According to 99-year old Madge Sander, a regular half-strength flat white and a date scone (warmed up with butter) is one of the secrets to her good health and longevity.

Recent research would indicate that the great-grandmother is onto something. Two new studies, including the largest into coffee drinking, have found that even a single cup can increase a person’s lifespan by up to nine minutes per day. People who consume a 350ml cup each day slash their risk of dying by 12 per cent over 16 years. Coffee has also been shown to protect against heart disease and stroke.

“It’s an amazing achievement for Madge to be almost 100 years old and still as sprightly as she is,” said grandson, Craig Cunningham. “She has always told me that getting out to enjoy a regular flat white and date scone has helped her keep active and healthy in later life. That has always been a part of her daily routine and she never waivers from it.”

The Coffee Club Milford Mall is her local, but she has been known to venture to Takapuna and Albany for special outings. “At my age, an outing with coffee is something to really look forward to,” she explained.

Sander was born and raised in Takapuna. She has two children, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.