Common coffee myths debunked

By Vanessa Gailey

Coffee Corner

Approximately 54% of American adults have at least one cup of joe daily, according to the National Coffee Association. Thats more than 125 million coffee drinkers each day in the U.S. With so many connoisseurs, you'd think that most of us would be better educated as to the facts about coffee, but the popular myths abound. Here's a look at some of the common ones, debunked!

Bulk coffee beans in bins at the grocery store are the best to buy.

MYTH! - Beans stored in supermarket display bins are exposed to oxygen and light, some of the worst factors for degradation of a bean's flavor. Also, the bins can become covered with coffee oils, which turn rancid over time. For the freshest beans, buy directly from microroasters like 53x11 Coffee.

There's more caffeine in dark roasts than in light roasts.

MYTH! - Caffeine is a component of the bean, and while roasting coffee to different degrees helps develop different tastes, it does not affect caffeine significantly. In fact, a lighter roast will have approximately 0.1% more caffeine content than a dark, a negligible amount. How much caffeine your morning cup contains is much more affected by your choice of brewing method and varietal.

Coffee has no health benefits.

MYTH! - Coffee has been making headlines for the past several years due to its high amounts of antioxidants and number of potential health benefits, including prevention of prostate cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson's disease. Every workday morning, we brew 53x11 Coffee in the employee lunchroom at Hammer Nutrition for a 100% organic, Fair Trade Certified start to the day. Our advice? Skip the sugary, artificially flavored sweeteners and creamers that so many people add to their coffees. Instead, brew a quality cup of 53x11 and enjoy a coffee so delicious, you won't want to add anything to it - all of the potential health benefits and none of the empty sugar-laden calories.

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