Coffee May Make You And Your Portfolio Healthier

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If you drink coffee first thing in the morning, you may be doing something healthy for your body without even realizing it. Not only does coffee have energy-boosting properties, but according to a recent study published in Hepatology Magazine, coffee may reduce the risk of dying of liver cirrhosis by as much as 66%.

Another study, reported in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, showed that consuming coffee before exercise may burn more fat. Other studies have shown that coffee may reduce the risk of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. It has even shown to reduce depression.

If you are looking for a way to invest in coffee, there is a way to invest in the price of coffee directly. The price of the iPath Series B Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN (JO) has increased by 1.19% year-to-date. This tracks futures contracts on the commodity of coffee and allows investors to gain exposure to coffee prices without worrying about direct exposure to futures.

Starbucks (SBUX) is the Seattle, Washington based company with approximately 32,000 stores around the world that sell coffee, tea, blended drinks, sandwiches, pastries, and many other food and drink items. Starbucks has a large market cap of over $139 billion and pays a dividend yield of 1.52%, which has increased every year since 2010. The company has also increased its revenue each fiscal year since 2009. The stock has an extremely high price to earnings ratio of 208, and a forward PE ratio of 41.

Coffee Holding (JVA) is a wholesale coffee roaster and dealer that manufactures, roasts, packages, markets, and distributes roasted and blended coffee for private labeled accounts and its own brands through three product categories: wholesale green coffee, branded coffee, and private label coffee. With small market cap of $28 million, the company’s stock is very speculative. The stock trades at 23 times trailing earnings.

Luckin Coffee (LKNCY) is the China based company that is a retailer of freshly brewed coffee and other drinks and food. The company has over 2,300 stores. It has a market cap of $2.3 billion. The stock has a price/sales ratio of 4.

Another option is Farmer Brothers Company (FARM), a coffee food-service company that manufactures, wholesales, and distributes coffee, tea, and hundreds of other food-service items to retailers and food-service providers. Its customers include hotels, offices, restaurants, convenience stores, and other establishments. The company has a market cap of $182 million, and is currently generating negative earnings.

Spot Coffee (Canada) Ltd. (SCFFF) has an extremely low market cap of just $4 million. It is a Canada-based company that designs, builds, and operates coffee cafés throughout Canada and the United States. The stock is generating negative earnings. Baristas Coffee (BCCI) is a drive-through retailer of coffee. This penny stock has a market cap of less than $1 million.

Most of the above mentioned stocks are extremely low-cap companies and should be considered extremely speculative. If you are a drinker of coffee, maybe you should put your money where your mouth is and consider investing in some coffee stocks.

Disclosure: Author didn’t own any of the above at the time the article was written.

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