The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee

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

  • the study of scientific matters related to coffee and health
  • the collection and evaluation of studies and scientific information about coffee and health
  • the support of independent scientific research on coffee and health
  • active dissemination of balanced coffee and health scientific evidence and knowledge to a broad range of stakeholders.

ISIC respects scientific research ethics in all its activities. ISIC’s communications are based on sound science and rely on evidence and scientific studies derived from peer-reviewed scientific journals and other publications.

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

  • ISIC supports and encourages researchers to publish all obtained results, regardless of the outcome
  • ISIC encourages academic freedom and therefore shall not control the content of publications
  • ISIC sponsors research only when appropriate independent bodies have approved the respective protocols prior to the beginning of the study (such as Ethical Clearance Committee)
  • All ISIC-sponsored publications must clearly identify ISIC as sponsor

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

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, the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) 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 health care professionals across Europe identified a widely spread lack of current knowledge about the health effects of coffee and many misconceptions among doctors, nurses, dieticians and other healthcare professionals who, in turn, provide advice to patients and clients about the effects of drinking coffee on health.

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, Portugal, Russia, Spain and UK.

This information is intended for Healthcare professional audiences.
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