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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/13/style/self-care/coffee-benefits.html

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Is Coffee Good for You?
Yes! But it depends on the kind of coffee and the quantity. We've come a long way from the cans of Folgers that filled our grandparents' cupboards, with our oat milk lattes, cold brews and Frappuccinos. Some of us are still very utilitarian about the drink while others perform elaborate rituals.

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Coffee in moderation

Coffee was once believed to be a possible carcinogen. However, the evidence is consistent that coffee in moderation is associated with a lower risk of mortality.

Research found moderate ...

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The way coffee is prepared matters

  • Roasting reduces the number of chlorogenic acids, but other antioxidant compounds are formed.
  • Instant coffee may not have the same health benefits.
  • The oil ...

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Coffee and caffeine

  • A typical 12-ounce serving of drip coffee has 200 milligrams of caffeine.
  • Instant coffee has 140 milligrams of caffeine.
  • Espresso has the highest concentration of caffeine, ...

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Coffee addiction

Caffeine is a psychoactive drug. A moderate amount can wake you up, lift your mood, energy, alertness, concentration, and athletic performance. On average, it takes four to six hours to m...

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The coffee bean

The coffee bean

Coffee beans are inside the red fruit of Coffea. They are green in color and turn a rich brown hue after roasting.

There are about 124 Coffea species, and most flavors remain unknown....

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Coffee with milk or sugar

One study found that those adding sugar, cream or milk to their coffee had the same associated benefit as those who preferred it black.

However, sweet coffee and tea are the fourth...

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Drinking more coffee

If you are enjoying coffee in moderation, doctors say you can continue onward and enjoy it.

A moderate amount would be 3 to 5 cups or up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day.

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The Caffeinated and the Un-caffeinated

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Grown Ups and Coffee

By 1988 only 50 percent of the adult American population drank coffee. In 1962, average coffee consumption was 3.12 cups per day; by 1991 had dropped to 1.75 cups per day.

At the onset of the 1980s, coffee growers and retailers realized that the current 20-29-year-old generation had little interest in coffee, which they associated with their parents and grandparents.

The "Me" Generation

For the coffee industry to survive, it needed a new marketing strategy. The consumer was changing and coffee-players needed to pay attention.

Crucial questions the 'me' generation will ask: "What's in it for me? Is the product 'me'? Is it consistent with my lifestyle? Do I like how it tastes? What will it cost me? Is it convenient to prepare?"

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The power of caffeine

Scientists determined that a person who was more sensitive to the bitter taste of caffeine drank more coffee.

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Genes and coffee

More research is needed to validate whether there is a causal link between genes and specific taste perceptions.

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