Myths about coffee have been circulating for centuries and many stories are precisely that, myths. Here we look at the top 5 misconceptions surrounding coffee and why there are simply old wives’ tales.
Coffee is bad for you
This is probably the most notorious and inaccurate misconception surrounding coffee. In fact, entirely the opposite is true; drinking a few cups of coffee each day is good for you. Through scientific studies, drinking coffee has been linked with protecting the brain from dementia and degenerative illnesses including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. It has also been linked with reducing the risk of heart disease, type II diabetes and strokes. Coffee also helps you keep in shape, decreasing muscle pain during workouts, boosting metabolism, assisting with muscle repair following exercise and is packed with a range of powerful antioxidants.
Coffee is dehydrating
Another popular myth is that coffee dehydrates the body. Recent research has shown that coffee hydrates as much as water. A study at Birmingham University tested fifty healthy males asking them to drink four mugs of coffee or water each day. Tests showed they were equally hydrated whichever they chose.
The best coffee comes from Italy
The Italians are renowned for their love of quality espresso, yet no coffee is actually grown in Italy. Green coffee beans are imported from other countries and roasted in Italy to provide ‘Italian’ blends.
Store coffee in the fridge to keep it fresh
This is a massive misconception about coffee. Moisture, light and air affect coffee quality therefore many are of the impression that the best place to store it is in the fridge. And, whilst it’s easy to see why people come to this conclusion, the fact is that storing coffee in the fridge does more harm than good. Coffee is porous and therefore will absorb food odours and moisture from the fridge.
Espresso is a type of coffee/bean/roast
Many people are disillusioned that espresso is a type of coffee bean, asking for an espresso roast when purchasing coffee beans. Espresso is actually a brewing process in which hot water is forced through coffee grounds using pressure. Espresso can in fact be made using any type of coffee.
So there you have it, don’t believe everything you hear about coffee!
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