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Coffee is one of the world's most popular drinks. If you're like the average, 100 million coffee-loving Americans, who down 8-ounce cups of coffee on a daily basis you might want to know what all that ‘java’ is doing for you.  Have you heard the latest buzz about coffee?

If you can't get through your day without a coffee break or two here's some good news for you: Your small “addiction” might actually be good for you, as always "Everything in moderation” but still! If coffee's your drink of choice, let's look at the many ways that it can boost your health. One thing is for sure, what scientists know so far, suggests coffee may help you stay healthy.

Why is coffee good? Over the years some 19,000 studies have analyzed the health impact of coffee—and if you're a coffee lover, you'll be pleased.  Studies show:

1.     Beneficial antioxidants. Coffee is full of disease-fighting antioxidants. In fact, it contains more antioxidants than blueberries and broccoli. Our bodies produce oxygen radicals, which are damaging to DNA. Investigators at Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute and Harvard University found that drinking coffee – even decaffeinated coffee – can decrease the risk of strokes, because coffee is filled with beneficial antioxidants.

2.     Wake-me-up. Caffeine itself may also contribute to coffee's positive effects on brain health. That may be because caffeine is an antagonist to adenosine receptors. These receptors normally slow down neural activity when the chemical adenosine binds to them, producing a sleepy feeling. But if caffeine binds to the receptors, the activity of neurons speed up.

3.     Live longer. A new study found that drinking coffee could lower your risk of death. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the AARP, led by Neal D. Freedman gathered information from 229,119 men and 173,141 women who were part of the AARP Diet and Health Study. After 13 years, men who drank two to three cups of coffee a day had a 10 percent lower chance of dying, compared to men who didn’t drink coffee. Women who drank the same amount had a 13 percent decreased risk. While this is the largest study to examine the benefits of coffee, more research is needed to determine whether coffee can directly help people live longer.

4.     Lower risk.  With just two cups of coffee a day you can probably cut your risk of colon cancer by 25%, gallstones by nearly 50%.

5.     Less pain. The caffeine in 16 ounces of coffee boosts athletic speed and endurance and reduces muscle fatigue. Consuming caffeinated coffee an hour before vigorous exercise may help prevent pain while you're working out, suggests a 2009 study of young men.

6.     No Alzheimer’s. Coffee has also been linked to lower risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. A 2009 study from Finland and Sweden showed that out of 1,400 people followed for about 20 years, those who reported drinking 3-5 cups of coffee daily were 65% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, compared with nondrinkers or occasional coffee drinkers.

7.    The many projects against Type Two Diabetes. Coffee drinkers are less likely to have Type Two diabetes. Studies of nearly 90,000 men and women show heavy coffee consumption, we're talking 6 or more cups a day, slashed men's risk of Type Two diabetes by 54% and women's by 30%

8.     Say no cavities.  Trigonelline, the compound in coffee that makes it smell so good, has been shown to reduce cavities.

9.     Good rhythms. In a study of about 130,000 Kaiser Permanente health plan members, people who reported drinking 1-3 cups of coffee per day were 20% less likely to be hospitalized for abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) than nondrinkers, regardless of other risk factors.

10.  May protect against skin cancer. Researchers have found the more coffee you drink; the more you may be protecting yourself against skin cancer. According to a new report published in the Journal Cancer Research, drinking more caffeinated coffee could lower your chances of developing basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.

11. Your intimate cup of coffee.  For most of us, coffee is integral and intimate to our daily lives. It greets us in the morning, makes us happy in the afternoon and helps us wind down into the evening. We gather around it, argue over it, share it and even make peace with it. We create a time and space and sometimes just want a quiet moment with it and even use it as a date prop to lure people to be with us.

12. Keep social balances. It is remarkable how much meaning and social balances this simple and versatile elixir contains. How can meaningless chat at an espresso bar be so deep–see people cupping their precious brew in hand, bent completely over tippy, square edged tables to get their point across or to be heard through the soft din of conversation, undeterred by the lack of comfort of the seats. And all of this with the accompanying sounds of tumult and squeaking burrs of the coffee grinder.

Good coffee will come from a good company
Sources of coffee are not equal, just like the batches that are bei
ng roasted. Luckily, we checked in with an artisan batch roster, where you can smell history and good modern coffee from a far distance. See what we found. Need more coffee meet Barrie House!


Barrie House has been an artisan small batch roaster since 1934. They are a privately owned company managed by three generations of the Goldstein family. Their goal and core strength are to procure, roast and pack the finest coffee for their customers.

Green Coffee Procurement
Barrie House green coffees are procured with consideration for product profile (taste, aroma, and appearance), the intended application, and type of offering or market segment requirements. 
“An important part of our coffee procurement strategy is monitoring volume and position of the coffee commodity market by following purchase data, supply and demand reports and climatic and environmental conditions to optimize market hedging strategies.” 
Finding special coffees from micro-lot farmers who have elevated the art of growing coffee is becoming a labor of love for Barrie House. Leveraging an ever-growing network of seasoned exporters, procurement partners and specialty coffee contacts help connect with artisan coffee farmers with exceptionally different coffees. Discovering producers who tend to have difficulty finding appropriate distribution channels for their hate cafes is a worthy challenge.

Best in Class Coffee Roaster
In 2013, in response to customer demand, Barrie House introduced Single Serve Capsules compatible with K-Cup® machines. The unique Barrie House Single Serve Capsule System and its seamless interaction with all K-Cup® machines delivers an unparalleled perfect cup every time.

They introduced the capsules only after satisfying the following parameters:
•    innovating a design which allows upwards of 30%-50% more coffee in each capsule
•    formulating a bigger cup with bolder flavor
•    brewing a better cup that proudly achieves the prestigious SCAA Gold Cup Award 
•    Using recyclable capsules
The innovative Barrie House Single Serve Capsule creates a balance between water temperature, flow rate, infusion, turbulence, brewing speed and pressure, producing consistently exceptional coffee for your enjoyment at home and away from home.

By the end of 2016, Barrie House will be transitioning its portfolio and product lines to offer a majority of organic fair trade coffees. This includes Barrie House flavored coffee collections. 
This year Barrie House also introduced a brand new line of organic fair trade espresso capsules for use in Nespresso® brand or compatible machines. All these espressos are:
• 100% Arabica
• Organic Certified
• Fair Trade Certified
At Barrie House, they strongly believe in long-term responsibility to coffee quality and elevating the debate around the economics of coffee farming. The protection of environments biodiversity is a critical portion in the future of quality coffee and can be achieved through the promotion of sustainable agricultural best practices in ecosystem conservation, wildlife protection, and water conservation. 

Stay with coffee you like, but…
Everything in moderation, Coffee isn't for everyone: It can cause insomnia, anxiety, and irregular heartbeat in some people, and too much caffeine during pregnancy can increase risks of miscarriage. Doctors say coffee may help you stay healthy but this doesn’t mean people should be drinking it in excess amounts! This is not how it works!  As always, keep in mind “Moderation is the key to health !"


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