For a lot of people, coffee is an integral part of their day. It helps them to get going, be productive, and get their work done. Coffee is, in fact, the most popular beverage in the world. In the United States alone, people drink about 450 million cups of coffee each day.

I’m a big fan of coffee. It’s delicious! There’s nothing better than having that first cup of coffee in the morning. In addition, studies have shown that coffee is associated with certain health benefits. It may help to prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cirrhosis of the liver, and heart disease.

But is it possible to have too much of a good thing? According to a recent study at the University of South Australia, the answer is “yes.” Researchers found the following:

  • A moderate amount of coffee is good. People who drank two cups of coffee a day experienced a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. (They were healthier than people who drank no coffee at all.)
  • A lot of coffee is bad. Researchers found that people who drank six or more cups of coffee a day increased their risk of cardiovascular disease by 22 percent. Six cups seemed to be the tipping point between “healthy” and “unhealthy.”

So go ahead and drink that coffee. But try to limit yourself to fewer than six cups a day. Your heart will thank you!


Clanton, N. (2019, May 15). Study finds there really is such a thing as too much coffee. The Roanoke Times. Retrieved from: