Antioxidants are the Key Reason for Coffee’s Growing List of Health Benefits

We love our coffee, and even more than that we love to hear about all of the evidence that it is not bad for us after all! In 2013, we Americans were already drinking 587 million cups a day, according to a National Coffee Association survey. That translates to 4.7 billion ounces of coffee. That is a ton of coffee!

Antioxidants and Coffee

If you’re wondering why coffee has been proven to be so beneficial the main component of coffee that adds these great health benefits is the antioxidants.  Antioxidants play an important role and they help protect our cells from potential destruction and the production of free radicals which can wreak havoc in our bodies. Antioxidants assist with preventing cellular changes that cause cancer, heart disease, stroke and other diseases.I

Most fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, but acc
ording to a study at the University of Scranton, coffee is actually the leading source for antioxidants among Americans. Tea came in second as the most common way we get our antioxidants. Both green and black tea are considered good sources of antioxidants.

Fruits and vegetables should still be a good source of your antioxidants and they also provide a more broad spectrum of nutrients needed for health, but it is good to know we can get these benefits from our favorite beverage as well.

Let’s do a quick recap of some of the great health benefits coffee provides:

  • You may add years to your life!  According to a findings from a 2012 National Cancer Institute study, men who drank two to three cups of coffee had a 10 percent greater likelihood of outliving men who were non-coffee drinkers; women coffee drinkers had a 13 percent increase in outliving their non-coffee drinking counterparts.
  • Coffee is low calorie — only 2 calories per 8 ounces.
  • It may prevent type 2 diabetes. Chlorogenic acid, a major component of coffee, has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar absorption. Also coffee increases blood plasma levels of a sex hormone-binding protein that plays a role in development of type 2 diabetes. One study found risk of type 2 diabetes was reduced by 50 percent in subjects who drank four or more cups of coffee a day. Just be mindful when adding sugar or dairy so you don’t negate this benefit!
  • Coffee has been  linked to decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
    Studies have shown coffee may also improve mobility and reduce stiffness in people who already have Parkinson’s.
  • Recent research has caffeine may improve memory. Check out our other article on this topic:
  • Psychological benefits are also associated with coffee, including lowered risk of depression and suicide. Harvard School of Public Health researchers found those who drank four or more cups of coffee a day had about a 50 percent reduced risk of depression compared to those who had never drank coffee.

Good to know coffee is developing an excellent reputation for providing health benefits, and as we hear more exciting coffee-related news we would love to share them with you!


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Save the Earth and Your Wallet with Ekobrew

K-cups are easy, convenient, and gives us a great option for single serve coffee perfect for our daily cop of Joe in the morning.  Although we love all the benefits of K-cups, I must admit there is some guilt associated with using them.

ekobrew__0003_Single-ClassicK-cups are primarily made of non-recyclable foil and plastic, and have taken up nearly a quarter of the U.S. ground coffee market and are being used constantly in the roughly 12.5 million American households that own a Keurig brewing machine. About 5 billion K-cups were sold last year — unfortunately that is a lot of plastic and foil destined for our landfills.

In addition to the negative impact on our environment, these little wonders also can cause quite a dent in our wallet for refills. A cheaper alternative is the Ekobrew Reusable K-Cup, which is a 100% BPA fee reusable one-cup plastic coffee basket for single-serve brewers. They cost $10.95 each, and you can buy directly at If you’re filling the standard 8-ounce cup with a coffee blend that costs approximately $10 per pound, refills will only set you back roughly $200 year, which is a significant cost savings compared to your typical K-Cups.  Standard K-cups unfortunately cannot be recycled, but when you’re using a basket like Ekobrew, only biodegradable coffee grounds are going into the trash.

So, if you’re thinking of getting a single-serve coffee machine, consider purchasing a reusable refill cup. The best part is it’ll save you money and help save the environment, and what is better than that!

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Coming Fall 2014: Capability to Brew a Single Cup and a Carafe Through Keurig Brand Packs

keurig logoAs coffee aficionados we love our single serve Keurig Brewing system but one of our only complaints is the inability to brew a pot of coffee.  Well it seems we weren’t the only consumers to feel the inconvenience of the single serve functionality and in turn Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has responded with its unveiling of their new K-Carafe™ capability for its Keurig® 2.0 Brewing System, available for sale in Fall 2014. The Keurig® 2.0 brewer will be the first system to brew both one cup using a single serve pack and a carafe of coffee using the new Keurig® K-Carafe™ pack.

Brian P. Kelley, President and CEO of GMCR said, “Both current Keurig brewer owners and non-owners told us the brewer functionality they wanted most was the ability to brew both a single serving and a pot of coffee from one system with Keurig speed, convenience and brand choice. Our next generation Keurig 2.0 brewers will do just that.”

“The breakthrough innovation required to deliver this new carafe functionality came from our unique expertise in appliances and beverages,” said Kelley. “Through the close collaboration of our beverage and brewer engineering teams, we made significant advancements in roasting and flavor extraction, thermodynamics, and mechanical and software design to ensure that our Keurig 2.0 brewing system will give consumers a perfect, consistent cup of high quality coffee at the touch of a button, whether they choose to brew a single serving, or choose to brew a carafe with our K-Carafe pack.”

Kelly continued: “Our retail customers and beverage brand partners are excited about our new at home K-Carafe innovation, and we look forward to sharing even more about the new consumer benefits our Keurig 2.0 system will offer when we officially launch the system later this year.”

A number of GMCR’s Keurig® family of beverage brands, including partner varieties, will be available in the K-Carafe™ pack format upon introduction of the new Keurig® 2.0 system, with additional brands and beverages to be added over time. K-Carafe™ packs will brew 28 ounces of coffee into a specially designed Keurig® carafe. K-Carafe™ packs will only operate in new Keurig® 2.0 brewers, which will use proprietary interactive capabilities to identify the Keurig® pack that is inserted and to brew that pack optimally every time.

 I don’t know about you, but I am excited to have the ability to brew both single serve for my daily cup but also being able to have the option to entertain guests with a delicious pot of coffee too.  Let us know what you think!


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Coffee is Linked to Reduced Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Coffee consumption is strongly associated with a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, regardless of whether the coffee is caffeinated or not, according to a new meta-analysis of 28 prospective studies, published in the February issue ofDiabetes Care.

coffee and health“Compared with no coffee consumption…6 cups/day of coffee was associated with a 33% lower risk of type 2 diabetes,” the authors write, adding, “Caffeinated coffee and decaffeinated coffee consumption were both associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.”

Drinking coffee has been well-established in previous meta-analyses as being associated with a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes; however, the new review was needed to account for more recent trials evaluating the benefits of caffeinated vs decaffeinated coffee, the authors explain.

“We found that a 1-cup/day increment of regular coffee was associated with a 9% reduction in diabetes, and 1 cup/day of decaf was associated with 6% reduction in diabetes, but the difference in risk reduction between the 2 types of coffee was not statistically different,” said senior author Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology with the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

“This study provides strong evidence that regular consumption of coffee is beneficial for prevention of diabetes,” Dr. Hu toldMedscape Medical News. “For individuals who already drink coffee, they may enjoy this and other potential health benefits, and for those who are sensitive to the effects of caffeine, decaf may confer similar benefits.”

Robust Findings

The 28 studies in the analysis included 1,109,272 participants, and all had the outcome of risk for type 2 diabetes; there were 45,335 cases of diabetes, with follow-up ranging from 10 months to 20 years.

The relative risk for type 2 diabetes with coffee consumption, compared with no or rare consumption, ranged from 0.92 for 1 cup per day, 0.85 for 2 cups, 0.79 for 3 cups, 0.75 for 4 cups, 0.71 for 5 cups, and 0.67 for 6 cups.

Meanwhile, the relative risk for diabetes associated with 1 cup of caffeinated coffee per day (compared to no or rare coffee consumption) was 0.91 compared with 0.94 for 1 cup of decaffeinated coffee per day ( P = .17).

The findings were consistent for men as well as women, and while coffee-brewing methods were not assessed in the studies, the inclusion of diverse populations likely covered a wide array of methods, the authors note.

“Most coffee is likely to be filtered coffee, and the results from studies conducted in various populations, including US, European, and Asian, were similar, indicating consistency of the results despite potentially different preparation and processing methods,” they observe.

And while none of the studies assessed levels of sugar and dairy added to coffee, the amounts are “likely to be small compared with other food sources,” they add.

While this meta-analysis does provide “strong evidence” that higher consumption of coffee is associated with a significantly lower risk for diabetes, “longer-term randomized controlled trials are needed to establish causality and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms,” they conclude.

Coffee Just a Small Part of the Diabetes Equation

One possible explanation for the reduced risk for diabetes with coffee consumption could be the role of chlorogenic acid, a phenolic compound and a major component of coffee, Dr. Hu said.

“Chlorogenic acid has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar absorption,” he told Medscape Medical News.

“Compounds in coffee also include antioxidant polyphenols, minerals such as magnesium and chromium, [and] vitamins; however, it is impossible to tease out the effects of individual compounds, because they don’t exist in isolation in coffee and they may have synergistic effects.”

He stressed also that coffee consumption remains a small piece of the picture.

“Coffee is only one of many dietary and lifestyle factors that can contribute to diabetes prevention. Clearly, maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise is the most important way to reduce risk of diabetes. For those who drink coffee regularly, they should enjoy it, but they still need to watch their weight and be physically active.”

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The Perfect Coffee Companion: Creamer…and Now You Can Make Your Own!

We are always looking for ways to take our coffee to the next level, and every now and then we enjoy creamer to add a little something extra to our daily cup of joe! Found this simple little recipe while searching the web for fun coffee ideas and we just had to share it!   The base is easy, and with the recipe you can control the flavoring and sweetness levels, to your desired taste and sweetness which is perfect since store-bought creamer can be a bit much at times. The simplicity of this recipe will allow you to get creative and dream up your own flavor combinations to make your coffee addiction even more exciting!

Find the basic coffee creamer recipe below which can be a blank canvas for you to create and experiment with, and to give you an idea of how to add new and exciting flavors we also provided a Spiced Vanilla version as well.  Now lets get the juices, or should I say coffee flowing!

Basic Coffee Creamer

Makes 1 cup of creamer

  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
  1. Combine the sugar and cream in a small pot. Bring to a light simmer and then reduce heat to low, stirring for 2 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and strain the creamer into a jar or storage container. You can use it as is or store it and add flavors later. The creamer will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator if stored properly.

Spiced Vanilla Coffee Creamer

  • 1cup half & half or heavy cream
  • 1/4cup coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
  • 1/2vanilla bean
  • 1cinnamon stick
  • 1pinch cayenne pepper
  1. Combine cream, sugar, cinnamon stick and cayenne pepper in a small pot. Split your vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into the pot, then add the bean.
  2. Bring to a light simmer and then reduce heat to low, stirring for 2 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat, cover the pot and let the vanilla bean and cinnamon steep for 1 hour.
  4. Strain your creamer through a fine mesh sieve into a jar or storage container and use immediately or refrigerate.
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Your Coffee Preference and What it Says About You

As you know coffee is our passion and all-time favorite drink, and we are fortunate to share this love with people across the nation but aside from providing that much needed daily energy boost, the type of coffee a person prefers can also reveal a lot about their personality, says a recent study.

Coffee TypesClinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula analyzed 1,000 coffee fans and examined common personality types and psychological traits.  Factors they were specifically looking at included introversion and extroversion, patience, perfectionism, warmth, vigilance, sensitivity and social boldness.

In her results, Durvasula found that those who are fond of black coffee are typically purist, no-nonsense individuals with a tendency to prefer simplicity.  These black coffee drinkers could also be considered blunt, impatient and even averse to change.

Latte drinkers however tended to be people pleasers, but could also show slightly more neurotic attributes.

Cappuccino drinkers are usually “Perfectionists” and are probably the most high-demand personality. The study also found that such drinkers can be very obsessive and controlling, overly sensitive, and even health-conscious.

Not surprisingly instant coffee drinkers seemed to display more laid-back characteristics, and traits associated with this group included an inclination to procrastinate and put off things off.

The last group were those who preferred their coffee fix cold and sweet were considered socially bold “trend-setters” who could be reckless at times.

How do you like your coffee?  Let us know, and check out our amazing selection at, maybe you’ll find a new favorite!

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Tips to Brew a Better Cup of Coffee

Coffee Brewing TipsI am a huge coffee enthusiast, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some tips for all of you home brewers.  These tips are from my own coffee expertise and scoured from the corners of the web to give you the most comprehensive guide to becoming the best barista possible!

If you are just starting out as a beginner coffee lover:

  • Fresh is best!  Be sure to pay attention to roast date as the key to a good cup of coffee is freshly roasted coffee beans. If you don’t see a roast date on the package, I would question it.
  • Invest in a good conical burr grinder. You will get better extraction from coffee beans that are evenly ground.
  • Wait until right before you’re ready to brew to grind your coffee beans.
  • Temperature is key to a good brew, so make sure your water is hot enough, between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal and leads to optimal extraction. Water should be 15-30 seconds off the boil, but be sure you do not let it go longer than a minute off the boil.

For the advanced coffee aficionados:

  • To help maintain the ideal brewing temperature, preheat your brewing vessel this will help prevent a drop in temperature so the water does not cool on contact.
  • Try pre-wetting your filters with hot water. It will help eliminate any odd “paper” taste in the finished brew.
  • To help you calculate the ideal ratio, start with 1 ounce coffee to 16 ounces water. It’s a good starting point, and you can adjust more or less depending on your result.
  • If you are using a siphon brewer, don’t place the upper glass chamber into the bottom chamber until the water starts to reach that ideal temperature. This will help prevent the process of water pushing into the upper chamber and extracting the coffee before the water has reached the proper temperature.

This is a good start for those who want to perfect their home-brewing technique, let us know if you have any other great tips or techniques to share with the coffee-loving community!

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Caffeine May Boost Memory in Addition to Your Energy Level

We may have another potential benefit to add to the ever growing list of wonderful thing that coffee consumption can do! Memory enhancement may be the newest advantage daily coffee drinkers can claim. Researchers claim, it appears a cup or two of coffee could boost the brain’s ability to store long-term memories.

Coffee and Memory ResearchThe study that helped reveal this found that people who had a shot of caffeine after looking at a series of pictures were actually better at distinguishing them from similar images in tests the following day. This text helped researchers measure how information is stored in the brain, which helps with a process called pattern separation which can be essential in everyday situations.

Michael Yassa, a neuroscientist who led the study, said the ability to separate patterns was vital for discriminating between similar scenarios and daily experiences in life.

Yassa described how 44 volunteers who were not heavy caffeine consumers and had abstained for at a day prior were shown a rapid sequence of pictures of random objects on a computer screen. As each image flashed on the screen, the person watching had to say whether the object was normally found indoors or outside, they were asked not to memorize the pictures. At the end of the test, each participant was randomly assigned either a 200mg caffeine pill, for reference a typical cup of coffee contains about 150mg of caffeine, or a placebo.

The next day, the scientists brought the volunteers back and this time the sequence of images included many they had seen the day before, but some were new and others were similar. The similar images varied in how close to the originals they were. Some showed the same object from a different angle, while others were a similar type of object, such as a different design of hammer from the one they had seen before.

For this part of the study, the volunteers had to say whether each image was either new, old or similar to one they had seen the day before. The caffeine and placebo groups actually scored the same except when it came to spotting the similar images. In this test, the caffeine group scored around 10% higher.

Researchers believe that this study suggests there is a real connection and benefit for learning and memory, and many other studies suggest caffeine is associated with increased longevity, and a resistance to Alzheimer’s disease.

However the jury is still out, some scientists say they need more evidence to substantiate the effect. Researchers claim the effect needs to be shown in a larger number of people, before we can be convinced to take this as absolute truth.  So keep on the lookout for additional research into this, but it’s not really like you needed another reason to drink coffee anyway!


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New Research: Coffee Does NOT Dehydrate

So you my have been told that coffee can dehydrate you, but new research reveals that is simply a myth, and better yet it can hydrate us just as much as water can!

Drinking coffeeThe idea that coffee dehydrates stems from research done on samples of caffeine over 80 years ago. However, the research isn’t really relevant to daily life as the study didn’t account for the many other compounds and factors that interact with coffee.

For this research, scientists asked 50 healthy men to drink either four mugs of water or coffee a day for three days and then switch. The men ate the same food during the two parts of the study and were also banned from vigorous exercise and alcohol.

Test samples showed the men were just as well hydrated when they drank coffee and when they had water.  Coffee can hydrate as much as water because the water content of the drink makes up for the diuretic effect of the caffeine. 

Tea drinkers can also listen to this directive as a similar study conducted recently  concluded that it also does not bother the body more than plain water.

So good to know that our favorite beverage is getting more positive attention!  Stay tuned for more fun coffee news and happenings!


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Need Organization for your K-Cups? Try the Tower!

It seems to be a pretty well known fact, that K-Cups are quickly revolutionizing the way coffee drinkers enjoy their daily cup of Joe. K-Cups and their single serve coffee brewing system like Keurig and Verisimo, allow you to have a delicious daily gourmet coffee experience made at home. We are always looking for new products that add convenience to our lifestyle and these products give us the tools to start our day off the right way with a little energy boost in the form of a delectable hot cup of coffee made quickly by you just the way YOU like it!

k cup carousel holderThe Kuerig and Verisimo are only two examples of this type of equipment that adds creates convenience for the daily coffee drinker. K-Cups have become so popular your favorite brands like Green Mountain Coffee and Starbucks are now joining forces in manufacturing K-Cups, and we can all expect that there will be even more fantastic single-serve coffee options for every taste and preference.

Even more good news is that due to the ever-growing popularity of K-Cups many types are now compatible with many different coffee makers. With K-Cups being compatible with other equipment this will only add to the variety of flavors available to the passionate coffee drinkers of the world.  Now that you have so many delicious coffee options at your fingertips, where will you put them all!?  Introducing the perfect solution to store and organize your K-Cup selection: the Tower!

K Cups although convenient and small, they are also fragile and can become damaged if not handled and stored correctly. Instead of just throwing them in a drawer or cabinet, we recommend the Tower, as the best storing solution as it will conveniently organize and store all of your K-Cups so they will be easily within reach.  It’s a functional accessory , and has a very stylish and modern design. The Tower maximizes your single serve coffee brewing system and also allows for your collection of K-Cups to be organized and displayed neatly which will help individuals choose coffee flavors quickly, and conveniently.  So bring the coffee shop experience home, with all of these exciting new coffee products your mornings can be a little bit better…or at least more convenient!

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