From T. Rowe Price Connections, Written by C. J. Prince
Globally, somewhere between 400 and 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year, and, as a commodity, the bean ranks second only to petroleum in terms of dollars traded worldwide. And its future may be even brighter. Although coffee is currently enjoyed around the world as a beverage that delivers bold, rich flavors and a caffeine kick, new scientific research suggests that it may benefit our health and wellness as much as it pleases our palates.