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2. We have found yet another reason toonly buy whole bean healthy organiccoffee from reputable suppliers. 3. A recent article in the WashingtonPost noted that as coffee suppliesdiminish and prices go up somesuppliers of ground coffee are addingthings to their coffee. 4. The title of the article is Dirt, corntwigs, soybeans and otherfillers are appearing in coffee. 5. Cream and sugar may not be the onlyadditives in your morning cup ofcoffee. 6. Tough growing conditions and risingdemand are leading some coffeeproducers to mix in wheat, soybean,brown sugar, rye, barley, acai seeds,corn, twigs and even dirt. 7. As we noted in our recentarticle Brazil Drought DrivesArabica Prices Higher there is ahistoric drought in Brazil, the countrythat produces more coffee thananyone else. 8. The ten million or so bag deficit inproduction this year will amount toabout a forty billion cup of coffeedeficit! 9. Looks like some folks are looking tomake up for ten million missing bagsof coffee by adding corn, soybeans,etc. and grinding it all up to sell. 10. This is actually an age old trick toreduce the cost of doing businesswhile not reducing what they sell thecoffee for. 11. Coffee, Please, No Dirt 12. I suppose that you could say this atthe coffee shop but there really aregood ways to avoid drinking coffeewith dirt in it. 13. First of all if you buy whole beanorganic coffee you can see that all youare getting are the beans. 14. If you go to a coffee shop where yousee them roasting the beans youcould probably tell if they were ladlingin twigs, soybeans and dirt along withthe green coffee beans. 15. And, if you buy organic coffee you arebuying into a supply chain that startswith avoidance of insecticides andfungicides and ends with carefulseparation of organic coffee fromregular coffee all the way to theroaster. 16. More than Soybeans to Avoid 17. When buying regular coffee addedcorn, soybeans and dirt are not all thatyou need to watch out for. 18. The Australian Food StandardsAuthority found metals such asaluminum and zinc, pesticideresidues, and many other unwelcomesubstances in commercially availableregular coffee. 19. It turns out that over one hundredthirty contaminants can be found in acup of regular coffee. 20. These chemicals can causeimpairment of the immune system,liver problems, and even severaltypes of cancer. 21. Look for organic coffee and look forone of the three trusted seals: USDA,UTZ or Rainforest Alliance. 22. Certified Organic 23. Rather than saying coffee please notdirt just look for a certification seal onthe bag. 24. The USDA (United States Departmentof Agriculture) is the gold standard. 25. The fact that coffee is USDA organiccoffee tells us that sustainableagricultural practices were used andthat the organic coffee is free of manyof the pesticide, herbicide, andsynthetic fertilizer residues that can befound on regular coffee products. 26. Two other good choices are UTZ andRainforest Alliance. 27. These folks also certify coffee asorganic but they also help small coffeefarmers find buyers and teach thethings that farmers need to know inorder to produce good quality organiccoffee.