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Why you should drink coffee #1:


WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 — Coffee provides more than just a morning jolt; that steaming cup of java is also the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Scranton (Pa.). Their study was described today at the 230th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

"Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close," says study leader Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a chemistry professor at the university. Although fruits and vegetables are generally promoted as good sources of antioxidants, the new finding is surprising because it represents the first time that coffee has been shown to be the primary source from which most Americans get their antioxidants, Vinson says. Both caffeinated and decaf versions appear to provide similar antioxidant levels, he adds.

He cautions that high antioxidant levels in foods and beverages don't necessarily translate into levels found in the body. The potential health benefits of these antioxidants ultimately depends on how they are absorbed and utilized in the body, a process that is still poorly understood, says Vinson, whose study was primarily funded by the American Cocoa Research Institute.

The news follows a growing number of reports touting the potential health benefits of drinking coffee. It also comes at an appropriate time: Coffee consumption is on the rise in the United States and over half of Americans drink it everyday, according to the National Coffee Association.

Antioxidants in general have been linked to a number of potential health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer. For the current study, Vinson and his associates analyzed the antioxidant content of more than 100 different food items, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, oils and common beverages. The data was compared to an existing U.S. Department of Agriculture database on the contribution of each type of food item to the average estimated U.S. per capita consumption.

Coffee came out on top, on the combined basis of both antioxidants per serving size and frequency of consumption, Vinson says. Java easily outranked such popular antioxidant sources as tea, milk, chocolate and cranberries, he says. Of all the foods and beverages studied, dates actually have the most antioxidants of all based solely on serving size, according to Vinson. But since dates are not consumed at anywhere near the level of coffee, the blue ribbon goes to our favorite morning pick-me-up as the number one source of antioxidants, he says.

Besides keeping you alert and awake, coffee has been linked to an increasing number of potential health benefits, including protection against liver and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson's disease, according to some recently published studies. But there's also a downside: Java can make you jittery and cause stomach pains, while some studies have tied it to elevated blood pressure and heart rates. More research is needed, particularly human studies, to firmly establish its health benefits, Vinson says.

While the findings would seem to encourage people to go out and drink more coffee, Vinson emphasizes moderation. "One to two cups a day appear to be beneficial," he says. If you don't like coffee, consider drinking black tea, which is the second most consumed antioxidant source in the U.S. diet, Vinson says. Bananas, dry beans and corn placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

But don't forget about fresh fruits and veggies, the researcher cautions. "Unfortunately, consumers are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables, which are better for you from an overall nutritional point of view due to their higher content of vitamins, minerals and fiber," Vinson says. Dates, cranberries and red grapes are among the top fruits for antioxidants on the basis of concentration (antioxidants per serving size), he says.

Charmayne Marsh
Michael Bernstein
American Chemical Society, a nonprofit organization, chartered by the U.S. Congress, with a multidisciplinary membership of more than 158,000 chemists and chemical engineers. It publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.


Betcha didn't know ...

What happens to the caffein extracted from decaf coffee? It's sold to soft drink manufacturers.

How much do people in the US spend on coffee each year? $1,092.

What French author drank 50 cups of coffee a day to fuel his writing? Honore de Balzac.

In 1674, why did women in England petition the government to ban coffee for men under 60? They claimed it was turning their men into useless corpses.

How did the broke Brazilian Olympic team make it to the Los Angeles Olympics? They loaded their ship with coffee beans and sold them on their way.


Need more reasons to drink coffee? Here are eight great ones from RUNNER'S WORLD & RUNNING TIMES ...

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D.

A morning cup of coffee is a must for many runners. It wakes you up, energizes your workout, and—how can we say this nicely?—gets your systems moving, too. But there's more reason to indulge in that second or third cup. The latest research shows that drinking coffee is a (mostly) healthy habit that may make you happier and less stressed, and reduce risk for diseases. Caffeine isn't the only beneficial compound in coffee—it's also a rich source of antioxidants, which means decaf drinkers benefit, too.

Power Performance
Researchers from the U.K. gave cyclists and triathletes a drink with 350 mg of caffeine, coffee with an equal amount of caffeine, decaf coffee, or a placebo drink. One hour later the participants performed a cycling test. The caffeine group and regular coffee group performed equally well—and both were faster than the placebo and decaf groups.

Boost Antioxidants
Arabica coffee beans are rich in antioxidant compounds called caffeoyl quinic acids. One study showed consuming three cups of Arabica coffee daily for four weeks can lower markers for oxidative DNA damage.

Improve Mood
According to a National Institutes of Health study, adults who drink four cups or more of coffee daily are about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than non-coffee drinkers. A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that drinking two or more cups daily of caffeinated coffee significantly lowers the risk of suicide. Scientists think caffeine may work as a mild antidepressant by impacting neurotransmitters, such as dopamine.

Lower Heart-Disease Risk
A study review published in the journal Circulation found that moderate coffee intake (three to four cups a day) is associated with a significant reduction in heart-disease risk. And a recent animal study suggests that coffee may positively impact blood vessel function and bloodflow.

Dodge Diabetes
A meta-analysis in the European Journal of Nutrition stated that for every two cups of regular or decaf coffee you consume per day, your risk for type 2 diabetes decreases by 10 to 12 percent. The greatest risk reduction is in drinkers with healthy BMI, which means coffee may help already-slim runners ward off the disease.

Enhance Brain Function
Research shows that the antioxidants in coffee may help protect the brain from cognitive loss and delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease. For two to four years, researchers tracked participants who were 65 and older and had mild cognitive loss. Subjects who averaged about three cups of coffee daily over that time frame did not progress to Alzheimer's, while those who consumed less than that amount were more likely to develop the disease.

Protect Your Liver
A review of liver disease research shows that consuming one to two cups of coffee (not just caffeinated beverages) per day can protect this organ, especially for those at risk of poor liver health, such as people who drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day.

Relieve Stress
Take a whiff of coffee and you'll likely feel better. That's because coffee contains volatile aroma compounds that affect mood. When mice undergoing maze testing are exposed to these compounds, it reduces their arousal level, exerting an antianxiety effect.

So now you have eight more great reasons to get yourself to SoJoEspresso right now for an ORGANIC COFFEE DRINK BREWED TO PERFECTION!


the SoJoEspresso Buzz #5


While the ancient monks kept roasting coffee beans with which they brewed the famous drink that would take the world by storm, and while Fatima and her apostles, buzzed on the brew, kept shimmying and shaking, another chapter in coffee's early history was taking place south of Ethiopia, in the wilds of Africa. Seems some early explorers from southern Africa stumbled upon the monks and their beans, and liked the aroma so much that they bought a bagful to take back home. However, on the way back they got lost ... very, very lost ... in fact they got so lost that at one point it looked hopeless. Starvation was knocking on their door ... and all they had left in their larder was some old bacon fat and the monks' coffee beans. So they rolled the beans in the fat and ate them ... so many of them that before too long they couldn't sit still! They jumped and jived and started running. They kept running until eventually they found their way back home. That's why ever since then, right up to today, there's a tribe in Africa known for its energetic dances and athletic prowess ... which they attribute to secret POWERBALLS they make from a recipe that they've guarded for centuries ... and until today they've successfully kept it hidden. But, and you heard it from SoJoEspresso first, those African POWERBALLS are simply coffee beans wrapped in bacon and roasted until the bacon is nearly crisp. Let 'em cool and enjoy. They say feel the energy almost immediately, at least that's what my African friends tell me ... but since I'm counting calories I'll just stick to delicious, organic SoJoEspresso coffee drinks!


Have you heard all the good news about coffee (especially the great organic coffee at SoJoEspresso)? Here's what the University of California, Berkeley's Wellness Newsletter had to say about it recently:

Life expectancy. Women who drank at least two cups of regular or decaf coffee a day were about 15 percent less likely to die over a 14-year period than nondrinkers, and men were 10 percent less likely, according to the large National Institutes of Health (NIH)/AARP Diet and Health Study of people age 50 to 71, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Reductions were seen in deaths from diabetes, heart and respiratory disease, strokes, infections and accidents.

Colon cancer. People who drank at least four cups of regular or decaf coffee a day were 15 percent less likely to develop colon cancer over a decade than nondrinkers, according to another analysis from the NIH/AARP study, this one published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Decaf also seemed to reduce the risk of rectal cancer; tea had no effect at all. Coffee contains many compounds that may affect cancer risk, for better or worse.

Skin cancer. Coffee may help prevent basal cell carcinoma, the most common and least dangerous form of skin cancer, suggests a large Harvard study of healthcare professionals, published in Cancer Research. Those who drank three or more cups of regular coffee a day were about 15 percent less likely to develop this cancer over 20 years than those who drank little or none; women appeared to benefit more than men. Decaf did not reduce the risk, but other sources of caffeine, such as chocolate, tea, and cola, also seemed beneficial. There was no association with other forms of skin cancer.

Heart failure. Moderate coffee consumption (two to four cups a day) may reduce the risk of heart failure by 10 percent, according to an analysis of five studies, most from Sweden, published in Circulation: Heart Failure. Higher intakes were not beneficial.

So, like the old saying goes, "A latte a day keeps the doctor away!" ... or was that an apple? Oh well, have both, and make your coffee organic, at SoJoEspresso!


Hey, it's national coffee day! Celebrate with an organic brew at SoJoEspresso!


the SoJoEspresso Buzz #4


After the monks accidentally roasted some of Kaldi's coffee beans (see SoJoEspresso Buzz #3) they couldn't get enough of 'em. They roasted night and day until they perfected a technique that attracted dozens and dozens of monks and ordinary mortals from miles around. People undertook dangerous pilgrimages for hundreds of miles just to get a Kaldi coffee buzz! Of course it didn't take long before some enterprising entrepreneurs started to roast their own beans and set-up coffee shops in Turkey, Syria and nearby. The popularity of the beans spread like wild-fire. And it wasn't long before women started to drink it too ... sometimes too much of it! In fact, around the year 1114 a gal named Fatima in eastern Turkey drank so much one day - the equivalent of about twenty shots of Batdorf and Bronson's Organic Whirling Dervish espresso - that she got the heebee jeebees and started shaking like a palm tree in a hurricane! And she couldn't stop! Her devotion to the coffee bean was so great that she just kept drinking it and shaking - and the common folk loved it! In fact, they loved it so much that other women started imitating Fatima, and guess what! They began to call it "Fatima's Belly Dance" ... and that's how some monks started what we now call belly dancing! Shocking, isn't it?


the SoJoEspresso Buzz #3


Our goat herder Kaldi (see SoJoEspresso Buzz #2) loved those coffee beans so much he just had to let the world know! Trouble was, there wasn’t much world to tell about coffee in the back hills of Ethiopia in the 800s.

There were monks however, who spent their days farming and praying and such. Kaldi figured if anyone needed the energy from the coffee beans it had to be those monks. So he threw some in a sack and headed to the head monk.

When Kaldi told the good monk about coffee, he declared it evil. No good Christian need stimulants when prayer will provide all you need.

“NO! THIS IS NOT FOR US! THIS IS NOT FOR MANKIND!” the enraged fellow snorted and threw the beans into his fireplace!

Kaldi was crushed … but not for long. Suddenly the aroma of roasting coffee beans filled the abbot’s offices which almost immediately filled-up with monks drawn to the irresistible smell!

Even the abbot relented! Soon the monks had scraped the beans from the fire, crushed them, added them to boiling water and, voilá … coffee was invented … but of a far inferior blend to that at you SoJoEspresso where you’ll find only the finest organic beans, brewed to perfection! Even the abbot and all of his monks would agree!


Stay tuned for next week's addition of "the SoJoEspresso Buzz." And for the best coffee in the harbor buzz on down to SoJoEspresso … "Great Organic Coffee When You Need It!"


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Did you know that Sonny Bridges owns SoJoEspresso?


SoJoEspresso's Buzz #2


Back in the 800’s a kid called Kaldi herded goats around the highlands of Ethiopia close to the Sudan. Around 839 or so this young goat herder noticed something most unusual, something he’d never seen before … his goats started acting like they’d had too much to drink!

They’d gotten noisy, obnoxious, cuddly, pugilistic and then, all of a sudden, they got up on their hind feet and started jumping around just like they were doing some kind of weird hip-hop dance! Or at least it looked that way to Kaldi … who just couldn’t help himself … he had to join in!

So he did! But after about a half-hour or so of acting like a fool, I guess I should say a goat, Kaldi calmed down a bit and tried to figure out just what’d gotten into the goats! What had they eaten that made them act like drunks after hours in the bazaar?

So Kaldi started doing some detective work and after just a few minutes he spotted it!

The goats’ droppings were full of berries … berries from the coffee tree!

So, naturally he ran to the closest tree and started gorging on berries! After a little while he too started feeling something, something he’d never felt before. Then he started acting different and behaving strange.

And then he got busy! He bathed himself and cleaned his tent. He started grooming his goats and … well there you have it, the goat herder Kaldi had the very first coffee buzz in recorded history!


Stay tuned for next week's addition of "the SoJoEspresso Buzz." And for the best coffee in the harbor buzz on down to SoJoEspresso … "Great Organic Coffee When You Need It!"


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