The following morning routine might seem familiar to you:

You wake up early, a bit groggy and wishing you could sleep a little longer. Being the good employee that you are, you force yourself out of bed and head to the kitchen. Most likely this is where you drink your first cup of coffee while having breakfast. The smell of coffee alone is enough to perk up your senses and make you feel awake, never mind actually drinking it. After filling your belly and making yourself presentable you grab your things and head to work.

Once at the office, it’s not time to work yet! First things first, it’s time to take advantage of the office’s coffee service and have another cup of coffee to get the heart pumping, the brain into high gear, and the fingers typing!

If your day starts something like this, you’re a lot like the hundreds of millions of other coffee drinkers around the globe. Many of us can barely function without that first cup of Java in the morning. Indeed, you could say most of us are slightly reliant (or addicted?) to coffee.

But it is coffee really good for productivity in the workplace? Is it healthy? How much coffee is too much? What are the benefits and disadvantages of drinking coffee on a regular basis? We will explore all these questions in greater detail below. Let’s start with some of the truly astounding statistics of coffee usage around the world.

coffee drinkers have one specialty/gourmet coffee (mocha, latte, frappuccino) a day on average.
  • We like our coffee most in the morning. 65% of consumers say they drink a cup with breakfast every day.
  • Women mostly drink coffee to relax, whilst men drink it mostly for productivity.
  • This consumption drives a global, multi billion dollar industry that is still growing with each passing year by up to 20%.

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  • Fight off death – All the benefits above attribute coffee with the ability to fight off death. Many studies with control groups that either drink coffee or don’t drink it at all have found the coffee drinkers to live longer lives, by quite some margin.
  • Lowers the risk of the following disease

    Type 2 diabetes

    We already mentioned that coffee helps regulate blood sugar levels, making you crave less sugar. Well, it also helps regulate insulin by diminishing its sensitivity and lowers the build up of glucose tolerance. Decaf coffee has the same effect, only slightly lower.

    Alzheimer’s and dementia

    According to European Journal of Neurology, there is evidence that coffee may protect against Alzheimer’s. Coffee works wonders on the brain in general and the effect extends to dementia.

    Parkinson’s (possibly)

    Drinking coffee every day can impair the onset of Parkinson’s. This is because it activates the area of the brain that is affected by Parkinson’s.

    Cancer

    Caffeine helps the body rid itself of free radicals. Free radicals lead to cancer over time. Daily coffee consumption reduces the risk of cancer of all types with between 20-25%. Coffee has been shown to be effective in preventing the following types of cancer:

    • Liver
    • Colorectal
    • Prostate cancer in men
    • Endometrial cancer in women

    Stroke

    If you drink a healthy amount of coffee on a daily basis, your chance of having a stroke is reduced.

    Cirrhosis of the liver

    Although we don’t condone drinking (certainly not in the workplace), there is good news for those of us who enjoy an alcoholic drink every now and then.

    Misconception: Heart disease

    There are many misconceptions about the consumption of coffee. One of the most dramatic is that coffee leads to heart problems. While it is true that coffee beans contains cafestol and kahweol, two substances suspected of leading to higher LDL cholesterol levels. This amount is too small to affect people with normal levels of cholesterol. For people with high cholesterol, filter coffee is still fine as the filtering process filters most of those substances.

    Risks of coffee consumption

    All these benefits might make coffee seem like some kind of miracle substance. Many of us would even swear by its powers. Nothing is perfect, and coffee is no exception. There is always the risk of too much of a good thing. You should be aware of the following:

    • Sleeplessness and insomnia – This depends a lot on your individual caffeine tolerance. For most of us it’s good to stay below 400 mg of caffeine (around 4 cups).
    • Tone down when pregnant – Although the effect isn’t clear, fetuses are sensitive to caffeine and whatever you consume makes its way there eventually. It is recommended to stick to one cup a day when expecting.

    How can coffee help us in the workplace?

    As you can see the established benefits of coffee far outweigh the potential risks. The reason why coffee is such a boon in the office space should also be clear looking at the positive effects it has on us.

    Not only does coffee have amazing everyday benefits like upping our focus, keeping us alert, improving our mood, raising our energy levels, and keep our bodies healthy, but it also fights of the risk of many chronic (and life threatening) illnesses. Not only does this keep your employees productive and happy, but it keeps them coming into the office in the first place!

    A survey conducted by The Daily Buzz, a company that specializes in corporate coffee bars, found out the following from employees: