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8 Reasons to Drink Coffee

Concerns about coffee?
Some of the concerns about coffee include heart disease hypertension, cancer, and leaching of calcium. A New York Times’ article in 2008 debunked many of these myths and found this: an analysis of 10 studies of more than 400,000 people found no increase in heart disease among daily coffee drinkers, whether their coffee came with caffeine or not. A study of 155,000 nurses, women who drank coffee with or without caffeine for a decade were no more likely to develop hypertension than non-coffee drinkers. An international review of 66 studies last year, scientists found coffee drinking had little if any effect on the risk of developing pancreatic or kidney cancer. Coffee and tea drinkers who consume the currently recommended amount of calcium need not worry about caffeine’s effect on their bones. (And of course, if you have concerns about coffee,  be sure to check with your doctor.)

How to Brew the Greatest Greenest Cup
Coffee enthusiasts swear by the press pot, aka the French Press, popularized in the United States by Bodum. Press pot brewing retains more of coffee’s flavor and essential oils that might otherwise be filtered out by a paper filter. In terms of energy efficiency, the manual press pot requires only the energy to heat the water (an electric kettle is most efficient). Americans spend $400 million annually on electricity for their coffeemakers–press pots, virtually nothing. For a detailed tutorial on how to brew the best press pot coffee, let the The Coffee Geek show you how.

When selecting your coffee, opt for Fair Trade, organic, or shade grown–coffees farmed with these farmer and planet-friendly systems are becoming increasingly available in the mainstream marketplace.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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11:23PM PST on Jan 21, 2014

Love Coffee! Thanks for sharing.

3:54PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Love my coffee and my French press

2:29PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thank you for sharing

1:32PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

I love coffee.Good article,Thanks for sharing

4:32PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

thanks

1:27AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Thanks.

2:35AM PDT on May 16, 2013

Thank you

5:11PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Thanks for sharing

10:35AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

I am so glad the medical community has caught up with us coffee drinkers. I did not know it was healthy, but I am glad to find it out, because I have been drinking coffee since I was 5 years old. Here in Louisiana, coffee is to us , what wine is to a french child, just a normal drink of the day. We start off with half milk and half coffee, and as you get older the amount of coffee increases and the amount of milk decreases. We use coffee with chickory, and we brew it strong. My Mamare, ( french grandmother) said if the spoon did not stand up in the cup it was too weak, And my dad said if you leave the spoon in the cup too long it will melt from the potent brew. Have a great day , and have another cup of coffee..

1:17AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

i've had my morning coffee already! but there is moderation because as i found, 30+ cups was affecting my blood pressure!

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