Calling all coffee lovers!
Have you every asked yourself: Is coffee good for me? According to several studies, it turns out your morning mug (or four) actually is. The World Health Organization recently dropped coffee’s status as potentially cancer causing. Next, according to Harvard’s School of Public Health, there are actually some serious health benefits to your daily cuppa. Today, we’re delving into the research in detail. Plus: Don’t miss out on some popular coffee trends that are brewing at the moment.
Is coffee good for you?
An estimated 54 percent of American adults drink coffee every day (three cups on average, to be precise). The Harvard School of Public Health found that drinking up to six cups of coffee is considered safe and delivers some major health benefits. Some of its winning health qualities: It reduces your risk of heart disease, lowers your chances of developing type-2 diabetes, protects against gallstones, and can even reduce your risk of Parkinson’s disease.
tip: Use paper filters for brewing
Some studies suggest that a substance in coffee called cafestol can raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol. A typical coffee bean contains about a half percent of cafestol. If you don’t filter your coffee, cafestol will make it into your bloodstream. In a two-year Norwegian study, coffee increased serum cholesterol by eight percent in men and 10 percent in women. Simply filtering your morning brew reduces the amount of cafestol you drink.
Be your own judge
Always remember: One size doesn’t fit all. Rather than relying on research only, listen to your body and see how you react to coffee. If it makes you anxious, prevents you from sleeping, or wreaks havoc with your digestion, we suggest decreasing or eliminating your intake to see whether these symptoms prevail. If, on the other hand, you love your daily cuppa—and what it does for your energy levels—check out the following coffee trends and whip up our Superfood Frappuccino recipe below.
What’s brewing: 3 coffee trends that are causing some steam
Drip coffee is all the rage right now, despite it being popular since the invention of the coffee filter by German housewife Melitta Bentz around 1900. (A patent was granted on June 20, 1908.) But a lot has happened in the century-plus since. At any rate, here’s how to make drip coffee:
Grind enough beans for one cup. Pour them into a filter, place your mug underneath, and slowly pour hot water over it. Since beans have unique tastes, this process can really unlock flavors. Skilled baristas take their time and offer prime drip coffee at a price. If you’re fine with waiting in line and paying extra, then give drip coffee a go.
Verdict: We like the idea of getting a break from our hectic lives and maybe meeting some other caffeine fiends in line.
With summer in full swing, why not opt for a cold, nitrogen-infused coffee. Nitro is stored in massive kegs and served out of tap (like beer). According to some, its faster absorption rate will kick you back into shape at no time. Compared to cold brew, it’s crisper, slightly sweeter, and creamier. However, it comes at a premium price.
Verdict: Great on the eyes and taste buds and fast to kick in, but a bit pricey.
If you think that Silicon Valley only produces tech giants like Uber, Apple, and Google, think twice. Dave Asprey, founder of the Silicon Valley Health Institute and creator of Bulletproof Coffee, has made this concoction the caffeinated drink du jour. His recipe mixes coffee with grass-fed butter and brain-octane oil. Health claims include improved cognitive performance and weight loss, but we haven’t seen any studies to confirm them yet. Nevertheless, we love innovation. The taste is surprisingly not bad. But if you’re a coffee fanatic, you won’t be able to taste the provenance of the original brew anymore.
Verdict: At five bucks a cup, it won’t be part of our daily routine. Instead, we’ll drink it occasionally as a treat.
- 1 cup cold brew coffee
- 1 serving Raw Beauty
- 1/2 cup organic almond-milk creamer
- 1 tbsp MCT oil
- Optional: fresh mint
- Blend together. Add ice for texture and to make it extra cold.
- Garnish with fresh mint.