7 Reasons to Drink Coffee & 10 Delicious Charlotte Coffee Shops!

By: Briana Bailey

This One Is For The Charlotte Coffee Lovers!

Time for coffee talk! Can a cup a day keep the doctor away?

There’s good news! Your morning pick-me-up may be better than you think, packing way more than a boost of energy to your day. In fact, research shows that coffee can be pretty amazing for your skin, body, and even your brain. Keep reading to find out why you should continue indulging in your morning brew. Maybe, just maybe, coffee is NOT the villain it is made out to be.

1. Coffee Can Make You Happier

This one is a no-brainer, so let’s go ahead and get it out of the way. A 2013 study published by the National Institutes of Health and AARP suggests that coffee drinking is associated with a lower risk of depression in adults. It’s attitude-boosting effect can be traced to the many antioxidants that become more potent after roasting. In fact, a cup of coffee may have an antioxidant value ranging between 15,000 and 17,000 ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units based on brew time, type of bean, and other factors. Which brings me to my next point…

2. Lower Your Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

Antioxidants are substances in food that prevent damage to your body’s cells and tissue by way of free radicals. Free radicals contribute to aging, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases.  According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, the risk of Type 2 Diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed. Interestingly enough, decaf decreased the risk by a lesser 6%.

3. No More Cavities!

Okay, that’s a stretch, but black coffee can prevent the further production of those painful holes in your teeth. Researchers based in Brazil found that black coffee kills the bacteria on teeth that lead to tooth decay. In addition, the US Department of Veterans Affairs found that coffee may also protect against periodontal disease. However, adding milk and sugar to dress up your drink can annihilate these benefits.

4. Decrease Your Post-Workout Recovery Time

This one sounds a little too good to be true. But thankfully, it’s not. A 2007 study published by The Journal of Pain (lol!) states that two cups of coffee can reduce post-workout joint and muscle pain by up to 48 percent. The New York Times also reports that having a cup of coffee before a workout can improve athletic performance. The number of fatty acids are increased in the bloodstream after consumption, allowing muscles to burn fats for fuel.

5. Lessen Your Risk Getting Alzheimer’s

Luckily, you won’t have to worry about this for a few decades, but it does not hurt to take preventative measures in your early years. A 2010 study shows that participants who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had a 65 percent decreased chance of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia later in life.

6. Counter Cancerous Cell Damage

Funny enough, coffee was once believed to cause cancer. Yet, there’s plenty evidence that coffee may be protective against certain cancers, as well as possibly enhance DNA repair. Coffee contains hundreds of chemical compounds, including those friendly antioxidants, that decrease cell inflammation and further damage. A 2011 Harvard Study reports that men who consume six cups of coffee a day, have a 60 percent lower risk of lethal prostate cancer. Additional studies have linked coffee drinking to a lower risk of colon, rectal, oral, and esophageal cancer.

7. Increase Your Intelligence

We can all personally gain for this. CNN reports that coffee allows your brain to function in a much more efficient and sharp way. When you drink coffee, your reaction time, attention level, logical reasoning, etc will increase.

There you have it folks! So, next time you encounter a coffee-hater --- you know, that person who never ceases to tell you about your own health --- make sure to recite this ever so educational list.  Learn it. Memorize it. Master it. You will never be caught off guard.

And to top everything off, here’s a list of Charlotte’s favorite spots to grab happiness in a cup.


Amélie’s French Bakery & Cafe

2424 N Davidson St #102, Charlotte, NC 28205


Smelly Cat Coffeehouse

514 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205


Not Just Coffee

224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202


Kenilworth Espresso

1235 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203


Rush Espresso Cafe and Wine Bar

14825 Ballantyne Village Way #135, Charlotte, NC 28277


Central Coffee Co.

719 Louise Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204


Mugs Coffee

5126 Park Rd #1d, Charlotte, NC 28209


Dilworth Coffee

110 Matthews Station St 1A, Charlotte, NC


The Daily Press

3227 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205


Julia’s Cafe & Books

1133 N Wendover Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211


Happy Sipping!

-Briana Bailey