Having your brew: And enjoying it too

Anibal Ortiz / Roundup

She sat next to her father and in the freezing cold rain. Shivering as she watched her brother’s football game she was able to find a warmth pour out of her father’s thermos, warmth which would greet her each morning until this day.

Beth Benne, director of the Pierce College Student Health Center and long time coffee drinker recalled the day she first started drinking coffee. “It was the best thing I’ve ever had,” she said.

“I think they (students) should know that coffee is a stimulant, it does give them a brief energy spurt and helps keep them awake. On the other hand, the negative of that is that it can keep them awake at night,” said Benne “It doesn’t affect all people the same way.”

Like Benne, most of the students questioned said they began drinking coffee to keep warm.
“I only drink it when it’s cold- to keep me warm,” said 19-year-old student Lyanee Lopez.

Most people don’t know however, that drinking coffee may help reduce the risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In a press release published in January by and Karolinska Institutet, one of Europe’s leading medical universities and the University of Kuopio, researchers claim that moderate coffee drinkers at midlife lower the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The study found a 65 percent decrease in the group that drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day.

Researchers also studied the effects on tea drinkers and found that tea drinking was not associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

These findings come more than five years after researchers claimed that coffee consumption helped reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

The study conducted by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that men who drank more than six cups of caffeinated coffee per day reduced the risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by more than 50 percent. Women who drank six or more cups of coffee a day reduced their chances by almost 30 percent.

The study also suggested that decaffeinated coffee provides benefits, however with a weaker effect.
“That’s crazy. Five or six cups are way too much,” said Pierce College student, Pontea Hariri.
Most people questioned seem to agree with Hariri.

“It’s just amazing how one minute they are saying that it’s bad for you and then the next they are saying that it’s good for you,” said 47-year-old Herald Rose.

Benne explained that condiments also play a role in a coffee drinker’s health.

“The other thing is what you put in your coffee (…) you might want to reconsider your beverage choice if in order to tolerate a cup of coffee you have to pour a cup of milk in or a cup of cream or a cup of sugar for that matter,” said Benne.

“There are certain times in a person’s life where physicians will tell them to avoid coffee like if you’re pregnant,” said Benne.

Greg Osweiler, Bookstore and CopyTech manager oversees Freudian Sip and said, “We do have a good base of regulars and that includes faculty, staff and students.”

Osweiler continues saying, “We haven’t seen anyone that comes in, say five times a day to purchase coffee.”

According to Osweiler, the Freudian Sip has two rush periods, between the times of 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“About 25 percent of our coffee business comes from traditional coffee and the remaining percentages come from the blended, like the espresso,” said Osweiler.

According to a cost of sales report printed on January 26, at least 27 percent of the Freudian Sip’s sales come from coffee and coffee related products.

For the most part, students who heard about the studies were relieved.

“I’m extremely happy that I’m a coffee drinker now,” said 18-year-old student Gabriela Guzman.


Ali Fahimipour (25 pre- vet) studies with his wife Aida Bagher (27 pre-vet) while drinking coffee in the Freudian Sip at Los Angeles Pierce College on Thursday, February 26, 2009. “It helps me to stay awake.” Ali states about coffee. ()

Disabled students tutor Mark Hein drinks coffee at the Freudian Sip at Los Angeles Pierce College on Thursday, February 26, 2009. “It replaces the sleep I don’t get.” Mark states about coffee. ()