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Have We Finally Found The Fountain Of Youth?

Updated on February 1, 2013

Can Coffee Actually Stop the Aging Process?

Coffee, which has been looked upon as a bad habit for years, has been elevated to "super food status."

According to Ori Hofmekler, author of Unlocking The Muscle Gene, drinking coffee can actually "stop the aging process" by activating Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF)

Scientists say they may have finally found the fountain of youth.

We all have BDNF in our brains lying dormant in our brains. Once the BDNF switch is flipped on, stem cells are converted to neurons; sick, damaged and cancerous cells are repaired, and the aging process comes to a halt. These scientists are not saying BDNF slows down the aging process; they are actually saying BDNF stops the aging process and our brain is kept young.

Dunkin Donuts a fountain of youth?

The average American drinks about 10 lbs of coffee per year. If drinking coffee ends the aging process, I think we would have noticed by now.

But wait a minute. It isn't just plain old coffee that does the trick: for endless youth, it takes "special" coffee. Wouldn't ya know it?

How special? How about "caffeinated, mycotoxin free, arabic, whole bean, certified organic, shade grown, bird friendly, wet milled coffee." Is that special enough for you?

Last time I looked, Starbucks wasn't serving that kind of coffee.

Amazingly, this kind of coffee can be obtained.

The wrong kind of coffee has mycotoxins
The wrong kind of coffee has mycotoxins

It turns out that one of the big problems with the wrong kind of coffee it comes tainted with molds and funguses. That's where the mycotoxins come from. Mycotoxins are bad for you, really bad.

Did you ever have a really bitter cup of coffee that you had to douse with sugar just, so it's palatable? The bitterness is mostly due to mycotoxins. The more bitter the coffee the more mycotoxins that are present.

Mycotoxins have potential to cause all kinds of health problems:

kidney disease,

high blood pressure,

cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)

and smooth Muscle disease.

Smooth muscles are composed of non-striated muscle. They are involuntary muscles that are not consciously controlled, found within blood vessels such as tunica media and and small arteries, arterioles and veins In the lymphatic vessels the urinary bladder, uterus, male and female reproductive tracts, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, skin, the ciliary muscle, and iris of the eye. (which can lead to glaucoma)

Unlike the fungi that produces mycotoxins, mycotoxins are not alive and therefore cannot be killed or neutralized. Extreme heat and freezing does not kill mycotoxins.

Dry roasting process promotes mycotoxins

Coffee cherries grow on trees. When the cherries are bright red they are ripe and ready to harvest. The coffee beans are the seeds inside the cherry. There are three sets of skin and a layer of pulp protecting these seeds.

The coffee seeds inside the cherries need to be extracted before roasting. This is done by drying the whole coffee cherry in the sun until the fruit around the seeds deteriorate and the seeds are exposed. During the many weeks of this process mold and fungus form on the coffee cherries and seeds; the molds and fungus excrete the mycotoxins.

Some dry roasted coffees have more mycotoxins than others. The lower-quality, cheaper coffees are the highest in mycotoxins.

Is finding the right quality coffee worth the trouble?

Yes, absolutely.

Knowing the potential problems of mycotoxins is scary, but finding quality coffee is worth it.

Antioxidants In Coffee Fight Disease

Coffee is chock-full of antioxidants.

Polyphenol antioxidants, including chlorgenic acids, boiflavonoids, are found in quality coffees.

These antioxidants have the potential to:

lower depression risk in women,

reduce risk of prostate cancer,

ward off basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer),

reduce risk of parkinson disease, alzheimers disease and even reduce tooth decay.

Chlorgenic acids found in coffee also helps:

reduce blood pressure, which can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease,

improve blood vessel circulation,

regulate blood sugar levels,

protect from type 2 diabetes

and reduces oxidative stress.

Oxidative Stress: Why We Get Old

Oxidative stress is one reason we get old. Wrinkly, saggy skin is the outward manifestation of what is happening inside our bodies. Oxygen, the very thing that keeps us alive, contributes to our destruction. (We will talk more about how to avoid oxidative stress in future posts.) Just as an apple turns brown when exposed to oxygen, so do our bodies. Antioxidants work by fighting off free radicals (that is, oxidants) in our body.

Free Radicals

Free radicals are molecules that have a missing electron. These free radicals desperately want to restore their missing electrons and will resort to stealing other electrons to do so. They bounce around inside our bodies creating havoc and stealing electrons from other molecules, which disrupts those molecules and turns them into radicals. On and on, it goes, a chain reaction that only antioxidants can quench.

Antioxidants are the peacemakers with electrons to spare, neutralizing free radicals by providing them with the electrons they crave and making them whole again.

Fighting Fat With Coffee

Chlorgenic acid in coffee when combined with caffeine aids in weight loss. Recent research suggests that coffee increases your metabolism by up to 20 percent. Decaffeinated coffee will not help with weight loss.

The perfect cup of coffee
The perfect cup of coffee

The Perfect Quality Coffee And How to Find It

Arabica coffee is superior.

There are two species of coffee: Arabica coffee and Robusta.

Arabica coffee will not only give you the health benefits you are looking for but a rich full-bodied gourmet flavor.

The higher the altitude coffee is grown, between 4,000 and 6,000 feet, the better quality the coffee, and the lower the mycotoxin level.

Robusta is grown in lower elevations and is not so big on health benefits. Despite the much higher caffeine content in Robusta coffee beans, the lower elevations in which Robusta Coffee is grown promotes a high mycotoxin content.

Often times Robusta beans are blended with Arabica coffee to keep down the cost, so avoid blended coffees.

Caffeine

Caffeine in its natural state, that is, coffee, cocoa beans and tea leaves is not something to be worried about. Caffeine actually protects coffee from mycotoxins. (Also, as mentioned above, caffeine in combination with chlorigenic acid aids weight loss.)

Beware of caffeine in sports drinks and sodas because it is usually synthetic caffeine rather than natural caffeine. Synthetic caffeine has the potential to cause glutamate re-uptake, (brain cells called mitochondria which actually turn inside-out. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) can also cause this.) That's a bad thing.

Whole Coffee Beans Only:

Never buy coffee that is already ground. Coffee starts to turn rancid half an hour after grinding. In less than a week's time your ground coffee is thoroughly rancid.

When you purchase ground coffee from the grocery store the only thing that is left of the coffee is the caffeine; everything else that might have benefited your health has been destroyed by rancidity.

look for these labels
look for these labels

Shade Grown Coffee

Shade grown coffee is superior to coffee grown in sunny fields. Shade grown coffee grows slower, has less caffeine and is higher in antioxidants. You'll like the taste much more, too.

It's hard to know what's shade grown and what isn't because there is no official oversight of coffee farmers.

Look for "Rainforest Alliance Certified" or better yet "Bird Friendly," which is always organic.

Contrary to popular belief, the darker the coffee the less bitter.

One of the most important things to look for in quality coffee is Wet Milled coffee.

Wet Milled Process (this is what you want)

Wet milled process coffee uses far less time and rinses the beans, lowering the mycotoxins.

In the wet milled process, the fruit covering the seed is first removed. This is a more expensive method and requires equipment and lots of water.

The cherries are then fermented for 24 to 36 hours and then washed.

The beans are then dried in the sun on large patios or in special drying machines.

This is preferable to the dry roasting method because the cherries that give rise to molds and fungi are removed as a first step.

IMPORTANT: Drinking your coffee black is more nutritious.  Milk and sugar binds the antioxidants, leaving it less beneficial for your health.
IMPORTANT: Drinking your coffee black is more nutritious. Milk and sugar binds the antioxidants, leaving it less beneficial for your health.

What you've been waiting for: Recommended Coffee

The best coffee you want, wet milled, bird friendly(which is always certified organic), arabic coffee,whole bean coffee. [ search "Birds and Beans" coffee]. This is my first choice.

Unlock Your Muscle Gene: Trigger the Biological Mechanisms That Transform Your Body and Extend Your Life
Unlock Your Muscle Gene: Trigger the Biological Mechanisms That Transform Your Body and Extend Your Life

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Caveat: Coffee drunk in excess can be taxing on your adrenal glands.

Ori's recommended dose of coffee is one cup of black coffee per day.

That's what I drink, one HUGE mug. I love it!

Please visit my other posts, I hope you enjoy them:

Ms. Immortal - Whole Food vs. Synthetic Vitamins

Who's Afraid of the Flu - Not Vitamin D - Part I

Who's Afraid of the Flu - Not Vitamin D - Part II

As We Live An Breathe - A Tale of Toxins

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      I don't know but I see Whole Foods has a great selection of coffee beans. Most likely you can find something there.

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      Petluvr10 4 years ago

      What brand at whole foods market fits this criteria of light roast, arabica, wet milled?

      Thanks

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Thanks Neil for your comment. I am happy to you like it and hope I improved your coffee experience :)

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      Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Wow what a well researched and informative hub..... I love my coffee and appreciate what I just learned... Thanks

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Vellur,

      thanks for the comment I am drinking my coffee right now, it makes me so happy :)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub and interesting information about coffee. I love coffee and am happy to read all the benefits of drinking it.

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      Tom 4 years ago

      Dave Asprey's Bulletproof Coffee is low to no mycotoxin.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      randr8,

      I'm so glad you found me.

      I would stay away from coffee for now. Even the best quality may have some mycotoxins. When you are better here is a great brand:

      http://www.mountainthunder(dot)com/kona_coffee_store.php

      You are right to treat your condition with diet. I would strictly adhere to a raw vegetable diet.

      A diet rich in vegetables and vegetable juices (from your own juicer) has been proven to reverse and cure many diseases. I feel confident the right nutrition will help you

      I believe anti-fungal medications, the doctor's prescribe, may be dangerous and ineffective. I once was prescribed anti-fungal medication for a fingernail fungus. The doctor told me I would need to be on this medication for at least three weeks; but first we needed to determine if my liver was healthy enough to even take the medication. No thanks, anything that toxic is not going into my body. Instead I bought tea tree oil from the health food store. I massaged the oil into my nail twice a day and within a week I was cured.

      The book "Mold: The War Within" by Kurt and Lee Ann Billings is an excellent book and will help you make the right decisions.

      Our GI tract is our first line of defense, beginning with our mouths, against ingested molds, fungi, parasites and other unhealthful microorganisms. After your food gets past the stomach, you will be relying on a healthy and robust internal microfloral environment to both battle the bad guys and take up space on your gut wall so that the baddies have no place to land and colonize. That means you should get busy with lots of probiotics from foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, kim-chi, and, if you ilke, probiotic supplements. Be aware that you can't get the good germs you want from store-bought yogurt or kefir because it is all pasteurized, which means the helpful organisms you're hoping for were all cooked to death. Check online for live kefir grains that you can use to make your own. We do. Once you have the hang of it, it becomes quite easy. We eat ours with raspberries, sliced almonds and cinnamon.

      Here is some information on Kefir:

      http://www.naturalnews(dot)com/027554_kefir_water_grains.html

      You can try a brand llke this

      http://www.amazon(dot)com/Body-Ecology-Kefir-Starter/dp/B000I6W0XG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1359812193&sr=8-2&keywords=kefir+starter

      but I don''t care for it because it comes as a powder. I prefer the kefir grains that comes to me a giant, jelly-like grains.

      I believe that, at bottom, your best approach is to deny fungi and molds the foods they need to proliferate and prosper: sugars. That might be a bridge too far, for you, but the more you can reduce or eliminate sugar and starches from your diet (grains, potatoes, etc---oh, my), the better you will be. If nothing else, you could try a strict abstinence from sugar and grains for a few weeks and see how your body likes it. Be prepared to feel a bit blah as the bad microflora experience die-out and temporarily add to your toxic load. As always, drink loads of water to help with the cleansing process.

      As for anti-fungal foods, consider adding garlic, ginger, cayenne and goldenseal to your daily diet. (Goldenseal is used as a temporary help and is not meant for long term use).

      Soak in a bath of yarrow, this will relieve skin irritations.

      Glutathione (master antioxidant)

      Omega 3

      Vitamin D3

      Multivitamin

      I have just learned about the Gerson method. This is a strict raw diet and fresh vegetable juice you make yourself throughout the day. This is a proven therapy that has been around for 75 years and has many cures to cancer and a number of other diseases.

      http://foodmatters(dot)tv/dvds/the-gerson-miracle

      If you have a Netflix account you might find the whole DVD there. Another DVD to check out which focuses on the Gerson Method is Food Matters.

      I suggest you read two of my posts for further information:

      Whole food vs. synthetic vitamins

      And As We Live Breathe: A Tale Of Toxins

      Also, Check out Misterimmortal(dot)com

      Please let me know if you have any questions and stay in touch, to let me know of your progress. I will let you know if I find out anything more on the subject.

      Good Luck!

      You are right to treat your condition with diet. I find there is nothing that the right diet can't help, possibly cure.

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      randr8 4 years ago

      Hello Cathy,

      Amidst a vast web of billions of things that google pulls up on the Internet, I landed here when looking up information about beans and mold. I have given up coffee long ago, but I'm wondering if I should eat regular beans at all and if not, where can I find beans that don't have mycotoxins?

      Also, since I'm convinced that I have some kind of mycotoxin-related disorders, I'd be very interested in knowing if mycotoxin-free coffee might help me to recover from this poisoning I've experienced. Most of my problems that make me believe I've been affected are muscle related (headaches and sores) and digestion related (acid reflux and gallbladder), which is essentially muscle, too (of the smooth variety). My guess is that I got a serious hit of aflatoxins from too much coffee, soy, and breathing in air from my moldy house (which I've since moved out of and into a potentially better situation at my parent's house.

      Please let me know what you might about this condition. I know there are tons of books out there about recovering from mold, but I'm just getting started on the path to recovery. Mainly treating with diet and that sort of thing. If you don't know much about mold recovery, that's okay, too. I still have been helped tremendously by this info and am looking forward to reading a lot more on your blog. https://hubpages.com/health/Have-We-Finally-Found-...

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      ologsinquito,

      Thanks!!!

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      ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

      Awesome!

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Brett.Tes,

      Thank you for voting up, sharing and your lovely comment!

      I actually have been researching coffees and have found some excellent ones I have just put on my hub for sale. Hope it helps :o)

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      A very interesting hub! I love coffee, but may have to look for some good fresh coffee after reading this lol.

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and interesting.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      So happy to be able to share good news for a change :o)

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Well, finally some good news! Coffee is a passion of mine and I do drink it black. Like you I drink one cup a day. It is one of those soup mugs though! But I have few vices. Thanks for making my day.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Suzie HQ,

      Thanks for your awesome comment and sharing!

      I predict once your drink this quality coffee you will love it so much you will never go back to instant.

      Thank you so much for voting up and sharing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cathy,

      What a great read packed with amazing info on coffee as good to drink! Loved how you delve into all the reasons to drink quality coffee. Really interesting facts, those mycotoxins sure are interesting to be enlightened about as a big coffee fan. I have mostly drunk instant coffee so will have to re-think this now. Thanks so much for a well researched article all coffee addicts should read.

      VU, Useful, Interesting and Sharing!!

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      tammyswallow ,

      Thanks for your comment. The good beans will always be a little more expensive and hard to find most likely; but I hope you are right. In the meantime check out birdsandbeans.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I drink a lot of coffee so this is good news to me. Hopefully manufacturers will start using the good beans in coffee. Very interesting and helpful!

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Birds and Beans has great bird friendly, shade grown, wet milled arabica coffee beans. You can buy a coffee grinder online too.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Geez, It appears that i've been drinking the wrong kind of coffee. Your article is very informative. I hope i can find the Arabica coffee and a coffee grinder.. I live in a very small town, but i travel to a larger city about once a month. We do have a walmart, maybe they will have it. Thank you...Oh, and thank you for the follow..

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Cathy . . .wow, at the comments! That tells me that you are a tremendous writer. On this hub, that I LOVED, since it has something to do with coffee, my fave drink, I voted UP and all across. Very well-written and important too. Loved it. Keep up the great work.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Express10,

      Glad you like it and hope you try the wet milled coffee.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      Great tips here, thank you for sharing this. I hadn't heard of the benefits of wet milled coffee.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Robin,

      Thanks for you comment. I have seen Life Extension coffee, it looks good although they are dry roasted and not wet milled. I would stay away from the decaf, it is much more beneficial to have the caffeine along with the antioxidants.

      I am not so sure how I feel about Life Extension anymore. I am kind of on the fence when it concerns them. I used to be a big fan, but lately I have been feeling they have their own agenda. They sell a combination of whole food and synthetic vitamins and synthetic vitamins in any form are bad.

      Mercola and Garden of Life I feel are the best whole food and high quality vitamins, which I sell on my Whole Food Vs. Synthetic Vitamin Post.

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      Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

      Well done and interesting. So much to take in. I didn't know about the mold and its effect on the health of the bean and how it passes into our bodies. BTW, Life Extension (vitamin company) puts out high quality, antioxidant coffee (decaf and regular).

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      travmaj,

      I'm glad you like my post and thanks for commenting.

      Wow! 103, ask her what type of coffee drinks and what she thinks is her secret to longevity :o) I'm sure we would all love to know.

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      travmaj 5 years ago from australia

      Very interesting and well researched. I'm not a coffee drinker but might have to take the plunge! My mother-in-law has drunk coffee all her life and is now 103 years old and still drinks two or three strong cups a day.

      Thanks for this intereesting article.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Emmanuel Kariuki,

      Thank you for the wonderful compliment, I am flattered.

      If you are not used to caffeine, it may affect you this way.

      In order to get the benefits of coffee you need very little. A half cup of quality coffee (certified organic, shade grown, whole bean, wet milled) is all you really need.

      Drinking pre-ground coffee may give you negative effects as well. As I mention in my post, the pre-ground coffee many of us buy is really just pure caffeine with none of the benefits of coffee.

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I like the smell of coffee but drinking it drives my heart faster so I take tea instead. Perhaps I should aim at a big cup a month to draw from this 'fountain of youth.' Best article I ever read on coffee!!!

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      MsDora,

      Thanks for your comment.

      To me it is a mystery solved.

      Coffee is healthy if it's the right kind coffee. Now we know exactly what kind of coffee that is.

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      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very interesting, not only because of the information about the new coffee, but also because it explains the poisons in regular coffee. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Mhatter99,

      Thanks for commenting.

      I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you may be drinking too much coffee.

      How much do you drink?

      What type of coffee are you drinking?

      Is it whole bean, organic, shade grown, cold pressed?

      This is the quality coffee that gives you the health benefits I am talking about, no more than one or two cups a day is best.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for this. I will make sure my wife read this. She thinks I drink too much coffee.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Nell Rose,

      So glad you liked it. Nice to know it's not such a bad habit after all :o)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      This was amazing info, just as we thought to throw out the coffee for being bad! lol! what a great read, and food for thought so to speak, voted up and shared, nell

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      prasetio30,

      Thank you for the comment . It blew my mind too when I discovered what tremendous health benefits the right kind of coffee has.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This hub is very informative. The first time I read the title....I think I'll find the real fountain of youth. But you have blown my mind. You have great information here, especially for health. Thanks for reading and share with us. Voted up!

      Best wishes, Prasetio

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Eiddwen ,

      thanks so much for you compliment and vote!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      This is a wonderful hub Cathy and I vote up plus save as one of my favourites. Great work and have agreat weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      sweetie1,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Tea is very good for you also. It is a good idea to have a cup of black coffee everyday though, as long as it is the right kind of coffee.

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      We are not much of coffee drinkers as in our part of world we tend to drink tea all the time. So after reading your blog I think I should start having more of coffee.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      xstatic,

      Thank you for such a generous compliment. The best coffee I have found so far is Birds and Beans, you can buy online. I am always on the lookout though and will let you know if I find anything better.

      My son who lives in Ohio found a really cool place, that I want to check out next time I visit. It's a small coffee shop that actually roasts their own beans and delivers them fresh to your doorstep via bicycle. I wonder if this is the start of a new generation of coffee businesses ?

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      An outstanding Hub! Both in writing and info too! I drink several cups a day, and will look closely at the brand of whole bean we have been buying. I have feeling I need to make a change. There are a number of local gourmet coffee roasters here in Eugene, so I will check their methods and sources out.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      dahoglund,

      Thanks for the comment. For further discussion you can check out misterimmortal.com

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      This is certainly formation to think about. I'll have to consider changing coffee habits. up votes and shared.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Robert,

      What a wonderful surprise to hear from you!

      I am truly honored by your compliment. I am so glad you like my post about coffee. I worked hard and researched it extensively, it's important to me that I give the best information possible.

      I will buy the best coffee for you this Christmas; whole bean, arabic, bird friendly, wet pressed coffee. You will love it.

      Love you,

      Ms.Immortal (aunt cathy :o)

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      Nephew Robert 5 years ago

      Aunt Cathy,

      Being the young scientist/engineer that I am, I am thoroughly impressed with the depth of your research as well as your description of the chemistry and biology! Really interesting and informative stuff, and this is perfect for me as I drink my (one) mug of coffee per day on my way to work!

      Robert

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Jon,

      Thanks for the compliment.

      I have been addicted to coffee for many years. Now I don't have to feel guilty about it drinking it. I have one very big mug a day (a little cheat) of the quality stuff, I really look forward to it.

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      Jon Green 5 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK

      If that's not comprehensive I don't know what is! I'm down to one cup a day now after many years of overdoing it, and it has to be just right.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Midget,

      Thanks for commenting. It's a nice surprise when we find out something we love is actually very good for us. It's usually the other way around :o)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      I am a coffee lover myself! I must have 2 cups a day. Glad to know that it is not as bad as it is made out to be! Thanks for sharing!

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Amy,

      Your welcome, glad I could help. I am still looking around for the best quality and most economical coffee. I'll let you know if I find something better.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Since the Shade Grown Mexican beans are no longer available through Starbucks, I'm going to take your advise and go to your recommendation of Birds and Beans. Thank you, Cathy.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Amy,

      so you are the most famous Hub coffee drinker in the world of Hubs, Epi speaks of :o) and very talented writer. I am looking forward to reading your hubs.

      Thank you so much for your compliment and comment.

      How wonderful that Starbucks coffee grinders are for sale. I agree, the quality of the grinder is very important to the flavor of the coffee. Now you can have freshly ground beans with every cup of coffee.

      To answer your question; the rancid smell comes from the rancidy of the oil in the coffee beans.

      If you have not found a coffee you liked as much as the shade grown mexican from Starbucks, you might want to try birds and beans. This is the best coffee I have found so far. It is wet milled and bird friendly which means it is superior quality and very healthful.

      Thanks again,

      Cathy

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Cathy, Epi sent me here and, like my first cuppa Starbucks House Blend coffee, you do not disappoint. You answer so many questions about coffee that I've wondered about that no one else has come close to answering. Thank you for this valuable article on Java answers to questions few even think about.

      My favorite Starbucks coffee, and one I preferred above all others for its earth friendly and taste attributes was Shade Grown Mexican, a wonderful medium roast. It is no longer available. When I purchase my Starbucks beans to bring home, I always have them grind the beans before I leave. I have been unable to attain the fine grind that renders the richest flavor. Now, I discover that the grinder used in Starbucks is available for purchase in the store for about $60. That will be my next purchase after reading your article pertaining to the rapid rate of rancidity in ground beans, which I learned from experience. I have a question, Cathy, being "Is the rancid smell related to the mycotoxins or simply the oil in the beans becoming rancid?

      Great article addressing the intricacies in attaining the perfect cup of joe. Thank you!

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      epigramman,

      I am glad I could help support your healthy habit! That is, if it's the right type of coffee you are drinking :o)

      Who is this famous, coffee drinking hubber?

      Thanks for your kind wishes. Parts of NJ have been devastated for sure. We are one of the lucky ones, our basement flooded, we lost power for a couple of days, lost some roof tiles, and still can't find our shed; but we are safe and unharmed.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      I must send this link to the most famous Hub coffee drinker in the world of Hubs (and she is one of the best writers here too) but yes ironically I am sitting here (feeling pretty good about this world class Hub presentation of yours) because it validates (lol) why I wake up each morning and can't start my day without my first cup of java.

      So you are doing your coffee drinker readers a service with this fascinating and informative Hub seminar and I thank you for your valued and enlightened information here.

      I see NJ. Well I just live up a bit here in Ontario, Canada - lake erie - and I know all about Hurricane Sandy's terrible and tragic wrath.

      Please accept my sympathy and sincere sorrow for your neighbours and fellow countrymen and women during this tough and trying time.

      I am sending you godspeed, warm wishes and good energy. Your Canadian neighbor up north.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      teaches,

      Thank you for the comment and the vote. I am having a cup right now! Sooooo good :o)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I voted this way up because I am a coffee lover. Enjoyed the read and the facts on the different types of coffee. I may just have an extra cup right now! Looks so good in your photos.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Angie,

      Thanks for the comment. I was also, drinking the wrong kind, but glad I made the switch :o)

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      I only drink one big cup of coffee a day … sadly its the wrong sort! Drat!

      Thanks for this interesting hub, Cathy … I’m always interested in anything that helps to keep me healthy.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for commenting.

      I keep it by my coffee grinder near my press and just grind a couple tablespoon of whole beans at a time.

      Wet milled instead of dry roasted is worth looking into, the health benefits are far superior.

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      Alex 5 years ago

      Good article! I always drink Arabica coffee, but I buy it already ground. I guess I'll have to by a coffee grinder and start grinding it myself.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Thank you, I try hard to get all the facts to make it as thorough as possible. I am glad you appreciate it.

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      kitkat1141 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an interesting and thorough article on something most of us drink every day! Thank you for your research.