A Coffee Chat with Ally Shields

coffeeWelcome to this week’s coffee chat!

Author Joanne Guidoccio has agreed to talk about her writing experience, and I bet if we ask nicely, she’ll show us her mermaid book! 🙂

First, let’s find out how she takes her coffee.

JOANNE: Hot, black and sweet! Each morning, I enjoy several cups of Chatty Matty coffee, a delicious blend of light roasted and dark roasted beans. A bit more expensive, this certified fair trade and organic coffee is worth it.

Ally: No worry. My magic pot can produce anything! I’ll pour while you show us your bio.

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Loving My Chatty Matty Coffee


When good friend Fil Derewianko gave me a gift certificate for Planet Bean, I decided to treat myself to Chatty Matty coffee, a delightful blend of lightly roasted and dark roasted beans. This popular blend is only one of the many certified fair trade and organic gourmet coffees available at Guelph’s popular roastery.

Like many Guelphites, I am impressed by Planet Bean’s vision and mission to create the best tasting coffee. Their innovative business model measures success, not only in financial terms, but also in their ability to improve the health of the planet and advance organic production. It is not surprising that they now have three different locations in the city.

While I don’t consider myself to be a heavy coffee drinker, I do enjoy my three cups every morning, well within Health Canada’s recommendation of no more than 400 mg of caffeine each day.

And I love hearing the health experts discuss the many wonderful benefits of this dark brew.

  • In their book, The Happiness Diet, Dr. Drew Ramsey and Tyler Graham state that coffee improves memory and reflexes, reducing the risk of developing dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and depression.
  • According to Dr. Peter Martin, Psychiatry/Pharmacology Expert at Vanderbilt University of Medicine, coffee consumption reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and mortality rates from heart attacks.
  • Dr. Oz proclaimed coffee to be one of the most beneficial weapons in the war against cancer. Coffee is high in antioxidants and has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body.