Could Your Coffee Maker Be Hurting Your Health?
Coffee is something that is not only the second most consumed beverage on the planet behind water but for many people is really the fuel that gets them through their day (or at least until mid-morning!). But, how coffee is brewed is not something many people put thought into. They buy makers because their last one died, they see one at the store on sale and it will do the trick, or a friend has one that seems like the next best thing.
But if your cholesterol levels matter to you, the coffee brew method you use should also matter. Unfiltered coffee brew methods including French press and espresso have high levels of oily compounds called Ditertpenes, Cafestol and Kaweol specifically. You’ve undoubtedly seen the oil slick floating on the surface of the coffee, well, now you know what it is. There is also quite a bit of published research that shows those compounds also may not be good for you. Here are a couple of articles about the cholesterol connection with some coffee brew methods:
Cold brewing coffee dramatically reduces these oily compounds in coffee. Cold brewing uses no heat to brew and involves a steeping process of 12 or more hours so you are brewing coffee in the most natural coffee brewing process possible.
As health conscious coffee lovers, we wanted to know more about how various coffee brew methods might impact the healthiness of the coffee they produce. Along those lines we also wanted to compare our cold brew infusion method with other brew methods, so we had lab tests conducted to look at several things, including levels of Cafestol. What we found is that our cold brew method produced coffee with 82% less Cafestol than French press or espresso.
What’s great about cold brew coffee is that after brewing you have a concentrated coffee extract can then be diluted with hot or cold water, or milk, to create delicious and healthy hot coffee, lattes, iced coffee drinks and cocktails. You can even add the extract to desserts too. And although cold brewing does take multiple hours to brew, it only takes a little extra planning to make it part of your life. Here’s a hint, when you are drinking your last serving of cold brew start the next brew process and in 12-24 hours you’ll have 8-12 servings of cold brew coffee, ready when you are!