You may have considered taking a swerve past your usual cup - or cups - of coffee. But before you consign yourself to a drab, dragging, coffee-free day you might want to read on…

1. Coffee and health problems - it’s a myth

Most people restrict themselves to a couple of cups of coffee a day, but the experts suggest that drinking more could be beneficial in a number of ways. Miriam Nelson, a professor at Tufts University, reported that consuming as many as five cups of coffee each day is tied to several health benefits, including a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. “We saw that coffee has a lot of health benefits,” she said to the delight of coffee-fans across the globe.

2. How much coffee is too much coffee? Stop worrying!

A recent study has found even up to 25 cups of coffee is safe for heart health - good news for coffee-lovers. Turns out, people’s concerns about lots of coffee being bad for them are largely unfounded. Indeed for lots of us, it might be worth drinking a bit more of the stuff. Take a look at this article in The Guardian to find out more…

3. Coffee before exercise, coffee after exercise - it’s all good!

Coffee has been shown to release happy-inducing dopamine to the brain. And when paired with a work-out, its feel-good powers are multiplied. Turns out coffee helps with fat metabolism and is a proven ergogenic aid. If you’re not fluent in science-speak, that means it enhances your performance during high-intensity exercise, which means a better workout and a bigger buzz.

4. There are ways of drinking coffee before sleep

Keen to benefit from all these lovely health benefits but worried your sleep will suffer? Worry not. Really good decaffeinated coffee is now easy to get your hands on. The process of removing caffeine from specialty coffee involves using CO2, which acts a bit like a naturally-occurring caffeine magnet. As it’s passed through the beans, the rich flavours remain intact but the buzz is banished in a completely non-harmful way.