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Saturday, April 3, 2021


GUEST BLOG / By Kris Gunnars,
--Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Thanks to its high levels of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients, it also seems to be quite healthy. Studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases. Thanks to our friends at for the next few Saturdays, this column will highlight one at a time the top 13 health benefits of coffee. Here’s Number Eleven: 11. 

Doesn’t Cause Heart Disease and May Lower Stroke Risk 

It’s often claimed that caffeine can increase your blood pressure. This is true, but with a rise of only 3–4 mm/Hg, the effect is small and usually dissipates if you drink coffee regularly. However, it may persist in some people, so keep that in mind if you have elevated blood pressure. That being said, studies don’t support the idea that coffee raises your risk of heart disease. 

On the contrary, there is some evidence that women who drink coffee have a reduced risk. Some studies also show that coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of stroke. 

 SUMMARY Coffee may cause mild increases in blood pressure, which usually diminish over time. Coffee drinkers do not have an increased risk of heart disease and have a slightly lower risk of stroke. 


WEEKLY COFFEE QUIZ--Where in the world is this coffee establishment?  Hint: It is known as the Cafe of Mirrors. Answer next Saturday in Coffee Beans & Beings post. 


Blue Bottle location San Francisco Ferry Building

— Blue Bottle is a multi-unit coffee and human centric experience with locations in U.S. and Japan. The photo published last week is of the Blue Bottle at the center of the historic ferry building along the San Francisco Embarcadero. It remains a transit hub connecting all of San Francisco's neighborhoods and the surrounding bay communities.  The Ferry Building is an iconic gem in the City by the Bay. 

We admire Blue Bottle’s ethics here are just a few: 

Welcome Everyone. People come first. Without hospitality, we cannot exist. We create spaces where people belong. Everyone has a place at the table: Guests, team members, and suppliers. 

Raise the bar. From seed to cup, we set the standard in everything we do—and drive constantly to do it better. We are self-starters who think creatively to solve complex problems, recognize our mistakes, and learn from failures. 

Build for Tomorrow. We think long-term. We’re savvy with our resources, saving where we can to invest in what matters: A sustainable future for our people, the company, and our planet. Simplify. Just as our cafes eliminate barriers between guests and delicious coffee, we remove obstacles in our work. We stay nimble, communicate clearly, and show a bias towards action. 

Grow Together. Like coffee needs water, we need one another to bloom. Collaboration takes work, so we practice it like a craft. We listen carefully, share feedback openly and honestly, remain transparent, and inspire each other with kindness and humor. 

Blue Bottle's Ferry Building site has a second "savvy locals"
order/pick upstation around the corner from the main
"tourist" bar.

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