Drinking as many as eight cups of coffee a day could help you live longer, study says

Drinking coffee could boost your chances of a longer life, research shows, even for those who consume as many as eight cups a day.

In a study of around half-a-million British adults, coffee drinkers were found to have a slightly lower risk of death over a 10-year follow-up period than non-coffee drinkers.

The apparent longevity boost comes as yet another piece of good news for coffee lovers, with health benefits recorded in drinkers of instant, ground and decaffeinated coffee. The study is also the first of its kind to suggest health benefits in people with so-called genetic glitches affecting how their bodies react to caffeine.

Health experts warned people should not start drinking coffee, or increasing their intake, for medical reasons. They also warned too much coffee for women during pregnancy could be harmful.

Health benefits

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) used data from people taking part in a genetic study called the U.K. Biobank. The participants of that study volunteered to give blood and answer detailed health and lifestyle questions.

For the latest study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine, NCI researchers analyzed information provided by approximately 500,000 people, who answered questions about coffee consumption, smoking and drinking habits, medical history and more.

Around 14,200 of those same people died in the 10-year follow-up period. However, the researchers found people were more likely to live longer with nearly every level and type of coffee consumption.

Overall, coffee drinkers were found to be about 10 percent to 15 percent less likely to die than non-coffee drinkers during a decade of follow-up checks. The differences recorded regarding the amount of coffee consumed and genetic variations were minimal.

Other studies have claimed substances in coffee might reduce inflammation and improve how the body uses insulin, which could decrease the likelihood of developing diabetes.

Late last year, researchers at the University of Southampton in the U.K. found people who drink three or four cups of coffee every day could significantly reduce their chances of early death.


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Study Says Drinking More Coffee Makes You Live Longer

Contrary to popular belief that drinking too much coffee is bad, a recent study revealed that drinking more than three up to eight cups a day makes you live longer. It even improves your skin, social skills and alertness and helps you maintain a positive outlook.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, constantly drinking coffee can be a part of a healthy diet which improves your mortality. Coffee drinkers aged 38 to 73 were tested in the UK to determine how the body absorbs caffeine and whether it does improve mortality rate.

From: medicaldaily.com

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A New Study Says Red Wine, Coffee, Fruits, And Vegetables Might Prevent Breast Cancer

A new study developed by Spain's University of Navarra and University of Jaen claims a diet filled with coffee, red wine, fruits, and vegetables can help prevent breast cancer in women, Yahoo!reports.

The research followed 11,028 women and their diets over the course of 12 years and was specifically looking at the link between phenolic acids and breast cancer. They found that those consuming the greatest amounts of hydroxycinnamic acids (a type of phenolic acid) had 62 percent reduced risk of the cancer versus the women who consumed less of the acids.

Those acids are found mostly in coffee, fruits, and vegetables. The researchers point to raspberries, blueberries, apples, citrus fruits, plums, onions, coffee, red wine, cocoa, wholewheat, rice, corn and oats as other examples of good sources of phenolic acids.

Nothing found in the study is particularly surprising, as "we’ve long known that eating fruit and vegetables as part of a balanced diet can help lower your risk of breast cancer by helping you maintain a healthy weight,” research communications manager at Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now Dr. Kotryna Temcinaite told the site.

That said, researchers encourage women to add more fruits and vegetables to their diets wherever possible.

You can read more about the research here.

Caffeine Could Boost Exercise Performance

New research analysis highlights what many athletes have believed for years. Taking caffeine before exercise may improve performance.

In reviewing past research, the authors of a report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine write that caffeine could help speed, power, strength, and endurance.

"Supplementation with caffeine is highly prevalent among athletes, with one study from 2011 indicating that around 75% of urine samples from athletes competing in the Olympic Games contain measurable levels of caffeine," said lead author Jozo Grgic of Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.

Caffeine was removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency list of substances banned during competitions in 2004 and "since then, the intake of caffeine among athletes has only increased with no signs of slowing down," Grgic told Reuters Health.

Grgic and his colleagues looked at results of earlier reviews that analyzed multiple studies of caffeine and exercise performance. They found that caffeine helped muscle endurance, muscle strength, jumping performance, exercise speed, anaerobic power, and aerobic endurance.

The "optimal" dose is not known, Grgic said, in part because the amount of caffeine varies with different beans, preparation method, cup size, and other factors.

"As a broad rule of thumb, two cups of coffee, consumed around 60 minutes before exercise, should exert an ergogenic effect in most individuals," Grgic said. "The response to caffeine ingestion varies from person to person.”

See the report: http://bit.ly/2FZMt6v

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Here’s Evidence That Even Heavy Coffee Drinkers Live Longer Than Non-Coffee Drinkers

Here is an article from delish.com

For those of you whose morning isn't complete without a cup of coffee (or two or three), I have some good news from you: There's another study in your corner showing the habit could be good for your health.

"Association of Coffee Drinking With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism," published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), "provides further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers"—especially in regards to mortality

Researchers looked at more than 500,000 people between the ages of 38 and 73 in the U.K., 380,000 of whom were coffee drinkers. Their objective was to study the links between drinking coffee and mortality based on how well your body can absorb caffeine.

The results will surprise even the heaviest of coffee drinkers: They found that coffee was inversely related to mortality among people who drank 1 to 8 or more cups of coffee a day, even for those whose bodies were slower to absorb caffeine. This includes ground, instant, and decaf coffee, interestingly enough.

In other good-for-Starbucks-lovers news, coffee might be good for your skin. Another study published in JAMA last December found that participants who drank 4 cups of coffee per day were less likely to develop rosacea compared with participants who did not drink coffee. Who knew!

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Why we don't carry decaffeinated coffee.....for now.

One on the benefits of Calico Jack Coffee Roastery is that we are chemical free. We DO NOT use chemicals of any sort to “flavor” our coffees. We leave that up to you to add if you need a grape flavored or kahlua flavored coffee. (See out previous blog on chemical additives to get the low down of what syrups they douse the beans with to mask the natural flavors of the bean. (propylene glycol, also exists in antifreeze)

Here is an article from Natural_Medicine publish August 10th 2015 on decaffeinated coffees:

Is Decaffeinated Coffee Safe?

When considering whether or not to go decaf, it may be helpful to note which of these three decaffeination methods was used on your coffee beans.

Drinking coffee is how a lot of people like to begin their day, and many treasure the caffeine content. Others, however, like the flavor but don’t like the caffeine, in which case they may turn to decaffeinated coffee. Decaffeinated coffee is required to have 97% of its caffeine removed to conform to FDA standards. Typically decaf has 2-5 mg of caffeine per serving, as compared to 50-75 mg of caffeine in a serving of regular coffee.

Methods used in the past included chemicals that have been proven to be carcinogens, such as benzene, but those chemicals are no longer used in caffeine extraction. Now, the difficult part of decaffeinating coffee is removing the caffeine while leaving the flavor compounds in place. It can be tricky to find a tasty decaf coffee because the wide variety of flavor compounds is what give coffee its rich flavor.

When considering whether to go decaf, it may be helpful to note which of the following three decaffeination methods was used on your coffee beans.

Organic chemical solvents – methylene chloride or ethyl acetate. This method is considered by some to produce very flavorful coffee. Methylene chloride is a chemical that is a commonly-used solvent. It is highly volatile and therefore it’s estimated that very little remains in the beans after the heat-intensive roasting process is complete. The FDA has determined any potential health risk to be so low as to be essentially non-existent. Ethyl acetate is considered more “natural” than methylene chloride by some, because it can be found in nature, exists in several natural products and contributes to the aroma of many fruits. This method is often labeled as “naturally decaffeinated,” though the chemical actually used is synthetic, not naturally derived. In short, both of the solvents used in this process are synthetic, leave very little residue in the beans and are unlikely to cause harm. But if you prefer to avoid chemicals in your daily life, these organic chemical solvents might be something to sidestep.

  1. Carbon dioxide. This method uses liquid carbon dioxide in place of chemical solvents. It is a costly method and is primarily used to decaffeinate large quantities of coffee such as those you would find in grocery stores. It is very efficient at extracting caffeine and leaves very little residue behind.

  2. Swiss water method. In this method water is used to extract caffeine from coffee. Coffee decaffeinated by this method is labeled “Swiss Water Decaf” and is almost exclusively used for decaffeination of organic coffee. It is the least efficient at removing caffeine, and coffee decaffeinated by this method is likely to have higher caffeine levels than other methods. It is very safe, as it doesn’t involve any chemicals — and since it removes very few of the compounds that create flavor, it is considered by some to have the best flavor profile.

There is some preliminary evidence that high intake of decaf coffee may increase the risk of having high apolipoprotein B, a marker in your blood that is associated with worse cardiovascular health. The issue is still under discussion, however, and it is unlikely that a few cups a day will have negative effects. So while decaffeinated coffee may not taste as good as regular coffee, it is generally a good option for those who want their coffee without the caffeine.

— By Shawnti Rockwell, ND (’14), resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health

In the future Calico Jack is working with Swiss Water Natural Decaffeination Process. It is only done in British Colombia, Canada. The cost is alittle more expensive, but worth the wait.

It takes the right steps to find a great Treasure.

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Why do WE not have artificial flavored coffee?

We get people sometimes asking for “grape” flavored, “caramel” flavored or even “'s’mores” & “hazelnut” flavors. Unfortunately, many coffee drinkers remain in the dark about artificially flavored coffee.

It’s true - The popular coffee flavoring chemical compound propylene glycol, also exists in antifreeze! Irish Cream is made with ethyl alcohol, dimethylamine-D1, and formamidine acetate.

Also, don’t be fooled by the cover up of quality. A majority of your big-chain roasters use cheaper Robusta coffee beans, which are highly acidic and bitter tasting. These beans are simply the carriers of the chemical flavors.

Calico Jack Coffee stays away from harsh chemical additives for environmental and health reasons. We invest our time in bringing natural flavors out of the beans and to your taste buds.

Coffee has more flavor potential than wine. Properly roasted coffee can release the power of 800 naturally occurring chemical compounds. To give you some perspective, wine has only 200 flavor compounds. Coffee is packed with flavor — you just have to roast it right.

Freshness is key - Protect your coffee experience with fresh coffee. Coffee loses its flavor within the first few weeks after roasting. To give you some perspective, grocery store coffee (not local) is, on average, 3 months old due to the logistics of transportation and distribution. Protect your coffee flavor by only buying coffee that’s been roasted fresh within the past few days.

Where we buy our green beans is a high priority. The coffee tree is affected by the climate and elevation of the coffee’s country of origin. The higher the elevation the better. The more tropical the climate the better. The combination of soil type, climate, and elevation all combine to give you 800 chemical compounds that make up coffee’s complex flavor.

What are you waiting for? You have our stamp of approval for goodness.

Thank you for your patience for excellence.

We have been extensively trying out new green coffees, creating perfect profiles with our software and taste buds. Cupping is so important to our process bringing you the best quality and flavor that bean origins can have. We don't add syrups that give false flavors to our roasted beans. Those flavorings are not good for you or the environment. We care for coffee and you. 

NOTE: If you are interested in learning to cup coffee, and have a passion for flavor, let us know. We have a sample program with free coffee. Email us with the subject "sample program" and we will get you set up. With you joining our program, receive 15% on any order you place. 

- We don't live to drink good coffee, we drink good coffee to live.-