Nothing starts a morning right like a fresh-brewed cup of…twigs?

Believe it or not, researchers have found them in coffee, along with roasted corn, ground roasted barley, soybeans, sugar, acai seeds and even roasted ground parchment. Ground coffee can easily be bolstered by anything powdered and brown.  Adulterants in instant coffee are every bit as sneaky; they include chicory, cereals, caramel, more parchment, starch, malt, and figs.

Fraudulent coffee occurs all over the world. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention lists coffee as one of the seven most commonly adulterated foods.

Selling old roasted coffee is another hazard.  The one way to mask damaged coffee is to dark roast it and sell it ground.  Dark roasting takes all of the flavors out of coffee.  Grinding makes it difficult to tell whether the coffee is old, bug damaged or from discarded broken beans.

Always buy whole bean coffee.

Real Food Fake Food by Larry Olmstead

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