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{VIDEO} 3 Ways To Make Your Coffee Healthier

Robyn Openshaw - Updated: September 24, 2019 - - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

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Remember the Dolly Parton song “9 to 5?” I always thought the lyric “Pour myself a cup of ambition” was a clever phrase. That little kick of courage is just ONE reason people love their coffee. And I’ve got 3 ways to make your coffee healthier.

In this article:

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About 64% of Americans start their day with coffee!

Is Coffee Good for You, or Not?

Two-thirds of Americans are drinking an average of almost two cups a day. And despite heavy marketing by the coffee industry about some benefits, you’re better off relegating it to occasional use rather than daily ritual.1

Coffee is, after all, among the most acid-producing substances you can ingest. Dr. Rashid Buttar, in his best-selling 9 Ways to Keep the Doctor Away, says there are 203 different acids in coffee,2 and acidic environments are the perfect disease climates.3

Non-organic coffee is also highly contaminated with herbicides and pesticide.4 Coffee beans are one of the most-sprayed crops in the world.5

And then lots of folks are further junking up their liquid ambition with awful creamers and sweeteners.6

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Herbicides, preservatives, pesticides, oh my! There are a lot of bad chemicals going into the average cup of coffee. Know what’s in yours.

You’ll learn in my video below that changing creamers is one of the 3 ways to make your coffee healthier.

[Related article: Java Junkie? About That Coffee…]

A Healthier Cup of Joe

There’s a better way! If you’re going to be drinking coffee, let me show you how to get rid of all the additive toxins. Take a look at this video on THREE ways I make my own occasional coffee habit much healthier (in fact, there’s a little fourth bonus tip--watch for it!).

Top 3 Ways to Make Coffee Healthier

This is my favorite coffee on Amazon because it’s delicious, it’s organic, and it has tons of great reviews. Then my favorite liquid stevia, in English Toffee flavor, can be purchased from Amazon as well!

And here’s that link to the FREE Video Masterclass I mention in this clip. Where I’ve got SIX free video classes on how to eat healthy, super-cheap, in ways your family will love.

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Read next: 10 Things That Happen When You’re TOO ACIDIC

Photograph of Robyn Openshaw, founder of Green Smoothie GirlRobyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.



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  1. Bae, Jae-Hoon, et al. “Coffee and Health.” Integrative Medicine Research, Elsevier, Dec. 2014,
  2. Buttar, Rashid A. The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away: Simple Actions to Shift Your Body and Mind to Optimum Health for Greater Longevity. GMEC Publishing, 2010.
  3. Schwalfenberg, Gerry K. “The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline PH Diet Benefits Health?” Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2012,
  4. Salisbury, Andrew. “The Importance of Organic When It Comes to Coffee.” Purity Coffee, 6 Apr. 2019,
  5. “The Worst Foods for Pesticides & What You Should Avoid.” Eluxe Magazine, 8 Apr. 2018,
  6. Taylor, Marygrace. “5 Worst Things In Your Coffee Creamer-And What You Should Use Instead.” Prevention, Prevention, 10 June 2019,

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78 thoughts on “{VIDEO} 3 Ways To Make Your Coffee Healthier”

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  1. Kascia Lybbert says:

    Will you please tell us if green tea/black tea, etc. are bad for our health and why?

  2. Veronica Uzar says:

    Great video, can’t wait to share it with my kids and siblings!

  3. Barbara says:

    Great tips!! I love coffee and drink about 2 a day. I drink decaf because it gives me less heartburns. Have any other suggestions??

    1. Josie says:

      Drink cold brew coffee. It has less acid (some studies say up to 67% less). I had heartburn and acid reflux from hot coffee and switched to cold brew. Now I have no issues.

  4. anita turdo says:

    my husband recently got a medical report that his kidney function is not where it should be and after reading up on it we find that coffee and caffeine are a problem. He drinks 3-4 cups reg coffee daily and is now looking to change our diet of food to make things better and keep him healthy. Thanks for all your info.

    1. Maggie says:

      Look up Cordyceps and other natural supplements for improvement of kidney function, avoid shots which contain aluminum which is highly toxic to the kidneys. One flu shot can throw you into full blown renal failure. See Dr Suzanne Humphrey’s research…

  5. Hello there, the coffee you’re showing isn’t available for shipping in Canada through Amazone.. Do you have another option for us Canadians? 🙂 Thank you in advance!

    1. FARO is Canadian and organic AND delicious! Especially their Nordic 🙂

  6. Kate says:

    Is stevia a crop that is generally or heavily pesticided, or must it be organic as well?

    1. Always use organic whenever possible, then there is no doubt. Well, if every thing is on the up and up LOL

  7. Pam says:

    please post your coffee maker…is it stainless steel? thank you!

    1. Ellen says:

      Her coffee maker is a Ninja coffee bar.

  8. p w baugher says:

    Being a BIG coffee lover You did have some good points in this video. HOWever, Still a MUCH MUCH healthier version is to make Cold Brew Coffee. Very easy to make and benefits are as follows: Reduced risk of heartburn due to fact that it is the heat that makes coffee acidic. So you have LESS acid . It’ s sweeter than brewed coffee and I think a more smoother taste…..Can be stored it for up to 2 weeks once made. Caffeine is about the same. I use organic coffee, sweetened with Stevia and add Organic/ Unsweetened Almond Milk to mine. and now I will drink this any day over brewed coffee….. ( google for recipes ). Hope this helps somebody…..

    1. pat says:

      what is the cold brew recipe?

  9. Janis J Hedges says:

    Another couple of tips: One from a food chemist is to add a pinch of baking soda to your coffee grounds just prior to brewing…cuts the acid level! Secondly, try making a coffee concentrate; this also produces much less acid and is oh, sooo smooth tasting. My brother, who usually adds half and half to his coffee, actually drank it black when I offered him the concentrate. It used to be called toddy coffee. You don’t need any special devices to make it. The recipe I used was to put a pound of coarsely ground coffee beans in a glass bowl, cover with 8 cups of purified water (and a pinch of baking soda). Let it sit for 24 hours and strain through a nutmilk bag. When using the concentrate, use 1 – 2 TBSP per cup of hot water, or just pour it over ice *)*

  10. Disappointed you didn’t mention cold brewing! Eliminate the acids and you don’t need sweeteners. There are many Organic, Fair Trade brands on the market!

    1. LegendsoftheGoddess says:

      Cold brewing is the way to go! My coffee is fantastic and light tasting (in a good way) andI’ve given up any creamer at all because it tastes so good. I am trying to create a non-acidic system and using the ph strips and the cold-brewed coffee I’m where I need to be–alkaline…try it you’ll like it.

  11. Kathy P says:

    Do you know that the Natural News store – Mike Adams has an organic low acid coffee bean that is healthier? Plus Amazon is only interested on profit not in making sure products are as advertised ( organics can still be full of heavy metals if not tested and Amazon does not do this.

  12. Thomas Marino says:

    Would like to have you on my internet radio program, “The Breast Cancer Awareness Show.” As I am sure you are well aware, breast cancer is an epidemic. 1 out of 6 women will be diagnosed at some point in their life. This has to stop. The program focuses on preventative, healing and curing measures in a naturopathic approach. It is live every Saturday morning at 11:00 AM ET. I have had many excellent guests on since the program began in November 2015. Some that I am sure you are familiar with and may even know. You can check out the past guests, and listen to any of the past programs, by going to: I hope you will find the time to be on my program.

  13. Thank you for the tips on coffee. All great tips! I’ve tried David Wolfe’s “Immortal Coffee” and would like to see how the coffee you recommend compares.

  14. Ellen G says:

    I add a pinch of baking soda to my cup of brewed coffee and litmus paper strips show that it is no longer acidic.Less than 1/8 teaspoon makes a difference but does not really alter the taste, especially when one sweetens it with stevia.

  15. Gayla says:

    Also Trader Joe’s has a wonderful decaf fair trade organic french roast. for $8.99 for 13 oz. Much better price, and yes it’s decaf.

    1. Valerie Davis says:

      I love Coffee, but I have to have Decaf, I don’t do well with Caffeine, get heart palpitations and depression. so thank you for this information.

  16. K says:

    can you speak about BLACK TEA???
    My favorite!!!

  17. Daniel Halley says:

    Green Smoothie Girl, I’ve got a tip for you, store your extra coconut cream in a glass container! I love your recipes and advice on nutrition, you’re awesome! I preheat my cup with boiling hot water before adding my coffee concoctions. Eat Well, Be Well!

    1. Gisbert says:

      Way to go Daniel. A glass container.

  18. liliet cardoso says:

    I have tried the liquid stevia and it still has a bad after taste, and I only use 5 drops. Why. The video shows you using 2 droppers, is it better if you use more?

    1. I only use 2 to 3 drops per serving. Never dropper fulls. Was Robin making large amounts? More would make it taste worse in my opinion. Try less. And make sure it’s the liquid kind.

    2. liliet cardoso says:

      I had a small cup of coffee this morning with 2 Tblsp of coconut milk and 3 drops of liquid stevia and it made me nauseous. This is a good way to quit drinking coffee.

  19. george sadler says:

    You put the leftover coconut milk in a plastic container.
    That is a definite no no. I buy green coffee beans, roast them as I need them that way the coffee is always fresh. I then cold brew my coffee which makes it much smoother tasting.

    1. Gisbert says:

      You got that right George. Especially putting oily things in plastic containers.

    2. Thanks for this info George. Where do you get green coffee beans? Do you just roast them in your oven on a cookie sheet? How do you cold brew? Bet I could find a Youtube video on this, but if it’s easy for you to reply, please do. Blessings!

  20. Elizabeth C says:

    Thank you Robyn! You always help me makes small changes a little at a time. I’ve followed you since the beginning and I love that you are still relevant. I also love that you’re trying to help your daughter and her roommates. Thanks for all your hard work and love that goes into your research!

  21. Gisbert says:

    Cool ideas. All in all
    Pity that SweetLeaf is so shy to publish a straightforward list of ingredients. I read “natural flavorings” in the official FAQs.
    Thus is how flavorings are defined in Germany:
    Artificial flavoring: artificial, nothing new here.
    Natural chocolate/mint/etc flavoring: real, true chocolate/mint/etc. used to flavor.
    Natural flavoring: e.g. fermented cabbage, glucose and salt. Out comes a substance that smells like pineapple. Who knows what SweetLeaf did to obtain all those flavorings… No Thanks

    1. I like SweetLeaf, but I only use their non-flavored stevia. I agree, be leery of the phrase “Natural Flavoring”.

  22. Geege says:

    I use Enzo ( organic stevia powder. Super concentrated, no after taste. Thank you for your insight Robyn

  23. Debbie says:

    Your brewing your hot coffee thru a plastic coffee pot.

    1. That’s funny! Yes, and she is storing her leftover coconut milk in a plastic container. Love Robin, but sometimes she doesn’t take it far enough for me. But then again, I know she’s trying to reach the masses.

  24. Anne says:

    I think everyone is going to regret getting on the stevia bandwagon in 20 years, when the health results start showing up. I don’t even trust the leaf, much less the processed stuff. It’s the new version of my mom’s Sucrel in the 1970’s. Stop with the sweeteners. All of them.

  25. Becca says:

    I always forget about using coconut milk as creamer – great idea:)

  26. Jacklyn K Roesch says:

    Organic coffee with coconut oil instead of cream or creamer is delicious.

  27. Nancy says:

    What about the fact that most coffee, even organic, is laden with mold? Check out what the Bulletproof guy says about it and his recommendation for grass-fed buttered mold-free coffee….it’s delish!

  28. Deborah says:

    Loved the video about coffee! I do drink organic coffee with organic raw milk cream but will definitely try the coconut milk. I was surprised though to see you hold up a plastic container in which to store the left over coconut milk. From what I’ve read, it would be better to store any food in glassware.

  29. zu says:

    I would advise not using dyed ceramic mus, plates etc., they contain cadmium, especially orange and yellow colours, this is toxic to human brain, darker colours (blue..) contain cobalt. Porcelain, glass, some say stainless steel are better alternatives 🙂

  30. Ruth Cruz says:

    You are an incredible lady!! So love everything you share!! Thank you soo much!!

  31. Iga says:

    The best way is to roast it for yourself just before having it, delicious!!!

  32. Barbara Gray says:

    Yes, coconut milt makes organic coffee taste wonderful! Sometimes I add raw honey plus liquid stevia….then for more taste adventure can also add powdered organic ginger and cardamom. I read recently that mushroom powder can also be added. I have not tried this yet looking for organic. Aloha

    1. Elizabeth says:

      I’ve tried both coconut and almond milk; while it may be the new trend and healthier for you, I would never use it my coffee. Besides I use very little creamer in a cup of coffee.

  33. Kim Rochetti says:

    Good info. I often times add a pinch of baking soda to make it more alkaline vs. acidic and coconut oil for me gut health.

    1. Janis J Hedges says:

      I was going to mention the baking soda as well. A food chemist relative told me about that…it reduces the acid!

  34. Lily says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I share to a lot people and I hope they open their heart to be healthy.

  35. Kay says:

    I really learned a lot of great tips…I am doing so much wrong. One granddaughter has an allergic reaction to peanuts..Both have allergies to glutton wheat, soy some fruits, sugar…My daughter also does not give antibiotics almost at all…unless there is bacterial infection. One granddaughter has behavior outbreaks when glutton is present in gut. Other gets eczema with eggs.

  36. Mattie Gootee says:

    You are killing my inbox. Can I get a weekly instead of 3 per day?

    1. Helen Blair says:

      Hi Mattie – Please go to unsubscribe and you can choose different options.

  37. Alice says:

    Thank you for this video. It tells me that I am OK with my organic coffee and coconut milk creamer. But I also use filtered water – I think that is important too.

  38. Great tips! Especially about the Stevia. I’ve tried Stevia many times and I do NOT like the taste. I will give the liquid a try.

  39. Justin says:

    Well done…..thanks much

  40. Faye says:

    Thank you for this great information. If I’m cutting down to one cup a day I want it to be the best and healthiest!

  41. Beverly says:

    I hoped you said more about coconut milk, like best brand etc.

  42. Jody says:

    Love to see how You showed to use the coconut milk from the can as your healthy creamer. Been doing this for years. My hack once you’ve opened the can is to put it into a recycled glass jar with metal lid. I got rid of plastics in my life 4 years ago, and it was so easy to switch to glass jars for storage from the old Rubbermaid or Tupperware storage containers. Coconut milk and creams are much easier to pour out of a jar too!

  43. Lisa Smith says:

    What do you do if you are allergic to caffiene? Any suggestions? I love my coffee but I have to have decaf.

  44. Stefanie says:

    The container you showed for your extra coconut milk looked like plastic! Ack! Always opt for glass especially when storing hot foods, acidic foods, or foods containing fat. Also, it might be good to mention the quality of the water used for brewing coffee.
    I enjoyed the video and your tips!

  45. Kristy Sullivan says:

    Yay! Proud of myself… lol I used that exact coconut milk this morning in my organic coffee, but we make our own maple syrup in the spring, and although I use stevia for other things, in my coffee, it has to be syrup. 😉 I used to be, like 10 years ago, a creameraholic… all the different flavors taking up the door in my frig. So thankful for my eyes being opened to carageenan and all the other crap in them. Simple is best!

  46. Tonya says:

    Thanks for the ideas.

  47. J Mcdonald says:

    Just remember,the Stevia substitute is not always possible for everyone to use. Many times,Stevia is bad when taking certain medications.

    Overall,such good ideas with coffee and items put in it. I love coffee! Thank you.

    1. Elizabeth says:

      I’d personally stay stay away from these certain sweeteners as some cause dementia/Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, diet sodas have them in it. In fact, I drink regular coffee and creamer daily. I have no medical issues with drinking regular coffee. Not all consumers are going to switch up coffee alternatives.

  48. Tess says:

    Thanks for the good info. I drink espresso and was wondering if you could recommend a good organic espresso brand?

  49. Miriam says:

    Just want to let you know that there is organic decaf coffee available. It is called Swiss Water Decaffeination it is a process which uses two baths of water to remove the caffeine, no chemicals used. Purity Coffee carries both Organic regular coffee and Organic Swiss Water Decaf coffee. To make a coffee decaffeinated it needs to go through 2 baths of something. The regular decaf that is on the market goes through two baths, the first bath is chemicals and the second is water. The Swiss water method uses two baths of water. It originated in Switzerland.

    Purity Coffee does toxic screening on all their coffee, they test for pesticides, mycrotoxins, contaminants and select beans free of these impurities. They also roast their coffee in small batches. Give it a try, it’s wonderful!

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Thanks for that information Miriam!!

  50. Carmana says:

    Robin didn’t mention cold brew with filtered water.
    Supposedly not having the beans come
    In contact w hot steaming water cuts down
    Significantly on the acidity. I brew mine in a French press, cusually for
    about 20 to 24 hrs. I make extra to store in fridge in
    a glass jar so I have a few days supply. I never get jitters.

  51. Robyn, Thank you for all your advice. Yikes-you put your extra coconut milk into a plastic container. I am under the impression, for health risks, plastic needs to be replaced by glass.

  52. Joan Spalding says:

    I live in the Akron OH area and we have a place called Mustard Seed Market and Cafe. They sell organic coffee beans including an organic, water-processed decaf french roast. It’s delicious. I brew my pot half regular, half decaf and use organic coconut milk and organic coconut sugar. Yum.

  53. EDGAR THOMAS says:

    what can i do if i dont want to much caffeine but still want the benefits from coffee ?

  54. Alex Costa says:

    Thank you for ALL the work you do for us. I’m too busy to research so I always appreciate your efforts, and you have a nice sincere vibe.

    I live by myself and a can of cooc milk will last me a long time. How long does it stay fresh in a glass container in my reefer?

  55. Samantha Garofalo says:

    I like the mention about decafinated coffee. Can you talk more about Swiss water decaf?

  56. Coffee from Europe has less mold allowed in it as well!!!

  57. Judy Norton says:

    We have been buying and drinking only organic coffee for at least ten years. We use only organic daily creamer, but I’m going to try to switch over to coconut. We do put coconut oil in our coffee for the good fats, and also a quality collagen product to get those benefits too when we are enjoying our morning cup of Joe!

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