Even before I had a daily Starbucks order, I was in love with the coffee bean. So, when studies found that coffee drinkers live longer, I was there for it.
When I was a kid, my mother ordered a hot cup of java from Dunkin Donuts (two sugars and one milk please) twice a day between her hospital shifts. As a shorter child, I stood adjacent to the kitchen counter and stared at the steaming cup eye-level. Once, when my mom wasn't looking, I drank the whole thing.
I'm not the only one either.
The Harvard School of Health website says that: "fifty four percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day," a citation provided by the National Coffee Association.
When a 2013 University of New Hampshire student thesis about caffeine habits - which dated coffee's origins in America back to the 17 century - asked college students "Which of the following caffeinated products do you consume?" 77 percent said they consumed coffee.
The UNH study also acknowledges just how important coffee is to the college grind (no pun intended) - and they're right. If I had a dime for every time I crawled to Starbucks for a caffeine, fix, I would be a rich woman. (I'm not, for the record, because I'm a frequent customer of a multibillion-dollar corporation that sells exorbitant expensive drinks).
The same student's honors thesis above also listed pros and cons to coffee drinking - but this is where new research gets interesting.
A Time health article published July 10 stated that "African Americans, Japanese Americans, Latinos and whites who drank more than four cups of coffee a day showed an 18 percent lower risk of dying prematurely in the 16 years of follow-up." I've always felt a little guilty using caffeine to be awake before, say, 1 p.m.
But thanks to new medical reports, my caffeine fix just got that much sweeter.
A similar CNN article on the new find reported, "that mortality was inversely related to coffee consumption for heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease."
Considering that heart disease runs in my family (and I'm sure at least one of these runs in yours too), this means coffee might just save me from croaking before retirement. That is, if any of us millennials can actually afford retirement.
The Annal's of Eternal Medicine study proves what we knew all along: a stressful life leads to a happy wife. Or was it an apple a day that keeps the doctor away? Regardless, I now have a better excuse than lack of sleep to keep drinking $4.25 mocha lattes for the rest of my life.
There's no better high than when the barista slides over a steaming cup of coffee across the counter and now, I can know I'm adding years to my life, not subtracting them.
If only they can now find a study that suggests Starbucks should discount their coffee, then I would be golden.