Take a shot on National Coffee Day today

Close-up of a coffee cup. The world "coffee" is spelled out in bold relief.

National Coffee Day is today. And it is good. (Photo Credit: CC BY/viZZZual.com/Flickr)

Wednesday, Sept. 29, is National Coffee Day, and across the U.S. various establishments are offering a free cup of Joe to get you going. That singular roasted aroma, rich flavor and welcome shot of morning electricity to tired brain cells is welcomed by all who can handle the rush. CBS News reminds us that we once we’ve had our coffee and can function like normal human beings, we should remember that there are health benefits to coffee as well as drawbacks to the main ingredient, old Uncle Caffeine.

National Coffee Day: A tale of caffeine

There is no better way to celebrate National Coffee Day – after first discovering where to get it for free – than to check out the caffeine totals in various beverages. The Mayo Clinic indicates that caffeine amounts vary wildly from one brand of coffee to another. From Dunkin’ Donuts to Starbucks, or from a standard cup to a latte, cappuccino or mocha, caffeine amounts are quite different. According to CBS News, here are the numbers:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts, brewed, 16 oz (480 mL) 143-206 milligrams of caffeine
  • Generic brewed, 16 oz , 190-400 mg
  • Generic brewed, decaffeinated, 16 oz, 4-24 mg
  • Generic instant, 16 oz, 54-346 mg
  • Generic instant, decaffeinated, 16 oz, 2-24 mg
  • Starbucks Espresso, 1 oz (30 mL) 58-75 mg
  • Starbucks Vanilla Latte, 16 oz (480 mL) 150 mg

The good, the bad and the caffeine

Anxiety, difficulty sleeping and gastro-intestinal ills don’t mix well with coffee. That’s because of the caffeine. The Mayo Clinic warns that six cups of coffee or more per day can cause irregular heartbeat (not heart attacks, as was previously believed), headaches, muscle twitches and general irritability. Various antibiotics and bronchial medications don’t mix well with caffeine as well. If you’re curious as to whether your coffee habit is endangering you, ask your doctor.

There are health benefits to consuming coffee in moderation, however. Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, asthma and gallstones are all conditions that are lessened to some degree by consuming coffee.

Celebrate National Coffee day

While businesses are still open, make your way there for a free cup. Be like the Ethiopian goats that first discovered the stimulating qualities of cocoa beans, writes IndyPosted. Worldwide, 1.4 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day. Contribute to the glorious statistical tally.


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