Coffee and Your Health!

Being from Italy, there is nothing more sacred that an amazing espresso in the morning! My limit is two espresso cups in the early a.m. but when in Rome…

Drinking espresso is a social culture and you can’t help but drink more than two espresso’s a day. Those of you that have traveled to Italy know what it’s like when you walk into a bar and smell that strong aroma of espresso. People are lined up the entire length of the bar and you somehow find an open space where you enjoy your espresso and exchange pleasantries with total strangers.

When living in Italy, I had the pleasure of working with one of my childhood friends in his family owned bar where he educated me on what makes a great espresso: acidity, full body, intense aroma, sweetness, and bitterness and it should never ever taste burnt. And, of course, we cannot forget the “crema,” the light foam which floats on top of an espresso - that is when you know it’s perfect! There are so many different ways you can drink espresso and they all worked for me!

In the world of nutrigenomics, caffeine just happens to be one of the most well studied components of nutrigenomics. The effects of caffeine is due to a gene known as CYP1A2, which is directly associated with caffeine metabolism, sensitivity, and response. Some don’t process caffeine as well as others. When there is an error on that gene, known as a gene variant or single nucleotide polymorphism, it makes that gene and enzyme behave differently. An individual is either a fast or slow caffeine metabolizer. Researchers have found that the effects of coffee and caffeine can be very different from person to person. Studies have shown that slow metabolizers have an increased risk of a heart attack if they drink two to three cups of coffee daily. On the flip side, one to three cups of coffee each day actually seemed to protect fast metabolizer.

Coffee, like so many other things, has the good and the bad. In general, coffee seems to have a bad rap. I’d like to point out two things: First, not every product of the same type is identical - meaning that all coffee is not created equal; Secondly, as you’ve probably heard many times before, everything in moderation.

With this in mind, I began my search for the perfect coffee to offer my clients. Those who know me know that I’m all about the science and research when it comes to making a claim. And in this case, it’s also about the taste! This led me to Purity Coffee and I’m happy to report that not only is it an “Organic Coffee Crafted For Health”, but it is also delicious! According to their website, over 19,000 studies have been done to measure coffee’s health benefits and it has been shown to decrease risk of diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s, and multiple cancers. Most of these benefits are due to the antioxidants coffee contains. In addition, I was very impressed with their purity process through conscious sourcing, processing, and roasting, making every decision based on health. Their purity process is as follows:

  1. High Quality Beans: their experts taste test and choose the best tasting specialty grade, organic arabica beans from around the world.

  2. Toxin Screening: They test the beans for toxins like pesticides, mycotoxins, and contaminants and only select beans free of those impurities.

  3. Roasted for Health: They roast to the perfect point where antioxidants are maximized, acrylamide is minimized, and PAHs are avoided, due to their smokeless roasting technology. Each roast is tasted by coffee specialists to ensure the profile and quality is accurate.

  4. Nitrogen-Flushed Bags: An industry standard for preventing staling, their packaging process locks in the aromas, flavors, and nutrients and ensures it tastes as Freas as the day it was roasted.

In our home we make our espresso in a traditional Neapolitan, stovetop espresso maker (mine happens to be pink) or in our French press. One of our favorites is the Dark Roast! If you would like to try Purity Coffee, the company has provided us with a 20% off coupon on a first time order and free shipping. Please click on the link below, then Purity Coffee, and enter the coupon code at checkout to get your 20% discount: - click on Purity Coffee and enter code: culinarygenes20

Check out their website to learn more about their purity process,

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