Right now, there’s more conflicting and confusing information flying around about coffee than ever before. While hard-liners stick true to their beliefs that java will in fact earn you nothing more than an early grave, a thousand and one studies seem to be painting a picture of the exact opposite.


Now, as any sensible human being will always side with science and hard fact rather than personal opinions and theories, when and where testing tells us something of a positive nature we’re inclined to believe it…and indeed celebrate it, too. In the most recent examples, there’s been plenty of evidence uncovered to suggest that regular coffee intake has the potential to ward off a variety of quite hideous illnesses – anything from Parkinson’s disease to cancer. In addition, heart health and diabetes risk-reduction can also benefit from regular coffee intake, or so science seems to be telling us.


Now, on the flipside of the argument there are those who continue to warn of the apparent ‘dangers’ of excessive caffeine consumption, which is of course linked with things like elevated blood pressure and heart rate. They argue that drinking more coffee is a bad idea as while there are supposedly long-term benefits to be had, there are just as many immediate negatives to worry about.


All of which leads to the important and obvious question: should I drink more coffee?


Well, the simple answer for the vast majority of people is ‘no’ and for one very specific reason – coffee shouldn’t be approached as some kind of miraculous wonder-drug that’s guaranteed to make your life better. Instead, it’s one of life’s little pleasures that should be enjoyed and relished in quantities that are appropriate for you and you alone. Or in other words, it’s all about targeting the happy medium that common sense should really tell anyone is the best way to go.


Think of it this way – chances are that there are people in your life that could happily down ten espressos in the course of an afternoon and practically fall asleep, while others sip a milky latte and end up bouncing off the walls. Consider these two individuals side by side and you have yourself a perfect illustration of why a “Drink five cups of coffee per day” guideline is pretty ill-founded…not to mention a bad idea on the whole. Will upping your coffee intake if you’re rather sensitive to caffeine do you any good? Probably not. If you’re already drinking a fair bit of coffee, will drinking even more make you impervious to disease? Again, unlikely.


The best way to look at it is like this – moderate and sensible coffee consumption isn’t going to transform the world’s health, but at the same time nor is it anything close to the ‘guilty pleasure’ some would have us believe it to be. The extra cup won’t make you live forever but at the same time isn’t likely to do you even a little bit of harm, so why not stop looking for justification for your arguments and just enjoy the stuff?