Coffee has amazing health benefits in quantity and might help you see ghosts
And The Atlantic agrees (Dec 2012): The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like
Here’s the link to the New England Journal of Medicine Study, “Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality”
The folks at Home Grounds have posted a wonderful summary of the positive effects of drinking coffee, with links to the research studies.
Cancer. Coffee might have anti-cancer properties. Last year, researchers found that coffee drinkers were 50% less likely to get liver cancer than nondrinkers. A few studies have found ties to lower rates of colon, breast, and rectal cancers. Several studies have shown that caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee have different health effects (see chart).
Cholesterol. Two substances in coffee — kahweol and cafestol — raise cholesterol levels. Paper filters capture these substances, but that doesn’t help the many people who now drink non-filtered coffee drinks, such as lattes. Researchers have also found a link between cholesterol increases and decaffeinated coffee, possibly because of the type of bean used to make certain decaffeinated coffees.
Diabetes. Heavy coffee drinkers may be half as likely to get diabetes as light drinkers or nondrinkers. Coffee may contain ingredients that lower blood sugar. A coffee habit may also increase your resting metabolism rate, which could help keep diabetes at bay.
Gallstones. Coffee drinkers are less likely to suffer symptomatic gallstone disease, possibly because coffee alters the cholesterol content of the bile produced by the liver.
Parkinson’s disease. Coffee seems to protect men but not women against Parkinson’s disease. One possible explanation for the sex difference may be that estrogen and caffeine need the same enzymes to be metabolized, and estrogen captures those enzymes.
So how do I do coffee? I really love the Aerobie AeroPress little plastic coffee device, and cold brewed french press, and drip, and espresso, and any other method that results in strong coffee (compare here). For beans in Davis I’m a fan of the Pepper Peddler.