The many health benefits of specialty coffee

The many health benefits of specialty coffee

My name is Nicolas Milone, and I’m a coffee snob! It sounds like I’m introducing myself at an AA meeting or something, but I’ve come to admire the term over time; as I learn more about how coffee is not just a passion project, but a lifestyle that improves my overall health.

Full of Nutrients

Did you know the average coffee drinker, who eats a typical Western diet, gets more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables combined? The nutrients in your coffee can help prevent cell damage from oxidative stress and burn toxic fatty acids in your body.

Helps burn Fat

Several studies have shown that caffeine in your coffee can boost your metabolic rate by 3-11%. This helps our body burn fat more easily by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people. Regular coffee also contains only 2 total calories per cup! And this brings me to my next point…

Natural Occurring Flavor = less sugar and cream needed

When you choose to drink a high-quality specialty coffee, the first thing you will likely notice is that it’s full of flavor. It’s not just bitter and dark… This might inspire you to try drinking your coffee black, instead of adding creams and cane sugars that could be harmful to your health over longer periods of time. A specialty coffee can quite literally taste like many flavors such as Chocolates, Cherries, Blueberries, Cinnamon, and more… We utilize the expertise of professional coffee graders from the SCAA to help describe the different tastes you might experience from drinking our coffee (I add my own twist to the tasting notes based on my personal interpretation too). If you haven’t tried one of our coffee’s black yet – I highly recommend it!

Improves Cognitive Ability

I probably don’t need to convince you that coffee is one of the best ways to stimulate your waking brain in the morning, but the effect on your cognitive ability goes much further than just a simple wake up call. Many controlled trials have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, demonstrating that caffeine can improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance, and general cognitive function. Several studies have even shown that coffee can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease by a staggering 32-60%!

Reduces the risk of Type II Diabetes & Protects the Liver

Drinking coffee decreases insulin sensitivity so is associated with a drastically reduced risk of type II diabetes. Regular coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing cirrhosis and have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer.

Cheap coffee can be toxic!

Not only does cheap coffee typically come with a bitter taste that inspires the addition of creamer, sugars, and other additives that can be harmful for your health. Poor quality coffee can have a lot of impurities and harmful toxins. The chemicals used on the farms as well as the additives and flavors added during the roasting process can cause sickness, headache, dizziness, and long-term negative side effects on your overall health. Old coffee you might find in a supermarket can also produce harmful molds over time that can cause an irritation in your gut and an acidic reflux response.

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