The plant power of coffee
Know what America’s most overlooked plant-based superfood is? Coffee. According to an extremely comprehensive study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, significant coffee consumption reduced the risk of death from all causes by 15 percent in women and by 10 percent in men.
The benefit of coffee is its plant power, or more precisely, is polyphenols, which exert powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the body. (The scientifically proven benefits of coffee are really too long to list … I highly recommend Dr. Bob Arnot’s The Coffee Lover’s Diet, which explains all of the meticulous first-person research he did to discover how to optimize your coffee-drinking experience. Thanks to my mother-in-law who sent her copy to me!)
BUT you have to be drinking the right coffee. Coffee that is dark-roasted, which is how most of this country prefers its brew, has lost most of its benefits in the roasting process. And sourcing matters too ... different regions of the world produce plants with different benefits (fascinatingly, higher altitude plants near the equator compensate for their tough living conditions by creating more antioxidants - amazing!)
That’s why we serve Java Love’s organic Ethiopian Sidamo Medium Roast in our superfood coffee (hot coffee blended with house-pressed almond milk, Reishi mushroom powder, organic coconut oil, and local honey). The Sidamo region produces coffee very high in antioxidants, and the medium roast means that the benefits haven’t been burned out of it.
At home, I now buy my own organic light-roasted beans (I’m experimenting with different regions), and use a precise pour over technique to extract the most health benefits from my morning cup. I tell you, it feels good. And as a lifelong lover of half and half, I am shocked that I have stopped using it because the coffee on its own tastes so good. Swear.
And now, being able to skip the half and half has inspired me to try out a #veganuntildinner diet, which feels squeaky clean ... who knows what my coffee will do for me next.
Source: The Coffee Lover’s Diet by Bob Arnot, M.D.