Do you have a serious grande cappuccino habit? Have you checked your cholesterol levels lately? If you tend to have high cholesterol levels and you love your cappuccino, you may want to consider switching brews.
The oil in coffee beans (that includes decaf and regular), contains cafestol which is a potent cholesterol booster. Almost all of the compound however, is absorbed by paper filters but oil drops can pass through metal filters. That is why espresso, French press coffee as well as brews made with a permanent gold filter all contain cafestol. It’s been known that if one consumes 10 milligrams of cafestol daily for four weeks, cholesterol level becomes elevated by 8 to 10 percent. Sure, that is kind of scary and if I were in that situation I may no longer enjoy downtime at home even if I had one of the best foosball tables in my game room.
The bottom line: A cup or two for breakfast should not be a big deal. But it’s when you routinely drink several big containers of non-paper filtered java including French press style, lattes, cappuccinos or several cups of espresso and you already have high cholesterol, you should consider switching to a paper drip. Or perhaps switch to tea.