“A cup or two of Joe every day is a good way to boost mood, energy and overall health.”
--Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder of the Whitaker Wellness Institute
Wake Up To The Amazing Perks Of Coffee!
Java facts you didn’t know...
According to legend, an Ethiopian goat herder was the first to discover the energizing benefits of the coffee bean plant centuries ago.
Drinking freshly ground coffee from whole beans can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer (including breast, prostate and skin), cirrhosis, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease!
Coffee is the number #1 source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet.
Two antioxidants key to coffee's health buzz are chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid; and coffee boasts more antioxidants than cocoa and tea!
Coffee can relieve a host of ailments, including asthma, dental woes, gallstones, headaches, short term memory loss, muscle pain, as well as help you slim down and shape up!
Percolating with information about the world’s favorite “new” health food, as well as interviews with medical doctors, researchers, and coffee roasters, this intriguing book (with a jolt of past and present coffee culture) reveals coffee types and blends, and flavored varieties (both regular and decaf), like chocolate, fruits, nuts, and spices. Discover why this potent elixir has gone from vice to virtue and how to incorporate coffee in Mediterranean-style, healthful recipes like Cappuccino Biscotti, Thai Coffee Spice Chicken Sates, Coffee Cheesecake and Maple Espresso Pudding (plus DIY espresso drinks). Also included are more than 50 home cures that fight seasonal affective disorder to fatigue, plus beauty and anti-aging treatments, and eco-friendly household uses—all made with coffee’s magical beans!
“For heart, mind, and body, Cal Orey shows us why coffee is the most comforting health food on the planet.” --Will Clower, Ph.D., founder and president of Mediterranean Wellness, Inc.
"Can coffee be a fountain of youth? Yes! This book can help you add years to your life." --Karlis Ullis, M.D., Medical Director of Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medical Group in Santa Monica, California
“This book is a wake-up call to show coffee, an emerging ancient remedy, is now the ‘newest’ health food.” –Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D.
In writing the Foreword to The Healing Powers of Coffee, I am confronted
by the delicious ubiquity of this most friendly of drinks. For
hundreds of years, coffee has started our day, ended our meals, and
served as nucleation for budding conversations in cafés around the
globe. And today, its recent retail explosion penetrates our cultural
awareness to a degree that we have not seen previously in our lifetimes.
What a perfect time for this book! What a perfect time to take a
fresh look at the eye-opening health properties of coffee. There are
some myths to overcome, new data to consider, and an even stronger
array of reasons to wrap two hands around this beverage and make it
part of your daily routine.
COFFEE, THE TIMELESS
Coffee has become that anchor of sanity that brings in the morning
for over 150 million Americans every day. And even though it has morphed
over time from a “cup of joe” steaming from the curved ceramic
mug of the local diner to a specialty drink made from specialty cafes,
the essence of coffee’s ritual comfort remains. For our parents and
their parents, this delicious drink has been a red thread of cultural continuity
Even today, coffee remains woven so completely into the folds of
our everyday experience that it carries the comfortable feeling of your
favorite jeans that bring recurrent pleasure with each new wearing. At
my own house, for example, we have “couch time” every morning,
where our own ritual has me making the coffee at 6:00 A.M. My wife
and I share that drink together on the couch for 20 minutes every single
morning, before wading into the Class-5 rapids of another day.
Like millions of other experiences—all similar but different—our daily
coffee couch time conversation becomes a continuity of our enduring
relationship with coffee.
COFFEE, OUR RITUAL BEVERAGE
While living in France for two years, doing research on the brain, I
went through the wonderful routine of eating lunch every day. There
are many misconceptions about the relaxed pace of eating in this part
of the world. For example, although it’s true that their lunch period is
actually more of a lunch epoch, lingering on until about 2:30 every
day, they are not eating the entire time. It actually takes them about
40 minutes or so to finish their meal.
This is where ritual comes in. After every lunch, we would amble
off to “finish” the meal with a little espresso. The point wasn’t to bring
a lidded, big-gulp bucket of what is essentially a caffeine delivery device
back to your desk, but to sit with your friends and talk over this
lovely beverage. Within this daily ritual, coffee is a product but, more
important, a process of communicating with people.
COFFEE, THE HEALTH DRINK
The Mediterranean people have one of the healthiest diets on earth,
and they drink coffee every day. It’s funny, though, because when I
suggest to people that we should follow suit and add a cup of coffee to
our lives, I’m often met with shrieks of protest or dismay. People with
those concerns, however, need to “wake up and smell the coffee,” because
the most recent data confirms what you see in healthy cultures
around the planet: Our favorite common morning eye-opener is extremely
good for you.
I know, I know. Coffee was associated with cancer some 60 years
ago, but according to newer massive studies, coffee consumption is associated
with decreased risk of cancer (colon, breast, and prostate).
So, if you’re concerned about the kinds of foods you need to eat in
order to prevent the development of those cancers, you may just want
to sit down, have a cup of coffee, and mull it over.
While you’re thinking over the internal organs you’re protecting
with your java jolt, keep in mind that you’re also doing your brain a
favor. Coffee consumption also improves cognitive function, so you
think better. And at the risk of sounding like a late-night infomercial
(But Wait There’s More!), it is also associated with a reduced risk of
Parkinson’s as well as Alzheimer’s disease. So don’t forget to take your
coffee in the morning or you may start forgetting to take your coffee in
COFFEE, TO LOVE
All those incredible health properties of coffee are available when
you have it in control. If you have a couple or three cups per day, you
get all that brain boosting and cancer prevention. But coffee is like any
other food: If a little is healthy for you, a bucket is awful. In other
words, the health or ill health of this drink is about not only the coffee
itself but also whether you use it or abuse it.
How much is enough/too much? If you need a rule, try this: Love
your coffee. Just remember that love is not the same thing as con-
sumption—whether for your food or your drink or anything in your
life. The only way to really love your coffee, and get the maximum
health benefits from this wonderful drink, is to taste it. Enjoy it. Focus
on the flavor, and trade in high-quantity for high-quality consumption.
It turns out that if you love your coffee in this way, you end up developing
a taste for it without needing the sugars or other additives.
Even better, when you actually love your coffee and take time with it,
you end up controlling consumption through your better behavior.
That way, you get to enjoy all the wonderful benefits that Cal Orey’s
The Healing Powers of Coffee reveals, every day.
—Will Clower, Ph.D., author of The Fat Fallacy: Applying the
French Diet to the American Lifestyle and The French Don’t
Diet Plan: 10 Simple Steps to Stay Thin for Life
One snowy winter morning, I followed my everyday ritual. I entered
the kitchen and brewed a cup of steaming hot coffee. While Mr.
Coffee did its job, I fed my Brittany duo and let them outdoors. Then,
I poured French Vanilla Roast into a 12-ounce white mug and embraced
it, bringing the java back to bed with me. My daily coffee fix is
like connecting with a forever friend: reliable, exciting, comforting—
always there for me.
After a sip or two of java juice, I tuned in to CNN and retrieved my
e-mail. On this particular day, I got an idea. (It’s true. Coffee boosts
brainpower and the creative process.) I e-mailed my book editor. My
words were short and sweet: “Just thinking a tea book to go with the
honey book seems like it would work well. What do you think?” His
quick response: “Actually, I was thinking of a coffee book since coffee
gets a bad rap. Is that a crazy idea?” I typed a one-line answer and
clicked send. “Not at all. It was my second choice.” Like one coffee tree
seed, this was the beginning of creating a book on coffee.
During the creation of The Healing Powers of Chocolate, I included
a chapter titled “A Cuppa Coffee and Chocolat.” So, I wasn’t a
stranger to coffee and its virtues, past and present-day. A while later I
sent a follow-up e-mail to my editor. Blame it on the coffee and its
caffeine, proven to increase alertness.
“Coffee may be hotter than tea and deserves attention,” I noted,
and continued on as if I were creating the back cover of a book in progress.
“Studies show it can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer,
diabetes; help reduce body fat and unwanted body weight—and increase
longevity. Plus, coffee is used in health spa treatments and
dozens of home cures and recipes. In moderation, coffee is another
superfood and is teamed in cooking/baking with vinegar, olive oil,
chocolate, and honey.”
As a West Coast native I felt a connection to the potential book
topic. After all, I grew up during the Bohemian Beatnik era, which hit
the San Francisco Bay Area, where I lived; and in Seattle, Washington,
a place where the coffee giant Starbucks originated, growing into a
trend that swept the nation and world. These days, coffee, a new
health food, is popular for its multitude of coffee roasts, flavored coffees,
organic coffee, specialty coffee drinks—hot and cold—and so
It was no surprise that by mid-March the news arrived. The idea of
writing a book about coffee and health had come full circle. While I
was enjoying my morning cup of Starbucks’ Sumatra coffee I was notified
by my editor, Richard Ember, that The Healing Powers of Coffee
was to be my fifth Healing Powers book. I celebrated with a second
cup of java juice.
Like vinegar, olive oil, chocolate, and honey, coffee is derived from
nature. All five superfoods contain powerful antioxidants and boast
versatile uses. The fascinating thing about my journey into the wide
world of coffee is that I discovered that coffee is the second most popular
commodity in the world.
So like a coffee tree, I began to flourish. The exciting part of my
journey is that I discovered that coffee is more than just a beverage to
wake up to in the morning. This time around, I’m enjoying a Kona
coffee, a slice of gourmet coffee cake, and I just finished a coffee facial.
In The Healing Powers of Coffee I’ll show you how and why this
natural beverage from tree to cup will open your eyes to the amazing
powers of the coffee tree and its treasures to make your life more complete.