In addition to lower general risk of early death, researchers found reduced risk of death from diseases of the digestive system and circulatory system.
Interestingly, it also found both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee seem to provide the same health benefits.
Men who drank the mostcoffee were 12 percent less likely to die during the follow-up period of the study, compared to men who didn't drink as much or at all.
And in fact, those who reported drinking four or more cups per day enjoyed an 18 percent decreased chance of death over the 16-year study period compared to those who said they did not drinkcoffee at all. Men who drank at least two and a half cups a day reduced their risk by 12 per cent and women by 7 per cent.
Contrary to people who believe coffee can cause health problems, coffee drinkers may actually live longer according to a recent study. "That said, our results suggest that moderate coffee drinking.is not detrimental to your health, and that incorporating coffee into your diet could have health benefits".
"However, in European populations, where coffee consumption and preparation methods are variable, the relationship was less certain as relatively small studies had previously been conducted", study co-lead author Neil Murphy, from the Section of Nutrition and Metabolism at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, told IBTimes UK.
Coffee is the world's favourite beverage, with an estimated 2.25 billion cups drunk globally each day. "Coffee contains numerous chemical compounds, such as polyphenols which have antioxidant effects and other health promoting properties", Murphy explained.
British researchers just completed the largest study ever on the health impacts of consuming coffee and found that the drink may decrease humans' risk of death from all causes, especially digestive and circulatory diseases.
And the pattern was consistent across racial groups - including whites, blacks, Latinos and Japanese-Americans, the study found.
"We can not say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association", the study's lead author, Veronica W. Setiawan said to Science Daily.
Wendy Setiawan, an epidemiologist and cancer researcher, said, "Until now, there's no data in non-whites showing protective associations between coffee and death rates and I think it's really important to show in nonwhite populations, who we know have different lifestyles, different disease risks, if we can see similar associations".
"If you like to drinkcoffee, drink up".
The researchers noted that their studies don't mean coffee itself prevents people from dying, as more research would be needed to make such a statement. For example, the polyphenols found in coffee act as antioxidants, which helps cells survive from the damaging effects of molecules called free radicals.
Britons consume around 55 million cups of coffee per day, according to the British Coffee Association. In other words, those coffee drinkers were living longer.
Many past studies have shown that coffee reduces the risk of several different types of cancer, diabetes, liver disease, Parkinson's disease and liver and uterine cancers.
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