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Roasted coffee beans promote health (and make good gifts)

Donald Machado, wearing sandals in mid-December, propped the door open at the eclectic Coastal Roasters Cafe in preparation of his daily roasting session. Despite the frigid 23-degree air, the beach front coffee shop was toasty warm minutes later, and the nutty smell of roasting coffee beans filled the space and wafted outside.

He poured a batch of beans into the roaster and they popped and turned in the 400-degree heat.

“I’m roasting winter roast,” Machado said. “It’s a special limited edition coffee.”

Machado can roast about 30 pounds of coffee beans at a time. He roasts each weekday for a few hours, turning out some 60,000 pounds of coffee beans each year for retail, wholesale, and for use at Coastal Roasters Café, where customers drink fresh java and watch the process.

“I really love what we do here,” Machado said.

The coffee beans are grown in various parts of the world and range from light to dark roasts. The winter roast was grown in the shade on the Galapagos Islands and has a naturally sweet flavor.

Machado said health reports in recent years have gone “back and forth” about the benefits of drinking coffee. He imbibes on a few cups each day, black of course, needing no embellishments in his fresh roasts.

Today, more and more research is saying that yes, coffee can impact health in a positive way.

A recent analysis published in the BMJ, an international peer reviewed medical journal, said coffee consumption was more likely to help rather than hinder good health.

Caffeinated coffee was linked to lower risks of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and liver ailments.

About three to four cups per day seems to be the sweet spot for attaining those benefits.

Both regular and decaffeinated coffee seemed to lower the risk for Type II diabetes in the research and revealed a 17 percent lower risk for all-cause mortality, compared to no coffee consumption.

“Coffee consumption seems generally safe within usual levels of intake, with summary estimates indicating largest risk reduction for various health outcomes at three to four cups a day,” the study read.

The study said roasted coffee contains some 1,000 bioactive compounds, some of which have the potential to act as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and may have anti-cancer effects.

Other studies have said that coffee may even prevent dementia, plus it may improve energy, enhance physical performance, burn fat, and even make people smarter.

Given that coffee is good for most people, and much beloved too, who wouldn’t want to find a fresh pound of roasted coffee in their Christmas stocking or in place of their Hanukkah gelt?

By: Deborah Allard

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