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Organic Coffee | Zebra Organics

Organic vs. Conventional Coffee – How big is the difference?

Coffee lovers are very particular about the flavour, aroma and origin of their brew. These are among the differences between one brand and another, but one of the biggest differences is whether the coffee is organically or congenitally grown.

You may already choose organic in the shopping aisle but why should you go organic for your brew?

To meet demand for one of the most sought after commodities in the world, farming methods have evolved to maximise production – often to the expense of the environment.

Avoid toxic chemicals

Conventional coffee is doused in pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilisers and more (check out this Finnish study). Farmers are exposed to these chemicals while spraying the crops and harvesting them. These highly toxic chemicals are damaging to our health and the chemical residue in the air may impact surrounding communities.

Better for the environment

Organic coffee is grown and produced chemical and synthetic fertiliser-free, meaning our beans, air, land and water are cleaner.Grown with organic fertiliser such as compost, chicken manure or coffee pulp, organic coffee production emits less carbon than chemical farms.

Tastes better

Coffee connoisseurs claim that it has a richer, fuller flavour than congenitally grown coffee.

Organic coffee grows better in the shade, which means coffee plantations can exist without destroying forests and animal habitats. Coffee was traditionally grown in the shade but growers shifted to the sun to increase yield.

Zebra Organics supports coffee growers by supplying fair trade coffee. Instituted to provide growers with better conditions and a higher profit margin, fair trade rules indicate that the coffee importer must have a direct relationship with the grower.

The organic coffee market has grown in popularity because people want to drink something they can feel good about. As a purchaser of organic coffee, you are supporting heathy ecosystems, sustainable farming methods and high quality coffee.

Fast facts

  • Coffee is the most respected beverage in the world. The coffee exporting business is worth a whopping 20 billion dollars. After crude oil, it’s the most sought after commodity on the planet.
  • Coffee is grown in more than 50 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. 90 per cent of the world’s coffee is produced by developing countries. The top three producers are Brazil, Vietnam and Columbia.
  • 90 per cent of Americans consume coffee every day.

Zebra Organics carries organic and fair trade coffee by Joshua Tree Coffee Company.

Why Veganism isn’t crazy

What does being vegan
entail?
Removing dairy, meat, seafood and eggs from your diet.
It is the start of a new lifestyle, not just a new diet. An
abundance of vegan options exist to cater to the world’s meatless population.
Vegan dishes don’t have to lack texture and flavour. Many restaurants are
riding the vegan wave and offering alternatives for their consumers.
Switching to a vegan lifestyle is not easy but it feels good.    
                                            
Top 5 reasons to go vegan:
  • Unlike fad diets that leave you
    feeling tired, going vegan leaves you feeling energized
    and is a healthy way to keep excess fat off.
  • It decreases your likeliness to
    develop cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
  •  Vegan food is tasty. Meat and dairy
    product alternatives are more creative than ever and there are plenty of great
    vegan recipes out there.
  • It’s a ‘green’ diet. Meat consumption
    is wasteful and causes pollution. 
  • Not not eating meat, eggs and dairy products is the best way to save our animals.

How to start your day as a
vegan
Tim Shieff, a former World Freerunning Champion, animal rights
activist and vegan has put together an entertaining video on vegan breakfast
options.
In a world where there is no shortage of processed food options,
it is important to acknowledge our abundance of raw foods and recognize that
there are a lot of fantastic, flavourful meal options for vegans.
Shieff proposes oats with raisins and cinnamon for breakfast
with almond milk. A fruit salad with pineapple will be detoxing and hydrating.
Vegetable juices with spinach, celery, pear and carrot are loaded with vitamins. 
You can watch Shieff’s YouTube video here – How to be vegan
A vegan experiment in the workplace – Oprah’s Vegan Challenge
In
March this year Oprah and 378 staff members conducted a radical experiment;
they went vegan for one week. Best selling author of Veganist, Kathy Freston,
led the challenge and assured the team that they weren’t going to starve. A variety of vegan
options were added to the staff cafeteria menu.
Some
people were cranky, some never felt better and some had more energy. Some were
weak and cheated, sneaking in some eggs or meat but overall the challenge seemed
to be well received. 
If you are considering a vegan lifestyle, forming a support group with like-minded individuals may be more motivating and encouraging and may keep you from retorting back into old eating habits.