• Removing acrylamide, which is produced when coffee is roasted, isn’t a viable option at the moment. Nor does it seem necessary yet — the cancer jury is still out on acrylamide, which also turns up when potatoes are fried and toast is burned.

    I’m seeing a market developing for a toaster that toasts the Prop 65 warning on individual pieces of toast.

  • Although acrylamide may be a carcinogen in high enough concentrations, the evidence suggests that coffee at 4 cups or under a day is safe, and may even have health benefits.

    The limit of 4 cups a day is caffeine related and related to cardiac health and not cancer.

    A growing body of research shows that coffee drinkers, compared to nondrinkers, are:

    less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia
    have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes

    The problem with this research is that it only shows a correlation, not cause and effect.


    So, have your morning joe and one for a morning coffee break and one for an afternoon break. But, for most people, not one close to bedtime if you want to fall asleep easily.

    California should secede from the US. Everyone will be better off.