by Nancy Mehlert, MS
If your cholesterol continues to climb, you may be interested to know that one possible culprit worth exploring is your coffee preparation method! There are compounds in coffee called diterpines, one specifically called cafestol, which has cholesterol boosting properties for some people. One review said that patients with high cholesterol seem to be more sensitive to the cafestol in coffee. It is found in both regular and decaffeinated coffee. Cafestol is highest in pressed coffee preparations such as espresso and French pressed coffee. Coffee prepared through a paper filter has the least amount of cafestol. Instant coffee has relatively little. You need not forego your coffee, just save the French pressed for special occasions or run it through a paper filter after you press it.