Five coffee myths and why not to believe them

Five coffee myths and why not to believe them

Coffee is the world’s favourite drink, so it’s no wonder it’s given rise to so many myths. We’ve put together a short guide to some of the most common – some are alarmist, some have some truth in them and some are just plain weird. Read on to know what to believe…

Common coffee myths

Coffee myth #1 – the darker the roast, the stronger and more caffeinated the coffee.

We can see you might think that – open a bag of dark roasted beans, and that coffee aroma will hit you straight between the eyes. However, the opposite is true. The darker the bean, the longer it’s been roasted – and roasting actually burns off the caffeine rather than intensifying it.

Coffee myth #2 – coffee is addictive

Well, yes, it is a bit. We’re not talking hard-core drug dependency, though! It stimulates your central nervous system to help you feel alert, but if you’d like to stop drinking itĀ for a while, the withdrawal period will only last a day or so.

Coffee myth #3 – coffee causes heart disease

This one’s a definite ‘no’! Consuming a moderate amount (three cups) of coffee a day could actually lower your risk of some heart diseases. If you have high blood pressure, there’s a chance that caffeinated coffee could cause a short term spike in your heart rate, but there’s no link to long term damage.

Coffee myth #4 – you should make coffee with boiling water

Most of us do this, because it’s just easier. If you’re a coffee purist, though, using water that’s above 92 degrees Celsius will start to separate the bitter oils from the coffee grounds and result in a slightly burnt, bitter taste.

Coffee myth #5 – coffee is a diuretic

Coffee doesn’t dehydrate you. There’s some logic to this one, because caffeine itself is a diuretic. However, a cup of coffee doesn’t contain pure caffeine – it’s also mixed with a lot of water. The fluid in a cup of coffee counts towards your daily fluid intake, and there’s no evidence to suggest that drinking coffee leads to any fluid loss.

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