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This month our search for coffee to love takes us to a single roaster coffee subscription service based out of Jacksonville, Florida—Growers Alliance.


Growers Alliance is proof that good coffee can brew up a beautiful love story. It happened for the owners, Martin Kabaki and Purity Gikunju who are not only business partners but romantic partners as well (they were wed in the Kenyan tradition in 2006 and are engaged to be married here in the U.S.).

Although both grew up on Kenyan coffee farms only three hours apart, their paths did not cross until their coffee import businesses took them to a Specialty Coffee Association Conference in Seattle in 2003. Each of them got into the industry when they realized how much Americans were willing to pay for a cup of coffee and how little farmers back home were being paid to grow the beans. “I was seeing people pay $3 to $4 a cup and I didn’t understand because back home I knew we were barely paid ten cents a pound so my goal immediately was to see how we could change that culture,” Purity explains.

Martin shared that desire, and when they merged their companies in 2006, they set out to form alliances with farmer’s cooperatives to eliminate the middle man and ensure the money goes directly to benefit the grower. They have entered into fair trade agreements with six cooperatives that represent over 2,000 growers from four main coffee growing countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

The Fair Trade certification ensures that the farmers are receiving a “fair” and sustainable price for their product. What that means for Growers Alliance is that they pay an average of $1.90 per pound for coffee beans when they know of farmers elsewhere still only earning 30 cents per pound. “Fair-trade is a game changer for farmers,” Martin explains.

Embu farmers sort coffee beans before washing.

Embu farmers sort unwanted material from red coffee cherries before washing.

In addition to the 20 cent social premium (30 cents for organic) that is tagged onto each pound of Fair Trade certified coffee, ten percent of the sale of each Growers Alliance bag goes towards investing in community service projects to improve the quality of life for Kenyan coffee growers. These include digging water wells, supporting two orphanages, establishing a kidney dialysis clinic, and helping village women produce fair trade items such as baskets and bracelets that they can sell.

The mission of Growers Alliance has always been about more than just doing good. Purity and Martin are also passionate about representing only organic coffee, roasting it in small batches to ensure freshness, and selling it straight up—no blends.

They also take their desire to connect the coffee grower directly with the consumer seriously. Two to three times a year they offer Coffee Safaris, bringing their customers to the coffee farms to interact with the growers, pick coffee, and participate in some of their community projects before leading them on a safari through the Maasai Mara Reserve.


When you sign up for the Coffee Club, you will be asked to make your selection of which four 12-ounce packages you’d like delivered on a recurring basis. You can choose from Kenya, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Swiss Water Process Decaffeinated Kenya and Half Regular-Half Decaffeinated Kenya. If you’re looking for the next best thing, you can take what Growers Alliance calls their “Coffee Safari” and make four different selections; however, if you’re the monogamous type, your order can be four bags of the same coffee.

You have a choice of whole roasted bean or ground, and the timing of delivery—every four, six, or eight weeks. If you find you misjudged your coffee consumption, you can change the frequency of your shipments at any time. Free returns are offered within 14 working days of the purchase.


We all know that caffeine makes us feel good, but Growers Alliance, with its 10 percent kickback to community service projects gives you another reason to let those endorphins flow when you’re sipping your cup. In addition, if you’re a purist, it’s nice to know that your coffee is single-origin—you know what you are getting into. Decaf drinkers have lots to like with two choices—both Kenyan, but one is 100% Swiss water process decaffeinated while the other is half decaf and half regular.

Freshness is one of Growers Alliance’s biggest selling points. Being a single roaster subscription service, they can expedite the time frame from order to delivery. Coffee is roasted the next business day after your order is placed and then shipped out 24 hours later. Thanks to USPS Priority Mail, your coffee arrives in two to three business days. In our case, the coffee was ordered on Wednesday and showed up on Monday.

Free shipping is included with every coffee club purchase and satisfaction is guaranteed-returns are welcome within 14 days after placing the order. In addition you can change the frequency of your shipments or cancel altogether at any time.


If you have a problem with commitment, then you may find Growers Alliance’s four 12-ounce bags too much of a good thing all at once. If you’re a one-cup-a-day drinker, it could take you a month or more to finish off one bag. But if you’re like one of our tasters, with a three to five cup a day habit, then this quantity may be just what you need to protect you from one of your biggest fears—running out of beans.

Coffee philanderers may find themselves a little limited with the Growers Alliance selection. Roasts are on the darker side and the beans originate only from four different countries. If you’d like to try a light roasted Colombian, you won’t find that here.

We also wished there was more information about the coffee included in the shipment. While the website lists the flavor profiles, the beans were packaged in heat sealed bags claiming organic and fair trade certification, shade grown 100% Arabica beans with no mention of roast date, tasting notes, elevations or varietals.


For $39.95, Growers Alliance will ship you four 12-ounce packages of your choice of coffee. If you drink decaf, this is a good deal as their decaf coffee sells for more if ordered separately. Shipping is included.


Each month we invite guest tasters from Portland, Oregon, to form our cupping panel. They bring with them a love of coffee, sense of adventure and their own coffee biases which we identify in hopes of providing you with honest reactions to our featured coffees which you will find useful in forming your own.

Kelliann breaking crust reduced●Kelliann Amato was first introduced into the coffee culture 12 years ago when she worked in public relations for Starbucks. Another four year stint with Portland Roasting Coffee Company solidified her stature as a coffee snob. Since she only drinks one cup a day she likes it to be memorable and more often than not, bold.

●Lora Woodruff, owner of Third Wave Coffee Lora reducedTours, guides coffee lovers through the Portland micro-roaster and café scene. She prefers a light roast.

Cindy reduced●Cindy Birmingham is in charge of corporate sales for Third Wave Coffee Tours and has been a java junkie for 22 years. She starts her day off with a dark bold cup and usually follows that up with two to four more cups before the day is done. Luckily she has a barista in the house–her nine year old son like to brew her first cup.



The story behind the beans. This is Growers Alliance’s flagship coffee. Most of the beans come from farms known for their rich volcanic soil near Mt. Kenya, including Purity’s own village of Embu. A Full City roast is applied to establish the richness and smoothness Growers Alliance aims for with this bean.
The basics: Wet process. Grown at 6,500 feet.

Farmers turn the beans on the coffee parchment drying bed every day for about three weeks to ensure even drying.

Farmers turn the beans on the coffee parchment drying bed every day for about three weeks to ensure even drying.

Aroma. On first break, one taster picked up on a sweet smokiness; another found floral and spice notes.
Flavor. There is a reason this is Growers Alliance best seller. The Kenya proved to be our tasters’ favorite as well. Acidity was well balanced with a round, silky body. Hints of caramel and bittersweet chocolate were layered with the recurring smokiness that lasted into the finish. Our five cup a day taster could see herself starting her morning with this one, and even Lora, who prefers a light roast, thought this might work for her with some cream to soften the boldness. This coffee was reviewed by Coffee Review in 2009 and received a score of 89 out of 100.
Tasting at home. Used a single-cup French press and noticed an initial smoky aroma, confirming the medium to dark roast. Upon sipping, coffee covered the full mouth with a bright acidity, dominated by citrus flavors and ended up finishing like a Pinot Noir. After adding half-and-half, the citrus flavors still pulled through but gave way to more berry notes.


The story behind the beans. These beans hail from the esteemed Yirgacheffe region and undergo a dark roast.
The basics: Wet process. Grown at 5,300 feet.

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Aroma: Picked up on floral and dark stone fruit accents along with hints of cocoa.
Flavor: Noted the presence of cocoa and caramel with earthy shades of straw and herbs. Two of the tasters found a bitterness that interfered with identifying other elements.
Tasting at home: Brewed using a Melitta pour over cone and discovered rose floral accents in the aroma that had been missed in the cupping session. Rich, balanced acidity, making the coffee feel like it was taking up a lot of space in the mouth. Cocoa flavor was present again in this cup with a sweetness that registered at the finish. Started drinking black—qualities held up with the addition of half-and-half.


The story behind the beans. Growers Alliance gets their Costa Rican from the popular Tarrazú mountain region where high elevation and volcanic soil conditions create a prime coffee growing environment.
The basics: Wet process. Grown at 4,800 feet.

Aroma: Sweet floral tones were joined by a chocolate nuttiness.
Flavor: Liveliness was not as pronounced as in some of the other coffees tasted but it did carry a full body. Baker’s chocolate came through along with stone fruit undertones. The Costa Rican came in second for our resident java junkie and would probably find its way into one of her three to five daily cups.
Tasting at home: The Costa Rican was brewed using Hamilton Beach’s “The Scoop” single cup brewer. Fresh ground beans threw off a sweet fruity scent. Upon brewing, the aroma gave way to a smokiness that lingered. The sweet fruitiness carried into the initial taste and over the course of the cup, the flavors melded nicely together leaving little aftertaste. At home brewing produced a cup that was more pointed and sharp than the cupping session.


The story behind the beans. This coffee is sourced in the Antigua region known for its ideal coffee growing climate conditions with well defined wet and dry seasons that allow for uniform maturation. While Growers Alliance calls the Guatemalan a light roast, the color and slight oiliness of beans suggested more of a medium to dark one.
The basics: Wet process. Grown at 4,800 feet.

Aroma. Breaking the crust gave way to an inviting dark chocolate that lingered.
Flavor. Citrusy tartness joined in upon tasting, mixing with layers of cocoa and a suggested earthiness. Felt big and full on the palate.
Tasting at home. Used the Hario V60 dripper and detected a berry sweetness in the aroma. The tartness from cupping held up in this brew as well, lending a vibrant richness to the feel. Cocoa hung out in the background and the finish was sweet but on the dry side. The addition of half-and-half rounded out some of the acidity but deepened the richness and still allowed the flavor profile to emerge.


Mug with heartIf you like a dose of good karma with your coffee, Growers Alliance is worth considering. Among our tasters, these coffees definitely fared better with those who prefer a brew leaning towards bold and robust rather than nuanced and delicate. This is a good service to consider if you like cream in your coffee as these brewed beans can stand up to the addition without sacrificing flavor. Light roast aficionados who love the selections from a roaster like Ruby Coffee or Coava may want to look elsewhere but darker roast fans can bring it on!

Mistobox Review

When it comes to coffee lovers there are two kinds of people—those who claim to be monogamous and those who play the field. Here at Baristas.com, you’ll find both types, but regardless of our leanings, we’ve decided to cater to the philanderer in all of us with regular reviews of coffee subscription clubs and the coffees they deliver.

Each month we will subscribe to a different club and review both the company as well as the beans they send. A Baristas.com staffer will be joined by a panel of tasters, who, while they might subscribe to a certain type of coffee that they like to come home to, are more than willing to see what else is out there in hopes of having a fling with something new. They will participate in a formal cupping session as well as see how the coffees brew up at home.

You’ll find our impressions and recommendations here, which will hopefully help you in your own personal quest to find a coffee that you love.


MistoBox grew out of a class project that founders, Connor Riley and Samantha Meis, developed for the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona. After studying different business models, they keyed in on subscription services and decided the coffee industry with its lightweight, routinely used product was a perfect fit.

Over $10,000 in Kickstarter funds enabled them to launch in 2012. A year later, Mark Cuban invested $75,000 on Shark Tank for 30 percent ownership. Today, the company works with 40 roasters representing 600 coffees and promises a personalized experience that approaches another business model we’re reminded of—matchmaking.

MB_PRDCT-small_samplerHOW IT WORKS

To get the most out of the MistoBox experience, start by completing a short survey designed to find out whether, when it comes to coffee, you’re adventurous or conservative, prefer light roast or dark, favor single origin beans or blends. Based on your input, in-house curator (matchmaker) Seth Mills will select a 12 ounce bag he thinks you’ll love.

If commitment is an issue for you, you can choose the four bag sampler pack (comes in two sizes–1.7 ounces per each coffee or 3.4 ounces) that will introduce you to the offerings from four different roasters. Up until recently, these boxes have been “one size fits all,” but plans are to start curating these orders as well based on your coffee profile. Finish customizing your order by letting MistoBox know how often you want them to ship.

Depending on the plan you select, new coffee will arrive anywhere from every 10 days to every month.


There’s a lot about MistoBox that’s fresh, and we’re not justThere's a lot about MistoBox talking about their beans. The matchmaking aspect offers hope that you’re not just hooking up with a coffee that is totally incompatible with your tastes. The longer you subscribe, the better fit MistoBox thinks they can deliver. Based on coffee reviews you share with them via email or post on their website, they can tweak their pairings in the next shipment.

Being a multiple roast subscriber service, MistoBox offers a great variety to choose from, so even though you’ve committed to a particular coffee club, you’re not limited to one roaster. On top of that, once you land on a coffee you like, you can order it from MistoBox through their online store and it will ship directly from the roaster with free shipping included. Subscriptions auto renew and can be cancelled at any time.

The new and improved website is continuing to evolve and customer coffee reviews will soon be available to help guide you in your search. Those should be helpful when it comes time to settle in with a 12 ounce bag you plan on living with for a while.


Like most multi-roaster coffee subscription services, MistoBox’s sampler packs have to take a detour from the roaster to you through their re-packaging facility. That adds a few days to the timeline from roast to brew.

MistoBox ships the coffee out seven days after it has been roasted and then it’s in the hands of the United States Postal Service. In our case, that meant our shipment left the MistoBox processing center in Illinois on December 4, but didn’t arrive on our doorstep until December 12. Add that lag time to the fact the coffees in our pack had roasted on November 24, and you can see why freshness might be a concern. Bags are heat sealed, however, and as one taster pointed out, that window could still be considered “peak” time for tasting, especially if you’re not living in a third-wave hotbed like Portland, Oregon, or Seattle, Washington, where anything past seven days of roasting is considered a coons age.

Ordering 12 ounce bags eliminates this problem as the coffee ships directly from the roaster, usually within 48 hours.

Decaf drinkers will have to pass on the smaller bag option as decaffeinated coffee is only available in the 12 ounce sizes.


Payment is on a per shipment basis. For $18, you can have a 12 ounce personally selected bag of coffee delivered to you every 10, 12, 15, 21, or 28 days, depending on your coffee consumption. Sampler packs run $19 for four 1.7 ounce samples (providing a suggested 15 cups) or $30 for four 3.4 ounce bags (30 cups) with delivery options of every two or four weeks.

Each shipment includes a coffee profile, giving you the story behind the bean as well as roasting dates and MistoBox’s tasting impressions. Follow them on Twitter and/or Facebook and watch for specials like their Cyber Monday 50 percent off deal on one month’s subscription.


Our tasting panelists hail from Portland, Oregon, voted America’s Best Coffee City by Travel and Leisure readers.

Lora Woodruff, owner of Third Wave Coffee Tours, guides coffee lovers through the Portland micro-roaster and café scene. She prefers a light roast.

Jesse Couts is a nurse by trade, local coffee personality by passion whose Twitter profile (@PDX_coffee) reads, “A lover of all things coffee.” Jesse has no hot coffee biases but likes his iced coffee to be fruit forward with floral and tea notes.

Max Goins has been a Peet’s barista for over five years and likes his coffee strong and so dark he can’t see through it.


COLOMBIA UNIÓN NARIÑO by Ruby Coffee Roasters

The story behind the beans. Talk about getting close to the source! The roasters at Ruby even provide the names of the four producers from northern Colombia who contributed to this lot—Orlando Delgado, Aura Eliza Nippan, Paulino Diaz and Carlos Estrella. They are part of the 99 member Minga de Suenos association in the La Union sub-region.

The beans were manually de-pulped, fermented for 16-22 hours in tiled tanks, washed, cleaned and dried on raised beds. Unfortunately, this lot has sold out but owner, Jared Linzmeier, says he’d love to see this coffee return to their menu. In the meantime he offers the Colombia Aguacate, also from Nariño.

The basics: Fully washed. Variety: Caturra and Castillo. Grown at 1,700-1,950 meters.


Aroma: Breaking the crust gave way to a Malt-O-Meal breakfast cereal sweetness with a tinge of molasses, especially in the beginning.

Flavor: Fruit came to the forefront along the lines of raspberries and blackberries followed by cherries as it cooled. There was also a certain tartness pulling on the back of the mouth. The coffee traveled clean and had a tea-like body.

Tasting at home: The Colombian was brewed using a Kalita Wave, single cup pour over method and tasted very fruity, leaning towards citrus—specifically grapefruit. It was a clean, balanced cup, very characteristic of a lighter roast profile which this particular taster prefers.

The story behind the roaster. Ruby Coffee Roasters was named one of the 15 best new coffee roasters in the U.S. in 2014 by the popular food, drink and travel website, Thrillist. It has been an evolution for owner, Jared Linzmeier who started out as a dishwasher in 2007 at Intelligentsia Coffee in Silver Lake in Los Angeles before moving on to a series of jobs in the industry including barista, roaster and green bean buyer.

In 2013 he moved to Wisconsin to put his knowledge and passion into his own roasting company and has been roasting since February of this year. His slogan, “Colorful Coffees” speaks to his desire to produce coffees with a little flair and that draw up images of things we can easily reference like orange blossoms, syrupy brown body and green acidity.

HONDURAS LAS CAPUCAS by Coava Coffee Roasters

The story behind the beans. The coffee was grown by farmers in the Capucas community near the Mayan ruins in western Honduras. Despite being one of the poorest regions Coava trades in, farmers have made the investment in better tools, education, and competitions to produce higher quality coffee.
The basics: Fully washed. Variety: Pacas, Catimor. Grown at 1,400-1,600 meters.


Aroma: Picked up on baker’s chocolate at first whiff along with some very subtle spice notes.

Flavor: Taste was dominated by tart cherry and blackberry accents with a clean finish. The cup was well balanced, with just enough going on to keep things interesting. This Honduras received a thumbs-up from Max as the most drinkable of the group—what he would deem his go-to cup for everyday sipping.

Tasting at home: Used the Hario V60 dripper to brew and noticed unmistakable blackberry aroma during the first bloom that gave way to black tea and honey upon completion. Berry notes were present which became tarter as coffee cooled. While hot, coffee would pass the test of average coffee drinkers; however, as it cools, the more exotic flavors may favor a different palate.

The story behind the roaster. Matt Higgins started Coava in 2008 with the intent to build his company on the best beans he could find. That search has taken him many places, including to his relationship with the Capucas community, one of the first cooperatives he started dealing with. Coava tries to keep the focus on the green coffee and looks at roasting as a “silent” partner in bringing out the qualities that will best tell the coffee’s story.


The story behind the beans. The coffee was sourced from small family owned farms sitting on the shores of Lake Toba near Sidikalang in the Lington region of Sumatra. The lake sits in the crater of an ancient super volcano, providing rich volcanic soil for local growers. This lot was a group effort with about 1,000 producers contributing to it.

As is typical for Indonesian coffees, this Sumatra was processed in a semi-washed method in which the mucilage is left on the coffee bean when pulped. During the drying stage, the inherent sweetness of the mucilage contributes to the bean’s ultimate flavor.

The basics: Semi-washed. Variety: Bourbon, Typica, Catimor. Grown at 1,100-1,350 meters.


Aroma: In true Sumatran style, sweet earthy smells were present with heavy chocolate notes at first break that diminished over time.

Flavor: Earthiness showed up in the taste coupled with smokiness and juicy berry accents. Felt smooth in the mouth and lingered long after it was gone. Lora, whose coffee leanings are on the opposite side of the flavor wheel from Indonesian coffees said, “If I was going to drink a Sumatran, I could drink this one.”

Tasting at home: The Sumatran was brewed using the Hario V60 dripper and released sweet blueberry scents upon blooming. This time around the taste was very woodsy; however, adding cream quieted down those qualities, allowing a richer dark chocolate taste to emerge. Smoothness carried over from the cupping session.

The story behind the roaster. Bow Truss, under Phil Tadros’ lead, has been operating out of Chicago for about 2 ½ years. Master Roaster Dennis Jackson has been with the company the whole time and explains their roasting philosophy as “trying to do what’s best for the coffee.” It seems to be resonating with coffee lovers. At the start Jackson was roasting 200 pounds per week. Today it’s more like 2,400.

ETHIOPIAN KOCHERE by Portola Coffee Lab

The story behind the beans. This is Portola’s second year buying this coffee from the Tekelu Demble mill in the Kochere Woreda (district) in Yirgacheffe. Time is invested in hand sorting the cherries to eliminate under and overripe fruit before wet milling. Further sorting takes place at the drying stage as well.
The basics: Fully washed. Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom. Grown at 1,800 to 2,000 meters.


Aroma: Keeping with the Yirgacheffe reputation, floral notes were the dominant theme with underlying peach layers in the background.

Flavor: Peach flavor burst in the mouth at first sip and continued to develop as the coffee cooled. Honey sweetness wound its way through and it felt clean and delicate like drinking tea. It was very light, not overstaying its welcome but making us glad that we had time to visit.

Tasting at home: Brewed using a Melitta pour over cone and found the coffee to retain its cupping qualities. The peach flavor was more subdued at first, allowing sweet honey notes to surface, but as the coffee cooled, the peach reclaimed the lead. The oolong tea finish made drinking it out of a china cup feel very appropriate.

The story behind the roaster. Portola Coffee Lab was picked as Roast magazine’s 2015 Micro Roaster of the Year. Co-owners Jeff and Christa Duggan opened for business in Costa Mesa, California in 2011, taking Jeff’s roasting hobby to the next level. Recently they partnered with two other coffee companies—Klatch Coffee and Bird Rock Coffee Roasters—to form Roasters United in an effort to establish sustainable relationships with coffee farmers that will improve the growers’ coffee quality as well as their standard of living.


Despite the time lapse between roasting and tasting, we felt that these coffees all offered a reason to pour, and everyone was happy to leave with beans to enjoy at home. MistoBox managed to match us up with some coffees that we could see having a second date with in the future. Portola Coffee Lab’s Ethiopian was the favorite of two of the tasters while another chose the Honduras and the other, the Sumatran.

The takeaway? Seems like falling in love with coffee is just like falling in love with people—it takes all kinds.


For hundreds of millions of people around the world, the day really doesn’t begin until they’ve had their first cup of coffee. The unmistakable aroma, and rich flavors, combined with the ability to help wake you up, and give you energy is enough for most people to coffee a big part of their everyday routine.

With all the great things going for coffee, most people would drink it even if it weren’t good for them.

The fact is, however, that there are many incredible health benefits that you’ll get by simply enjoying a good cup of coffee (or two…or three…). So, why don’t you poor yourself a nice fresh cup of coffee and learn about eleven of the most surprising health benefits this magic drink can provide for you.

Health Benefit #1 – Live Longer

Let’s get this list started off big, and what can be bigger than literally extending your life? According to a 13 year study that was conducted by the National Institutes of Health and the AARP, people who drink three or more cups of coffee per day have a 10% greater chance of living longer. If you only drink one cup of coffee per day, don’t worry, your chance of dying still goes down by an impressive 6%. Those who drank four or five cups, however, received the greatest benefit, enjoying a 12% less likely chance of passing away.

The study took over 400,000 people, who ranged in age from 50 to 71 years old. At the beginning of the study, none of the participants had any history of serious illness, including heart disease, stroke or cancer. Out of the initial pool of people, 50,000 passed away during the course of the 13 year study. As the researchers dug into the causes of death, they were quite surprised to see that it was the coffee that seemed to be a major deciding factor. SOURCE

Health Benefit #2 – Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes is quickly becoming one of the most common diseases in America. This is largely because of chronically bad diets, and insufficient exercise. According to recent medical information, 11.8% of men in America who are over the age of 20 are struggling with diabetes.

In an effort to identify ways to prevent diabetes, Harvard researchers performed a 12 year study between the years 1986 and 1998. During the study they monitored the coffee intake of more than 40,000 men, and compared it to the rates at which they were diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. Those who enjoyed six or more cups per day had an astounding 54% reduction in the rate of getting diabetes.

As the amount of coffee consumed went down, so did the reduction in diabetes, but even one or two cups showed a statistically significant improvement.

A similar study done with women found that ladies who consume six or more cups of coffee per day enjoyed a 30% reduction in diabetes. Of course, whether male or female, you want to skip the added sugar if you want to get the best diabetes defense from your coffee.

Health Benefit #3 – Dropping Pounds

Everyone knows that dropping those extra pounds can help you to look and feel much healthier. It can also help to prevent a wide range of disease, so you can live a longer, healthier life. Well, rather than following the latest diet fad, why not pick up your favorite cup of coffee and watch those pounds melt away. Coffee can help you to lose weight in several ways, including these:

Dropping Water Weight – Since caffeine is a diuretic, it can help you to get rid of excess water weight. For some people, the water weight can be quite significant, and help them to look and feel better almost overnight.

Energy for Exercise – It is certainly no secret that coffee can help boost your energy levels. For many people, coffee is the fuel that helps them get through their exercise routines each day.

Appetite Suppressant – Coffee is a mild appetite suppressant, which means you won’t feel as hungry when you drink it. The longer you feel full, the fewer calories you’ll consume each day, which will naturally lead to weight loss.

Fighting Boredom Snacking – If you’re constantly sipping on your mug of coffee, you won’t be nearly as tempted reach for those chips or candy. Coffee has a distinct flavor, and for many, it doesn’t go well with most snack foods (except donuts). So, enjoy your coffee and pass on the treats.

Health Benefit #4 – Protect Your Heart

Years ago many people believed that coffee could have a negative effect on your heart health because of the high caffeine content. According to a study from Beth Deaconness Medical Center, however, coffee is actually quite good for your heart, up to a point. Those who drink one to four cups of coffee per day, had an 11% decreased risk of heart failure.

Since heart failure is one of the leading causes of death for both men and women throughout the world, this is an extremely significant finding. It is important to note that coffee can raise your blood pressure, which does present a risk for some people, but for most people, it has a net benefit on overall heart health.

Health Benefit #5 – Pain Relief

Most people experience some sort of aches and pains throughout the day, and that only gets worse as you get older. According to a Norwegian study, however, you may be able to ease everyday pains quite significantly by simply enjoying your coffee. The researchers found that non-coffee drinkers reported an average daily pain intensity level of 55. For coffee drinkers, however, that number dropped to just 41, that is a reduction of over 50%!

In addition, you’ve likely seen some of your favorite pain medications, such as Excedrin, has caffeine as one of the ingredients. There have been many studies that have shown that caffeine can significantly reduce pain levels, and improve the way other pain relievers provide relief.

Health Benefit #6 – Maintain Your Sexy Skin

If you’ve ever wondered how some people seem to be able to hold on to their youthful look for decades, you might want to check to see if they are holding a cup of coffee in their hands. Coffee has many impressive benefits for overall skin health, and especially the way your skin looks. Check out the following ways your morning cup of coffee can help your skin look its best:

Reduces Inflammation – Coffee contains a strong anti-inflammatory property, which will help to keep your skin looking smooth and firm.

Helps reduce Under-Eye Circles – Under-eye circles are one of the most common signs of aging, and the caffeine in coffee can help to reduce, or even eliminate them.

Cut Out Cellulite – Caffeine has also been shown to effectively get rid of cellulite, which is one of the most hated skin issues in men and women.

Hydration – While caffeine may be a diuretic, it does help to encourage regular consumption of liquids, which helps to keep your skin well hydrated and healthy.

Health Benefit #7 – Mental Clarity

For many people, one of the biggest fears of getting older is losing their mental sharpness. Whether this just means struggling to remember names and numbers, or it is full dementia or Alzheimer’s, it is important to do everything you can to keep your mind working the way it should. According to a recent study, one major thing you can do is sit down and enjoy your coffee every day.

The study found that those who drank three to five cups of coffee each day reduced their likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia by as much as 65%. The researchers are looking to perform additional studies on this to help pinpoint exactly how and why coffee can have such a dramatic effect, and possibly develop treatment and prevention options.

Health Benefit #8 – Drink Coffee…Be Happy

Many people think that the moment they take that first sip of coffee in the morning is the happiest they will be all day long. After all, how much better can the day get than enjoying this fine beverage, right? Well, according to research, that coffee may literally be helping you stay happy. A recent study found that people who drank four or more cups of coffee per day were 10% less likely to experience depression.

Interestingly, the study also found that other drinks, even those with caffeine, such as sweetened tea or soda can have the opposite effect. Fruit punch, for example, caused a 38% increase in depression rates for those who drank four cans or more per day.

Not only does it just prevent depression, it can actually help reduce the risk that you’ll become so depressed you commit suicide. A study performed by the Harvard School of Public Health found that those who drink 2-4 cups of coffee per day have a 50% lower risk of death due to suicide.

Health Benefit #9 – Preventing Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers, especially in men. While treatable if caught early on, it can be extremely deadly if you don’t take action fast. Interestingly, just a couple decades ago, doctors believed that coffee was contributing to people getting this type of cancer at higher rates. This claim prompted several studies, the results of which shocked many doctors.

According to an Israeli study of over 8500 people, those who drink 2-3 cups of coffee per day enjoy a 30% reduction in the rate of getting colon cancer. The more people drink, the lower their risk of developing this cancer.

Another study performed in Japan over a ten year period of time found that coffee had a very positive impact on colon cancer rates. This study, which included over 96,000 people, is one of the strongest links between coffee and colon cancer prevention. In it, they found that women who enjoyed three or more cups of coffee per day reduced their risk of colon cancer by 32%.

Health Benefit #10 – Coffee Can Keep your Reproductive Systems Strong

When it comes to reproductive health, some of the biggest problems include prostate cancer for men and endometrial cancer for women. Fortunately, a 2011 study found that coffee can help reduce the chances of getting either of these potentially deadly diseases. Men who drink six or more cups of coffee per day, according to the study, will reduce the chances of getting prostate cancer by about 20%.

Women only have to drink four cups per day to enjoy a 25% reduction in the risk of endometrial cancer. This study was published in the prestigious Journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

So, if you’re looking for a way to help keep your reproductive system functioning properly as long as possible, make sure you take your significant other out on a coffee date as often as possible.

Health Benefit #11 – It can Help Improve your Muscles

Let’s end on quite an astonishing note. According to a study that was published in the journal Cell Metabolism, it was found that the DNA changes in the muscles of sedentary individuals who drank coffee was very similar to the effects enjoyed from exercise. Now, this doesn’t mean you can give up exercise and just sit around drinking coffee all day.

It does suggest, however, that coffee may be an extremely effective way to boost the results of your exercise routines. In addition to giving you more energy so you can work out longer, and harder, this study suggests that the actual DNA in your muscles will benefit from the coffee!

As you can see, coffee is an incredibly remarkable drink. Many people would go as far as to say it is one of the world’s most powerful health drinks. So, whether you just have one cup in the morning to help you wake up, or you drink it throughout the day, always remember just how much each sip is helping your overall health and wellbeing.

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