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Does hot coffee have more antioxidants than cold brew?

Hot coffee has many benefits. For starters it tastes great. Coffee drinkers will differ on how they prefer to take their coffee. Some take it black, some with sugar, and some with cream. Some coffee drinkers prefer espresso while some use a french press or a drip machine. Some people proudly see themselves as coffee snobs, while others enjoy cheap gas station coffee as much as anything else. More than a few coffee drinkers add enough steamed milk (cow, almond, soy, or other!) syrups, flavorings and other stuff to make a drink that is hardly recognizable as coffee. But what we all have in common is that we enjoy the taste.

 

A small number of people drink decaf, but most coffee drinkers enjoy the “pick me up” from the caffeine, and some of us can’t fathom starting our day without it. Some coffee drinkers have only one cup of coffee a day, but many coffee drinkers have more than that. A 2018 survey found that the average coffee drinker enjoyed around 2 cups a day, but we all know someone who polishes off the better part of a pot each day. An entire pot of coffee each day may not be the best for your health. Too much coffee can be tough on your stomach and too much caffeine can leave you jittery. Exactly how much is too much is up for debate, but experts generally agree that up to 4X8oz cups is probably just fine. In fact coffee appears to even have some health benefits. 


There is some evidence that coffee and caffeine may help prevent dementia  and parkinsons, as well as lower rates of obesity. The antioxidants in coffee may help decrease rates of liver disease, some cancers, and other chronic conditions such as arthritis. Coffee is by no means a cure all, but there is no doubt that antioxidants have beneficial effects. A 2018 study in the journal Scientific Reports found that hot coffee has more antioxidants than cold brew coffee. The authors aren’t ready to claim massive health benefits of hot coffee over cold brew, and they say the need more research to “fully understand any possible differences in the health effects of coffee as a function of brewing temperature and time” But it is mostly likely the heat of the brewing process that releases the antioxidants, and therefore the possible benefits. 


You probably didn’t need another reason to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, but more antioxidants in hot coffee still sounds like a good excuse to  have an extra cup. And your Cauldryn will help keep it hot for you all day long.