As a kid, morning’s for me started differently than my friends. As my neighbors would wake up and eat poptarts and waffles, my brother and I would wake up and drink coffee. Raised in a Cuban household, i've been drinking coffee since i was about 8. yeah - you read that right. drinking coffee not only gives me the energy i need to get through my long days, but it's a nostalgic ritual that reminds me of slow mornings with mom + dad and fun nights with abuelo + abuela.
*This post is sponsored by Peet’s Coffee. All opinions are my own.*
If i’m being honest, I think the longest standing relationship to date in my life is my relationship with coffee. My wellness journey really began after graduating college in 2015. I moved home to study for the GRE and apply to graduate school. It was also at this time that I had begun my yoga teacher training. Living with my mom after college was nothing short of a nightmare, so during the days I would take my work out of the house with me and post up at my local Peet’s coffee shop for 6-8 hours. To this day, the Peet’s Coffee in Laguna Niguel has a special place in my heart.
Though I was becoming more wellness-focused, I still wasn’t educated on a variety of topics - one of those being the benefits of organic coffee.
There is SO MUCH INFORMATION out in the world regarding health & wellness that sometimes you just have to pick and choose what to focus on until a certain topic finds its way into your life: enter organic coffee.
A lot has changed in my life in the last 4 years - what I eat, why I exercise, and how I choose to live my life. Today, I eat whole foods for the nourishment it brings to my body and mind - not because of its caloric content or macro nutrient labels. I find movement for the joy of feeling endorphins - not to cancel out my calories or fulfill and ideal body type. I breathe more, treat my anxiety with vulnerability (both on social media and in therapy), and choose to surround myself with likeminded friends and loved ones.
With that being said, as time goes on, I continue to let go of old habits and find new + meaningful practices, within my budget, that i know will enhance my quality of life. A topic of conversation that has worked its way into my life over the last few months is the practice of drinking and buying organic coffee. Over the last few months I have begun to feel that it is my responsibility to do my best to take care of my body AND the Earth by participating in more sustainable practices. I knew that one of the easiest switches for me was to start buying and drinking more organic coffee. When Peet’s reached out to me I felt over the moon to support a brand I’ve loved for so long, but one that is accessible to people around the country at an amazing price point.
I want to simplify the research I found over the last month or so. I have been doing lots of google searches and have even spoken with some friends about the reason it’s so important to switch to Organic coffee beans.
The most insane thing i learned in my research is that coffee is among the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world. 70% of the coffee we drink and buy is sprayed with pesticides and chemicals - sadly, 30% of insecticides, 60% of herbicides, and 90% of fungicides are carcinogenic. These chemicals stay with the beans and end up in your body, damaging cells + organs, your nervous + reproductive system, and can also disrupt hormone and immune-system function.
Drinking organic coffee helps to eliminate these risks - plus, it tastes better! Conventional coffee’s can leave you with a chemical aftertaste… i tried my new Peet’s organic beans side by side with conventional coffee and was seriously amazed by the difference.
To mass-produce less expensive coffee, you know what’s gotta go? THE FREAKIN RAINFOREST.
Not only is it so painful to hear that deforestation is happening, it actually impacts the conditions under which coffee is grown. Coffee is meant to be grown in shaded areas, but when trees are cut, what you end up with is full-sun coffee. Unlike conventional, when organic beans are bought, it is from farmers who make sure the ecosystems is kept in-tact during the entire process. Furthermore, the bio diversity of the entire ecosystem that surrounds the coffee plant allows for natural nutrients to sustain it, eliminating the need for pesticides.
THE FARMERS + RURAL RESIDENTS
With the use of pesticides, both farmers and rural residents where coffee is being grown become exposed to toxins in their workplace and in water supplies. I read so much research about the harms it has done to specific communities in both Mexico and South America, and was stunned that spraying chemicals is still allowed.
In all honesty, there’s a lot more to be said about coffee and the way it’s sourced - this isn’t the half of it. But it’s a start, and I’m grateful to be partnering up with companies like Peet’s to help spread knowledge and awareness. I am continually humbled by the education I receive on topics like these, and am fully aware of my imperfections when it comes to being a responsible consumer. I’m doing my best, we all are. IMO - the best way to start is to learn and decide whether or not the topic is meaningful enough for you to change your habits and lifestyle.
I’m committing to drinking more organic coffee for the rest of the year while I continue to learn more. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and click here to see where you can get Peet’s organic blends for yourself! Currently, I can’t get enough of their Organic Dark Roast, Single Origin blend! It’s rich and creamy with a smooth aftertaste – HERE. FOR. IT.