While the WHO found that drinking coffee itself likely doesn't pose a higher risk of cancer, the organization said evidence suggests that drinking scalding hot liquids -- coffee, tea, etc. -- potentially poses a cancer risk. As explained in a report by TIME, drinking beverages 149 degrees Fahrenheit (which, by the way, is cooler than your typical take-out coffee) or hotter was linked to a higher risk of esophagus cancer. In other words, such hot beverages are now considered as "probably carcinogenic." Whoa.
“These results suggest that drinking very hot beverages is one probable cause of oesophageal cancer and that it is the temperature, rather than the drinks themselves, that appears to be responsible,” Dr. Christopher Wild, IARC Director, said in a press release.