by Matt Gibson
Mycotoxins are toxic compounds that are present on coffee and other dried goods that come from mold. Mycotoxins are present in lots of different foods, but are especially significant in dry goods, such as grains, nuts, cereals, and coffee. Mycotoxins are responsible for causing all kinds of health problems, including cardiomyopathy, brain damage, kidney disease, cancer, and hypertension. Coffee with high levels of mycotoxins can often taste bitter, causing drinkers to add flavoring agents to their coffee to offset the bitterness, such as sugars and creamers.
Mycotoxins are mostly found in low quality coffee brands. Cheap coffees are available at cut rate prices because they are made with low quality beans. Many budget priced coffee brands make blends which are composed of different kinds of coffee beans, sometimes mixing beans that are grown in many different parts of the world. When companies are sourcing their coffee beans from a variety of different countries, there is a much greater chance that some of the beans they are using contain mold. When coffee is stored in damp conditions, especially in buildings with poor ventilation, it is much more susceptible to mold formation.