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I keep hearing clients talking about how much coffee they drink and how they don't wake up, or can't start their day, unless they have a few cups of coffee. Coffee is slightly acidic and can, or does, have a stimulating effect on us because of its caffeine content. Its really this caffeine that gives coffee its kick

So, the big question is how much coffee or caffeine is safe?
The amount of caffeine present in coffees sold on the high street means our daily caffeine intake may be a lot higher than we think.
The caffeine content of a cup of coffee depends on how big the cup or mug is, how finely the coffee is ground, how dark the roast, the brewing method used, how much coffee is used to make the drink and the type of coffee bean used. The list goes on .......

A cup of instant coffee will be different from a mug of brewed coffee, a home-made cappuccino different from a large latte bought in a coffee shop. Caffeine is also found in tea, chocolate, some soft drinks, and certain medicines. Most people are affected by caffeine in different ways with some people being more sensitive to its properties than others and therefore may have to adjust their intake as a result.

  • 1 mug of instant coffee: 100mg
  • 1 mug of filter coffee: 140mg
  • 1 mug of tea: 75mg
  • 1 can of cola: 40mg
  • 1 can of 'energy' drink: up to 80mg
  • 1 x 50g bar of plain chocolate: up to 50mg
  • 1 x 50g bar of milk chocolate: up to 25mg
Source: Department of Health

We are all different shapes and sizes, with different tolerances and this is why some people react strongly to caffeine, some don't.
It's a question of knowing your own limit and your own body.

I have read and re-read several studies with reference to how much coffee is safe to drink. The general advice is that four or five cups of coffee a day is safe (that's around 400mg of caffeine). The Food Standards Agency says there is no limit set for healthy individuals and recommend a balance of drinks and a sensible, moderate approach to coffee-drinking.

Good idea, makes sense to me.
So, let's drink coffee in moderation, just like any other food or drink, but (please !) stop using it as a form of stimulant or meal replacement.