One Sure Coffee Benefit: Louisiana Community Coffee Gives Back to Community

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The coffee debates percolating over the benefits of decaf coffee and whether pregnant women should avoid coffee along with alcohol haven't slowed the efforts of the makers of New Orleans' favorite coffee to give back to the community that has helped Community Coffee® become the largest family-owned retail coffee brand in America.

“We want to give back to the communities that have supported Community Coffee for more than 85 years,” Matt Saurage, President of Community Coffee and fourth-generation family member said in a prepared statement. “This year we want our customers to know that a percentage of their Community Coffee purchases will be used to raise over $150,000 to help rebuild hurricane-affected schools.”

This holiday season, a percentage of the sales of Community Coffee gift baskets and gift sets will go to help hurricane affected schools. The gift baskets range in price from $7.95 to $79.95 and can be ordered through the company's web site at www.CommunityCoffee.com. The beautifully wrapped holiday gifts are available in such holiday flavors as Bananas Foster and Bread Pudding (two of New Orleans' favorite desserts) and traditional blends such as Dark Roast, New Orleans® Blend Coffee and Chicory, and Café Special®.

And the coffee debates? Well, a study presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting, indicates that decaf coffee drinkers had higher levels, compared to those who drink regular coffee or no coffee at all, of a protein linked to heart disease, CBS News reports. After three months the 187 participants showed no significant changes in blood insulin, glucose or blood pressure levels, which are major risk factors for heart disease, however, the group drinking decaf had significantly higher levels of apolipoprotein B (ApoB) according to WebMD. Forbes reports that according to researchers, ApoB is the only protein attached to LDL and can increase LDL cholesterol production.

“The findings are of modest changes in certain cardiovascular disease risk factors. This should not do anything to coffee-consumption patterns,” Dr. Robert Eckel, president of the American Heart Association told Forbes. “An explanation is lacking. There is a need for validation and better understanding of the mechanisms at play, in that order.”

This may not be the best advice since another study released Tuesday by researchers at the University of Aarhus revealed that drinking more than three cups of coffee a day while pregnant increases the chances of stillbirth, according to United Press International (UPI). The study, which appears in the November 15 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that pregnant women drinking four to seven cups of coffee a day increased the risk of stillbirth by 33 percent while those drinking more than eight cups of coffee daily increased the risk by 59 percent, UPI reports.

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