Coffee is killing you - a rebuttal!

Coffee Is Killing You! A Rebuttal

Regular readers of this blog and customers here at Barista School Perth and Jessie's Cafe will all know that we love coffee. We love making coffee, we love selling coffee but most of all we love drinking coffee. We rely on the coffee we make to give us the energy to teach you how to make the coffee, coffee is in our blood and I don't just mean that metaphorically.

So why is it important to cover again? Well, over the festive period I got into a discussion with a girl. After a few minutes of exceptionally witty back and forth around the good spell of weather and the various pros and cons of drinking near the Swan River in the evening, and an I think, expertly placed pause, she asked me what I did for a living. When I told her I worked for a family owned coffee company she looked at me in shock and asked, ‘Do you have any idea how bad coffee is for you? Do you know he negative effects caffeine has on brain development and the reliance people have on caffeine to get through the day, coffee is killing you!’ to which I wittily replied, ‘No I don't, but have you ever seen me before I’ve had my morning coffee?’. As you can see, we had both done our research and an intellectual debate was clearly about to ensue. The next 5 minutes were something of a blur, an animated rant about adenosine, brain receptors, adrenaline and scientific studies on rats (no, rats don’t like coffee, I asked). However, the thing that stuck with me was this woman’s reaction to my work in the coffee industry. She saw what my profession as a kin to pedalling drugs outside a school, not a reaction I am used to. I left feeling not only confused but also admonished and even a little guilty, is coffee bad for you? Am I a terrible person for pushing this dark, delicious lifeline on people? Well after a few days research (a few HuffPost articles and even a scientific study or two, again with rats) and a bit of time to recover I have a response for the nameless women whose Strangely Hostile Attack Undermined Nearly All the work we have put in over the last few years.

Coffee Keeps your Brain Healthy for Longer

Caffeine levels have been linked to warding of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases in later life. Studies have shown that caffeine was suppressing the rise of amyloid plaques in the brain, which is a good thing because it reduces inflammation and… (read this article).

Coffee makes you Smarter

Coffee boosts brainpower, and improves brain performance, decision-making and memory. It makes your brain much more efficient which improves reaction time, logical reasoning, attention and nearly all of the skills you associate with intelligence.

Coffee Makes You feel Happier

Now we all know the secret to true happiness is to live a good contented life surrounded by people you love and spent doing worthwhile things you enjoy... blah, blah, blah. Well outside of this utopian, optimal existence (you see, nameless woman we can all use long words), a Harvard Study showed that women who drink 4 or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day, are 20% less likely to suffer from depression than those who drink one or less. Also a slightly less obvious, and slightly stranger study in Korea showed that even the smell of coffee reduced sleep related stress in rats. Now I’m not suggesting you carry round a bag of beans but it would have been nice to have something to physically replicate throwing this back in Sh…. this unnamed woman’s face.

Coffee Is Good For Your Liver

A study in 2006 of 125,000 people over 22 years showed clearly that drinking at least one cup of coffee a day reduces the chance of cirrhosis of the liver by 20%. More information in this Guardian article from the UK. Coffee is also full of antioxidants that are easily absorbed in your system. These are linked with possibly preventing diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s and even heart disease.

Coffee makes you Slimmer

Caffeine also boosts your metabolic rate, the strange internal mechanism that controls how efficiently calories are burnt. So a morning coffee will give your metabolism a little boost which, coupled with your New Years resolution to cycle to work, or walk rather than get the bus, should set you up very nicely for the day.

Coffee makes you Better at Sport

Along with the improvements in performance that come with improved mental function and increased awareness and alertness, caffeine is used by many athletes to give a boost in adrenaline. However it is not only helpful as a jolt for short sprint like exercises, caffeine also boosts the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, helping marathon runners to go for longer. So... Shauna from Raffle's on Christmas Eve! Coffee makes people smarter, happier and healthier and gets them up to help their kids get off to school before commuting to work and dealing with everyone else's problems, therefore definitely helping the health of those around me.... them, whilst also being absolutely delicious, and I know it's over 2 weeks delayed in coming but Coffee is good for you. Also, mosquitoes DO come out at night because it's easier to detect the heat coming off animals, I know it's not a cool fact, or a good line but you asked and I knew I was right so I looked it up.

Sincerely,

Bobby Deuchar

(The tall guy at Raffles who's Christmas Eve you tried to ruin)

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