Coffee is one of the most popular morning beverages around the world. It also has a long history of debate on whether it is healthy for you or if it poses health risks. In 1991 coffee was included in a list of possible carcinogens by the World Health Organization. By 2016, the research found that the beverage was not associated with an increased risk of cancer; but instead, there was a decreased risk of certain cancers among those who drink coffee regularly. Additionally, there has been accumulating research that suggests when consumed in moderation, coffee can be considered a healthy beverage.
What’s in a Cup?
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a moderate amount of coffee is generally defined as 3-5 cups a day, or on average 400 mg of caffeine. One 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine.
Besides caffeine, coffee is a source of vitamin B2, magnesium, and thousands of plant chemicals such as the polyphenols (including chlorogenic acid and quinic acid) and the diterpenes (including cafestol and kahweol).
- Polyphenols are known to boost digestion and brain health, as well as protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers. Various polyphenols in coffee have been shown to prevent cancer cell growth. It has been associated with decreased estrogen levels; a hormone linked to several types of cancer.
- Diterpenes are known to prevent cancer from occurring by blocking the activation of carcinogens and improving liver detoxification function. They also increase insulin secretion and glucose uptake in muscle cells which helps protect against type 2 diabetes.
- Minerals such as magnesium in coffee are also protective against type 2 diabetes. They do this by improving the effectiveness of insulin and glucose metabolism in the body.
Even though coffee can provide a wealth of health benefits, the amount of caffeine provided may negatively impact some individuals. The higher amounts of caffeine that coffee provides can cause jitteriness, anxiety, increased heart rate, and insomnia. Decaffeinated coffee is a good option if one is sensitive to caffeine, yet they still love the taste of coffee and want to enjoy the health benefits that come along with the hot cup of joe.
Be mindful that the health benefits of black coffee can be offset by the extra calories, sugar, and saturated fat that often come along with coffee house beverages.
Charleston Coffee Roasters
Charleston Coffee Roasters coffees are grown by those who practice sustainable farming and encourage biodiversity. They buy from partners who treat workers well and pay fairly. Their line of certified organic coffee beans are of the finest taste and quality.
- Organic Breakfast Blend – medium roast
- Organic Charleston Blend – medium roast
- Organic Kiawah Blend – dark roast
- Organic Sumatra – bold roast
Larry’s Coffee is a certified B-Corporation, modeling the role of business as a source of good in the world. All their coffees are Organic, Fair Trade and Shade-Grown. Their buildings incorporate solar water-heated floors, rainwater-driven restrooms, and a massive passive-solar clear story.
- Organic Bolivia Aipep – light roast
- Organic Cowboy Blend – medium roast
- Organic Deaf Twilight Blend – medium roast; decaffeinated with pure water, zero chemicals
- Organic Frenchy French Roast – dark roast
- Organic Larry’s House Blend – medium roast
Four Sigmatic coffee is a mixture of organic instant coffee and powerful functional foods like chaga and lion’s mane mushrooms. These mushrooms help to cut out the jitters that coffee can cause, and instead give you laser-sharp focus. All their products are Certified Organic.
- Organic Balance Adaptogen Coffee Mix with Ashwagandha & Eleuthero
- Organic Defend Mushroom Coffee Mix with Cordyceps & Chaga
- Organic Think Mushroom Coffee Mix with Lion’s Mane & Chaga
About Organic Beth
Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three who loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips.