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Coffee Information


Over the past two centuries, few substances have been as extensively studied as coffee.  The benefits of coffee and its main active compound, caffeine, have been demonstrated time and again.

Recognition of coffee’s invigorating qualities dates to at least 1500, when Sufi Yemenis started drinking coffee to stay awake during prayers.  Rapidly spreading across Europe in the early 1600s, coffee became valued as a medicine.

Caffeine was first identified in the early 1800s by Ferdinand Runge, a young German doctor who recognized the substance’s stimulating effects on the central nervous system, and its proclivity to maintain attention and a good mood.

The naturally-occurring caffeine in coffee reduces sensations of hunger. Some studies suggest that just one cup of coffee can help relieve the symptoms of a migraine.  Recent studies have debunked old myths: in reasonable dosescoffee does not in fact disturb sleep or normal heart function.

And promising new research finds that caffeine in coffee may even stave off the onset of Alzheimer's andParkinson's disease.  Coffee is a major dietary source of powerful antioxidants, critical to eliminating free radicals.

Those looking for the ultimate expression in taste and health may just find it in espresso, combining coffee’s most pleasingly complex taste experience and relatively low caffeine content.  Be sure to make it an Arabica-basedespresso, like the illy blend, which contains about half the caffeine of Robusta-based blends.