For the record, I believe coffee is the most important drink on the planet. Without coffee, the world would cease to run. Having said this, I was recently shocked to discover that there's a good chance while drinking this magical beverage, I've also been consuming bugs. I never thought I would have to ask the question of “are there bugs in my coffee”, but here I am writing an article about it based on my findings.
The simple answer is yes…if you're drinking ground coffee. There are bugs in your coffee grounds.
The US Food and Drug administration which is the regulatory agency responsible for America's food industry allows up to 10% of bugs in pre-ground coffee. The reason for this is that bugs can end up in the coffee during the manufacturing process. How exactly this happens, I couldn't say as every company's process is different. But it's the official statement of the agency.
It should be noted that eating said bugs don't pose a health hazard. According to the FDA, bugs are considered “natural or unavoidable defects in foods for human use that present no health hazard”. It's worth remembering that bugs are a delicacy in many other countries and a part of the common diet for nearly 2 billion people. However, the mere thought of bugs in coffee is still off putting to say the least.
Terro, an insect-control company stated that you could be consuming up to 136,080 fragments of your coffee in a year. That's a lot of protein. But I'd prefer to get my protein from other sources or even actual protein coffee for that matter.
It's worth noting that this bug allowance applies only to the pre-ground coffee which obviously must go through a manufacturing process. Whole bean coffee on the contrary isn't manufactured and comes “as is”.
Coffee isn't the only thing that is permitted to contain bugs. Not sure if that's a consolation prize at this point. But bugs are allowed to end up in many foods as illustrated in this graphic made by Terro.
So what do I do? The easiest way to avoid bugs in your coffee is to just get yourself a grinder and buy some whole bean coffee. You might have been putting off buying one. But perhaps after reading this article, you have a new incentive 🙂 If you're interested in bug free coffee that you can't go wrong with, we recommend checking out Lifeboost Coffee's whole bean selection. Along with being one of our fan favorites, it's known within the industry as literally some of the cleanest and best coffee you can by.
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