Caffeine’s Surprising Effect on Inflammation and Aging

If you enjoy drinking caffeinated coffee or tea, here’s a new reason why this could be a healthy, anti-aging habit for you.

Coffee drinkers tend to live longer than those who don’t drink coffee. And thanks to new research, we’re beginning to have a better understanding of why.

Research published in the journal Nature Medicine in January 2017 shows how consuming caffeine in the form of coffee or tea may be able to protect against age-related inflammation, which is linked with most diseases of aging.

What is inflammation and how is it connected to aging?

Inflammation is an important function of the immune system, helping to fight off infections and remove toxins. But as we age, our bodies become less effective at managing inflammation.

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Philip’s Mexican Journey

Mexican view

Our very own Philip, the coyote to Coyote’s Coffee, traveled to Mexico in January to work with coffee farmers in the Chiapas region. This region is located in the Southern most region of Mexico right next to the Guatemalan border.

Coffee production farm to cup

To make this journey he took a flight to Mexico City then another flight south to the city of Tuxtla.  From here he took a 6-hour road trip to the Mountains where he ended up in the small town of Yojalon.  Along this drive, he saw many sites of Mayan Heritage and was in the Territory of the original Mexican Aboriginals.  Most coffee plantations in this area are at Altitudes of 4500 to 6000 ft.

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Honey Processing

Coffee beans are found within fruits, these fruits have many layers that help the coffee bean to be protected.  Each layer is removed to find the bean within.  The act of honey processing is taking the mucilage layer which is sticky and slimy in texture (similar to honey) and drying the beans while it is still in contact with the bean. The cherries are picked, sorted, de-pulped and the dried for varying periods of time.  It is because of the fermentation of the mucilage that the coffees processed with this method have a very balanced acidity.

The degree in which a farmer honey processes his coffee is assigned a colour to attribute for the amount of light the coffee gets exposed to during drying. These colours are:

  1. Washed
  2. Yellow Honey
  3. Red Honey
  4. Black Honey
  5. Natural

Yellow honey is exposed to the most light, and therefore the most heat.  The process takes about a week to dry the beans.

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What is a Geisha Bean?

Geisha beanGeisha beans are rare, exclusive and can be quite pricey. The beans were originally found in the Southwestern town of Geisha, Ethiopia. Although the plants originated in Ethiopia it is now grown primarily in Panama.

Geisha trees grow tall with elongated leaves. The higher the elevation that this bean is grown at improves its quality and taste. This bean gives many tea like flavours and can be a different experience for every palate.

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Costa Rican Coffee – the Search for Excellence!

In our unrelenting desire to seek out the best coffees the world can offer, Costa Rica was a clear choice for us to source out unique extraordinarily high quality coffee beans. So off we went on January the 9th endeavoring to time our search with the peak of the harvesting season in Costa Rica.

Costa Rican map

Upon arrival, to the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, it was clear this was a coffee country taking extraordinary efforts to cultivate, harvest and mill coffee with a passion to become known for having the best coffee in the world.

Beans drying

In a transformational way coffee farms over the past 2 decades in Costa Rica have evolved increasingly into boutique farms seeking to cultivate a variety of coffee varietals using state of the art growing as well as new innovative methods to prepare coffees with different flavor profiles Accordingly there are now coffee green bean processing methods that are literally changing what coffee tastes like.

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