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Top Five Health Benefits of Coffee

Top Five Health Benefits of Coffee

Are you wondering if your coffee has any health benefits? Are coffee naysayers touting the ill effects and making you want to give up on your cuppa coffee? Well, we have put together the top five reasons why you shouldn’t.

Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease

Studies have shown that individuals who consume three to five cups of coffee in a day are less likely to exhibit the signs of heart disease. Individuals with an intake of at least three cups of coffee are less likely to develop calcification in the coronary arteries. For more info on coffee and heart health check out our blog post, 3 Ways Coffee Improves Heart Health.

How is this possible, you ask? Well, coffee protects the muscular chamber of the heart from artery damage which may be due to inflammation.

Lowers the Risk of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is increasing rapidly in the aging population. Since there is a lack of curative treatment as of now, the protective effect of coffee against Alzheimer’s disease is of great importance. Based on the findings of studies regarding coffee, in relation to Alzheimer’s disease, coffee has favorable effects when it comes to cognitive decline / Alzheimer’s disease. For more information on coffee and brain health check out our blog post, 4 Ways Organic Coffee Improves Brain Health.

Caffeine can reduce beta-amyloid buildup. Beta-amyloid is reckoned to be the prime reason for Alzheimer’s disease. Polyphenol, found in coffee, has antioxidant effects that lower inflammation and helps to protect the brain from a decline in function due to age.

Lowers the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D)

The inefficiency of the body to sufficiently produce or effectively use insulin results in T2D. This results in an increase in the level of blood glucose. Findings in research show that individuals who upped their intake of coffee by a cup per day, were less likely to develop T2D and those who reduced their intake of coffee by a cup per day were more likely to develop T2D. For more info on coffee and diabetes check out our blog post, 3 Ways Coffee Prevents Diabetes.

Reduces Depression

It comes as no surprise that coffee does have a positive impact on the mood. Besides uplifting your mood, studies have shown that coffee helps in preventing depression of mild level to moderate level. The bad immune reaction causes inflammation in our brain. This results in depression. Due to the combination of various antioxidants in coffee such as nicotinic acid, chlorogenic acid, tannic acid, quinolinic acid, pyrogallic acid, trigonelline, etc. coffee helps to relieve this inflammation.

Protects Against Liver Cirrhosis

Sure, one can reduce the intake of alcohol to prevent liver cirrhosis. However, a study indicates that drinking coffee protects the liver. As per the study, levels of the liver enzyme were lower among those who consumed decaf and/or regular coffee.


While there are many more healthy reasons not to give up your coffee, this list of the top five health benefits of coffee will easily help you ace your debates with coffee naysayers. Being able to brew yourself a great cup of coffee at home is valuable. It makes sense to have a good home espresso machine to maximize convenience. That said, it is also essential to remember that coffee is not a magic potion. Coffee alone is not responsible to keep your overall health in top shape. You must ensure that you eat healthy food, workout regularly, and maintain a wholesome and healthy lifestyle.

About The Author

Olivia is an avid traveler, has a quest for music, adventure and is a coffee junkie. She co-owns and writes at Fourth Estate Coffee & Pretty Home. She lives to explore and can never say no to a well-made cup of coffee.


21 thoughts on “Top Five Health Benefits of Coffee

  1. Do You ship to Canada?

    1. Hi Brian,

      Unfortunately, we do not currently ship to Canada. We are hoping to later this year. If you want we can add your email to our Canadian email list. Once we go live in Canada we will send you an email to let you know.

      Thanks for asking!


  2. Are some of your blends considered less acidic than others?

    1. Hi Kim,

      All of our coffees are considered low acid.

      Having said that, some are lower than others. The medium and dark roast coffees will have less acidity than the light roasts.

      While our dark roasts are a little smokier and richer than our other coffees we do not over roast or burn our beans. This also helps prevent acidity issues you might encounter with other coffees.

      Lastly, we roast and ship within 48 hours to ensure the healthiest and freshest cup of coffee possible.

      Thanks for commenting!


  3. Since this is organic, I assume it is chemical and pesticide free?
    Is it mycotoxin free as well?

    1. Hi Diana,

      Thanks for commenting!

      All of our coffees are USDA Certified Organic so no synthetic pesticides are used in the cultivation of our coffee beans. Our facility here in Washington state is also inspected once per year to ensure we are following the highest food processing standards to maintain our organic certification.

      Mold in coffee can be a big issue. Mold in coffee occurs in one of two different ways. Either at origin when the beans are still in the coffee cherry or after roasting.

      At origin the coffee bean can develop mold due to a bad or moldy cherry. The coffee industry uses everything. If a cherry is defective or moldy, or has fallen to the ground and rotted they will still use this bean. This bean will get processed as a defective bean. These can be used for a variety of lower grade coffees.

      Our coffee is the Top 1% grade of Arabica coffee. This means our cherries are picked at optimum ripeness and hand sorted three times to remove imperfect beans. Once the beans are processed they are tested for moisture content and mold toxins. If any of these beans come back as containing mold toxins then the batch is discarded and sold to another buyer as lower grade. For the beans that meet the standard they are shipped and stored in climate controlled storage. Green beans are considered shelf stable in dry, climate-controlled storage for up to 2 years. We use all of our raw, green beans within 12 months or less.

      The second way coffee develops mold is after roasting. Most coffee on the market is roasted in large batches and sold through grocery distribution. This causes coffee to sit on the shelf for months. The coffee industry considers coffee good for up to 12 months after roasting. This is how mold can occur — sitting on a shelf for too long.

      We roast and ship all of our orders within 48 hours. We place a roasted-on-date on the bag instead of a best-by-date so you know exactly how old your coffee is. As long as your coffee is this fresh and stored correctly you will have no mold issues after roasting. It also tastes amazing!

      If you haven’t tried our coffee before make sure to try our Coffee Lovers Club. Here’s a link to get $20 off your first order: You can pause or cancel orders whenever you want and you can even pick the specific date you want your coffee to ship out. Some of our members get coffee twice a month and some only order a couple of times a year. We keep it flexible and easy and best of all mold-free and super fresh!

      Give us a try and let us know what you think!

  4. In preparing food storage bins for emergencies, how often should I trade out Camano Island coffee? I am preparing with a whole house generator, under-sink water filter, and water distiller. I definitely want my coffee to be available and fresh. Thank you for any advice you can give.

    1. Hi Linda, great question! We recommend using our coffee within 8 weeks. We roast and ship within 48 hours so you’re getting our coffee as fresh as possible.

      Most grocery store coffee is months old before you buy it. Once more, the coffee industry considers roasted coffee to be good for one year after roasting. With all this in mind we recommend using it within 8 weeks and the sooner you drink it the better it will taste.

      Hope that helps. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Does decaffeinated coffee have the same health benefits as regular coffee?

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      Great question. We use the Swiss Water method for decaffeinating coffee. This method only removes the caffeine from the coffee. The beans retain the oils and acids which includes the antioxidants which gives us our health benefits. One thing to make note of, however, is caffeine is often the catalyst of some of the health benefits of coffee. Caffeine in healthy doses can be good for you. If the caffeine is completely removed, then you do lose some health benefits.

      Thanks for your question!

    2. Hi Rebeccca,

      Great question. We use the Swiss Water method of decaffeination. This method removes 99.9% of the caffeine in the beans. This enables it to retain the oils and acids that make up the flavors we enjoy from coffee. These same oils and acids contain the antioxidants where we get many of our health benefits. The one thing that we lose with decaf is the caffeine of course. Caffeine is one of the catalyst of the health benefits we get from coffee. In healthy doses, caffeine can be good for your health. Of course we with decaf you would lose some of these benefits.

      Thanks again for the question!

  6. I have been given a lb of Sumatra coffee and would like to know if it comes in decaf.
    Also I’m not a heavy coffee drinker and would like to know how much ground coffee
    would be right for 2 cups of coffee? I’m the only one in my household who can drink
    non decaf coppies.
    Anxious to try this coffee.

    1. Hi Velma,

      Our decaf is a blend of coffees, but it does not include Sumatra. We do not carry a decaf Sumatra. Our decaf blend is a dark roast and very popular, however.

      For brewing ratios it’s all about personal preference. We recommend to start with two tablespoons per 12 ounces of coffee. You can go with less or more depending on how strong a cup of coffee you would like.

      Thanks for giving us a try!

  7. I’m really hoping you ship to Canada. Have you been able to work that out yet?

    1. Hi Julie,

      Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, we are not shipping to Canada at this time.

      The regulations and paperwork associated with getting approved to import as organic into Canada is complicated.

      Once we have this figured out, however, we will announce it and also share through our social media and email channels.

      Thanks again for reaching out.

      TJ Fittis
      Camano Island Coffee Roasters

  8. Do you still say your coffee is acceptable for people like me who have serious reflux issues? I have not had a cup in 23 years but I just ordered both decaf and dark Brazilian roast. Fingers crossed…

    1. Hi John,

      We have had many coffee lovers over the years tell us they can no longer drink coffee. Then, after trying our coffee they are able to enjoy their favorite drink with no issues. Every person is different, so there is no guarantee. What we know is we roast our coffee in small batches and in such a way as to minimize acidity and highlight sweetness. We also roast and ship within 48 hours to give you the freshest cup possible. Give our coffee a try and let us know how it works for you!


      1. Thanks TJ. My 2 bags arrived just now so I will try a cup in the a.m. It has been 23 years since I have had coffee due to a severe reaction that caused a serious tickling and cough. Of course I over indulged back then with 6 or 7 cups every morning, so I’ll let you know how this works out for me.

        1. Sounds good! Thanks for giving us a try!

  9. I just ordered Camoka Java special blend. If I love it and it’s no longer available, do you have anything similar? I like dark roast to limit acid, but also need non oily for my Breville.

    1. Hi Vivica,

      Camoka Java is a 50/50 mix of Papua New Guinea Medium and our Ethiopia Reserve You can mix these yourself at home if you want to make Camoka Java year round. Alternatively, our Espresso blend Varietal Supremo is also simmilar to Camoka Java.

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