Researchers at the Byrd Alzheimer's Center in Tampa have given mice bred with Alzheimer's the equivalent of five cups of coffee per day (a long breakfast at the Chatterbox) and found better memory and half the beta amyloid plaques implicated in the disease process compared with decaffeinated mice.
The oldtimers down it by the urn-load. The bachelor farmers at the Chatterbox Cafe. The church ladies over at Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility. It's all over the shelves at Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery.
Turns out those fictional old timers know a thing or two about healthy living. Coffee is this year's aspirin, a wonder drug whose miraculous powers are just now being investigated.