According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, your love of coffee may have as much to do with your genes as your tastebuds. Summarizing the study in a recent post, Refinery 29 wrote “the study, found that people with a DNA variation in a gene called PDSS2 tend to drink fewer cups of coffee than those who did not carry the specific variant. The researchers said that the gene might reduce cells’ ability to break down caffeine, causing it to stay in the body longer… The researchers found that people with the DNA variation in PDSS2 tended to consume fewer cups of coffee than people without it. On average, those who carried the variation had around one more cup of coffee per day than those who did not.” We’ve mentioned studies that link coffee with genes previously, but this study is the first to call out the PDSS2 gene specifically. Give your PDSS2 what it craves by picking up a tin of our Coffee of the Month, Bali, which is $1 off for the rest of August!
An interesting piece in The Wall Street Journal caught our eye today over our morning cup of coffee. According to research, caffeine consumption “can confer a 1% to 2% benefit” to competitive athletes, allowing them to jump a bit higher and run a bit faster. This slight increase may seem nominal but, in sports where tenths of a second could determine a winner, it can make a huge difference. Sports products with caffeine infusion have become very popular in recent years. However, we feel there is no substitute for the taste of a cup of sustainably sourced, fresh-brewed BRC coffee.
We at BRC have also been a fan of NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters and wanted to share their recent look into coffee as an American soldier’s “salvation” from the Civil War to present day. “Nobody can soldier without coffee,” a Union soldier wrote in 1865. Recently, two Marines started a coffee company after a tour in Afghanistan that now provides coffees for active soldiers.
Here’s a story we can definitely get behind. A new article posted by The Atlantic compiles research into the health benefits of drinking coffee: from protecting the liver to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and even possible pain relief effects. While we don’t recommend going overboard with their recommendation to drink as much as you like, the article is definitely a good roundup of recent studies that draw links between coffee and good health. Pour yourself a cup and read the full article here.
Ride your bike to work on Friday, May 16th! Everyday bike commuters and those who wish they did unite: it’s time for Bike to Work Day, the national holiday celebrating your two-wheeled commute. Join the Transportation Alternatives folks at fueling stations across the five boroughs for free Brooklyn Roasting Company iced coffee, Vita Coco and KIND Healthy Snacks. They’ll also be offering special perks when you join or renew your T.A. membership including free bike lights, reflective buttons, wellness kits, water bottles and more.
Where you can find Transportation Alternatives fueling stations:
* Brooklyn Roasting Company (25 Jay Street, DUMBO)
* Brooklyn Bridge (lower tower)
* Hudson River Greenway (W. 72nd Street)
* Joyce Kilmer Park (E. 161 Street and Grand Concourse)
* Madison Square Park (24th Street and 5th Avenue)
* Manhattan Bridge (Manhattan side bike path exit)
* Queensboro Bridge (Queens side, entrance to bike path)
* Staten Island Ferry (St. George Terminal)
* Williamsburg Bridge (Brooklyn side, entrance to bike path)
According to a Cornell study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, coffee may aid in prevention of deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging and diabetes. A cup of coffee contains about 7-9% chlorogenic acid (CLA), a strong antioxidant that prevents retinal degeneration in mice. In the study, “mice eyes were treated with nitric oxide, which creates oxidative stress and free radicals, leading to retinal degeneration, but mice pretreated with CLA developed no retinal damage.” The study concluded that if drinking coffee “proves to deliver CLA directly into the retina, doctors may one day recommend an appropriate brew to prevent retinal damage.” Read the whole study here.