5 Coffee Myths Revealed

May 29, 2013

Healthy Life



If you’ve just been browsing through coffee machines online and you’re begun your journey into the world of coffee, you may be confused about the various things that some people claim about this beverage.

The truth is, there are a lot of myths that have been perpetuated over long periods of time about coffee, and you need to be aware of which ones are true, and more importantly, which ones are false and a mish-mash of old wives’ tales and myths.

To truly enjoy your new coffee machine, you should be prepared to forget some of the outrageous myths about coffee that you may start hearing or have heard. This article debunks five of them.

Keeping your coffee in the freezer keeps it fresh

Contrary to popular belief, freezing or refrigerating your coffee is tremendously bad for the flavour of the beans. Because the quality of the beans is affected by light, moisture and air, people assume that the refrigerator will protect them from such things.

Unfortunately, the beans will also absorb moisture in your freezer and fridge, no matter how well sealed they are. You should keep your coffee in a sealed container that is out of direct sunlight, instead.

Espresso has more caffeine than filter coffee

You’ll be glad to know that this too is a myth. The average espresso shot has between 30 and 50mg of caffeine in it. On the other hand, a large cup of coffee can contain up to 200mg of caffeine. The secret is in the brew time: when you make espresso, the water comes into contact with the coffee for a very short period of time – under a minute, in fact.

With filter coffee, the water is in contact with the coffee for far longer, absorbing far more coffee as it brews.

The best coffee in the world is from Italy

This is not strictly true, particularly when you consider the fact that no coffee is grown outdoors in Italy. Italian coffee companies are specifically skilled in roasting and blending coffee for espresso. Most of the roasted coffee is exported as ‘good-to-average’ espresso coffee.

Caffeine is addictive

You can become dependent on caffeine, but you can’t become addicted to it, according to the American Journal of Drug Addiction and Alcoholism. It is classified as a mild stimulant, so if you want to stop drinking it, you should do so gradually to avoid the well-documented headaches that accompany such a habitual change.

Flavoured coffee is high in calories

Regardless of how you brew your coffee, it will have no calories. Instead, the calories in your coffee come from the milk and sugar that you add to the drink.

5 Coffee Myths Revealed

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