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Starbucks Coffee Company
(515) 277-1500
1315 31st St
Des Moines, IA
 
Starbucks Coffee Company
(515) 358-5094
1111 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Starbucks Coffee Company
(515) 280-8200
1013 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA
 
Starbucks Coffee Company
(515) 270-6556
11148 Plum Dr
Urbandale, IA
 
Starbucks Coffee Company
(515) 223-4200
2800 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA
 
Starbucks Coffee Company
(515) 270-3815
3830 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA
 
Starbucks Coffee Company
(515) 270-3898
5250 86th Street
Johnston, IA
 
Starbucks Coffee Company
(515) 331-6115
5901 Douglas Ave
Urbandale, IA
 
Starbucks Coffee Company
(515) 267-9855
1040 73rd Street
Clive, IA
 
Starbucks Coffee Company
(515) 223-8151
1990 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA
 

Healthy Joe to go

Maybe it’s the whole what-I-like-must-be-bad-for-me mindset, but the way
some people talk about coffee you’d think it was another chemical concoction
dreamed up in the lab of a large food corporation. Fact is, researchers are
just starting to grind through this brew’s rich collection of beneficial antioxidants—
and the availability of organic coffee just might make the country’s favorite
morning pick-me-up healthier than ever.

March 2008

By Eric Schneider

Although enthusiastically consumed for centuries around the globe, coffee often gets a bad rap. Cutting down on coffee is a familiar resolution for many Americans, and the model unhealthy diet of “coffee and cigarettes” taints its reputation like second-hand smoke. In recent years, however, coffee’s standing has been significantly elevated, not only by the proliferation of cafes, both chain and local, but also by studies revealing that drinking a cup of joe may have a surprising number of health benefits.

One of coffee’s key traits, of course, is its ability to increase alertness. Various legends surround its discovery as a stimulant. An oft-cited tale refers to a wanderer in ancient Ethiopia who noticed unusually lively goats in the countryside and tried berries from the coffee bush that they had been nibbling on, only to feel the same rush of energy. Subsequently, monks and other religious devotees began to chew coffee beans to stay awake during long bouts of prayer, and coffee came into prominence as an eye-opening brewed beverage during the 15th century.

More Than Just Caffeine

As modern society is keenly aware, coffee’s invigorating quality comes primarily from a substance called caffeine. Joe Vinson, PhD, a professor at the University of Scranton’s Department of Chemistry in Pennsylvania and a leading researcher in studies on chocolate and coffee, notes, “Caffeine, short-term, will boost your brain function. It will make complex tasks easier. I always tell my students to have some caffeine in their system when they take a test, especially in the morning.” On the other hand, Vinson adds, the effects of caffeine—raising blood pressure and heart rate, albeit temporarily—are somewhat muted when coffee is present. “So there’s something in coffee that opposes caffeine” when it comes to the blood pressure and heart rate increases, Vinson concludes.

Brewing Global Goodwill

That cup of coffee you’re sipping may be helping farmers earn a decent wage.

Though it extends to a staggering variety of goods, the concept of fair trade is most readily associated with coffee. Based on the principle of appropriate compensation for international producers, fair trade began its java association in the late 1980s, first with the Massachusetts-based Equal Exchange, which began importing coffee from Nicaragua, and then with the Netherlands’ Max Havelaar label, which formed the first major initiative for fair trade certification. While Europe initially warmed to fair trade...

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