffee beans aren’t treated, however, having it imported will very much lessen their freshness and there is a better alternative.

The best way to put untreated coffee on your table each morning is to buy organic coffee, and roast your own beans. When it comes to organics, it is very important not to break the chain of certification. When the coffee shipment arrives it is inspected. If it is found to be pest free, then it is allowed into the country with an organic status. When pests are found, the coffee is rejected and returned to its origin or destroyed, or it is fumigated and loses its organic certification.

In other words, to get that untreated coffee you will need a roaster, a supply of organic coffee beans, and you’re set. It doesn’t really matter whether that steaming cup of coffee or that fast-fix espresso is your thing; there are coffee beans to suit.

The next time you make your morning coffee with your regular coffee maker, your cappuccino espresso machine, that fully automated espresso machine, or Italian stove top espresso maker it is important to remember one thing. By roasting your own coffee and spending the extra money for organic coffee, you can keep your morning brew free of a chemical trace in the environment. Not only is it all-natural, it is definitely a greener behavior.



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