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How to Brew a Great Cup of Coffee.

I didn't get the nickname Dr. Coffee because I like coffee--I love
coffee! And when asked how I want it, I say "I take coffee with my
coffee."

If I get to Heaven and they are not serving Purity coffee, then I'll
know it's not heaven.

I hope you have enjoyed the series on the many health benefits of
coffee. And now the question that remains is--how are you going to brew
it?

                                                  Here's to your health!
                                                  Steve (aka Dr. Coffee)

P.S. My personal favorites are cold brew and espresso.


Introduction

We know that coffee can be a superfood and have tremendous health benefits, due to its unique compounds, high amounts of antioxidants and polyphenols, and caffeine. Research has shown that coffee contains hundreds of potentially bioactive compounds, including those with antiinflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-cancer effects. It has been proven that coffee is beneficial for health, performance, and longevity. Some of the amazing health benefits from multiple studies on drinking coffee include the following:

* Enhances brain function,

* Reduces the risk of Alzheimer's, dementia and Parkinson's,

* Helps fight depression and enhances mood,

* Protects the heart and cardiovascular system,

* Fights cancer,

* Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes,

* Protects the liver,

* Aids metabolism and weight loss,

* Improves sports performance,

* Reduces risk of retinal damage,

* Reduces risk of multiple sclerosis,

* Suppresses pain, and

* Extends your life.

We also know that not all coffee is created equal. Studies show organic, premium Purity coffee is the best coffee available for your health. Special care goes into Purity coffee, as it is handled and tested every step of the way to produce the healthiest coffee available, including:

* The way the coffee is grown, handled and roasted,

* Where it's grown (high altitudes, which are best),

* How it's farmed (organic),

* Tested for mold or mycotoxins (toxins produced by mold) at every stage.

Because of this attention to health, Purity coffee is mold free and two to ten times higher in antioxidants than 49 other brands. Purity has the healthiest coffee available that can give you maximum health benefits, and also tastes great. The question is--how will you brew it?

Brew a Great Cup of Coffee

Storage. Coffee beans are best stored in an opaque, airtight container in your pantry. Avoid keeping your beans in the freezer or refrigerator, because it exposes them to odors and moisture through condensation (unopened bags of coffee are safe in the freezer for up to a month). Coffee beans are very absorbent, so it's best to keep them away from moisture, heat, direct sunlight, oxygen, and odors.

Water. Use pure water to brew your coffee. (A great brand of purifier is Vitev; see www.levelltherapeutics.com for more information on Vitev.)

Grind the beans. Use a good burr grinder.

* Only grind the amount of coffee that you need, and brew within 15 minutes of grinding.

* Determine the grind you need based on your brewing method. For longer brewing times, use coarse grinds (like a French press), while shorter brewing methods use finer grinds (like espresso).

* Changing the size of the grind can largely influence the taste of your coffee, so feel free to experiment to find your preferred taste.

Filters. Use a chemical-free paper filter if cholesterol is a concern of yours. Studies have shown that diterpenes in coffee oils (that are present when brewing with a French press) may increase LDL cholesterol (but may also have health benefits). But, using a paper filter traps the oils.

General brewing guidelines.

* Use the correct amount of coffee for the amount of water in your brewing method, the broad standard ratio is 1:16--adjusting the ratio will give you either weaker or stronger coffee depending on how you change it. (With a 1:16 ratio, for every 1 gram of coffee, use 16 grams of water. When using tablespoons and ounces to measure, follow the ratio of 1:4:1 tablespoon of coffee for every 4 ounces of water.)

* Use water between 195-205 degrees, i.e. just below boiling temperature.

* Take care of your equipment; keep it clean and dry when not In use.

Brewing Methods

When it comes to brewing a great cup of coffee, there are many options available, and which method produces the best coffee is entirely up to you. Here are a few popular options:

* Drip brews: For drip brews, use medium ground coffee. Be sure to use a fresh dry filter for every use and swirl the thermos after it has brewed and before you pour a cup. Enjoy within one hour of brewing.

* Keurig: The Keurig brewing system has created quite a revolution and a big problem. While it is convenient, Keurig is responsible for polluting our world with non-recyclable K-cups. Purity makes a recyclable, PBA-free K-cup.

* French press: To brew your coffee with a French press use coarsely ground coffee. The entire brewing process takes about 4 minutes, give or take 30 seconds.

** Preheat your French press by rinsing it with hot water, and be sure to have a separate serving device ready (or a large mug) ready to transfer the coffee to as soon as it's finished brewing.

** Add the ground coffee and start your timer. Add all the water from beginning to the 30 second mark.

** Stir with a spoon to saturate all of the grounds and place the plunger on top, let it sit for three minutes.

** At 3:30 slowly start to sink the plunger down over 30 seconds.

** At 4:00 minutes pour the brewed coffee into a separate service vessel, swirl and enjoy.

* Steam method-Espresso machine: Use finely ground coffee for steam methods. Espresso is obtained by pushing hot water, slightly under boiling temperature, with pressure, through coffee grinds. An espresso shot has an extremely strong flavor, although it doesn't contain as much caffeine as a cup of drip coffee. Your coffee will be finished when you hear a bubbling or hissing sound. Enjoy within an hour of brewing.

* Cold brew: A method growing in popularity is cold brew. Cold brew methods are used by those who want the low-acid coffee it produces. Done right, proper cold brew has a sweet taste that's rich, complex and never bitter. The overnight process of steeping coffee in water at room temperature yields a gentle-on-the-stomach concentrate that you can use again and again.

The idea behind cold brew is that you brew it cold--at room temperature. Instead of using heat to extract the coffee, it relies on immersion over time.

To make, set aside a good amount of time. Most people leave their cold brew to extract overnight. The coffee will be ready about 12 - 24 hours after you mix the water and coffee.

You can use a container, French press, or a manufactured cold brew coffee maker.

** Measure out a ratio of one part coffee to 4.5 parts water to make a concentrate (e.g., if you're using a 64 ounce, or 8 cup, container, you>[parallel] want to measure out about 1.5 cups of medium-coarse ground coffee),

** Gently mix the coffee into the water, making sure all the grounds are saturated, and set the mixture to steep for the next 12 - 24 hours.

** Once your coffee has steeped, you can filter it through your French press or kitchen sieve and into another vessel to keep in the refrigerator.

Now you've got a base concentrate that you dilute. Try a ratio of one part concentrate to three parts water, and add or subtract to your taste. You can keep your cold brew concentrate in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Drink it at fridge-temperature, over ice, or heat it for hot coffee.

Conclusion

Coffee has been enjoyed by people all over the world for generations. For many years it was believed that coffee was not healthy, but recent studies have shown that coffee has numerous health benefits. The only medicinal-grade coffee you can buy is Purity.

To make a great cup of coffee, there are many different brewing options, including drip brew, French press, steam method (espresso), and cold brew. Pick the one that's right for you or have several different brewing methods to choose from, depending on your mood, company, or the time of day. Enjoy brewed coffee and all the health benefits it offers.

If you would like a copy of the Level 1 Therapeutics book, "Your Guide to the Health Benefits of Coffee: What the Science Shows," email Dr. Steven Helschien at doc@level1diagnostics.com to request a copy.

References

Giovannucci, EL, Coffee doesn't need cancer warning. American Institute for Cancer Research [online]. Available at: http://blog.aicr.org/2018/02/05/coffee-doesnt-need-cancer-warning/. Accessed February 2, 2018.

Independent laboratory tests. Purity Coffee. Available at: https://puritycoffee.com/lab-results/. Accessed May 3, 2018.

by Steven M. Helschien, DC

Dr. Steven Helschien (a.k.a. Dr. Coffee) is a coffee aficionado and believes that coffee is a powerhouse superfood. He is the founder of Level 1 Diagnostics (a cardiovascular testing program that uses advanced, noninvasive technology to detect and prevent cardiovascular disease), and Level 1 Therapeutics (a health and wellness program dedicated to supporting optimal health). Dr. Helschien is passionate about progressive health issues and encouraging people toward greater health and wellbeing.
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