As if your Starbucks latte wasn’t costing too much already, now Starbucks has added premium coffee to their menu. A 16-ounce cup will set you back $7 – about the cost of two tall lattes.
What makes this coffee so special? Lisa Passe, a Starbucks spokeswoman, told Washington Post in e-mail that “it’s made from a rare, difficult-to-grow varietal called Geisha. The new coffee is available at only 46 locations in the U.S. Northwest with expensive Clover brewing machines”.
Is the coffee worth the price? We’ll leave that up to you to decide, but the good news is that you don’t have to drink the premium coffee to reap the rewards. Just your average cup of Joe provides you with stellar health benefits. Here are just a few reasons to keep Starbucks in business:
1. Lessened Depression: Women who drink a few cups of coffee a week are less likely to be depressed. Whether depression is staved off with the caffeine fix or because coffee drinkers are able to get more done in their day, it is uncertain, but women now have an excuse for their weekly latte and gossip session with their girlfriends. Of course, coffee should never take the place of prescription medications.
2. Reduces the Risk of Diseases and Cancers: Researchers are still unclear of what component in coffee helps the brain, but studies show that coffee can lessen your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease in the future. The article says, “[Coffee] also has a role in forming brain cell connections and creating new brain neurons”. In fact, coffee consumption reduces the risk of many diseases, including diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee has also decreased individual’s risk of getting prostate cancer and skin cancer. Though, we bet the helpful cups of coffee studied did not include the things that make coffee tasty, such as cream and sugar.
3. Coffee Can Help with Joint Pain: Finally, coffee has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that contribute to one’s health. Consuming foods that are anti-inflammatory can decrease flare-ups, meaning less joint and muscle pain in the long run.
Please don’t forget that too much of anything is never a good thing – coffee, included. Too much coffee and caffeine in one’s diet can lead to serious health problems like increased heartbeats and blood pressure. One doctor, Dr. Rob van Dam, a Harvard scientist and the lead author of The Journal of the American Medical Association review, says, “I wouldn’t advise people to increase their consumption of coffee in order to lower their risk of disease, but the evidence is that for most people without specific conditions, coffee is not detrimental to health. If people enjoy drinking it, it’s comforting to know that they don’t have to be afraid of negative health effects.”
There you have it. Drink to your health, but not too much. Who knew your barista could be just as helpful as your doctor?