I confess. Coffee is not just a drink. It’s an experience.
There’s so much more to coffee than just merely drinking it. Just ask a coffee drinker. As for me, it has nothing to do with taste, but has become about ritual (the daily routine of standing in front of the coffee maker watching the brew, shifting from bare foot to bare foot as it drips, taking in the aroma, wrapping my hands around the warm cup, then padding off to the porch to sip.) For each of us, there is some unique set of reasons that the “act of coffee” resonates at our core and keeps us going back for more.
Is it good for me, or what? Over the years, I have tended to exercise my confirmation bias in a single direction and zone right in on all the studies and research declaring the reasons coffee is good for me, knowing full well that with each affirmation, stories of research would follow to convince me that I was indeed a bit delusional. It’s been an emotional roller coaster.
So what’s a coffee drinker to do when it’s #NationalCoffeeDay? Well, first it’s important to get the facts straight. My plan is not to bore you with all the citations here. Know that the bottom line is that the research is conflicting. . . that coffee increases health risks for some conditions and improves outlook for others. . .
I know! Shocking!
Here’s a bit of good coffee news from this year. Take heart in this small take-away from June of this year: the WHO declared that coffee would no longer be listed on it’s database of carcinogens! Yessss!