The World Health Organization’s cancer research body raised some concerns about the consumption of hot beverages. There’s limited evidence that beverages hotter than 65° probably pose some cancer risk to the oesophagus, or gullet.
Coffee and other hot drinks are typically served at 70° or hotter.
An IARC analysis evaluated evidence from more than 1,000 studies and found no basis for linking coffee to cancer. There were even indications that it might have a protective benefit for some malignancies, including liver cancer.
“We say: be prudent, let hot drinks cool down,” said WHO’s official spokesman in Geneva, Gregory Hartl. “Do Not consume foods or drinks when they are at a very hot – scalding hot – temperature”.