Coffee and health: the latest research and findings

Coffee and health: the latest research and findings

Key takeaways

Finding Detail
Coffee may lower risk of some diseases Studies show coffee consumption is linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and some cancers
Coffee provides beneficial nutrients Coffee is a source of antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients
Moderation is key Most health benefits are seen with moderate coffee intake of 3-5 cups per day. Excess caffeine can have negative effects
Consider your individual response Some people are more sensitive to caffeine's effects on sleep, anxiety, heartburn etc. Notice your body's response


Coffee is one of the world's most popular beverages - and for good reason! Not only is it delicious and energizing, a growing body of research suggests it may offer impressive health benefits as part of a balanced diet.

Let's brew up the latest findings on coffee and health, and how to choose the right roast for you. We'll also showcase some of our favorite coffee products to add to your daily routine for a boost of flavor and wellness.

Coffee and disease prevention

Type 2 diabetes

Several studies have found that regular coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This effect is thought to be due to coffee's ability to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.

Brain health

Coffee consumption is linked to lower rates of age-related cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The neuroprotective effects may come from coffee's anti-inflammatory properties and ability to increase brain dopamine levels.

Heart disease

Some studies suggest habitual coffee drinking is associated with reduced risk for heart disease, stroke, and heart failure. However, research is mixed, and unfiltered coffee may slightly increase risk by raising cholesterol levels.


Coffee may lower risk of liver, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers, though more research is needed. Possible anti-cancer mechanisms include coffee's antioxidant content and ability to regulate blood sugar and insulin.

How much to drink for health benefits?

Most studies showing health benefits find them with drinking 3-5 standard cups of coffee per day (up to 400mg caffeine). Pregnant women should limit intake to 200mg. More than 5 cups may have negative effects.

Maximizing coffee's health perks

Choose filtered coffee more often

Filtered methods like drip coffee and pour-over remove diterpenes that can raise cholesterol. Unfiltered brews like French press, Turkish coffee and espresso contain higher levels.

Minimize added sugar

Excess sugar intake is linked with many of the same diseases coffee may protect against, like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Try gradually reducing sugar, or using natural low-calorie sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit.

Add cinnamon

Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and may help stabilize blood sugar and boost brain function. Add a sprinkle to your morning brew for extra flavor and health benefits.

Consider your sleep

The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant that can disrupt sleep for some people, especially when consumed later in the day. If you're sensitive, try limiting coffee to the morning, or switch to decaf in the afternoon.

Our top coffee picks

Ready to upgrade your coffee routine? Here are some of our favorite products for maximum health and flavor:

Artisan Coffee - The Heroine Whole Bean Coffee

Artisan Coffee - The Heroine Whole Bean Coffee

This smooth and irresistibly intense crowd-pleaser is bursting with notes of rich chocolate, caramel and roasted hazelnuts. Pairs perfectly with milk for a deliciously balanced cup.

Artisan Coffee - The Enigma Whole Bean Coffee

Artisan Coffee - The Enigma Whole Bean Coffee

Dark, rich and extremely tasty, The Enigma delivers an intriguing suggestion of deep cocoa body and dark fruit compote with a pleasingly jammy-tasting finish. The definition of perfection in a cup.

Hamlet's Signature House Blend - Whole Bean Coffee

Discover the perfect blend of global flavors, combining rich dark chocolate and nutty notes from Brazil, vibrant fruitiness from Colombia, and delicate floral hints from Ethiopia. Excels as espresso but also delicious as filter coffee.

Convenient coffee options

Too busy to grind your own beans? We've got you covered with these easy, delicious options:

Artisan Coffee Bags

Revolutionizing instant coffee, our convenient coffee bags work just like tea bags - simply brew directly in a cup for a fresh, flavorful brew. Compostable and packed with freshly roasted grounds.

The Ultimate Coffee Bag Collection

The Ultimate Coffee Bag Collection

Sample our entire coffee bag range with this comprehensive collection - 48 bags of our most popular blends and speciality single origins. Great for gifting or discovering your new favorite.

Nespresso Compatible Coffee Pods

Get barista-quality coffee at the touch of a button with our premium, eco-friendly Nespresso pods. We have a roast for every taste, from light and fruity to rich and intense.

Decaf options

Looking to cut back on caffeine without sacrificing flavor? Try our delicious decaf coffee products:

Artisan Coffee - The Dreamer Decaf Whole Bean Coffee

Artisan Coffee - The Dreamer Decaf Whole Bean Coffee

Decaf coffee deluxe, The Dreamer offers soothing notes of honeyed chocolate balanced with a fragrant walnut-like finish. All the flavor with none of the caffeine side effects.

Artisan Coffee - The Dreamer Decaf Nespresso Pods

Artisan Coffee - The Dreamer Decaf Nespresso Pods

Enjoy The Dreamer's luxurious flavor profile in ultra-convenient Nespresso pod form. Designed to capture maximum aroma and character.

Coffee equipment

Having the right equipment is key to brewing your best cup. Here are our most popular items for leveling up your home barista game:

Coffee grinders

Freshly ground beans make a world of difference. Our extensive selection of grinders has something for every brewing method and budget, from compact manual mills to professional-grade electric grinders.


Pour-over drippers give you ultimate control over flavor extraction for a clean, bright cup. We love Hario V60 drippers for their elegant design and delicious results.


We hope this deep dive into coffee and health has given you some new insights and inspiration for your daily brew! As the research shows, enjoying coffee in moderation can be a delicious way to support your wellbeing.

Ready to experience the benefits for yourself? Browse our extensive collection of premium, ethically-sourced coffees and brewing equipment to find your perfect cup.

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