Coffee: How to enjoy it in good conscience!
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The first button I press in the morning is actually the button on my coffee machine. Why I have banned my old capsule machine with joy from the kitchen and which coffee I drink now with in good conscience, I will tell you in this blog post. In addition, I wanna talk about some common myths around coffee and tell you why I am convinced that coffee is very healthy.
There are many things I could without. Coffee is definitely not one of them. I’ve been drinking it for so long that I hardly dare to mention this. Already at the age of 11, I didn’t leave the house without taking a large pot of coffee to school. And actually, my love for this hot drink began much earlier. I remember that my mum used to have to order a cappuccino when I was still a kid. Not because she really liked that one. It’s because I liked to spoon up the milk froth on top of it. With lots of sugar – of course.
Coffee: A healthy addiction?
Even today I still like to drink my coffee with additives. Mostly with rice milk and a dash of yacon syrup. Even though coffee is often discredited and experts in the past have called for moderation, I never doubted that coffee was good for me. Because coffee is more than just caffeine. In the meantime, numerous studies with coffee consumers have come to the conclusion that the positive effects predominate.
I do not want to bore you here with studies, but I would like to mention one of them briefly. This was done by examining the number of cups with which the health effect of coffee is highest. Researchers analysed 21 suitable studies over the past 50 years. This means that a total of almost one million study participants will come together. I will make it short, the authors’ conclusion: People who regularly drink moderate amounts of three to four cups of coffee a day can reduce their mortality risk. Overall mortality, i. e. the risk of dying from any cause, also decreased steadily in the study as coffee consumption increased.
Coffee also stimulates digestion. The stimulating effect of coffee affects not only the intestine, but even our brain. Just two or three cups of coffee a day is enough to clear about 50% of a blockade. Brilliant, isn’t it?
Coffee made of aluminium capsules or hard plastic: That’s why never again!
But to be able to consume coffee with a clear conscience, it is not only my own health that plays a role. I have been drinking coffee from capsules for a long time, and I don’t feel comfortable with it. I grew up with it and when I got a machine as a present when I left my parents’ house, it was too late anyway.
Even if the capsules are rather expensive, they have a great success. No wonder: at the touch of a button, different flavours can be easily generated and no droplet is missing. But are the systems also environmentally friendly? No. Relatively heavy capsules, which are then also individually packed, do the worst. And aluminium capsules are only better if they are recycled. And let’s face it: How many people really do that?
What is much more exciting, however, is that a new Empa study shows that the choice of coffee is much more important than the choice between capsule, fully automatic coffee machine and filter coffee. Would you have thought so?
Those are the reasons why I do not use capsules:
- Aluminium in the body can lead to severe bone diseases as it attacks the cells.
- The profit margins of the groups are gigantic.
- Whether made of aluminium or plastic, these materials are rinsed out in the machine with about 100 degrees of hot water.
- The capsules cause a lot of garbage.
- According to a study carried out by the Swiss research institute Empa for the F. A. S., coffee capsules of any kind always occupy the last places in terms of environmental compatibility.
Organic, fairtrade and packaging-free: is that possible?
This is exactly the question I asked myself half a year ago. You know this: When you get to grips with a topic, you’ve read enough of it. You’re too well informed. So I couldn’t really enjoy the coffee at home anymore. I was plagued by a guilty conscience. Sure: After all, I recycled every capsule. But I didn’t know how fair the coffee it contains was. And it wasn’t organic at all.
Since Chris is also a great coffee lover, we started looking for the best alternative. The criteria: A coffee maker with which we can prepare organic and fair-trade coffee. The best way to avoid unnecessary packaging. Sounds too good to be true? That’s what we thought, too. And then found a provider that combines all this: kaffeepads.ch
The alternative: compostable pads
Kaffeepads. ch sells “E. S. E. Pads”. Never heard of it? It doesn’t matter. For 20 years now, the pads have been sold in Switzerland as portions without a closed brand system. In colloquial terms, they are simply called “coffee pads”. These are produced by many small, medium and large roasting plants. These pads can be processed in all coffee machines bearing the “E. S. E. symbol”. The system therefore works for hand lever machines, mocha cans and piston machines.
The coffee pods offer portioned coffee lovers the best alternative to capsules. They contain seven grams of pressed coffee powder, have a diameter of exactly 44 millimeters and are surrounded by 0.2 grams of filter paper.
Their two biggest advantages over capsules are the variety of brands and the compostability. The portions are available as individually sealed portions (usually in boxes of 18 or 20) but also – and this is the great thing about it – in the form of bags with loosely packed portions. The bags are made of paper and have room for 20 or 40 portions. This reduces waste to a minimum.
My new red baby!
If you follow me on Instagram, I have seen my new coffee machine almost daily in the last few weeks. You know, the red nostalgic piston machine: This is the “Francis Francis Francis X1 Trio“.
The Francis Francis Francis X1 Trio is perfect for preparing all three types of drinks: Ristretto, espresso and café crème. Thanks to the ingenious trio system – three different piston positions – the Francis Francis Francis X1 Trio is the only machine to receive 5 out of 5 stars in the shop rating for Ristretto/Espresso and Café Crème.
For this machine kaffeepads.ch offers the following tasting boxes free of charge:
1 x degustation box Espresso DUE (costs 68.90 CHF)
1 x tasting box Café Crème DUE (value of 39.00 CHF) plus
1 x tasting box Amici mixed (16 single portions)
The machine costs 498 francs.
In the tasting boxes the portions are inevitably individually packed, so that you can try out all 75 varieties. As soon as you have found your favourite coffee, you can choose the packaging of your choice. There are already 18 varieties in the bag without individual sealing, with a strong tendency to increase. The great thing about this machine is, by the way, that you don’t have to choose a single brand and you can try out new coffees over and over again. In terms of sustainability in cultivation and packaging, it is therefore possible to decide for oneself which criteria must be met.
Chris and I have decided to order only coffee that is sustainably grown (organic) and at the same time loosely packed in a bag. At kaffeepads.ch there is a wide range of products to choose from. And in terms of taste, 19 roasting plants with more than 70 different varieties also offer great differences in taste. We have now found our favourites.
Great too: New for this machine is also a non-toxic descaler. What? Is the conventional descaling agent not free of toxins? That’s what I was wondering too. In fact, “Descaline” is the first highly effective descaling agent on the market that does not contain such substances.
So, of course, I hope I have made you curious now. This blog post is very close to my heart. Because again and again I get questions about coffee. Many of you wanted to know where to get fair trade coffee and what is the best alternative to capsules.
I am looking forward to reading from you and will be happy to answer your questions about coffee.
*Disclaimer: This is a paid contribution in cooperation with kaffeepads. ch. All opinions are my own.