Why Ken’s not losing his marbles

Great news from the New York Times today-

After controlling for numerous socioeconomic and health factors, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure, the scientists found that the subjects who had reported drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia, compared with those who drank two cups or less.

Why am I not surprised that this was a Swedish and Danish study? I’m not sure our puritanical Anlgo-Saxon nations could have brought itself to undertake such a study.

Few things give e more pleasure and peace of mind than making a good coffee. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth earlier this month when my nearly-brand-new grinder packed in. Fortunately, I was able to repair it. Since we live in a throw-away world, actually repairing something broken might be even more satisfying than making a good cup o joe.

I’m curious what the Swedes were actually drinking in this study- I only drink espresso based stuff, as filter coffee makes me sweaty and jittery, which can’t be good for long-term health.

Anyway, I wonder if the preachy class is going to stop looking askance at coffee lovers now.

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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