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Coffee is healthy; new studies justify our addiction.

Just in time for those of us who doubted the healthy and satisfying benefits of a good cup of coffee, the University of California, Davis will host a research conference on March 11, coordinated by the UC Davis Coffee Center. Although the Center is homeless as yet, it can still appreciate the study of coffee.
After the conference, plans include building a greenhouse for coffee plants, courses that explore the issues of genetics, sustainability at every step in coffee production as well as the different sensory experiences of coffee drinkers with different kinds of coffee.
Earlier this year, UC Davis used the draw of coffee to teach students about chemical engineering and more recently added “The Design of Coffee” to the general education lineup, drawing 300 students.
Read more at UC Davis and NBC News.

A recent study at Johns Hopkins University has shown that consumption of 200 mg of caffeine helps with memory retention. The study was performed by Michael Yassa on 160 healthy men and women who were not regular consumers of caffeine.
Participants were shown some images, then given a placebo or 200 mg of caffeine in pill form, about the amount of caffeine in a large coffee. 24 hours later, new images were shown to them and those that had received caffeine were more likely to recognize differences between the original and later images.
For instance, a yellow ducky was one of the original images. Those that had the caffeine had better retention of the original image and were able to recognize shape and size changes in the image.
No, Johns Hopkins does not do quack studies.
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A new study at the Birmingham School of Sports and Exercise Sciences, UK, has shown that moderate coffee consumption (4 mugs per day) does not cause dehydration. Mugs up; myths down.
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It only takes a few cups a day to make a difference…Web MD is reporting,

In the study, blood levels of caffeine were more than 50% lower among people with MCI who developed Alzheimer's during follow-up, when compared with their counterparts who did not worsen. Coffee was the main, or only source, of caffeine among people in the study…

According to the findings, people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer's disease two to four years later than their counterparts with lower caffeine levels. The findings will appear in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease….More at 

“Continue to drink coffee,” says researcher Chuanhai Cao, PhD. He is a neuroscientist at the University of South Florida's College of Pharmacy and Byrd Alzheimer's Institute in Tampa….More at Drinking Coffee May Delay Alzheimer’s Disease


Caffeine is credited with numerous benefits, including getting better results on tests (those who had regular coffee before the test, compared to those that had decaf), higher memory retention and alertness. 

Of course, you can have too much of a good thing, but who doesn't want to keep their working memory intact? Have a cup of coffee, my friend. 

morning elixer

Image by Robert S. Donovan via Flickr

Decaf coffee is commonly vapid in taste, isn’t that true? Wicked Coffees, however, did not believe that had to be written in the law. We looked high and low to find a flavorful decaf. And we found it.

Last fall, we had a request to use our decaf in a new dessert called Wicked Midnight Mocha. We were up for the experiment, but hell’s bells, were we surprised how rich it came out. Honestly. Amazing.

Last Sunday (January 22, 2012), at the Leucadia Farmers Market, we were treated to an unsolicited comment about Disciples Decaf. We were told, “Your decaf doesn’t taste like decaf. It tastes as rich as any espresso.” Wow. And thank you!

Why would anyone drink decaf? Because they don’t want to be kept awake, but still want a delicious coffee to top off our dinner at 8. Or they have a reaction to caffeine, but love coffee flavor. Keep in mind, the health benefits of coffee do not come from the caffeine…they come from the over 1000 phytochemicals contained in the natural coffee bean.

Disciples Decaf that is “as rich as espresso” is brewed with the pour-over method, using both a paper filter and a gold filter, we were told.

Try it. Share a discovery. It may be decaf, but you’ll feel wicked good anyway.

P.S. Disciples Decaf is Swiss Water Processed, meaning it is free of harsh chemicals used to decaffeinate most decaf coffees.

I have been getting questions about low acid coffee. “Is Wicked Coffee low in acid?”

I understand that we don’t want to get acidic (low pH) or alkaline (high pH). But perhaps more to the point, we don’t want our coffee break to cause us literal pain, such as comes from excess stomach acid.

So, the question might be rephrased, “Will Wicked Coffee give me stomach acid?”

We do use Sumatra coffee beans in our blends, a region that typically has less acid. And several of our roasts are dark roasts, a process that lowers acid levels as it raises the roasted flavor. Our roasts are fresh, usually sold within a week of roasting, which gives less time for the coffee to get bitter.

But if it will give you a stomach reaction… I don’t know. It all depends on your system.

So here is what I propose to those that require low acid coffee… try it. Email us for a free 2 ounce sample if you haven’t tried Wicked at the farmers market or Carlsbad Danish Bakery. Grind it, brew it and savor it slowly. Your stomach will tell you. I have had several customers with severe acid reflux tell me they have no problems with Devils Delight or Organic Disciple.

And here is what I also propose… make sure your morning coffee (or afternoon or evening coffee for that matter) is also low in nonsense. Don’t drink the coffee the crowd consumes by habit. Don’t subject yourself to coffee ignorance. Don’t buy cheap coffee…it is sure to be high in acid and nonsense.

Just do coffee right… and it will do you right.

With the latest announcement by Life Extension Magazine that “coffee is the greatest source of antioxidants in the American diet,” Wicked Coffees is trying to help Americans avoid discomfort and disease with a monthly supply of Wicked good coffee. All that is necessary for this relief is to sign up to have Wicked Coffees delivered by mail once a month.

In that vein (shoot me up with Wicked!), Wicked Coffees regulars will receive our best discount. Our current pricing is 11.95 for one bag and 21.90 for two. But standing order coffee-fiends will receive all 12 ounce bags for only $10.00 each, plus shipping. Choose your favorite blend or mix them up.

To qualify, we need a valid credit card number on file so that we have permission to charge on a monthly basis. Send Rich an email now with just your name, telephone number and best time to call. (That way we can can set up the order in privacy.) Your first order will come with a free 2 ounce bag of our devilishly delicious Chocolate Smothered Espresso Beans. In addition, standing order customers will receive free samples of our other upcoming new releases.

Thank you for supporting Wicked Coffees in 2011! Let coffee support you through the New Year.

It’s a natural pair. Coffee and sex. We might be able to survive without both, but there is no need to have such a short-sighted view of life’s benefits. They are not only tempting and satisfying, they are good for our health! (The guilt is the worst part and it’s completely unnecessary, IMHO.)

Adam and Eve are not part of our logo for nothing.

There’s another opinion out there that also thinks coffee and sex are good for health. Her name is Laurel House, she is a Fit Living Expert and her article is fun.

Read the recent article at Life Extension Magazine on “Coffee’s Unique Health Benefits.” As mentioned in my previous post, 129 sources and studies back up this article.

And because it is clear from the article (and other studies I have read) that drinking more coffee clearly results in more benefits and protection, I am biting the bullet. I am drinking more coffee!

I have already given up on sodas. Not only are they a leading cause of diabetes, tooth decay and more, Devils Delight tastes so much better!  Tea is good, too, but less satisfying than a full flavored cup of joe. (“Joe-va-java” is my pre-caffeinated way of asking for  “Jehovah Java”). Beer and wine are okay, but they make me sleepy, even in moderation.

Relax, my friends. Bite the coffee bullet. Drink more coffee and stay healthy without even trying.

Life Extension Magazine (January 2012)  published an astoundingly researched article on “Coffee’s Unique Health Benefits.” Citing 129 sources and studies, this article is crammed with coffee health facts and stated, “coffee is the greatest source of antioxidants in the American diet.”

In these studies, we can see that higher volumes of coffee than average (3.1 cups per day) “can help prevent most major killers, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, liver disease and Alzheimer’s.” Many other studies have shown that the common fears about excess coffee consumption are invalid. So, more coffee is better.

While coffee’s many health benefits are no longer in scientific dispute, scientists have yet to study the majority of the over 1,000 phytochemicals contained in the coffee bean. Talk about antioxidant concentrate! Coffee is no snake oil remedy; it’s just plainly an unsurpassed preventative.

According to “Coffee’s Unique Health Benefits,” those drinking four cups of coffee a day exhibited 84% lower risk of cirrhosis and those drinking five cups of coffee a day began to reverse (yes, reverse) Alzheimer’s damage in five weeks. For diabetes risk, it drops 13% with one cup of coffee a day, 47% with four cups a day and 67% with twelve cups a day. Listen up, CocaCola and Pepsico! The coffee bean has crushed the cola nut.

These studies could be simple rationales for our favorite healthy habit, or they could be confirming what our bodies have been telling us for a long time. Coffee is so good…it must be wicked good.