What’s your favorite coffee roast? Dark? Light? Somewhere in between? The degree to which coffee beans are roasted is one of the most important factors that determine the taste of the coffee in the cup. The roasting process transforms bland raw beans into the distinctively aromatic, flavorful, crunchy beans that we recognize as coffee. Here’s a “coffee 101” guide to coffee roasts from light to dark.
Researchers have reported a strong link between drinking coffee and lower risk of death from cancer of the mouth and throat. A major long-term study shows that men and women who regularly drink caffeinated coffee significantly reduce their likelihood of dying from oral or pharyngeal (throat) cancer. Those who drink more than four cups of coffee a day cut their risk of death from these cancers in half.