Rachel, who works at a downtown Madison coffee house, told me she started drinking coffee for the same reason many of us did, "to wake up."
A new study in Spain showed regular cups of joe, up to six a day, may have some beneficial effects. The report showed a 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease for women coffee drinkers, compared to the java less women.
Rachel doesn't pay attention to studies. She questions the research and mentions sample bias and other factors may be involved, like test subjects activity levels. There's one thing about coffee the young barista is certain of.
"It probably takes a while for you to think that it (coffee) tastes good but there's definitely a difference between a good cup of coffee and a bad."