I was up to 5 cups a few weeks ago. I only drink coffee at work as it is free and they have a nice machine.
I started having terrible headaches all weekend long. The only thing I could figure was that I was going through caffeine withdraw.
Right now I am trying to draw down to 2 cups. But typically have 3 cups.
Lots of cream, lots of sugar, lots of coffee!
I only drink coffee if it's 'good' coffee. I can't drink the free stuff at work; you get what you pay for never proved more true.
I used to work w/ a 'woman' who drank a lot of coffee; I asked her how many cups she drank before work- she said 'cups? I drink 2 POTS'.
she smoked all day too, imagine that.
I drink 2 cups of coffee and usually 1 soft drink per day. At that level, I sleep well, don't get the jitters, and I can still enjoy coffee. I'm not a big-time coffee snob, but I do make my own with locally roasted beans when I'm at home or in the office. Its more about the freshness for me, rather than whether the bean is from Kona or Sumatra or Columbia. Our cafeteria coffee is un-drinkable, but most restaurants do OK in my view.
I have been as high as 4-5 cups of coffee and 2-3 soft drinks, and that was noticeably unhealthy. Blood pressure was up, sleep was so-so, and I felt wired all the time. I've also tried going caffeine-free, and to be honest I didn't feel any better than I do at my current level (and yes, I tried it long enough to fully adapt). Caffeine itself is harmless in small doses, and coffee (like tea) actually has beneficial antioxidants and trace elements.
Soda- no benefit at all, just straight bad for you no matter how you look at it. But I like it so I allow myself one a day. Dublin Dr. Pepper with no corn syrup. ;-)
I stopped drinking coffee.
Was a 2 cupper. Just decided to stop for no reason other than minor inconvenience and the few bucks per day I was spending. Have had no issues with caffeine withdrawl or anything. Have a bit more spare money, and I leave slightly later than I used to to go to work, because I don't have to stop for, or make coffee anymore.
We have a informal coffee kitty at work. I like one cup in the morning when I get in as Im a slow starter. If I make it myself at work, it seems to taste better as I try to clean the "film" off the pot and basket with a wet papertowel and I use the "correct" filter so the water doesnt overflow the filter on our generic 2-sided/2-pot drip machine (somebody got at Wally World). It beeb a Big struggle sourcing filters that are low efficiency - the high efficiency dont drip fast enough to keep up with the water inflow.
We experiment a lot with coffee at work.
I never get the high dollar stuff. (I still can't believe anybody pays $9 for 11 oz of Dunkin' Donuts blend )
We tried some from Aldi. It had been roasted and ground by Dahlmeyr in Munich, so I was thinking that I had just scored the greatest coffee per dollar ever. It must be Dahlmeyr's reject coffee. It was a fine grind and typical of German coffee, it was low in acidity so you could drink quite a bit without getting, "coffee gut". But it was a real light roast and lacked flavor.
On the other hand, some of the Mexican brands we have tried from the local supermercados have astonishingly good for the price.
I'm currently on Java Time "Gourmet" coffee. Dumb name. Folger's style coffee. But at $4.00 a lb (no really, 16oz. bag ) I'm not complaining too much.
I live in Canada (we import more coffee than our southern neighbours), I work in the gov't and I'm a Computer Engineering Technologist; I've over 60oz's and I'm about to take a pre-workout supplement that has 300mg of anhydrous caffeien .
Answer: WAY TOO MUCH! Just gotta' keep up on the water and you won't get too much acidity in your gut/diuretic effects. Going cold turkey is easy except for the behaviour modification, but thus far I've never had any physical withdrawal symptoms.
Amateurs...I measure my consumption by the pot. Probably 2 pots a day...more or less (they're smaller pots but we're still talking 12-14 cups). I also drink coffee while I'm driving and stop to get more when I run out. I've done this for years (at least 30) and have tried going "caffeine free" a few times...didn't feel any different (better or worse). Despite the supposed unhealthful affects of high caffeine consumption, I have normal blood pressure (110/70), don't wear glasses and take no prescription medications (I'm 55 years old..almost 56). A recent physical showed everything within "normal" (no psychiatric testing obviously) ranges. My doctor said I'm the guy they find dead in the parking lot who had "no health problems".
I stopped drinking coffee after i found out it raises my blood sugar.
I looked it up and it has been studied and scientifically proven to do so in healthy volunteers.
So, coffee is bad for people with diabetes or prediabetes.
Now, I drink tea, sugar is fine and my headaches are gone.
Coffee is the life blood of the Army. I used to drink a whole pot a day but have forced myself down to 3-4 cups, even on the weekend. I only drink the basic brewed "Folgers" stuff. Despite living in the yuppie land of Starbucks, I don't care for their coffee at all.
Unfortunately, I'm the same age as oilmaven but pop medications like popcorn, hence the reason for cutting back.
Amateurs...I measure my consumption by the pot. Probably 2 pots a day...more or less (they're smaller pots but we're still talking 12-14 cups). I also drink coffee while I'm driving and stop to get more when I run out. I've done this for years (at least 30) and have tried going "caffeine free" a few times...didn't feel any different (better or worse). Despite the supposed unhealthful affects of high caffeine consumption, I have normal blood pressure (110/70), don't wear glasses and take no prescription medications (I'm 55 years old..almost 56). A recent physical showed everything within "normal" (no psychiatric testing obviously) ranges.
Wow, I'm almost as old as you and drink almost as much coffee with similar health. Way to go, bro!