Busting Coffee Lovers Myths

Ah, coffee…that amazing drink that fuels your body in the morning and keeps you going all day. One of my favorite things to enjoy, but surprisingly there are many negative myths associated with it - which may or may not be true.


1. Coffee Will Dehydrate You

This is by far the most common coffee myth and truly a humorous one. Everyone knows that coffee is made of water and water hydrates you! Caffeine is also a mild diuretic, but studies have proven that drinking caffeinated drinks in moderation does not dehydrate you.


2. Coffee Helps You Lose Weight

A cup of coffee may stimulate a short-term rise in your metabolism rate, but not enough to burn the fat. Sorry guys, you still need to head out to the gym as there is no proof that coffee can help you lose the weight. 


3. Coffee Is Addictive

This myth has some merit and some experts say it can be a bit addictive, but overall it is not true. While withdrawal can give you some bad headaches in the short term, scientists say this does not qualify as an addiction.


4. A Darker Roast Is Stronger

This one requires a little more explanation to unveil the truth. In terms of caffeine, the darker your roast the less caffeine (light roasts will have just a bit extra). People assume that espresso contains more caffeine than a regular cup. Here’s a little more detail:

  • One serving of espresso (1-2 ounces) has about 30-50 mg of caffeine while the same amount of regular coffee has about 8-15 mg. But, we do not just drink 1-2oz of regular coffee, do we?

  • A typical serving of regular coffee is about 8-24 ounces making a 1 cup serving much more caffeinated then 1 serving of espresso. Therefore, 1 cup is equivalent to 4 espressos!