In addition to acrylamide, there are many other issues that
can surface with beans that are mishandled. Mycotoxins for instance can be found in those beans that are left to dry with their fruit and become contaminated with mold. Water washed beans are the way to go, despite how wonderful “sun dried” may sound. Coffee beans grown at higher altitudes will typically have less mold-related issues, so knowing that they were grown higher in the mountains is an upside and besides, that is really where coffee trees are meant to
Chris Kesser, creator one of the top 25 natural health sites in the world, writes in this article that research suggests that the effects of coffee on health aren’t the same for everyone, andmay depend on genetics and other factors.
Coffee has one of the highest pesticide application rates in the world, so for that reason, we recommend solid organic sourcing. Some companies tend to have the social and environmental pieces covered.