You crave it in the morning, you wait in long lines for it, and I’m drinking it while I write this: coffee is everywhere. But that means there are a lot of myths about it too. Today I am getting to the truth about coffee!
“Coffee – the favorite drink of the civilized world.” – Thomas Jefferson
Myth #1: Coffee Dehydrates You
This is 100% a myth. This concept originated because caffeine, a main ingredient in coffee, is a diuretic, or a substance that makes you go pee a lot. The logic seems sound; the more you pee, the more water your body is losing, right? But that logic is missing one important part of the whole “drinking coffee” formula: the water you’re drinking in the coffee. Truth is coffee is mostly water, which means that that water does go towards your daily water intake. yay!
Myth #2: Coffee Stunts Your Growth
This myth all started when a smear campaign in the 20th century started. Postum, a coffee alternative, started it to try to gain consumers away from the coffee industry, and you know what, it worked! Terrified parents by telling them that coffee stunted their children’s growth and would make them jittery, nervous, and unable to learn in school. The bottom line is there’s no evidence whatsoever that coffee stunts growth, and it’s unlikely that caffeine even affects bone health in anyone who isn’t already struggling to maintain it.
Myth #3: Espresso has more caffeine then a lighter roast
This is just simply not true and the truth is a lighter roast actually has more caffeine. Why you might ask? The more heat that’s put on coffee beans during the roasting process, the more moisture and caffeine are pushed out. This means a darker roast actually has less caffeine than a lighter blonder roast.
Myth #4: Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world
Many people have claimed coffee to be the second most traded commodity in the world, including Starbucks’ Director of Public Policy. However, it is impossible to compare oil and metal trade with coffee trade, purely based on the size of their respective global markets. The coffee market, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, was worth approximately US$23bn in 2017, which was only 1/4 of what the copper and oil markets were worth. While in the 1970s coffee used to be one of the top traded commodities, it is no longer the case today.
Myth 5: Coffee should be stored in the fridge for prolonged freshness
You will often find on coffee packaging that it recommends you placing your opened bag in the fridge to prolong the freshness and taste of the coffee. However, this will actually do more harm than good to your coffee! When green beans are roasted, they lose moisture and create sugar through caramelisation. Because the beans are now low on moisture, they are more susceptible to absorbing water from their external environment. Because fridges have a lot of moisture, storing your coffee in them actually results in the coffee being partially brewed before you even get to brewing it yourself, and therefore will go stale a lot quicker. You’re better off storing your coffee in a cool, dry and dark place in your kitchen to prolong freshness.
Now don’t you just feel smarter?!?