How To Drink Coffee The Healthy Way + The Best Brands Out There

I didn’t exactly start out as a huge fan of coffee.

Late-night studying sessions in college forced me to pick up a heavy coffee drinking habit.

Over time, this habit became a dependency.

I literally could not FUNCTION without it.

6-8 cups was the daily minimum.

At this point, I needed to reel it in. Badly.

While I ended up finding (and loving!) healthier alternatives, eventually I still REALLY missed coffee!

I mean, I couldn’t live forever without that indescribable, glorious smell + taste that is a fresh batch of quality coffee.

I needed to find a balance.

In this article I’m going to share how we can keep coffee in our lives in a healthy and sustainable way + the best brands to help us do so!

The Health Benefits of Coffee

If consumed in too heavy of amounts, coffee (like anything else) CAN have negative consequences to our health over time.

These include:

  • Heightened blood pressure
  • Impaired sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Increased heart rate

I’ve experienced a number of these symptoms first-hand from drinking too much coffee at once.

However, when we drink coffee in a responsible and sustainably healthy way, there are actually health benefits we can gain!

These include:

  • Improved brain function
  • Type 2 Diabetes prevention
  • Source of antioxidants
  • Lowered risk of liver cancer
  • Decreased depression

The key is striking that balance between drinking the amounts of coffee we want, but not so much that we rid us of these healthy benefits.

When It Becomes Unhealthy…

When you look up “nutrient-boosting healthy beverages” coffee rarely makes an appearance.

This is because pretty much no one buys a “grande mocha latte” from their local Starbucks at 5am and thinks, “Mmmm! Gonna get all my antioxidants in today! #healthylifestyle“.

Yeah, NOPE.

When it comes down to it…we drink large amounts of coffee to function. Or ’cause it tastes really good.

I’m just as guilty of this…

Because I started drinking coffee for the functionality of it (to pull those all-nighters in college) and not for what it provided health-wise, I justified having obscene amounts daily!

Nothing should ever be ingested in large, unhealthy amounts in order for us to “function” properly.

This is a form of addiction that’s become way too mainstream (I know, it sounds extreme, but it’s true).

Everything we ingest should have a REASON behind it!

(Even if the reason for that occasional chocolate cupcake is to keep you mentally balanced, okay?)

If you realize one day that you think you NEED coffee to function at a basic human level — it’s time for a change.

THAT’S when coffee (or anything) becomes unhealthy.

How To Prevent This!

You can enjoy drinking coffee without ingesting copious amounts everyday.

I often compare it to a beer-drinking habit.

There’s no question that drinking large amounts of beer daily isn’t conducive to a healthy lifestyle (duh).

Chances are, the people who drink beer in this fashion are buying 24-packs of the crappy, low-grade beer that has nothing special about it — basically sewer water.

But if you appreciate good, unique craft beer for what it is (in smaller amounts), you’re appreciating the TASTE + QUALITY rather than the unhealthy void it fills.

(If I lost all you wine drinkers out there…the same analogy applies!)

Point is, if you truly LOVE coffee and don’t want to completely live without it (like me!) then learn to appreciate high-quality brands for the taste.

Not as a temporary solution for your early morning slump.

Which brings me to my next point!

The Best Brands Out There

Prerequisites for being on this list are as follows:

  • Rainforest Alliance Certifiedmeans the beans were farmed in a sustainable + environmentally friendly way
  • Traceablespecifies country of origin
  • Descriptive “Tasting Notes”instead of generic roast levels (light, medium, dark, etc.)
  • USDA Organic Certified + Fair Trade compliant with organic practices + ensures products come from farms that allow fair wages and safe working conditions 
  • Have Whole-Bean Optionsgives you the option to make your own freshly ground coffee
  • Smaller Bagscoffee in large containers often don’t remain fresh for entire use


This is the coffee I currently drink daily.

As many of you know I regularly recommend Bulletproof products, and their coffee is no different.

All of their products are super high quality and I know I’m really getting what I’m paying for.

They note that their coffee is “certified-clean”, since they guarantee their coffee is rid of any toxins (which can come from moldy coffee beans) while still keeping all of the beneficial antioxidants intact.

All beans hail from Rainforest Alliance certified farms in Guatemala and Columbia with a wide variety of tasting notes — including cinnamon, orange, nectarine, and chocolate.

[P.S. — Although they don’t technically have the USDA Certified Organic stamp of approval, they consider themselves passively organic since they follow the same organic standards. This is due to the company relying on small organic farms, which often cannot afford the cost of certification.]

You can purchase this coffee HERE.

2) Grand Parade

This coffee is shipped directly from various small farms in Kenya. 

They have a HUGE number of exotic and flavorful coffees to choose from with complex notes and unique stories behind each.

On their site they list every little detail about the coffee they harvest — down to the region, altitude, and soil each coffee is grown in! 

Each coffee seems to tell a story, which I LOVE. 

This company not only does a TON of educational outreach in Kenya, but their coffee practices are what sustainability is ALL about.

You can purchase this coffee HERE.

3) Grumpy Mule

This quirky company hails from the UK and not only has all of the sustainability seals of approval, but is a multi-award winning brand.

Their overall message being “to fight the blight of bad coffee” reflects the light-hearted and humorous nature of the company.

I’m a huge fan of buying from brands not just for the quality, but for the personality behind the products as well! 😊

You can purchase this coffee HERE.

4) Barefoot

With awards and accolades out the wazoo, this California-based brand has all the credentials to back it up.

They give a wide variety of options as they offer sustainably sourced coffee from both Africa and Latin America.

What first intrigued me was their ecclectic variety of tasting notes — including lavender, snickerdoodle, blackberry, marshmallow, and even strawberry shortcake! 

You can purchase this coffee HERE.

5) Doma

This Idaho-based coffee company uses complex roasting methods that are progressive and better for the environment!

They’re also a close-knit family business so that’s always worth supporting as well. 

If you visit their hub you can also stop by for a tour or brewing class.

You can purchase this coffee HERE.

I hope you’ll check out some of these amazing coffee brands, and consider upping your coffee game!

Not only is higher quality coffee SO MUCH better for you, but it’s better for the environment.

Not to mention you’ll get a MAJOR taste upgrade!

And remember, too much of ANYTHING is unhealthy.

I’ve learned there’s nothing inherently wrong with a coffee drinking habit, as long as it’s done in a balanced and healthy way. 😊☕️

Has anyone else struggled with a coffee addiction?


Kat Rentas

Founder, Living In Slack Tide




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