From Thailand comes this Beautiful Story Beautiful Coffee: Paradise Mountain (elevation 1,000m; 85 kms north of Chiang Mai), and we believe it is the world's most sustainable coffee. This project has united a community of small family farmers and producers, creating a local economy and access to a world market. OrganicLives is happy to be associated with Paradise Mountain and the people behind it. Read more ...
Why buy a premium priced product when a product is highly processed and compromises the health benefits promised in the first place?
Here is some information about OrganicLives own coconut oil which we produce, process and package directly.
Simplicity: Minimally Processed for Maximum Benefits
The demand and interest in Pure Virgin Coconut Oil is growing as a health giving food. These health benefits are briefly summarized below , but the purpose is to highlight how we produce PVCO and why it is unique and exceptional among a sea of oil suppliers, with a new supplier entering the market every week, it seems.
Standard commercial grade coconut oil is made from copra (coconut meat). Copra is dried (eg smoke-drying, sun-drying, kiln drying) and often it is unsanitary for consumption so it needs to be purified, which is known industrially as RBD – refined, bleached and deodorized.
In the case of producing PVCO, there are two methods for extracting oil.
OrganicLives works hand-in-hand with growers to obtain the best raw materials possible and from the most pristine eco-systems in Thailand.
The coconut is husked, de-shelled, and washed by hand. The time between breaking the seal on the shell and the oil extraction is no more than 15 minutes. Unlike many other coconut oils, the flesh of the coconut is pressed wet rather than dried, which is why our oil has such fresh and creamy qualities, rich with uncompromised nutrients.
The process for extracting the oil is called “wet milling extraction”, which involves expeller pressing the flesh of freshly-cracked, mature, organically certified coconuts into a pulp, forming an oily, coconut milk emulsion. The ambient processing temperature is kept below 25 degrees Celsius to maintain the nutritive quality. The coconut milk emulsion is then chilled to approximately 13-15 degrees Celsius. Cooling the emulsion weakens the protein bonds allowing the oil and water to separate during centrifugation. No heat at all is generated, which splits the bond and separates the oil.
This is all done quite quickly, so from the time when the coconuts are cracked to the time when oil is collected in the run-off, it is between two to three hours.
Many suppliers import barrels of coconut oil and re-heat barrels using heat-bands to repackage oils locally. Our PVCO is jarred in glass at source in Thailand and is free of chemical solvents during production.
Further, no heat, only cold temperature-processing is used during the processing of our PVCO, which ensures antioxidants, vitamins, fatty acids can provide the healthy benefits sought after.
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Check out this amazing Caesar salad recipe video featuring our organic & unpasteurized coconut water from Young and Raw & Blythe Raw Live! So easy to make and stores for up to 7 days! Read more ...
Supercharge your Earth Day with OrganicLives SuperGreens - a nutritional transfusion for your body! For one day only (Sunday April 22, 2012), come into our Granville St or Quebec St locations and try our SuperGreens drink for just $7 (regularly $10!).
Our SuperGreens Super Mix is also available with retail savings of $10 for the rest of April at $49.95! Read to find out more of it's super powers and ingredients.
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We are on a mission to prove nutritious is delicious! You absolutely must try this raw chocolate brownie recipe, submitted by OrganicLives Holistic Nutritionist, Jen Walker. Jen has been inspired by her fellow nutritionist Chris Brown while attending school together at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Jen says, "Chris generously nourished our brains and souls, now it’s my turn to pay it forward, Enjoy!" Read more ...