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Coffee and tea are extensively consumed beverages worldwide. Observational studies have shown contradictory findings for the association between consumption of these beverages and different health outcomes. Epigenetics is suggested as a mechanism mediating the effects of dietary and lifestyle factors on disease onset. We conducted epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS) on coffee and tea consumptions in 15,789 participants of European and African-American ancestries from 15 cohorts. EWAS meta-analysis revealed 11 CpG sites significantly associated with coffee consumption (P-value <1.1*10-7), nine of them annotated to the genes AHRR, F2RL3, FLJ43663, HDAC4, GFI1 and PHGDH, and two CpGs suggestively associated with tea consumption (P-value<5.0*10-6). Among these, cg14476101 was significantly associated with expression of its annotated gene PHGDH and risk of fatty liver disease. Knockdown of PHGDH expression in liver cells showed a correlation with expression levels of lipid-associated genes, suggesting a role of PHGDH in hepatic-lipid metabolism. Collectively, this study indicates that coffee consumption is associated with differential DNA methylation levels at multiple CpGs, and that coffee-associated epigenetic variations may explain the mechanism of action of coffee consumption in conferring disease risk. ### Competing Interest Statement The authors have declared no competing interest.

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