Review: Coffee with Health and Eco Benefits

I love coffee, love trying new coffees and love the mild buzz I get from coffee. Once upon a time I tried to resist being a regular coffee drinker and felt smug about smashing 6:30am crossfit and olympic lifting classes on caffeine-free energy (until I got more experienced and swinging a barbell around in a half sleepy state no longer felt safe). These days, on training mornings, coffee is a given. On rest days, it’s less important but still enjoyed.

My morning habit consists of getting the filter machine percolating while I hydrate with a ginger tea. Then I sit back and sip my caf (black, no sugar) slowly while writing in my journal, reading or doing my mobility moves and yoga to gently wake my body up before my work out. By the time the magic is seeping through my system I’m dressed and ready to train.

My coffee purchases range from budget supermarket buys to single estate, freshly ground from artisan roasters. So when I heard about Exhale Coffee with its health claims and sustainability efforts I was keen to know more. The brand kindly sent me a pouch to try.

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Recycled coffee made into shampoo 

oright recoffee coffee recycled into shampo

I loved this range as soon as I read the press release, before I’d even seen the product – and then loved it more after I tried it: shampoo, conditioner, body wash and hair oil by O’Right made from recycled coffee grounds collected from cafes and coffee shops in Taiwan. The granules are ground down into an oil and infused into the products. How cool is that?

As well as being super savvy on the recycling front, the ground coffee is also good for hair, they say. Apparently the caffeine can help stimulate the hair shaft encouraging hair growth. Labelled moisturising for dry/damaged hair, the shampoo which I use, leaves my hair very soft even without conditioner. The scent is mild – not like smelling a coffee bean as you might expect – but just the faintest hint of its former life. 

All the products are free from sulphates and manufactured in an eco friendly factory that uses solar and wind power for production. I also love the (biodegradable) packaging that’s strikingly modern, with little wooden tops and sleek necks. Like nothing else in my shower. I’d like to try the hair oil next. 

For more eco points, the Tree in a Bottle products have coffee seeds built into the base so you can plant your Recoffee bottle once you’ve finished with it and you might end up with a coffee tree of your very own, starting the cycle all over again. Smart.

O’Right does is a Taiwanese company that is flying the flag for eco haircare and their tagline is The World’s Greenest Shampoo. Love it. Check out the range at oright.co.uk