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A woman recently bought a Keurig along with a container for the Newman’s organic K cups. She wanted to enjoy a steaming hot cup of coffee but she was curious whether it was safe to drink from this machine and cups. However, she just wanted to drink the fresh coffee, so didn’t care about those questions at the moment. But as soon as she finished it, the following questions came to her mind –

  • Was the coffee fresh?
  • The coffee pours through tiny holes in the machine into the K cups. Are those clean or did it contaminate her coffee with germs and toxins?
  • Are the chemicals that are used for enhancing the coffee flavor safe?
  • Did the plastic cup contain a filter, and was it free of germs?
  • What was the material used for constructing that lid of the cup?

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After a few days, she moved. When she was packing stuff from the kitchen, she wanted the Keurig machine to be completely empty and dry. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. The tank present in the brewer can never be completely drained. She knew that this could lead to growth of bacteria since she used to work as a nurse earlier and had a lot of experience. Moreover, the rubber ring present of the bottom of the tank was an ideal place for mold growth. Bio-film is common in such conditions. Even the antibacterial properties of coffee can’t kill those germs.

Moreover, the temperature of the water isn’t high enough to kill them. The cup too has to be cleaned thoroughly to completely remove the germs. In fact, the moldy smell still remains even after cleaning the entire equipment with vinegar several times.

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After a few days, she moved. When she was packing stuff from the kitchen, she wanted the Keurig machine to be completely empty and dry. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. The tank present in the brewer can never be completely drained. She knew that this could lead to growth of bacteria since she used to work as a nurse earlier and had a lot of experience. Moreover, the rubber ring present of the bottom of the tank was an ideal place for mold growth. Bio-film is common in such conditions. Even the antibacterial properties of coffee can’t kill those germs.

Moreover, the temperature of the water isn’t high enough to kill them. The cup too has to be cleaned thoroughly to completely remove the germs. In fact, the moldy smell still remains even after cleaning the entire equipment with vinegar several times.

4. The filter is actually glued to the inside of the plastic cup and is made from filter paper.

Another variety of K Cups called My K-Cup can be used for a number of times before they are discarded but the problems regarding the mold infested tanks, tubes and stagnant water still persist. Also, the filter of the cups should be cleaned carefully every time one pours a cup of coffee.

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Artificial flavors are added to the coffee, which are labelled as natural ingredients. Neurotoxins such as MSG are used to enhance their flavors. MSG is widely known for causing severe headaches and migraines. There is ample proof to support this fact. A person who start drinking tea from a Keurig installed in their office started getting headaches soon after. He also experienced nausea and fatigue. Another user also notice that rashes developed on his skin soon after he started drinking in those K cups.

6. How to get a healthy cup of warm coffee?

 

You are probably wondering whether there is any solution to this problem. You need to check whether the coffee beans you are purchasing from the market are healthy or not. Nowadays, due to the application of several inorganic and harmful pesticides and herbicides, the coffee beans can become toxic. You need to check if the beans’ color is inky black. Toxic beans can be extremely dangerous – they can cause diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

Besides, non-bleached filters are preferable than white filters, which have gone through chlorination and have been bleached. If the coffee beans are healthy, they will result in a tastier and flavor rich coffee. These are beneficial both for human beings as well as for the environment.

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