How Much Coffee is Too Much

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In the last few years caffeine in coffee has become a hot topic. Why? Because many people suffer from caffeine related headaches and/or insomnia. It is the caffeine in coffee that makes it addictive. And once you have become dependent upon it, that’s when trouble starts.

Coffee is a black, steeped drink made from ground coffee beans, either from the local Coffea species or from the Sumatra plant. The seeds from the coffee fruit are separated from the green coffee berries to produce an extract: unroasted black coffee. When decaffeinated, it becomes a 70% caffeine free blend of herbal coffee with flavor. Decaf coffee has less caffeine than regular coffee, but it is still caffeine based, so it can be as addicting as any other stimulant.

You have probably heard that it is not good to drink more than two cups of coffee at one time. That may be true, but the amount of caffeine in one cup varies greatly from person to person. Some people can only make do with a single cup. Others need two or more. That is not really the issue. The issue is whether or not you can get through the day with that amount of caffeine in your system.

An Overview

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One of the most popular ways of dealing with caffeine in coffee is to use the espresso method. The coffee is ground fresh at the factory, and then brewed in the espresso maker. There are some specialty espresso makers that will allow you to pre brew your espresso prior to brewing it. This pre brewed base will keep you from using up all the coffee in your espresso maker while you are making a shot. Also, if you have an automatic drip coffeemaker, you can use the pre-brewed ground coffee beans right inside it to give you an instant espresso on the go.

There are many ways to make an espresso shot. Some use a French press, others use a double shot espresso shot, and still others use a cappuccino. These methods all use either hot water from the tap, heated milk, or frothed milk, to create a hot, steamed milk drink. Using one of these methods is certainly the easiest way to get your caffeine content into your daily intake. Using all three methods will give you your daily caffeine requirement.

If you are consuming coffee for your medical needs or work related reasons, you may want to think about reducing your caffeine level in your beverages every day. If you find that you feel bloated after you finish your last cup of coffee, or that you have trouble concentrating after your first cup, you may want to reduce the caffeine in your beverages every day. That could mean reducing your caffeinated soda consumption, or perhaps reducing your diet of those types of foods that contain excessive amounts of caffeine.

Balancing Coffee Intake

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One final consideration is that if you drink a glass of wine or other hot beverage at dinner, you may want to consider making that glass of beverage with decaf coffee. This is because decaf is basically a different brew of coffee that has been decaffeinated. This way you can enjoy the flavor of your original brew while also enjoying the ease of having no caffeine. It will also help you to cut down on those midnight drinking binges, which is important to some people. You may want to find a good place to purchase decaf coffee, or perhaps consider brewing your own so that you do not have to go to a store.

For most people, one cup of regular coffee is the limit when it comes to caffeine intake. Of course, if you have medical problems or are dealing with a medical condition, you should talk to your doctor before you start consuming caffeine. Also, if you are pregnant or nursing, you should stay away from caffeine unless you make it a specialty. Finally, keep in mind that coffee that contains antioxidants is considered to be better for you than plain coffee. Caffeine is very common, but antioxidants are more scarce and beneficial.

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