Here’s What They Never Tell You About Coffee

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Written By: Brianna Snyder

It’s a little like saying water is wet, or my cat Stephen is cute, or Beyonce is a beautiful magical genius. These things are so obvious they don’t need to be said. But you know what? I’m going to say it anyway:


And lucky for us, something of a coffee renaissance is upon us. We have access to a wider-than-ever variety of beans and coffee devotees who are trying new and exciting things with roasting and otherwise preparing coffee. So it’s not like you need a reason to go out and start chugging coffee, but these little-known facts about the magic bean should close the deal.  

1. Coffee can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s.

You know what they say: 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day keeps the forgetsies away.

No, really, that’s (pretty much) what they say! Moderate coffee consumption has been found to block brain inflammation and protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia.

2. Caffeine protects you from cancer.

This is so interesting: When caffeine-fed mice were exposed to ultraviolet light, they developed less skin cancer than mice that had no caffeine. And the protective effects were amplified when those caffeinated mice also exercised. That doesn’t mean you should stop wearing sunscreen, but it does give you one more reason to go for caffeine.

Studies also found people who drank about four cups of coffee per day were 25 percent less likely to get endometrial cancer.

3. You could overdose on caffeine, but you’d have to really work at it.

Depending on your body weight, you’d have to drink more than 100 cups of coffee. So, really, if you overdosed on coffee, it would almost be impressive.

But that’s why coffees like the ones produced by Death Wish Coffee—which, famous for being the strongest coffee in the world, are about quadruple the strength of standard coffees—aren’t just delicious. They’re totally safe, too, unless you’re combining your Death Wish with 15 Vivarin tabs, which, come on. You don’t need a wellness website to tell you not to do that, you goose.

Photo Credit:  Deathwish Coffee

Photo Credit: Deathwish Coffee

4. Dark-roast coffee is actually weaker than light-roast!

It’s surprising, right? We tend to associate the darker stuff with a stronger punch, but it’s actually the opposite. The longer you roast coffee beans, the more caffeine burns off of them. Big-name coffee is often dark-roasted because that’s the way to ensure the most consistent flavor. But really you’re losing a lot of subtlety in the flavor when you scorch those beans like that.