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Common Coffee Myths

MYTH ONE: COFFEE IS BAD FOR YOU.

This is simply wrong. Check out our Health Benefits of Coffee Page here if you need evidence to refute this myth. In short, coffee is linked to numerous health benefits such as heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. It is also packed with antioxidants that fight off the oxidative stress placed on your body.

Of course, this should be taken in moderation. Typically, the recommendations for health purposes are between 2-4 cups of coffee a day.

MYTH TWO: FRESH ROASTED COFFEE IS BEST.

While we appreciate a fresh cup of coffee and we roast all of our coffee to order, this does not mean that coffee should be made with beans that have been immediately roasted.

Why not? Coffee that is hot out of the roaster is still “degassing”, which is the process by which carbon dioxide is released from the coffee bean. If you try to brew coffee using these types of beans the resulting coffee will be unpredictable and uneven at best. Overall, we recommend you don’t consume your coffee until 7 days have passed since its roast date.

MYTH 3: ESPRESSO HAS MORE CAFFEINE

This is another one that is flat out wrong. When using the proper amount of coffee for both espresso and drip, the amount of caffeine in a of a cup of coffee and a shot of espresso is the same.

A typical cup of coffee (8 oz.) contains around 80 milligrams of caffeine and an espresso (2oz) yields around 70 milligrams of caffeine. Ultimately, the milligram difference here is nominal.

MYTH 4: COFFEE DEHYDRATES YOU

Coffee drinking in moderation contributes to our fluid intake and does not lead to dehydration or significant loss of body water. It is true that caffeine may have a small diuretic effect, but this effect is not strong enough to counter-balance the benefits of fluid intake from coffee drinking. Black coffee contains more than 95% water.

MYTH 5: A CUP OF COFFEE WILL SOBER YOU UP

NO! This is complete myth. Caffeine can make an intoxicated person more alert, but a study by The American Psychological Association concluded that coffee does not reverse the negative cognitive impact of alcohol.

It’s actually even worse for you, they report: “People who have consumed both alcohol and caffeine may feel awake and competent enough to handle potentially harmful situations, such as driving while intoxicated or placing themselves in dangerous social situations.”

MYTH 6: YOUR AFTERNOON CUP WILL CAUSE INSOMNIA

Caffeine is a stimulant. However, the caffeine you consume in your post-lunch cup of is processed through the liver at lightning speed and nearly all of it (roughly 75%) is flushed out of your body within 4 to 7 hours. So, if you drink your second cup at 3 p.m., it’s completely gone by bedtime, unless you’re really lame.