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What’s the Right Amount of Coffee to Drink?

Sometimes, people ask us strange questions, like, “How much coffee should I drink?”

Our answer: “All of it.”

In all seriousness, people wonder how much coffee is too much. They also ask if they should be drinking coffee at all, after reading and seeing so much on the Internet about how everything in the world is trying to kill them.

It’s a fair question. Too much of a good thing can be bad. And while we heartily endorse drinking copious amounts of the dark stuff, we don’t want you to overindulge.

So how much is too much?

Is Coffee Good for You?

Before we can address how much you should be drinking, let’s first address whether or not you should be drinking coffee at all.

We’re biased, naturally, being a coffee shop, but we’ll share with you what science has found: namely, drinking coffee has plenty of health benefits.

For example, coffee consumption has been positively linked to:

  • Less of a chance to die from cardiovascular disease
  • Reduced risk of cirrhosis of the liver
  • Less risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • Reduced risk of cancer
  • Less of a chance to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

People who drink coffee are also less likely to suffer from depression and are more likely to live longer than people who don’t drink coffee.

In fact, researchers think you should drink four strong cups of coffee a day to develop a healthier heart. (We endorse this.)

So, clearly, you should drink coffee. It’s delicious and good for you. That’s science, and you can’t argue with science, right?

But that still doesn’t answer the question of how much is too much.

Exploring the Limits of Drinking Coffee

We’re sad to report that yes, you can drink too much coffee.

It’s not the coffee itself that’s the problem – it’s the caffeine. Your body can only handle so much caffeine thanks to the significant impact caffeine has on your nervous and cardiovascular systems.

For example, caffeine is a potent stimulant and increases your heartbeat. You don’t want to overdo that, because you can develop bad side-effects like twitchiness, restlessness, insomnia, chest pains, dizziness, an upset stomach, muscle tremors, and other things you don’t want.

The specific amount of caffeine that you can safely consume varies from person to person. On average, according to the Mayo Clinic, the typical adult can have up to 400 mg of caffeine, which is about four cups of brewed coffee.

The good news is, your body will generally stop you from drinking more coffee if you’ve had too much. You know the nasty feelings we just talked about? They’ll probably make you want to push the good stuff away and take a breather.

Now, if you drink decaf, that’s a whole ‘nother story. Drink as much of that as you want.

So, now that you know how much coffee you should – and shouldn’t – drink, there’s no time better than the present to indulge in a nice cup of deliciousness at your local coffee shop. Come visit us in Homewood or in Lakeview and we’ll help you get your daily fix.

It’s for your health, after all.