How to Avoid Coffee Mold and its Allergic Reactions
As mentioned before, molds and mold spores (the reproductive bodies of molds) are everywhere. Sometimes they are quite ubiquitous, they can be seen (for example in food surfaces), and thus, avoid its ingestion. However many times they can not be seen and their detection is difficult.
A person sensitive to molds should avoid using food that is old. Food kept in the refrigerator for long periods of time may get a heavy load of molds and mold spores. This is particular true in coffee beans. Due to the dry nature of the coffee bean and its ground products, we tend to believe that coffee will be in good standing for long periods of time.
An old pot containing coffee beans is an excellent substrate for coffee mold to reproduce. Then, when coffee is made from this contaminated product, mold spores can be ingested and can produce allergic reactions. So as a precautionary measure make your coffee from fresh coffee beans or coffee products. Avoid leaving a coffee pot for long periods of time and drinking from it.
Another good way to prevent coffee mold allergies is to wash coffee beans under cold running water. Mold spores are usually deposited on the surface of the coffee beans, so by washing those beans you will be removing ungerminated molds spores. However, if mold has already grown you will not be able to remove it completely.