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Just don’t max out on that mocha

Putting a cap on the caffeine cuppas we consume in a day.

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May 16, 2019, 07.59 AM IST
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Victor Hugo noted that when he suffered from writer’s block, he would drink copious ‘torrents’ of strong black coffee to awaken his sleeping muse. However, researchers at the University of South Australia have now determined just how much coffee one can drink without its caffeine content adversely affecting our health. According to these findings, the French novelist’s ardent amour with arabica could well have played havoc with his health, causing him to join the ranks of Les Miserables. The Australian research team has concluded that drinking more than five cups of the beverage a day is likely to cause your heart to be less than robusta. The study has indicated that people who drink more than five cups of java daily run a 22% greater risk of developing cardiovascular complications than those who are more continent in their consumption, and, consequently, should have no grounds for complaint even as they feel full of beans.

Such revelations may or may not persuade lovers of latte to take a tip from T S Eliot’s Prufock and measure out their life in coffee spoons. Baristas, such as the globe-spanning chain that continues to make stellar bucks through the brew, might well shrug it all off as a storm in a coffee cup. A sentiment that could be endorsed in south India — where the decoction is drunk ‘by the yard’ — with an exclamatory ‘Kapi that!’

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