Our mission at Caffea is simple: to create the healthiest coffee drink in the world using only fair trade organic ingredients.
We are focused on health because we believe a lot of coffee shops have the equation all wrong. From what we see in the market today, coffee shops too often serve coffee beans roasted at too high a temperature for too long, and mask the burnt taste of their coffee by adding dairy milk and sugar.
We believe this practice contributes to the many health problems afflicting Americans today. To be specific, too many coffee shops are unwittingly contributing to our nation’s epidemics of diabetes, lactose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome.
The US National Library of Medicine US National Library of Medicine estimates that approximately 65% of the human population is either lactose intolerant or unable to digest lactose after infancy. Additionally, here in the United States, it is estimated that 25% of the US population loses the ability to digest dairy after weaning.
Lactose intolerance or lactose deficiency is caused by a reduction in an enzyme called lactase that is produced by cells in the lining of the small intestine. It is alarming to see how many people have a difficult time consuming dairy milk, and drinking coffee is a great pleasure that should not contribute to that problem.
Not only do many people have a hard time digesting dairy, but 10-15% of the world population and 25-45 million Americans also suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which can be triggered by consuming coffee. Most people with IBS are under the age of 50 and two-thirds of those people are female.
While doctors still don’t have a definitive answer as to why IBS is becoming increasingly prevalent, a common theory is that Generation X and Generation Y were given too many antibiotics when they were younger leading to the decreased number of good probiotic bacteria that live in the stomach and help us digest.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been collecting data on the alarming rate of people diagnosed with diabetes. The CDC’s most recent data on diabetes shows that as of 2015 over 23 million people have been diagnosed with the disease, accounting for 7.40% of the US population.
Even more startling is a 2012 study published in the American Academy of Family Physicians that found 38% of the US population is prediabetic. A British nutrition advocacy group found that some Starbucks drinks have double the recommended daily amount of sugar per drink.
At Caffea we know that you can have great-tasting coffee without the sugar, dairy and additives that too often come along with consuming coffee shop coffee.
Our Solution: Produce Our Own Almond, Cashew and Hazelnut Milk
So how do you create great-tasting, all natural coffee drinks that will be healthful and easy to digest? After months of research, the answer was clear… focus on the milk. (link to the blog post of the same name)
Unless you take your coffee black or only drink espresso, the reality is that most of the time, 60%-80% of your coffee is made up of milk. This is because the taste of coffee is inherently strong and often bitter, so adding milk helps many people consume their daily dose of caffeine without it overwhelming their palate.
Of course it is important for us to focus on the quality of our coffee too. We roast our organic, fair trade and wild-grown coffee to accentuate its natural sugars rather than adding manufactured sugar. This means that the quality of the milk needs to be better than anything else available in the grocery store today.
The only way to control the quality of the nut milk was to create it ourselves. We worked tirelessly to develop our recipes for our almond milk, cashew milk and hazelnut milk. To ensure freshness, we do not sell our milks in stores and we make each batch by hand for our discerning customers.
When you add our nut milk to your Caffea coffee, you can be sure that you’re getting the best of nature’s ingredients in each and every cup.