How many cups is too many when it comes to coffee?

Some of us are casual coffee drinkers, enjoying a nice cup of Joe as a friendly treat with friends. Some of us reach for that cold brew when we’re up late studying or early working. You could say that drinking coffee in moderation in social settings or when it is needed the most is a healthy relationship with coffee. Yet there are some of us who need it to start our day and have a “but first coffee” approach to pretty much all things in life. If you’re an avid or what some would call addicted coffee drinker, it might be good for you to know a few things about this coffee that you’re drinking all the time, like how many cups of coffee is too many? For such a big and broad question, I think it’s best to get the opinion of many sources, here’s what a few have to say:

According to the, “Up to 400 milligrams of caffeine, a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults”. Practically, 400m of coffee is about 4 cups of brewed coffee, so the short answer to the question is “How many cups is too many when it comes to coffee?” is more than 4. However, it is key to consider that not all cups of coffee are created equal.

The “4 cups of coffee” rule varies dependant upon the roast, too. Dark and light roasts do not have more caffeine than the other, it’s actually based on grams and amount of coffee brewed. However, the beans used in light roasts are heavier and denser and result in a more caffeinated cup of coffee.

Brands are another important factor to consider. For example, one Venti cup of a standard cup of Starbucks Pike Roast has 415 mg. One cup of this and you’ve met your daily intake. (For more Starbucks stats click this link). One “medium” sized cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee is 178mg, so in this case, you could have 2.5  cups… Regardless of what kind of coffee you like, it’s a good idea to look up your go-to coffee brands so you know how much caffeine you’re getting per “cup”.


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