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What is Cold-Brew Coffee and Why You Should Know About it

Despite the fact that it has become a burgeoning trend in the beverage world, cold-brew coffee is still a relatively unknown quantity to the average person on the street.

In a very unscientific poll that I conducted, the majority of people that I talked to had heard of cold-brew coffee but couldn’t give me a good answer as to what it is and why people should be drinking it. And to be perfectly honest, I was pretty in the dark about cold-brew as well.

While I know that choosing organic coffee is a must, because coffee is one of the most chemically-treated crops in the world, I, too, had many questions about this increasingly popular drink.

So, in honor of National Cold-Brew Coffee Day, which happens to be today, I reached out to Chris Campbell, co-founder of Chameleon Cold-Brew to help clear up any confusion and here is what he had to say.

What is cold-brew coffee and how is it prepared differently than regular coffee?

Cold-brew coffee is coffee that has been steeped in water temperatures below 85 degrees for anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. We steep ours for approximately 16 hours in order to maximize flavor while minimizing bitterness and bite.

Temperature and time will vary based on water chemistry, coffee composition and roast profile.

What are the benefits of drinking cold-brew coffee?

With fewer tannins, cold-brew is typically less bitter than hot-brewed coffee. This lack of bitterness and bite translates into less need for creamers and sweeteners, thus creating the potential for a healthier beverage.

Properly made cold-brew has almost three times as much caffeine as hot-brew and it also contains a lot less acidity, which makes it better for many people who may have acid-related gastrointestinal issues.

Many people I know don’t drink coffee because it stains their teeth. Does cold-brew have the same impact on teeth?

Cold-brew coffee will typically have less of an impact on tooth staining due to having fewer tannins. According to Dr. Scott Frey DDS, a coarsely ground cold-brew is among the least staining methods for coffee preparation.

Can you drink cold-brew coffee “hot”?

Of course! I take a fresh pull out of our tap at the office or a handy bottle of Chameleon Cold-Brew most mornings, mix it with a bit of water, and then heat it up for my morning shot of cold-brewed goodness.

What should consumers look for when they are buying cold-brew coffee?

Ultimately, it’s about personal preference but here are a few tips that can be indicators of quality:
· Organic coffee
· Glass packaging
· Deep, dark coffee color
· Great aroma
· The fresher, the better

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Why Tradin Organic is Prioritizing Regenerative Organic Farming

At Tradin Organic, we believe that regenerative organic farming is key to growing healthy and nutritious food ingredients — for now and for future generations.

And in Sierra Leone, we have grown the world’s first Regenerative Organic Certified cacao.

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Are Fermented Foods the Key to Happiness?

Whether it is with a salad or any other dish that I am making at home, organic fermented foods – usually sauerkraut (above) or kimchee – can almost always be found on my plate. Why is this?

I have come to understand that if we want to have a strong immune system, we must take care of our gut and provide it with beneficial bacteria.

And that is exactly what fermented foods give us – beneficial bacteria.

Dr. Natascha Campbell-McBride, a Russian neurologist and founder of the GAPS Diet, says that:

“about 85% of our immune system is located in the gut wall. This fact has been established by basic physiology research in the 1930s and the 1940s. Your gut, your digestive wall, is the biggest and the most important immune organ in your body. There is a very tight conversation and a relationship going on between the gut flora that lives inside your digestive system and your immune system.

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How Tradin Organic is Helping Coconut Farmers in The Philippines

For more than a decade, Tradin Organic has been working with local partners in The Philippines to bring a diversified range of organic products to the market, such as coconut oil, tropical fruits and even cocoa.

The company is helping to support local farmers by assisting them with technical support and organic certification, in addition to paying Fairtrade premium on top of the organic premium.

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Food & Water Watch Unveils its New Smart Seafood Guide and “Dirty Dozen of Fish”

If you are looking for organic fish in the U.S., you will not find it. Why?

Because there is no such a thing as USDA certified organic fish, as national organic standards for fish have not yet been approved.

That being said, some fish are certainly better to eat than others, and Food & Water Watch recently released its Smart Seafood Guide.

The Smart Seafood Guide gives an excellent analysis of over 100 different fish, provides regional guides, and offers helpful suggestions so that consumers can make the healthiest and most sustainable choices possible.

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My Best Juicing Advice – Keep It Simple

Ever since I launched the Pressed Organic Juice Directory a few months ago, people have been constantly asking me what I drink for juice.

In terms of pressed organic juice, I prefer green juice in a glass bottle. However, sometimes glass is not available. And sometimes straight green juice is not available either. Usually, this means that a juice bar has added apple for sweetness.

Despite the fact that I have plenty of places to buy pressed organic juice in my neighborhood, I have not abandoned juicing at home.  And I never will.

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