Guzzling Coffee Prevents Breast Cancer; Locals List Other Benefits
|German transplant Rima Gerhard clings to her latte.|
Let's face it --- most people don't pay attention to the endless and conflicting barrage of evidence on either side of the coffee issue. Yet many, including yours truly, slug down barrel-fulls of joe. So Short Order visited Starbucks (959 West Ave., Miami Beach) to discover what benefits locals think they reap from downing immoderate amounts of coffee.
Before the question was even fully posed, wide-eyed local Rima Gerhard blurted, "I'm addicted!" She continued, after she got the full question. "Every couple of months it seems like they come up with a new study saying coffee is good for you or bad for you. My parents drink it every day and my dad is almost 80 years old," she said. "You can drink it in social situations, instead of getting wasted. It's much more civilized." She examined her paper cup and pulled it lovingly to her lips before adding, "It just feels good. I guess it's a drug of some sort."
On the other side of the patio, Jasmine Bullard, sipping hot cocoa, had a very different outlook on the beverage.
|Local Jasmine Bullard says coffee is bad for you.|
Inside, Scott Spradley was proudly sipping what appeared to be one of many mugs of the stuff. His remarkable eyes, one brown, one blue, were round as saucers as he spoke on the matter, fondly gripping a ceramic mug.
|Scott Spradley likes coffee.|
He said he "holds" about eight cups of coffee a day, but only drinks about three or four. "It's not about the coffee, it's about the ritual --- holding onto a mug and playing around with it. It gives me pause during a hectic day of work. I will sometimes get up and get coffee four times an hour. It just gives me two minutes to step away from my work," he said.
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