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How to make healthy coffee (and actually enjoy it)

Just like I believe in a daily green smoothie, I also believe in a daily ritual of healthy coffee to kick start the day. Coffee’s not just a caffeine boost, but an opportunity to infuse a variety of health benefits into your daily routine. Not all coffee is created equal… and it’s starts with the beans. 

I learned a lot about beans and the impact they can have on farmers, soil and health benefits from Raj Jana, founder of JavaPresse, a small-batch coffee company. We were at an event in New York City together a few weeks ago and I had a great conversation about morning routines with smoothies and coffee. (go figure, right?!) Java Presse has a coffee subscription service and created a special offer for only SGS Rawkstars where you get a FREE burr grinder when you sign up right here. You pretty much great coffee and a great grinder for just $20… it’s an insane deal.

Yet that’s not why I am blogging today. I really want to take you on a deep dive into what I learned from Raj about how we can get the most out of our daily cup of coffee by making it even healthier. 

A hot mug of coffee isn’t just any drink for most of us—it’s the launch pad for each day. And yet, we often treat our morning coffee like an indulgent treat, rather than an opportunity to start each day with a healthy, life-enhancing habit.

I also am trying to be more intentional with my entire morning routine. Enjoying a cup of coffee while reading a good book has been a recent experience for me. Right now I’m reading Rachel Hollis’ book, Girl Wash Your Face and feel like she’s been inside my head and talking right to me. You should read it if you want a good laugh and good “wake up and start living your life” pep talk from a new friend. 

Back to my point: Your morning mug can be so much more flavorful, rewarding, and healthy (if you choose to embrace it!)  Here’s some tips on how you can do it:


1. Keep your coffee simple

I used to say “I like coffee with my half and half,” which was the truth. I would pour in the cream to make the coffee less bitter and much creamier. Over the years, I’ve transitioned from love for cream to grass-fed butter in my coffee… and the results are where it’s at! Removing loads of dairy from my coffee has helped with tummy troubles, acne and bloating. And the extra dose of healthy fats keep me satiated, create a creamy coffee and also kick start my digestive system. That’s all I need to make a perfect cup of coffee.

Maybe dairy never has been a thing… maybe it’s sweetener. Well, it’s time to remove the sweeteners, which are creating artificially energy at the sake of leaching nutrients from your body. It’s a short term win (happy energy) for a long term loss (weight gain, nutrient deficiencies). Try adding a dash of cinnamon or ground vanilla bean to naturally sweeten it.

Or, maybe even try drinking black coffee. According to Raj, this is the BEST way to get the most out of a cup of coffee. And yes, there is a way to do it without gagging from the bitterness or harsh acidic bite. Here’s how:

Buy specialty coffee and brew it the right way. A good specialty-grade bean ground fresh and made in a french press—bitterness? Gone. Gross acidity? Gone. It’s incredibly balanced and full of flavor on its own. No additives necessary.

2. Buy from the right farms and roasters

Not all coffee is grown equally. Buy from roasters who work with farmers focused on quality and sustainability. Did you know…

  • Commercial coffee is heavily treated with chemicals at the farm level
  • For a 100% pesticide-free coffee, buy from farmers obsessed with environmental sustainability

To ensure his beans are naturally grown and healthy as can be, Raj only sources coffees from farmers as excited about sustainability as he is—and they are almost always certified by an environmental organization.

By the time coffee beans have been extracted from the coffee cherry, roasted, and brewed into rich coffee, there’s hardly any chemical residue left from pesticides. However, especially with low-grade commercial coffee, many of the pesticides being used abroad are actually banned in the United States. This means there’s always a small chance you could be negatively impacted if one of these chemicals finds its way to your beans.

But here’s how you can easily avoid this risk: by buying naturally grown coffee.


Healthy coffee environmental certifications

There are a few environmental certifications you can look for to ensure your coffee’s grown naturally. These have strict standards about what kinds of chemicals can be used (making them a safe bet):

  • Certified Organic
  • Bird-Friendly
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • UTZ Certified

There is a potential downside to only sticking with Certified Organic coffee, however. Most coffee farms don’t have enough financial security to invest in that particular certification (which can be costly for these small, rural families). By only buying Certified Organic beans, you may unknowingly penalize incredible farmers that cannot afford the certification—so make sure you enjoy beans with some of the other less costly certifications mentioned above as well.


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3. Go with the lighter roast

Light and dark roast coffees are both full of healthy nutrients.  Yet you’re going to reap slightly more benefits from coffees on the lighter side. To get the maximum health benefits, opt for a light to medium roast when you’re picking your next coffee instead of a darker Vienna or French roast.

Research has shown that light roasts have 10-15% more chlorogenic acid concentration than dark roasts.  This means this lighter coffee has a greater ability to reduce inflammation and maximize the efficiency of antioxidants. So while light roasts have only slightly more antioxidants than dark roasts, your body uses them more efficiently when paired with those chlorogenic acids. I am loving the Fresh Start coffee beans that Raj sent me for the coffee of the month— and if you order now you can get them too for June! 

By now, you can tell my love for coffee run deep (almost up there with a green smoothie!). Yet you have to make sure you’re drinking coffee a certain way to reap the health benefits. These tips will help ensure you’re maximizing those rewards and eliminating risks.


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One lucky person will win:

  • 6 months of fresh, organic, coffee grown by sustainable-minded farmers (one bag a month)
  • 1 burr coffee grinder (most-preferred style of grinder to unlock rich flavors and freshness)
  • 1 french press (portable coffee brewing system)

To enter, all you have to do is scroll down and leave a comment below sharing your favorite way to make coffee from home!

The winner will be contacted on June 21 via email.


Use a French Press to make Healthy Coffee


Using a fresh press coffee system allows you to effectively extract essential oils from your favorite beans and deliver bold flavor into each cup of healthy coffee.



  • 50g (10 Tbs) Coffee Beans
  • 850ml (28 oz) Water


  1. Grind the coffee at a coarse setting just before brewing to preserve the freshness and flavors and pour into your press.
  2. Heat your water to boiling, then pour it over the grounds.
  3. Start a stopwatch.
  4. After one minute, take a spoon and gently submerge the grounds that have formed a ‘crust’ on the surface.
  5. After four minutes, press down the plunger, pour into a few mugs, and enjoy.


  • Standard pre-ground coffee is generally too fine for french press brewing and may get stuck in the mesh filter, creating a lot of resistance when you try to plunge.
  • After plunging the filter, make sure to decant all the coffee—otherwise it will slowly continue to brew and become bitter within the press.


  • Serving Size: 3

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  1. Jennie Hawes

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I love steaming milk to go with my morning coffee. Frothy milk seems so decadent somehow…

  2. Liz Worthington

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I’m a relatively new mom so I feel like I am constantly re-microwaving my coffee lol! I know that’s not the best but that’s real life. I usually make it in my keurig and I enjoy frothing some milk if I have the time. I need to try your method and the french press idea sounds divine!

  3. Emily

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    My coffee routine is nothing incredibly special and some people may think it takes too long, but I love it. Using fresh ground coffee, I spend the little extra to get the good kind. And use my french press that you will only be able to get when you pry them from my cold dead hands 🙂 Once the coffee is ready I sprinkle some cinnamon and coconut oil in the bottom of my cup pour the coffee over it and enjoy. I love the light nutty and slightly spicy flavor I get from the cinnamon.

  4. Barbara Mlodzik

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I start everyday with a cup (or two) and love the french press when I can get it! Thanks for the tips!

  5. Christina Schwartz

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I love coffee brewed in my Chemex! I use Craft Coffee service and have freshly roasted beans delivered right to my house bi-monthly. Drinking it black right now!

  6. Jazmine

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I use my k-cup to make iced coffee, however, I guess I should be looking into the french press… I add a little cinnamon, a bit of chocolate milk, whipped cream and powdered sugar. Sounds weird, but I absolutely love it!

  7. Cindy

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I usually make coffee everyday in our basic coffeemaker. Our pot recently fell and broke though 🙁 I love adding french vanilla flavored half and half also. Guilty pleasure.

  8. jo

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    My husband is the coffee maker in the house ( I don’t like to measure things!) but the method depends on the day; french press if we’re being lazy at home, aero-press if we are making coffee at a camp site, but an average morning he’ll make pour overs… all with freshly ground beans from our local roaster!

  9. Rebekah

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I go back and forth between brewing my coffee in my keurig (using the reusable pod) and using a french press. My favorite way I make coffee (and I make it this way every morning) is with 1tsp of grass fed butter and 1tsp of unrefined coconut oil! So yummy! I also reaallly enjoy supporting local coffee shops; and scientifically (or it should be) coffee tastes 1000x better with friends 🙂

  10. Mary Beth

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    French press, baby! Love it so!

  11. Jessica W.

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    I like my cup of coffee early in the morning before my family wakes up! I make it with a standard drip coffee maker and use 1/2 and 1/2 and a tiny bit of sugar. It never occurred to me to put butter in coffee. I enjoy coffee from a French press when friends make it for me, but never owned a French press myself.

  12. Chyrisse

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    THE lazy way! A Keurig with a refilable, reusable kcup!
    A French press sure would be better (andhealthier probably)

  13. Michelle

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    My favorite way to make coffee is when my husband makes me Swedish egg coffee…it’s quite a process, but it tastes so smooth and not acidic or bitter at all!

  14. Alissa

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I’m a k-cup user for the convenience factor. I’ve quit coffee several times but really enjoy a morning coffee ritual. I’m intrigued by the French press! Would love to win so I can create a new morning ritual over the summer.

  15. Janice Washington

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Ferraro instant expresso (black) at my desk in the morning :0)

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