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April 3, 2017

Good Coffee / Bad Coffee

Over 50% of Americans over the age of 18, or somewhere close to 150 million people, drink coffee every day. Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and consumption rates are growing by the day. Many people drink coffee just to stay awake and alert at work or school, but there are also many health benefits that can come along with drinking coffee. That being said, there are also some things to watch out for when drinking coffee. The good and the bad aspects of coffee:

The Good

  1. Coffee Boosts Energy

The intake of coffee increases the blood flow within the body, can increase energy levels and help you to feel more awake and alert. (But we all knew that right?!)

  1. Coffee Brightens Your Mood

The caffeine in coffee can stimulate neurotransmitters in your brain and produce serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which all help to elevate your mood and help you feel your best.

  1. Coffee Can Assist in Weight Loss

Found in coffee are magnesium and potassium, both used by the body to produce insulin, which in turn regulates blood sugar levels. The caffeine in coffee is used by the body to burn fat and turns it into energy.

  1. Coffee Reduces the Risk of Cancer

Studies have shown that men and women who regularly drink coffee are 20-25% less likely than men and women who do not drink coffee to develop cancer. It is thought that caffeine prevents the growth of many forms of cancer cells.

  1. Coffee Can Help Prevent Illness

Coffee is full of antioxidants which your body can use to fight off illnesses. The next time you feel like you may be getting sick, drinking a cup of coffee or two might not be a bad idea.

The Bad

  1. Bad Coffee Can Cause Illness

Coffee of low quality can contain many impurities. These impurities can cause sickness and even severe illness in some cases. Buying recognized or high quality coffee is always a smart choice.

  1. Coffee Can Cause Insomnia

Again, coffee contains high levels of caffeine and is meant to boost energy levels, drinking too much coffee or drinking coffee late in the day can lead to insomnia or lack of sleep. Knowing how much caffeine your body can handle is the way to go here. 

  1. Coffee Can Raise Cholesterol Levels

Coffee beans contain cafestol and kahweol, which are ingredients that have been shown to raise cholesterol levels. People with high cholesterol should exercise caution when drinking coffee. Those with regular cholesterol levels shouldn’t drink coffee excessively as they could develop issues with their cholesterol.

It is not hard to see why there are so many coffee lovers in the world, and a good amount here at Geneva College. There are a few places where anyone who attends or visits Geneva College can find a great cup of coffee. The Riverview underneath Skye Lounge and in The Brig serve delicious Starbucks coffee and other beverages. Follow the rich coffee aroma to Beaver Falls Coffee and Tea (better known as BFCAT). BFCAT is located across route 18 from campus directly to the right of the College Hill Pharmacy, and serves coffee and many other delicious beverages as well. Happy caffeinating!

- Jacob Yarnell '19