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In this article, I will tell you the perfect temperature for drinking coffee, and why you should not drink coffee from a white cup.

The perfect amount of coffee is actually one to two cups of coffee, but it is, fortunately, possible to drink twice as much without risking your health. 

Optimal Coffee Temperature

Do you really know what the optimal temperature for coffee is?

Brewing temperature and serving temperature of a coffee is different.

A good ballpark would be anywhere from 120°F to 140°F.

Although, it does depend on preference. Some people like theirs to be scalding hot whereas others might wait for it to cool down.

So, while there is a set standard, feel free to experiment on your own. Besides, who even measures the temperature of their coffee before drinking it?

Drinking From a White Cup

Do Not Drink Coffee From A White Cup

Why shouldn’t you drink coffee from a white cup? Researchers have found that coffee served in white cups tastes more bitter.

In fact, it is the contrast between the cup color and the coffee that makes the coffee taste different.

In addition, coffee served in transparent glasses should be experienced as much sweeter, according to the website.

How Long Does it Take for Coffee to Work

It takes between 30 and 45 minutes for the caffeine to start working after you drink it. This is because it must pass through the stomach before it can be absorbed in the colon.

After this process, the caffeine works for a while. On average, caffeine works noticeably for about four to six hours, but this can be very individual says Lise von Krogh, a nutritional physiologist at Von Krogh Nutrition Limited.

But the effects of caffeine are different on each individual.

Some are also more sensitive to caffeine than others. This is a substance you get used to so that the effect will be highest for those who rarely take a coffee cup.

Steven Miller, a psychology professor at Rosalind Franklin University believes that we should drink coffee between 9.30 and 11.30, and in the afternoon between 13:00 and 17:00 to get the full effect.

Coffee drinking limits

Amount of Coffee in a Day

No, it’s not four cups of coffee, but one to two cups a day.

It shows a study conducted at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The researchers also showed a connection between daily coffee consumption and a lower risk of heart failure, but that a maximum of two cups was beneficial.

Here is an article on the health benefits of coffee.

Although up to two cups of coffee are considered the “perfect amount”, it is, of course, possible to drink a little extra.

It is good to get an amount of caffeine equivalent to four to six cups of coffee in a day. That is up to 400 milligrams of caffeine daily, nutritional physiologist Lise von Krogh has stated to CoffeeSamurai.


James Hoffman made a great video explaining the brew temperature issue. I thought I would update this article with his thoughts on the subject since he is a former world champion barista and a renowned coffee expert.

If you found this article interesting, maybe you would like to read about, the perfect brewing temperature.

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