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Is your Cup a Moldy One?

what invisible fungi in your coffee is doing to you

Drinking my morning cup of coffee and thinking about a recent blog post, “Is your cup a healthful one?” I realized I missed something very important! I forgot to mention the consequences of not choosing a healthful cup on your health.

Here’s a quick summary of what I call a healthful cup in case you forgot:

  1. Clean Production- your coffee is produced in a sustainable manner free from pesticides

  2. Ethical Interchange- your coffee costs what it is worth, thus you may pay a bit more to know where it comes from

  3. Careful Preparation- your coffee is not burnt, it's lightly roasted and has intact its bioactive components

  4. Loving Consumption- you enjoy fully your cup and feel joy drinking it

-Gosh Sofía, that sounds hella expensive! I’ll skip the ethical interchange part and go for a coffee I can actually afford. Do you just want us all to spend our entire paycheck? The coffee I currently buy tastes fine. It just needs a bit of cream and sugar to be a SLAM DUNK! That’s what I’m talkin' about—tasty and cheap!

-Look, I hear your concerns. You can continue doing what you’ve always done. I’m not here to change you and I definitely don’t want you to go broke. That being said, if you have time to sit down and read a blog post about moldy coffee, it is safe to assume you have the resources to spend a little extra buying a quality bag.

What I am saying is that there are consequences for not choosing a 'healthful' cup especially if you are going to drink it every day. Would you eat burnt, moldy bread every morning?

-Of course not.

-Then why are you okay drinking cheap-o coffee? It is completely burnt to a crisp, losing all of its potential benefits. I mean look at this list! Coffee has more than 1000 bioactive components including:

  • antioxidative

  • anti-inflammatory

  • anti-cancer

  • anti-fungal

  • antifibrotic

  • super yummy

-With all these incredible possibilities, what makes you still choose a coffee that has little to none of these active chemicals because they are burnt to hell in the process?

-I’m not convinced. Why do I need to choose a healthful cup?

-Great question. Have you heard about Toxic Mold?

-That sounds like the title of a horror movie.

-It might be the title of your Doctor’s order if you don’t make a shift in your consumption. Coffee may contain mycotoxins, the toxic chemical that mold produces. If you come to a coffee-growing region, you’ll understand why. The process of growing, picking, drying, cleaning, and storing coffee is loooong and arduous. If there are rainy days, the coffee may be a haven for mold. Makes sense?


-These mycotoxins can really impact your brain and cause serious nervous system damage. For example, there's a common mycotoxin called Ochratoxin A (OTA) that is found in coffee.

Symptoms of ochratoxin A exposure include:

  • Respiratory symptoms such as asthma

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Fungal skin rash

  • Dizziness

  • Pink eye

  • Hair loss

-I don’t like this blog post—this stuff is dark!

I’m not writing this to scare anyone away from coffee nor to make you feel like a bad person for consuming cheap coffee. I like to believe that we all do the best we can with the information we have at a given moment.

-Now that you have this new information, are you willing to try searching for a cup that complies with the four baselines: Clean Production, Ethical Interchange, Careful Preparation, and Loving Consumption?

-It can’t hurt. Except for the lovey-dovey part. I'll skip that for now. I guess I’m willing to spend a little more money buying a better bag of beans in order to feel better in the long run. I do notice I feel extra tired after my morning cup.

-It may be mold or it may just be the fact that you load your mug up with sugar and cream! In the next blog post, we can talk sugar.



Hey friends,

Thanks for supporting these blog ventures. If you enjoyed or felt enriched by

this post, go ahead and share it with one or two people. While I only talk about the health repercussions or our choices, I want to note here that there are bigger consequences for our planet if we don't start to change the way we consume. We are all a part of the problems as much as we are part of the solutions. I hope you walk away from each post knowing how you can begin to heal yourself so that you can help heal the world. Yes, I dream big.

And remember, "with purpose, perseverance, and pain as our teacher, we can heal." -Sofía

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