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Can your coffee habit help you live longer?

Harvard Health Blog

Whether they take it hot or cold, black or "regular," many people say they can't live without coffee. The dark, seductive beverage that has become a staple in the American diet. But when did we become so obsessed with coffee, and is our obsession, in fact, bad for us? Researchers have some eye-opening answers.

The origins of coffee are unclear. One legend traces it back centuries ago to the forests of Ethiopia, where a goat herder discovered that his animals were energized after eating the red berries of the coffee bush. But wherever it started from, coffee's popularity soon spread around the globe and eventually reached Europe and the "New...