More evidence that coffee is good for you

Throughout the ages, coffee has been called a virtue and a vice for our health. The latest study comes down in favor of virtue: It says that drinking coffee, whether regular or decaf, could reduce the risk of death…

At least some of the health benefits associated with coffee consumption are probably a direct result of the ingredients in coffee, Ding said. It contains chemicals such as lignans and chlorogenic acid that could reduce inflammation and help control blood sugar, both of which could help reduce the risk of heart disease.


Has this coffee thing gone too far?

Introducing Grand Cru Cold Brew

Gesha is perhaps the most well-known single coffee variety in the world, though it is one of the rarest, and certainly the most unusual. Gesha is an ancient Ethiopian heirloom but its future is unwritten – it requires a Herculean effort to grow it, demanding hard work and good luck in equal measure.

The flavor profile is like none other – tea-like with notes of bergamot and tropical fruit – and the coffees rightfully fetch some of the highest prices around.

This year, with the El Puente Gesha, we decided to do something completely different and cold brewed the entire lot. Cold brewing brings out something entirely unique in this coffee – it’s bright and clean, with notes of orange blossom, juice of papaya, and a sweet crème brûlée finish.

And a $28 per bottle price. It is a pretty bottle, though.

If you are going to be in the Portland, Los Angeles, or New York areas in the near future, stop by Stumptown and give it a try. Or, perhaps, pick up a bottle for me.


Yes, coffee is good for you!

The author of this article is a professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.

When I was a kid, my parents refused to let me drink coffee because they believed it would “stunt my growth.” It turns out, of course, that this is a myth. Studies have failed, again and again, to show that coffee or caffeine consumption are related to reduced bone mass or how tall people are.

Coffee has long had a reputation as being unhealthy. But in almost every single respect that reputation is backward. The potential health benefits are surprisingly large…

…Of course, everything I’m saying here concerns coffee — black coffee. I am not talking about the mostly milk and sugar coffee-based beverages that lots of people consume. These could include, but aren’t limited to, things like a McDonald’s large mocha (500 calories, 17 grams of fat, 72 grams of carbohydrates), a Starbucks Venti White Chocolate Mocha (580 calories, 22 grams of fat, 79 grams of carbs), and a Large Dunkin’ Donuts frozen caramel coffee Coolatta (670 calories, 8 grams of fat, 144 grams of carbs).


Does coffee reduce cardiovascular risk?

Moderate coffee consumption was associated with a decreased risk of high coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores in asymptomatic people, according to a population-based study from Korea.

Coronary artery calcium as found on cardiac CT is a subclinical marker of coronary atherosclerosis that may predict future coronary heart disease. This study considered moderate consumption to be 3-5 cups per day.

So, drink your coffee; you might want to leave off the doughnut, though.


Grow your own coffee

There is no coffee grown commercially in the continental United States, but it could be done. In the event of a zombie outbreak (or whatever apocalypse you prefer), the man with coffee would be king.

Although actually a tree, coffee can be grown in containers, pruned regularly and trained to be a 3- to 4-foot tall bush. If left alone, some varieties can grow up to 40 feet. On most plantations, trees are pruned regularly and kept at a manageable height of 6-7 feet for abundant yield and ease of berry picking.




Butter in coffee?

So People Are Putting Butter In Their Coffee Now

I am always learning something new from Ace at AOSHQ.

It’s surprisingly… good. It actually tastes a lot like cream (which is understandable, as it’s basically the same thing), except there is film of butter at the top of the coffee, which gives it a slippery sort of feel.

But it’s not slimy or anything. Just a little different in the texture of the aftertaste.

I may have to try this. It could be a back-up for when I forget to buy cream.


Drink Up: More Coffee Could Lower Diabetes Risk

Go ahead and indulge in that extra cup of coffee. New research suggests that an extra cup of coffee is associated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Researchers examined 20 years worth of data on diet, lifestyle, medical conditions and chronic diseases from three large U.S.-based observational studies and found that participants who said they increased their coffee consumption by more than a cup a day over a four year period had an 11 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes in the subsequent four years compared with those who made no changes in coffee consumption.