This week its UK Coffee Week so whether your favourite coffee tipple is a flat white, espresso or latte let’s see if Britain’s favourite café past time is really good for you after all!

It has been reported that drinking three cups of coffee a day – caff or decaff – could help you live longer. From type 2 diabetes to Parkinson’s, this research is the latest headline that suggests the coffee brew does deliver some health benefits. But as with most things in life it’s all a question of moderation!

Coffee Confusion

Recent coffee research aims to sort the facts and myths when it comes to health claims, and it’s no easy task. Coffee contains hundreds of different compounds: some are good for human health; others aren’t. This complexity accounts for the fact that scientific opinion about coffee has ‘flip-flopped’ in the past. The good news is that your coffee addiction probably is not bad for you (apart from the impact on your wallet) – but it falls a long way short of being a health drink.

Along with the well-known health benefits that drinking water can bring, research results compiled in both the UK and Europe showed that coffee (and tea) drinkers who consumed 3 to 4 cups daily had a 20% lower risk of developing the disease. One study conducted at the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) suggested that the caffeine in coffee stimulates the drinker's metabolism and increases energy level, which may help keep glucose in balance, helping to reduce the chances of developing diabetes among those who drink at least 4 cups of coffee each day.

UK Coffee Week

This week participating cafes, retailers and foodservice outlets are fundraising for Project Waterfall, while celebrating UK Coffee Week with offers and appeals. Project Waterfall is charitable initiative bringing clean water, sanitation and education to coffee-growing communities across the world.

Mindful of reducing plastic pollution be sure to take your refillable cup-to-keep with you into the café to save on using throwaway cups which are hard to recycle and end up in landfill. Let’s remove the need for single use cups and bottles and refill our own. Go selffill not land fill and see our refill hydration stations.

Self Fill & Refill Coffee Cup to Go

KettleTaps installed at home and in the workplace deliver fast and easy coffee making. Instant boiling taps produce steaming hot water making fast work at break time without burning the coffee and affecting taste. Water quality is so important when making a hot drink; the taps filter out chlorine and other substances that cause water to have an unpleasant odour or taste.

Coffee Cafe Culture

Our love of coffee just keeps on growing! Last year it was reported that a staggering three coffee shops opened each day in the UK! The coffee shop industry pours £8.9 billion into the UK economy and there are now 23,000 venues to enjoy a cuppa! It is forecast that the number of coffee shops will overtake pubs by 2030!

Finally it’s not a myth: coffee really does affect the quality of your sleep. To enjoy a peaceful night, avoid drinking coffee for at least six hours before lights out!