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Does Your Coffee Have Super Powers?

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Does Your Coffee Have Super Powers?

How many cups of coffee do you drink?

According to Statistica, the average American drinks (or sips) 2-3 cups of coffee a day. In a recent study from The New England Journal of Medicine, 50-71 year olds who drank 4-5 cups a day live longer than their non-coffee-drinking peers. Consider these infamous coffee drinkers:

President Teddy Roosevelt drank up to a gallon of coffee a day, adding 5-7 lumps of sugar for each cup.

Napoleon asked for a spoonful of coffee on his deathbed.

Thomas Jefferson called coffee “the favorite drink of the civilized world.”

A few centuries ago, some people believed coffee was the drink of the devil, unfit for children, women, and men worried about their virility. So coffee lover Johan Sebastian Bach composed a delicious comedic opera in 1735, The Coffee Cantata.


Father sir, but do not be so harsh!If I couldn’t, three times a day,
be allowed to drink my little cup of coffee,
in my anguish I will turn into
a shriveled-up roast goat. 


America’s favorite brew also had a bad rap. Everyone drank their Joe anyway. In fact, 82% of us drink some form of coffee. Today things have changed. America’s favorite brew is now healthy. You just have to watch what you put into it, like cream, sugar, and shots of Irish whiskey.

Recent research links coffee to protection against diabetes, Parkinson’s, skin cancer, liver disease, and depression.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s super coffee!

About 400 million cups are downed daily. Some call it a national obsession; others an addiction. Either way, it’s a superpowerful $30 billion global industry.

Where did it begin?

The coffee plant was native to Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya. One popular legend says that an 11th century goatherd from the Kingdom of Kaffa noticed his flock got very lively after eating some red berries. He decided to try them and discovered he was as happy as his goats.

The Muslim community eagerly adopted coffee and by the 13th century drank it at home and in pubic houses that were social and political centers.

Coffee became popular with the masses, but not always their leaders.  Sultans in 16th century Ottoman Empire made coffee a capital offense – the first time you were caught the punishment was a beating. The second time you were sewn into a leather bag and thrown in the river.

In a 1674 English manifesto, coffee was called abominable, heathenish, and poisonous to the body and soul. Maybe that’s why we like it? Is that why the non-coffee drinking Orange Man in The White House never issued an executive order to ban it?

These days we know that there’s nothing quite like Jitter Juice, Rocket Fuel, Cup of Jolt – or anything you call your Morning Mud. Try one of the world’s most expensive coffee – Black Ivory – at $500 per pound or $50 a cup. It’s made when elephants are fed Arabica beans and poop. The elephant dung is roasted and processed into coffee.

There’s the bargain Hacienda Las Esmeralda at $350 per pound, only grown on Mount Baru, Panama in the shade of guava trees. For more common (and cheaper) tastes, indulge in bestselling brands like Keurig, Maxwell House, and Folgers; or sip from hot cups of Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or Seattle’s Best. If all else fails, you can purchase your very own superman coffee maker from Amazon.

The rules are simple.

Grab your favorite superpower and brew some morning thunder!

Dr. Jeri Fink, author, photographer, traveler, and family therapist, challenges the creaky myths of aging. She believes that now is a creative, exciting time to grow and explore new ideas, people, and places. Visit Dr. Jeri at,,   or to enter her world of discovery, fun, and insights. Her fiction project, Broken, is a series of seven thrillers that defy tradition. She is presently working on Book Web Minis – a series of fun, fast and positive mini books (50-70 pages long) where readers partner with the experts. Check it out at

She tells us: “I challenge the art of writing by merging fact, fictional elements, interactivity, and photography into nonfiction mini books. I draw from my training in social work, experience in individual and family therapy, professional research, and passion for exploring positive psychology. My 32 published books, hundreds of articles and blogs, speaking engagements, and active online presence all reflect who I am today.”

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