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    It seems everyone drinks different amounts of coffee. I personally restrict myself during the week to one single shot espresso in the morning, and usually two shots on weekend days. I try to be moderate otherwise I probably wouldnt sleep or Id cause myself harm.

    People think Im crazy only drinking one a day. When I do experiments with my machine Ill taste and spit shots like a wine taster.

    So I ask coffeesnobs - how much will you drink in a day? What do you consider your upper limit? What effects you first - insomnia or heart palputation? Ive read forums where devout coffee drinkers sell off their dream machine and grinder because they must get rid of it for health reasons. I dont want my relationship with coffee to end that way!!

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    Re: How much do you drink? What is your limit?

    Like you I try not to over do my consumption as Im paranoid about the health impacts of drinking too much coffee but also I find if I drink too much it affects my eating. So I like to limit my consumption to around 2-3 cups a day.

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    Two double-shot ristretto lattes, last one prior to 2pm. Any more caffeine than that... Im wired like a jerky puppet.

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    My 3 doubles a day does not give me insomnia or heart palpitations.

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    I normally put away 3 coffees a day on average, usually a couple of flat whites and an espresso. *The time of day has no bearing on my coffee consumption - I could quite easily drink a double espresso and then promptly climb into bed and go to sleep!

    Ive never discovered my limit. I think the most Ive had in one day was 5 and it didnt affect me in any way.

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    One double shot latte week day mornings, 2 double shot lattes some time between the time I wake up and go to bed on weekends. Thats my limit. Stomach starts to hurt if I drink any more.

    I used to drink one more during the day at work (week days) but our coffee set-up is currently pretty pathetic. *:(. We dont have room in the staff kitchen for a decent espresso machine but I think Ill start pushing for a better grinder to go with the plunger(s) we do have.

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    I usually stick to 2-3 cups a day. Espresso or syphon/filter brew. Doesnt seem to have any affect on my health. 9pm is my caffeine-curfew, unless Im planning on being up late.

    Then sometimes I go completely mental and drink like two dozen shots in 90 minutes doing research, or go on a café crawl and drink a load of coffee in a few hours (they were all awesome but, Im so pretty sure that makes it ok ;) ).

    I feel a bit ill after doing something like that, and apparently I get a little flushed, but Im fine within a few hours. I dont do that kinda thing too often though ;)

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    2-4 doubles a day - espresso/ristretto
    Filter/syphon - sometimes 4 small cups + usually a double or two later.

    Weekends are a different story, usually closer to 4+ doubles.

    Note that most of my doubles are ristrettos not espresso always.

    Then, like Michelle, will drink 2 dozen in the name of science, or on a cafe crawl I run out of fingers and toes to keep count.

    Doesnt usually affect me too bad though most days. I can have one right before bed.

    Only been sick from too many coffees about twice.... where im absolutely wrecked mentally, but physically cant sleep - thats the worst. I dont love it. Both have been this year, including one night in Melbs a few months ago.

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    I usually have 3-4 ristretto based drinks a day, none after 4pm usually and I get a good nights sleep.
    I helped out at the WA Barista championships last week and got to taste all of the competitors coffees and signature drinks, I didnt have a good nights sleep after that!!!

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    I drink about 3 to 4 ristretto based drinks a day as well but mainly tea at work. But some days I might have just 1 cuppa.

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    3 flat whites a day using a single basket. I can have the 3rd straight before bed with no problems. Have been cracking off ectopic beats my entire life, gave up coffee once,(worst 3 months of my life) and made no difference.

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    Hi All
    Now back up tp 22 ristrettos a day. none after 6pm, except mondays. most shots in a day was 34, felt a little shakey.
    already suffer insomnia, and doc said coffee wasnt the cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketchy link=1228059443/0#11 date=1228226560
    Now back up tp 22 ristrettos a day. none after 6pm, except mondays. most shots in a day was 34, felt a little shakey. already suffer insomnia, and doc said coffee wasnt the cause.


    Me, one double espresso/ristretto (depending on mood and beans) flat white plus one double espresso/ristretto. Occasionally an extra single espresso. Nothing after 12PM.

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    8-10 espresso a day, 2 of those in a double shot cap in the morning and all espresso after that. A day can also include up to 15 cups at a cupping, even though you spit you still absorb caffeine.

    Last Thursday we were doing barista comp training, I had a small sip of over 200 espresso and caps. No heart problems but I felt I was going to throw up for hours after.

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    Sketchy,

    At 22 ristrettos a day you are well above what most medical professionals would say would contribute to poor sleep. The usual limit for no sleep effects is well less than 10. Of course YMMV.

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    In my experience, coffee is no match for fatigue. I had 3 pints of syphon, 4 double shots and a cappuccino between 2pm-11pm yesterday. I was fast asleep by midnight and didnt get up until 11am this morning.
    If you cant sleep after having coffee then youre not tired enough :-)

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    I reckon after drinking that much you go full circle and youre wrecked hahaha. Sometimes after a big coffee session, I actually feel uber-tired.... rather than uber-alert.

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    Well, between my youngest bloke and me, we would consume roughly 3-4 Doubles/Triples, 1-2 beautiful syphon brews and an AeroPress or two; starting at around 9:00 in the morning and finishing about 9-10:00 at night. Neither of us ever have trouble getting to sleep and in the case of my son, hes asleep before the head hits the pillow..... ;)

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    Through the week I have a couple of single shot lattes 7-7.30ish while getting ready for work, then a triple shot latte at around 10.30. *Usually thats it for the day but if I have any more in the arvo, itll usually be a couple of double ristrettos (if its going to keep me awake I might as well enjoy it ;) *)
    Weekends are less structured but I probably only end up having a little more.

    I used to love Coffee in the evening and it didnt used to keep me awake, but it does now (must be getting aged *:-? *) *, so after reading some positive comments here, I think I might be ready to brave de-caf again.

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    One double shot latte in the morning, a 1/2 a double shot latte at work (mrs has the other half). Weekends I will probably have 2 single shot lattes as well as the initial morning one, but anymore than that and it messes with my head.

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    I have 2-3 doubles every day it never stops me from sleeping sometimes I have one before I go to bed.


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    I generally drink a triple and a double ristretto in the morning and possibly a regular coffee in the afternoon. On rare occasions I drink an espresso late and have no problems sleeping.

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    For me, it depends. During the week, maybe a pot (for me around 3 cups since I make small batches) in the evening, although if Im on leave from uni I might drink two pots while just sitting around doing nothing. On the weekend, however, I go crazy and sometimes drink upwards of five pots, although since getting high blood pressure this past summer Ive made myself a limit of three pots per day maximum. Also, Ive noticed that I tend to drink more coffee when French music and cigarettes are present.

    Also, as odd as this might sound, I cant stand drinking coffee in the morning, but instead only like to drink it after noon, and especially in the evenings. Perhaps because Im so adjusted to the levels of caffeine, having been a regular coffee drinker since I was 4 years old (20 now), it doesnt keep me up but actually makes me more restful than sans coffee.

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    Double shot latte and a double ristretto first thing of a morning, after that depends on the day I am having, up to 3 double ristrettos for a bad one. Mind you I am lucky I get to stand behind my own machine all day so I just have a hit when I need it. Havent hit my limit yet but I think I came close with a 14 hour day and countless shots.

    I stand in the no coffee after about 5 crowd as it seems to keep me awake, nothing drastic just mind clicking over too much making it difficult to snooze.

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    This is an interesting thread, Ive often wondered about the quantities that others can deal with. I think it is like alcohol (or possibly other drugs) very much dependent upon individual tolerances and subseptibility. I can enjoy a latte in the morning followed by a macchiato after lunch but I never drink coffee after 5pm as I then cannot sleep at night. Sometimes a couple of shots in the morning later gives me a strange feeling of fatigue if I havent consumed much food with it (what I call jelly legs) I am a light-weight however - 60kg - and I suspect body weight has an impact on how much you can consume - like alcohol.

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    I think youre right, Rocky. Also, I think how long youve been drinking it plays a role. I have a friend who only began drinking coffee now that hes almost 18, and Ive been drinking it since I was 4. Theres definitely a difference in how much it affects us, with it keeping him hopped up whereas it has little to no effect on me unless I drink two or three pots within an hour or so (which I have done).

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    Im not gonna lie, Ive not much meat on my bones, I mean I only weight "a buck-forty" at best, and can handle a bit. But another mate of mine weighs heaps of kegs more and cant handle his caffeine. Ive seen some tiny girls pound back coffees with no real signs either.... I think theres something more to it.... I know drinking heaps of coffee on an empty stomach ruins me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YeeZa link=1228059443/20#26 date=1228520954
    I think theres something more to it.... I know drinking heaps of coffee on an empty stomach ruins me.
    Sometimes I have no idea what youre saying Dan - $1.40? - must be too un- 8-) to get it ;)

    But, to the point ... yes, Im the same. For me, caffeine + empty tummy = jitterbug. (And yet I do it time and again ::) )

    Im also very interested in the mind-over-matter factor here. I have a friend who whinges long and loud about not being able to drink caffeine at night or he wont sleep. Ive been planning on experimenting on him for ages but havent got around to it. (Oh, and I informed him Id be doing it - Im not a complete nutter ;D ).

    I told him sometimes Id give him decaf and tell him it was decaf, and other times tell him it was caffeinated. And sometimes Id give him normal stuff and tell him it was ... and then sometimes I just wouldnt tell him anything ... you get the picture? And then he tells me what he thinks it actually was, based on how he slept that night.

    Only problem is I dont see him so much since he got a girl ... so I need a new test subject ... hmm ... my husband might come in handy here ...

    Id be interested to see something like this done on a larger scale ... I need a few more friends to test stuff on I think ;)

    Oh, I had a point here right ... oh yeah. If people think the caffeine is going to keep them up, will it?


    Hmm ... some friends also seem to think an espresso neat affects them more than say a doppio latté ... which makes little sense to me ... unless the milk contributes to the not on an empty stomach factor. I spose it gets into your system quicker - two sips over cradling a mug for a while ...

    Hehehe, looking at my ecessive use of ellipses there ... youd think Id had quite enough caffeine for the day :P


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    I think it probably does have something to do with how you expect it to affect you. One interesting thing to note is that espresso has relatively little to no caffeine in it due to the fact that its roasted longer than a French or House roast. If I recall what this TV chef Alton Brown said on the episode of his show on coffee correctly, espresso has so small of an amount of caffeine that its pretty negligible and not much stronger than decaf.

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    Well if its not the caffine then its something else I am addicted to, I drink almost exclusively espresso with a little french press on the weekend when I cant be bothered with the mess and delay of starting up the machine. The french press doesnt have the kick of the espresso for me anyway, but I do understand the theory. I read a study a while ago done in queensland regarding the caffine content of espresso shots and they fluctuated widely from store to store, no followup I could see regarding why. I have always been interested to do the work myself but I sadly dont have the equipment to do the testing. Now I think I am getting a little OT but if anyone is interested in a project I would love to be involved to find out.

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    weekdays, 2x double doubles... weekends at least 3 double doubles... love my espresso and currently making the best i have ever had thanks to everyone here and a half decent machine...... cheers....


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    It depends a lot on the roast as well. If you use a milder roast (like they do in Italy), youre going to get a good bit of caffeine. But, if you use an Italian roast (which some places probably do use for espresso, but not in Italy) then youre getting virtually no caffeine.

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    On average a single espresso has half the caffeine content of a 6 oz. cup of brewed coffee.

    I personally run through an average of about 1.5kg a week.

    The most I ever drink is on long road trips where Ive been known to go through 3kg of beans brewed as CP in as little as 4 days.


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    Every day i have around 4 double shot Lattes, but sometimes after the pull if it looks too good ill just have the espresso shot straight.

    Medium roast beans from Brazil for me.

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    I have tea for breakfast. At about 10 am I have a chocalate bar and an instand coffee (free in my office). Usually I will have an espresso or an long black after lunch. In the evening I will have a glass of wine and an double shot.



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