I really love my coffee. I love holding a warm mug (yes--even in summer) and just sipping. I am not a coffee connoisseur, though. I have been known to warm the same cup of Tim Horton's coffee at school a few times, then finish it on the way home. Coffee is best when it is hot and strong (I don't even need the caffeine). I THINK I drink a lot of coffee--but I really don't. I probably actually drink about 16 ounces a day. I was relieved when I saw this article from NPR: How many cups of coffee per day is too many?
According to this article, a person can consume no more than four eight-ounce cups of coffee per day before significant health side-effects take place. Wow--that's a lot of coffee! Even better news--coffee consumption has little effect in people over 55 . . . well, that it quite some time away.
I know this does not mean that the amount I drink per day is healthy, but it doesn't make my habit seem quite so bad. I'm off to pour a one-inch "warmer" into my mug.