A two decades long, 128,000 subject study completed by epidemiologists at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid--that's Autonomous University of Madrid for you non-español speakers--found that coffee imbibing on a regular basis did not increase the death rate in either men or women and may actually present a benefit in reducing the risk for heart disease in both sexes. Wahoo! Yes, we like.
The study was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and the abstract shows that, after adjusting for age, smoking, and other cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer risk factors, the more frequently people drank coffee the less was their relative risk for "all-cause mortality"--and, no, I'm not sure if they counted getting hit by bus as a part of their definition of all-cause mortality, but, hey, all means all, right?
But wait just a bean grinding minute. Before you go out and start slammin' the java juice more than you already do, there have been plenty of contradictory studies in the past and the scientists of this study conclude, "The possibility of a modest benefit of coffee consumption on all-cause and CVD mortality needs to be further investigated." Translation: Just keep right on doing what you're doing 'cause we don’t know yet. And science marches on.