Caffeine is a stimulant and affects individuals differently in different quantities. It can enhance wakefulness when tired and help with focus and co-ordination and, in some cases, improve performance. Effects begin within an hour and can last up to 5 hours.
Now on the flip side, it may keep us awake when we want to sleep making us jittery, restless or shakey, also giving us headaches and heart palpitations. Worse still it's been linked to much more sinister diseases.
Unfortunately coffee is one of the most highly sprayed crops in the world; the chemicals used are some of the most dangerous worldwide and banned in some countries. We don't need to spend much time researching the horrors of pesticides and their use in growing crops to realise how bad they are for our health and environment. So what should we do if we can't give up coffee for good?
Well if opting for Tulsi tea, Matcha tea, Green tea or another alternative does not appeal to you, go for organic coffee! And, if you want the coffee without the caffeine, try decaf organic ensuring it's one that uses a chemical free decaf process such as the Swiss Water Process. Try to moderate your consumption too, aiming for 1-2 cups a day.
Organic coffee comes in the usual formats from ground to instant and, in my opinion, best taken black.
Cafe Direct Fairtrade Machu Picchu
Equal Exchange Etheopian Yirgacheffee
Grumpy Mule Organic Sumatra Gayo
Percol or Clipper Organic varieties too
You'll soon find one to suit your taste buds!