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Is Kopi Luwak safe to drink?

Yes, it's perfectly safe to drink and extremely delicious. In The Philippines, we often call this 'Kopi Alamid', and it truly is one of the rarest coffees on the planet. At around $20 per 75 grams (...
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Is it possible to feel any effects after chewing one coffee bean?

First I want to draw a comparison between how much caffeine is in a coffee bean versus a cup of coffee, a cup of tea, or a double espresso. In a standard cup of coffee, there is approximately 150 mg ...
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Is Kopi Luwak safe to drink?

The Civet cat is out of the Java bag, and people around the world are bidding up the cost for this delicious coffee to $200-400/lb. and above. While I would like to convince you this coffee is ...
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Is reheating coffee in the microwave a bad idea?

Although coffee generally becomes staler with time, heating coffee up in the microwave does not produce any harmful chemicals - as long as the container you are microwaving it in is microwave-safe. ...
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Why is drinking Espresso in the afternoon fine, while milk coffee is not?

It is a cultural issue, not a health one. Traditionally, rich, big coffee drinks like a cappuccino are drunk in the morning in Italy with breakfast whereas espresso is what is drunk in the afternoon. ...
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Does coffee cause dehydration?

Though caffeine's action as a diuretic is hotly debated, recently it seems the scientific consensus is that caffeine in normal doses is a weak diuretic in caffeine-naive individuals only (those ...
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Will I be addicted to caffeine?

According to this review published in Psychopharmacology, it is very much not a myth. The caffeine-withdrawal syndrome has been well characterized and there is sufficient empirical evidence to ...
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Is it safe to give decaf coffee to a child?

You may find similar discussion mostly on the health tag. The most relevant question was previously closed on Coffee SE site as it was opinion-based. What's the minimum recommended age for ...
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What's the minimum recommended age for drinking a coffee?

In short: there is no minimum recommended age for drinking coffee, but on the other hand it's not good idea to have kids drink coffee all day long. It is discussed in depth in the parenting site of ...
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Can decaf coffee be addictive?

Since decaf coffee isn't the same as caffeine-free coffee, the key point regarding addiction is the amount of daily servings of decaf coffee that deliver the 100 milligrams of caffeine needed to ...
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Is coffee really useful for alcohol hangovers

No. Coffee is often offered to people perhaps about to pass out so that they will stay awake long enough that they can be kicked out of an establishment. Alcohol causes dehydration, electrolyte ...
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Why am I not addicted to coffee?

Caffeine is only mildly addictive and only shows minor physical dependence. It does not threaten physical, social or economic health the way truly addictive drugs will. "Withdrawal" or skipping your ...
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What are the side effects of drinking too much coffee?

Caffeinated beverages like coffee and soft drinks give short bursts of energy, but can actually cause fluid loss. Caffeine has been shown to temporarily raise blood pressure, and reduces blood flow to ...
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Can decaf coffee be addictive?

Another take on addictiveness of coffee in addition to caffeine: there are several other psychoactive chemicals in coffee; some links/references are available from this page and this page. These ...
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Is coffee really useful for alcohol hangovers

A hangover is the body reacting to being poisoned. Coffee, like any other liquid you might drink, will help with the dehydration. If your drunkenness has caused you to sleep in, and you normally drink ...
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Should I change my coffee drinking habits when using braces?

Coffee should be fine (unless you've heard otherwise from your dentist or other health care people of course!). There should be no additional concern about coffee, e.g., its acidity or temperature (...
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Does coffee consumption cause continuous chest pain?

Similar questions have been answered in Coffee SE several times. So please check these previous questions first. I'm enlisting the most related ones I can think of below: How many cups of coffee is ...
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Why does coffee heal headaches in some people but causes it in others?

Different people react to chemicals and stimulants in slightly different manners. It's entirely possible that the raise in blood pressure caused by caffeine may be exaggerated in some individuals (...
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Coffee on daily basis

Coffee and in particular caffeine, has had a reputation of being bad for your health, possibly being associated with cardiovascular disease, stroke, and your heart health in general. Current ...
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How can I stay off coffee after I quit?

I kicked it by switching to caffeine pills so that I could carefully taper down. Before I started the process, though, I went to caffeineinformer to get a good estimate of my daily habit. I then used ...
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Is soap/water enough to get safely clean coffee mold from my mug?

I would feel confident drinking out of a ceramic mug after a good scrubbing with soap and water. Smooth (glazed) ceramic surfaces are more easily cleaned than rough ones, so perhaps the rough ones ...
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How bad is coffee for your teeth?

A recent study published in Letters in Applied Microbiology suggests that coffee can break down bacterial plaques that form on teeth. These studies were done in a lab on extracted teeth, using ...
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Are there health risks to eating coffee?

No. Not any substantial ones. There are several listed questions around the topic of eating coffee beans. Ingesting roasted coffee beans without grinding/brewing them in some manner is quite common....
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Does sweet coffee exist?

This question is probably best answered in two directions: If you feel the need to add sugar to your coffee, it may simply be that the coffee that you are drinking is not very good. Sugar makes a lot ...
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Can I have this type of coffee?

The beverage you make by diluting vending machine "espresso" with hot water is called "poor imitation of Americano". It is hard to say how much caffeine it contains because it's not clear what this ...
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Does caffeine raise cholesterol (good or bad)?

Coffee beans contain a chemical called cafestol, which tends to increase blood cholesterol levels, especially LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Brewing with a paper filter seems to reduce the levels of these ...
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How to weaken effects of caffeine after consumption

What you experienced was a caffeine overdose, however mild, and that's something that you shouldn't really try home remedies to correct. Had you gone to the emergency room, you probably could have ...
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Does caffeinating my hair follicles help prevent hair loss?

I'm aware of one in vitro study (though there might be others) of that demonstrate that caffeine is effective at certain types of hair loss -- in a "test tube", anyway. That is, this study from 2007 (...
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Should coffee be regulated?

Generally, governments find it necessary to regulate addictive substances due to quality of life or health issues that stem from abuse/addiction. While I will neither support or attack this kind of ...
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