by Kym Byrnes
Some can’t start their day without it. Some need multiple cups a day. Some like it steaming hot and some like it over ice. Some like it black and bitter and some douse it with sugary sweetness.
However they like it, more than three quarters of Americans drink coffee, according to the National Coffee Association; solidifying coffee’s place as America’s top daily beverage choice next to water.
September 29 is National Coffee Day. There are the delicious flavors and aromas that come with that cup o’ joe, but for many coffee drinkers, it’s about the jolt – the caffeine. But be careful – according to a Mayo Clinic study, heavy caffeine consumption – more than six cups a day – can cause an irregular heartbeat, tremors, headaches and insomnia.
But research suggests that, in moderation, the benefits of caffeine may outweigh the risks. Not only has it been shown that there is no connection between caffeine and heart attacks or cancer, but studies suggest that caffeine protects against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease. It also appears to improve cognitive function and decrease the risk of depression, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Fortunately for those of us in Hanover, there are plenty of places to get a really good cup of coffee, made just how you like it.
Merlin’s Coffee shop owner Donna Burns said that without a doubt, their top seller is called Thor’s Hammer, a proprietary blend that is dark roasted without all the acid and burned taste that come with many dark roasts. She warns, “it has quite a kick!”
If you want your coffee prepared by the experts – check out the offerings at some locally owned shops:
Merlin’s Coffee, 10 S. Franklin St., 717-632-7692
Broken Cookie Bakery and Coffee House, 1649 Broadway, www.brokencookiehanover.com
The Reader’s Café, 125 Broadway, www.thereaderscafe.net
Jacquelyn’s Bakeshop and Café, 1785 Baltimore Pike, 717-637-2253
So if you’re one of the 59 percent of Americans that drink coffee each day, or the 71 percent that report drinking it at least once a week, look for freebies, specials and discounts at your favorite coffee establishment on September 29.