Ah, coffee. Just thinking about a freshly-brewed cup makes me shiver with joy. I've even joked that my morning coffee is the best part of my day, every day.
Aside from its taste, I love coffee for the ritual it provides. From selecting delicious beans and grinding them, to waiting for the water to boil, to smelling the coffee and waiting patiently as it brews -- the whole process provides a peace and practice that brings me back to the present moment. It's almost meditative.
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But another great thing about coffee are its health benefits. The connections seem to pop up almost continuously. Just yesterday, The New York Times reported that daily coffee drinking may boost colon cancer survival. They also reminded readers of many of coffee's other benefits:
In recent years, many studies have pointed to coffee’s health benefits, suggesting coffee may protect against Type 2 diabetes, reduce overall deaths and perhaps even help protect against dementia. Other studies have suggested coffee may reduce the risks of certain cancers, including colon cancer. The benefits are generally attributed to coffee’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It's great to think that a simple and beloved daily routine might be doing a lot of good for our health, too. The more reasons to love coffee, the better!
Post by Kelly Shetron, coffee-drinker extraordinaire.