Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Healing Powers of Coffee: A Book Review

OK, I’ll have to admit right out that there is a lot of motivated self interest in reviewing this book. It is my goal in life to introduce my little part of the world, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry counties in South Eastern Ontario, to the great flavour and healthy benefits of fresh roasted coffee. When I read about this book on a coffee professional discussion group on I just had to get it.

The target audience of this book is for the average coffee consumer. It is just full of interesting facts about the healthy benefits of drinking coffee and why it should be considered a “Superfood”. The author also writes about her personal experiences with coffee throughout her life and includes quite a number of recipes where coffee is used as an ingredient. There are a number of factoids about coffee listed throughout the book covering everything from the history of coffee to home remedies and household uses of coffee grounds.

I found the book to be an interesting and easy read but I have to take exception to a couple of things the author included in the book. The first one is the entire chapter on flavoured coffee……yuck. As a coffee professional and coffee purest I shiver at the thought of adding artificial flavours to my coffee beans. If you insist on adding flavour then the only way to do it should be in the form of alcohol, i.e. whiskey, brandy, Tia Maria, Bailey’s, …..well, you get the idea.

The second item is the whole concept of a COFFEE ENEMA. While there are some people out there that the very act of drinking coffee makes it an enema, this is not something that I want to even think about. Coffee should go in one way and out the other and it flows downhill, but that’s just my humble opinion.

There is a contest to win one of the 4 copies of the book that were generously donated by the publisher, Kensington Publishing, but you will have to go to my other business web site to see the details,