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Coffee & Health

About ISIC

The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1990. ISIC is devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health, including:

  • Study
    of scientific matters related to coffee and health
  • Evaluation
    of studies and scientific information about coffee and health
  • Support
    of independent scientific research on coffee and health
  • Dissemination
    of balanced coffee and health scientific evidence and knowledge to a broad range of stakeholders

ISIC’s expert panel

At the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) we work with a range of experts, many of whom are recognised leaders in their fields of research, to support independent scientific research on coffee and health.

This drives our mission to inform medical and healthcare professionals, as well as media, about the current scientific knowledge and understanding on coffee consumption and health.

Our researchers, doctors and scientists are available for media interviews and to provide expert commentary on the latest coffee and health research. They can cover a range of topics, from cardiovascular health, to G.I. disorders and sports performance. If you would like to speak with them, please contact pressoffice@coffeeandhealth.org.

Our research

ISIC respects scientific research ethics in all its activities. All of our communications are based on sound science and on evidence and scientific studies derived from peer-reviewed scientific journals and publications.

In supporting independent scientific research, ISIC adheres to the following principles:

  • Publish all results
    supports and encourages researchers to publish all obtained results, regardless of the outcome
  • Academic freedom
    encouraging academic freedom and therefore not controlling the content of publications
  • Support
    of independent scientific research on coffee and health
  • Dissemination
    of active dissemination of balanced coffee and health scientific evidence and knowledge to a broad range of stakeholders

Our members

ISIC comprises six of the major European coffee companies: illycaffè, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Lavazza, Nestlé, Paulig, and Tchibo.

Our goals

Millions of people around the world enjoy a cup of coffee, whether at home, whilst on the move, or at work. Coffee is one of the most researched ingredients; resulting in the publication of hundreds of scientific studies every year.

In 2003, we identified a strategic need to become more proactive in informing medical and healthcare professionals and specialist medical media about current scientific knowledge and understanding on coffee consumption and health.

Research among healthcare professionals across Europe identified a widely spread lack of current knowledge about the health effects of coffee and many misconceptions among doctors, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare professionals who, in turn, provide advice to patients and clients about the effects of coffee on health.

National Coffee Associations

ISIC has embarked on a pan-European education programme, working in partnership with national coffee associations in 9 countries including: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and UK.