Myths About Coffee That Are Not True: Part 2

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As discussed in our previous post there are myths out there that have survived for far too long. These misconceptions, these myths have been circulating among coffee lovers unnecessarily, spreading waves of fear or excitement that are based on lies.

We spoke about three myths last time:

  • Myth I: Coffee Will Sober You Up
  • Myth II: Coffee Helps You Lose Weight
  • Myth III: All Cups Of Coffee Contain Equal Amounts Of Caffeine

And will be debunking four more myths in this post.

Myth IV: Coffee Stunts Your Growth

This myth has overstayed its welcome in the coffee-loving community. Many parents are still to this day convinced that their short height is a product of their love for coffee. Who knows how this old-wives tale started, but that’s unimportant. What is important is that there is zero scientific evidence that supports this myth.
So next time your mom or grandpa starts blaming coffee for their inability to reach the top shelf, you can – with caution – break the news to them.

Myth V: Coffee Will Cause You Insomnia

Although coffee contains caffeine which is a stimulant chemical, coffee is processed by the liver and within 7 hours, 75% of it is flushed out of the body. Sure, drinking your first cup of coffee at 6 pm may not be the best idea if you’re wanting to grab an early night sleep, but drinking a cup of coffee before 3 pm would never be the cause of insomnia.

Myth VI: Use Boiling Water On Coffee Grounds

“No, no, no, and no!” I scream as I correct this disgraceful and distasteful myth. How this myth started is beyond me. How many hearts have been broken because of this myth? How many burnt cups of coffee have been consumed? How many distasteful mornings have occurred because of this myth?

Absolutely, no. Do not pour boiling water over your coffee grounds. You will burn your coffee! Rather wait around 3 minutes, or at least until all the bubbles have disappeared from your boiled kettle before pouring.

Myth VII: Coffee Will Dehydrate You

Coffee won’t dehydrate you, although your body will process the caffeine and flush it out within 7 hours. This may cause more urination, but won’t be the cause for dehydration. In fact, most cups of coffee contain at least 200ml of water.


These myths have spread confusion among fellow coffee lovers for who-knows how long. Thankfully, we no longer have to worry about them.

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