January 8, 2024

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Brewing Wellness: Unveiling Coffee's Benefits and Cautions

Brewing Wellness

Unveiling Coffee's Benefits and Cautions.

Written by Mekki Jaidi

Photos by Taylor Glenn

Updated on January 8, 2024

Coffee, a staple in many daily routines, is more than just an energizing drink. It’s a ritual, a moment of pause, and for many, a necessary start to the day. But, beyond its ability to kickstart our mornings, coffee has been the subject of extensive research, revealing a myriad of health benefits that extend far beyond its energizing properties.

From its rich antioxidant profile to its potential in disease prevention, the humble coffee bean is emerging as a surprisingly healthful ingredient in our daily lives.

Mekki Jaidi, formerly in New York finance, founded Outpost in Jackson Hole in 2014. He expanded into O2 Cleaning, Terrain, and Provisions. In 2021, he acquired Snake River Roasting Co. He actively contributes to the Jackson Hole community through nonprofit work and lives there with his wife, two daughters, and son.​

However, as with all things, it's not without its caveats. While coffee boasts several health-promoting attributes, it also presents certain challenges and risks, particularly when consumed in excess or in certain health conditions.

In this post, we’ll delve into both the celebrated and the less discussed aspects of coffee consumption. We aim to provide a comprehensive view of your daily cup of Joe, balancing the scales between its health benefits and the considerations one should keep in mind.

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Benefits of Coffee

Now that we've set the stage with a broader understanding of coffee's place in our daily routines, let's dive deeper into the specifics.

Heart Health

Moderate coffee consumption, around 2-5 cups a day, has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and increased longevity.

Mental Health

Coffee can improve mood, reaction time, memory, and overall mental function, while also being associated with a lower risk of depression.

Disease Prevention

Regular coffee drinking may lower the risk of type II diabetes, liver and endometrial cancers, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.


Coffee is packed with antioxidants, which help fight inflammation and protect cells from damage.

While the benefits of coffee are indeed impressive, the way we choose to brew and consume our coffee can significantly influence these health effects.

Brewing and Consumption Considerations.

The way you brew and consume your coffee can significantly impact its health benefits. For instance, unfiltered coffee, which includes French press and Turkish brews, contains higher levels of cafestol and kahweol, compounds linked to increased LDL cholesterol levels. Conversely, using a paper filter, as with drip coffee, can help reduce these substances.

Caffeine content also varies with different brewing methods. Espresso, for example, contains more caffeine per ounce than drip coffee, though we usually consume less of it. Understanding these nuances can help tailor your coffee consumption to your health needs.

Additionally, what you add to your coffee matters. While black coffee is low in calories, adding sugar, cream, or flavored syrups can turn it into a calorie-rich drink, potentially negating some of its health benefits.

Negative Aspects of Coffee Consumption.

While coffee can be a healthful addition to many people's diets, it's not suitable for everyone. High caffeine intake can lead to restlessness, anxiety, heart palpitations, and may even exacerbate panic attacks. It's also a diuretic, which can lead to dehydration if not balanced with water intake.

Those with certain medical conditions, such as acid reflux or irritable bowel syndrome, may find that coffee aggravates their symptoms. Pregnant women are advised to limit their caffeine intake due to potential impacts on fetal development.

In summary, while coffee has numerous health benefits, its consumption should be personalized and moderated, considering individual health conditions and responses to caffeine. As with any dietary element, the best approach is balance and awareness of how your body reacts to coffee.

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