Whether you love it or loath it (is there any in between?), coffee has made a prominent mark on our society. Even non-coffee drinkers 'catch up for a coffee', it seems coffee doesn't even need to make an appearance to get a mention.
Of course, when talking coffee we also must talk caffeine. Unless you choose a decaf, your favourite instant coffee contains 60-80mg per 250ml serve, and a percolated coffee (like you will find at a coffee shop or cafe) can contain up to 120mg per 250ml! Caffeine is a stimulant, and you should aim to consume less than 400mg per day. You will also find caffeine in cola drinks, tea, energy drinks and chocolate, so it all adds up!
Tips to enjoy a healthier coffee:
Moderation is the key. Don't over do your daily brew, or you may find yourself reliant.
Choose low fat milk or milk substitutes, or try black coffee.
If you like milk in your coffee, ask for a long black with milk added. Trust me, the barista has heard it all before. This way you can enjoy your coffee without making it a meal. A regular coffee can contain as much as 425mL – that's about 624 kj using skim milk, or 1135 kj using full cream milk (and unfortunately you can't always trust the people making your coffee to use skim milk when asked)
Try to avoid flavoured syrups, or ask for a half shot.