Coffee doesn’t cause cancer by WHO

June 16, 2016

“Pop some coffee; WHO says coffee no longer causes cancer.”

Since 1991, coffee has been saddled with the label, “possibly causes cancer.” As of June 15, coffee got a clean bill of health.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer – or IARC – is the WHO agency that evaluates evidence and scientific research on cancer. In 1991 the agency classified coffee as a category 2B carcinogen, which, in effect, labeled it as “possibly causing cancer” in the human bladder.

Twenty-five years later, another IARC group of scientific experts met to assess the body of published scientific literature on whether coffee can cause cancer. This working group, including 23 experts drawn from around the world, and seven observers, met May 24-31, 2016 to evaluate the carcinogenic effects of “coffee, mate, and very hot beverages.”

This time, based on the available scientific literature, the expert group decided that the weight of evidence supported a downgrading in the classification. As of June 15, 2016, coffee is now considered in Group 3, or “not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans.” For coffee lovers, this is reassuring news.

IARC has a carcinogenic classification system ranging from 1 (carcinogenic) to 4 (probably not carcinogenic). Experts evaluate several types of evidence, including studies of cancer in humans, studies of cancer in animals, sources of exposure and mechanisms (what is known about how the substance can cause cancer).

Some substances that IARC has classified as Group 1 (carcinogenic) are not terribly surprising. The list includes, for example, arsenic, formaldehyde, diesel engine exhaust and tobacco.

But when a substance gets a Group 2 classification, the waters become a bit murkier. Both 2A and 2B classifications typically mean there is limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. But the classification bumps up from Group 2B (possibly causes cancer) to Group 2A (probably causes cancer) when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in animals.

For this reevaluation, IARC experts had access to over 1,000 studies, and the combination of evidence did not add up to “possibly causing cancer.” In its report, the 2016 IARC Working Group stated that the previous association between drinking coffee and bladder cancer could have been due to inadequate control for tobacco smoking in the previous studies.

Now that an international team of experts has lessened our concerns about coffee drinking and cancer, are we in the clear?

More than half of adults in the United States drink coffee every day – three cups on average.

If you drink coffee, the good news is that you probably don’t need to cut back. If you drink coffee in moderation, there may actually be a range of health benefits. Phew.

Though the definition of “moderate” varies among studies, we are typically talking about 3-5 cups per day. And though a standard cup is 8 ounces, keep in mind that in most coffee shops, a small cup is 12 ounces. A generic 8-ounce cup of coffee has on average 108 mg of caffeine. But the amount can vary depending on the strength of the brew and size of the serving. The Mayo Clinic says that up to 400 mg/day of caffeine (4 cups) is just fine for most healthy adults.

Much of the latest research on coffee is coming out of the Harvard School of Public Health, which reports that moderate coffee consumption is associated with numerous health benefits.

Arguably the most pragmatic health outcome measurement is death, which holds true if the substance is coffee or, indeed, any other substance. On this front, a 2014 and a 2015 meta-analysis (a large statistical analysis that pools data from multiple studies) both showed that moderate coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes.

Other meta-analyses have shown a reduced risk for serious diseases, including stroke, heart failure, Type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

What about cancer, though? Here meta-analyses have also shown that drinking coffee is associated with a reduction in overall cancer incidence, and is especially beneficial in reducing the risk of liver cancer (and managing liver disease). In IARC’s 2016 evaluation, the Working Group stated that the evidence suggested that coffee had no carcinogenetic effect on breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. They went on to note that coffee had a beneficial effect on uterine endometrium cancer and liver cancer.

And though coffee was once a no-no for pregnant women, obstetricians now say it is safe for pregnant women to have about 200 mg of caffeine per day. This amounts to a 12-ounce cup of coffee. As such, there is no need for a pregnant woman to switch to decaf if she keeps her consumption to only one cup a day. Although it’s worth noting that drinking more could be troublesome. The data are conflicting about whether high caffeine consumption (greater than 200 mg/day) increases the risk of miscarriage.

While it’s becoming clearer that moderate daily coffee consumption can be considered to be healthy, the reasons for its health benefit aren’t so clear. Harvard researchers suspect it’s not the caffeine, but rather coffee’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Here’s an interesting nuance: IARC says it’s fine to drink coffee, but only if it’s not too hot. And by this they mean under 149 degrees Fahrenheit. A “very hot beverage” has a Group 2A classification, meaning that it is “probably carcinogenic.”

This is thought to be due to the hot beverage’s damaging effect on cells in the esophagus. In effect, it acts as a tumor promoter. However, this research finding relates to mate, which is traditionally consumed at burning hot temperatures with a metal straw. It’s not really an issue for coffee, which is usually consumed at about 140 degrees Fahrenheit in the United States. So unless the coffee feels burning hot on your lips, no need to cool down your coffee.

Coffee is not great for everyone, of course. Heavy caffeine use (more than 500-600 mg day) can have side effects like insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, fast heartbeat and muscle tremors. And some people are much more sensitive to caffeine than others, and these side effects may occur with just a little bit of caffeine. Because of this, a risk/benefit analysis may indicate it’s more risky than beneficial for people with health concerns like anxiety disorders, or who are taking certain medications.

If you are like me and you love your coffee, then the best available advice seems that we continue to indulge our thirst – in moderation, of course – but cut back if and when the coffee begins to disagree with you. And, talk to your doctor about any health concerns you may have.

“So go ahead and pop some coffee”

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Source: SFGate


Intellectual Monkeys

June 11, 2016

Wonders shall never end!!!

In what is deemed to be a first, a group of intellectual monkeys are alleged to have recently made Neo @ Paloo’s their habitat much to the bemusement and chagrin of regular customers. Interestingly these exotic creatures have taken human form (a la Fela’s “animal in human skin”) and, nourished by a steady stream of Eva water and Reel Fruit’s nuts, these creatures have shown an amazing propensity to surf the internet for long stretches of the day without leaving their seats.

We became aware of this phenomenon when we received a very angry and emotional call from a customer:

“I think it’s pure exploitation – clearly Cafe Neo is struggling for customers at its Ikoyi location. Using our simbian cousins to do “rent-a-crowd” is shameless. And to only feed them water and mixed nuts for 8,9, sometimes up to 10 hours really is the depth of desperation and cruelty to animals”

Our brand is important to us and we take customers’ complaints very seriously so we we asked Cafe Neo’s new CEO, Dele Akinyemi to respond to allegations. “Clearly this is unfounded but something is definitely going on. National Geographic had reached out a week ago to do a piece but I assumed it was a hoax. I can confirm that we do have regular visits from mammals (they are definitely not monkeys) who have a diet of only water and nuts. We are still trying to find a lingua franca to communicate with them but my goal as CEO is to reassure them that all the other 27 items on the menu can be bought and will be nourishing. At this point I would like to put a request out to the public for assistance in helping us bridge this vast communication divide”

Dele Dele Dele – how many times did I call your name?  See our new CEO Dele is too much. A doctor by training but he also deserves an honorary degree in grammatology. Left to us, we would have said
“Bros, sis – abeg don’t just sit down, buy ground nut, drink water and for the next 10 hours chop my AC, electricity and wifi. Help a startup na and show small support.” We could say that but that would be crass, demeaning to our customers and potentially detrimental to the efizi packaging we have struggled for so long to maintain. So instead we have Dele who can couch such with words like lingua franca and nourishing and hopefully our new visitors will have mercy on us and help a Nigerian startup. Up you my brother.

Hub, Investor, News

Cafe Neo And Big Cabal Media Get $250,000 From Lagos Angel Network

May 31, 2016

Lagos Startup DealDay which has event put together by the Lagos Angel Network saw two recipients get $250,000 from its maiden edition. These ventures are Cafe Neo and Big Cabal Media.

Although the event took place on March 31, 2016, the names of the recipients were not released until of recent.

One recipient Cafe Neo, is major player in the coffee chains space in Nigeria and currently have eleven outlets spread across the commercial city of Lagos.

The other, Big Cabal Media is the media company responsible for online like TechCabal, Zikoko and Radar. No doubt they have shown how the power of the media can be used for good as was they were instrumental to the enlightenment of Nigerians about the Ebola Virus, with the creation of EbolaFacts.

Lagos Startup DealDay is a quarterly investment process run by the Lagos Angel Network (LAN). It brings together LAN members, other angel investors and Lagos startup ecosystem players in a process where the very best startup ventures (across sectors) are guaranteed funding. Using Lagos StartUp DealDays as a vehicle, LAN is targeting to raise N100 million from its members and the early stage investment community for Lagos startups during 2016.

The second edition of the Lagos StartUp DealDay is set to take place June 30, 2016 and interested startups can apply here.

Food&Drinks, Fun

Beginners guide on when to drink coffee

May 3, 2016
Cafe Neo espresso


You have just worked 16 hour a day only to find out that your best friend is sleeping with your husband. You are waiting outside the hotel where they are staying. You are tired and want to make sure you don’t miss them due to fatigue. You are in no mood for nonsense.


You are a struggling entrepreneur who is waiting for that babe that normally comes between 1pm and 3:30pm.  Money never reach but you passed GCE Maths with distinction and realise that the 100 naira extra on top of espresso cost whilst ridiculous (N100 for a sachet of pure water!!!)  will get you 2 hours extra free wi-fi, AC and electricity if you take strategic sips.

Cafe Neo americano
Cafe Neo frapp


Your madam sent you to buy a coffee for her but you forgot the name of the drink. You ask the innocent-looking barista for what you ordered yesterday. It was a latte but what’s an extra N700 when the barista needs to meet her daily targets. This is the first and last time you will make this mistake.

Iced Caramel Macchiato

This law student has been toasting you for too long.  He is a nice guy and you don’t want to post him too harshly.  You order this drink as a warning to him hoping the expense will deter more advances.

Cafe Neo Soy Latte
Cafe Neo Soy Latte

Soy Latte

You are of sensitive palate and disposition and keen on better living. You are aware that Nigeria can’t produce enough milk locally and imports from obodo oyibo but insist on your favourite cafe stocking soy milk as proof of our undying loyalty.   When you are having a bad day you insist on almond or coconut milk.

Well now you know and rest assured that your friendly barista will always be available to remind you of which drink suits your situation.  That’s all from us, keep eating and drinking please – school fees are around the corner and you can always reach us at any of our social media handles.

Cafe Neo Big Boys

Diary of a barista

Diary of a Barista: Series1

March 19, 2016
diary of a baritsa

diary of a baritsaChai!!! I don blow. The latest barista in the Neo stable – you see me but yet you know me not. I am none other than your cool, hip, and debonair, Italian speaking ( espresso, Americano, – I will learn a few more words sha) barista. You think I just serve drinks and that’s it? Me and my colleagues, we observe hombre – and we’ll be reporting from this side of the counter. Be afraid or give me phat tips.

Food&Drinks, Fun, Hub

Cafe Neo big boys

March 19, 2016
Cafe Neo Paloo's

Finance people tend to only see a bottom line so I wonder if the Neo brothers are in this for the long haul or they're readying an exit

Not our words but those from our friends at EatDrinkLagos – but we are growing quickly not because we are “Finance Boys” looking for an exit. The truth is that and for our growing customer base, we are very keen on spreading Neo love to as many as possible.

Cafe Neo big boysWe are also coffee addicts, so for selfish reasons, it improves our quality of life to have so many locations around us.  Speaking of Big Boys with money, there have been rumours that Starbucks is coming to town.  Truth be told since ever since we  first heard of this we have been kneeling down and praying that it is true – not because we think they will buy us (lai lai!!) but because nothing would be better for promoting coffee culture in Nigeria. So anyone who knows a good babalawo or effective shrine, give us a shout and we can use alternative channels to invite Starbucks.

Till they come sha, we’ll do our best to expand to a location near you –  If you do know of any ideal locations – help us out and send us an email.  Mainland Lagos we haven’t forgotten you and we are currently negotiating on locations in Yaba, Surulere & Ikeja.


Cafe Neo Big Boys

Diary of a barista, Food&Drinks, Fun, Hub, Neo Events


March 18, 2016

…or in the words of Baba Segi, rat no dey chop  provisions of person wey no dey sleep.


No relevance really but we heard it last week and it sounded cool.  We suggest you try and use it over the next week in meetings and see what the reaction is. Hours of fun – trust us!!!

Some good news – bubble tea is in the house!!!  Yes, regulars know that it’s been on our menu for a while but we were never quite ready.  But now we are, so rush to our Adeyemi Lawson or Sanusi Fafunwa locations – order and enjoy.  For those who haven’t tried it yet or think our prices are too high, you can try this recipe at home.  Take one neo clear cup, throw in about 10-20 small balls of garri (the harder the better), ideally dyed to be the color of dark amala. Pour in about 3 cans of peak carnation milk, dunk in one bag of lipton and  add sugar to taste. Then…take selfie of yourself drinking in a sophisticated manner and post via instagram or twitter @mycafeneo. (psst: our accountant forced us to put this line as a not-so-subtle hint for more customer engagement on social media.  The more you post, the less we spend on marketing so abeg epp us!)

Back in the real world, we have been enjoying healthy patronage from our learned friends from Law School. The first time they were spotted, it felt like they were en route to a cocktail party in their white on black finery. This was around 11am so we thought they had dressed up early to beat the accursed island traffic. But what did it for us was the fact that at the end of every sentence they would finish with words like ipso factum or ratio decidendi – It was  actually a very confusing period for some of our new baristas who would just stare at the lawyer wondering whether this was a strange strain of fone or maybe corpus deliciti was a variant of caramel machiatto. Just playing o – do let us know how we can serve you better ( please don’t say more electrical points).

That’s all for this week – thanks for all the feedback and keep your suggestions coming.  We normally have a secret entry below by one our baristas but this time, we learnt in advance the identity of this week’s guest.  You and I know her as the eclectic Precious but we learnt that there is an alter ego known as  Noni PPJ – enjoy and happy listening!

Cafe Neo Big Boys

Fun, Neo Events

An Intimate Night with Femi Leye at #NeoAIR

November 23, 2015
Femi Leye & Cafe Neo

Coffee and beautiful live music met in a place which brought about an awesome atmosphere that turn strangers to friends. It was a beautiful night to remember last week Friday, the 20th of November 2015 as Femi Leye came to perform @mycafeneo located at  cre8space, 6, Agoro Odiyan Str, VI, Lagos.

More pictures from #NeoAIR

So many lovely Cafe Neo merchandise were on display, #cafeneomugs #cafeneotees #neopressocapsules