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2. Make Good Choices...
Some of the chemicals used in conventional coffee farming are acutely toxic. While they don’t end up in your cup, they contaminate waterways and poison farm workers and wildlife, so seek out organic beans. Fair-trade certifiers go a step further and help ensure that farmers get an equitable share of profits. Look for brands from Equal Exchange, which sources fair-trade, organic coffee.
3. ... But Embrace The Dark Side
If you’re looking for antioxidants, drink dark roast, which is more effective than lighter roasts at restoring red blood cells and boosting your body’s concentration of vitamin E and glutathione, a molecule that has anticancer and neural benefits. (Check out these 9 other incredible health benefits of coffee.)
4. Cool It
The World Health Organization found that drinking very hot beverages—over 149°F—can cause cancer of the esophagus. Because most coffee is brewed at temperatures between 180° and 190°F, be sure to let it cool off before drinking it.
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5. Don’t Be a Pod Person
According to one calculation, the number of plastic K-Cups sold could circle the earth more than 10 times, and most end up in landfills. Seek out compostable versions like PurPod100, or use a zero-waste brewing system, such as Chemex, that uses a compostable filter.