Next to water, coffee is the most popular beverage and one of the most traded commodities in the world. In order for coffee to be certified organic, the grower must prove that the beans and the soil are free of fertilizers, chemicals and residues for typically three organic growing seasons. Triple certified arabica beans are the highest quality coffee you can buy. In order for coffee to be triple certified, it must come from farms that hold the Quality Assurance International’s organic certification, are Fair Trade certified and hold the Smithsonian Institutes’s shade-grown certification.
Benefits of Organic Coffee
- Environmental—Most organic coffee growers plant in the shade of the rain forest, which provides adequate plant nutrition and eliminates the need for chemical pesticides and herbicides. Non-organic coffee is planted in deforested areas, where the beans are grown in the full-sun and the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are required.
- Health—Pesticides and other farming chemicals can cause damage to the nervous and reproductive systems and have been linked with developmental and behavioral abnormalities. The health risks are eliminated when you drink organic coffee.
- Farmer—Many certified organic coffee growers are also Fair Trade certified. When the small organic farmers are a part the cooperative, they are paid a “fair” price for their beans, which allows them to have a sustainable business that positively influence their communities.
Buying organic coffee is better for you and the environment and helps the small farmers. Stores like Costco, Trader Joe’s, Target and other grocery stores help to make it an enjoyable and affordable choice!
I switched over to organic coffee many months ago while shopping at Costco. How could anyone pass up a 32 ounce of organic coffee (100% arabica beans) for about ten dollars! It was a light to medium roast, perfect for me!
Now, I had to figure out how I was going to get my pumpkin pie spice coffee for my husband, who has to drink decaffeinated coffee, and me, who drinks regular. So this morning, I put 1 teaspoon of the “Pumpkin Pie Spice” that I made last week, into my freshly grounded coffee. It came out better than I what I expected!
Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
Make sure your spices aren’t too old. They lose their “intensity” over time. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and place in a container with a tight lid. Makes about 1/3 cup.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee
- 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Ground coffee enough to make 8 cups
Place the Pumpkin Pie Spice into the filter along with the ground coffee. Brew and serve. Since every coffee is different, you may have to make a slight adjustment to the amount of the spice.
My husband bought a Keurig Vue coffee maker about two years ago. As you may already know, it is hard to find the Vue cups at retail stores. I did find Newman’s Own® Organics–Newman’s Special Blend Decaf Coffee at Bed, Bath and Beyond and online. I found their prices were more than what I was willing to pay.
After much research, I decided to buy Solofill VI Gold, refillable filter cup for Keurig Brewers compatible with V500, V600, V700, V1200 and V1255. Please note by using the refillable filter cup, you will probably invalidate your warranty. This is not a Keurig product. I was willing to take the risk, since my Vue was just sitting on my kitchen countertop collecting dust. However, I will be cleaning and maintaining it according to the owners manual.
I prepared my first cup of coffee according to the Solofill directions. There was a lot of sediment in the coffee, which was what I expected after reading many reviews. After several attempts, I finally achieved the results I wanted—an inexpensive and easy way to make organic decaf coffee for my husband using our Keurig Vue without the sediment and coffee grinds everywhere!
- Take a natural brown basket style coffee filter (8-12 cups).
- Add 2 rounded tablespoons of coffee to the center of the coffee filter. The general guideline for making coffee is 1 to 2 tablespoons for every 6 oz. cup.
- Using a rubber band make a tiny sack.
- Mold the sack so it fits inside the filter basket.
- Place the filter basket in the refillable filter cup, making sure the paper filter is smooth and that it will get punctured by the spray head.
- After you brew, just remove the sack. No more messy coffee grinds to clean-up.