7 Strong Coffee Myths Debunked by a Former Barista

7 Strong Coffee Myths Debunked by a Former Barista

Jake Bonneman Jake Bonneman
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Are you a hardcore caffeine junkie who practically can't survive without a piping hot cup of super strong coffee to kickstart your day?

Are you curious about the science behind coffee and caffeine and how it affects your body and mind?

Are you sick of hearing all these undeserved myths about strong coffee?

Well, today's your lucky day—we're going to shatter some of the biggest myths out there about your beloved beverage, with the help of a beloved, experienced barista: me!

Separating Caffeine Fact from Fiction: Insights from an Experienced Barista

As a seasoned barista, I've seen and heard pretty much everything when it comes to coffee. And chances are, so have you; there’s a lot of information out there on the Internet.

But unfortunately (get this) not all of the information out there on the Internet is entirely accurate.

That's why I'm here to set the record —and debunk some of the most common myths about strong coffee.

Whether you're a diehard caffeine lover or just someone who likes to feel… y’know, “awake”, stick around for a bit. We're about to dive deep into the world of coffee strength and debunk some of the most common caffeine myths out there.

We're going to crush these myths like an expensive burr coffee grinder—with power, precision, and a whole lot of noise.

So grab a cup of the strongest coffee in the world (if you can handle it) and let's get it started in here:

Myth #1: Strong coffee will give you a heart attack.

Seriously, who comes up with this stuff? Sure, caffeine can cause your heart rate to go up, but that doesn't mean you're going to keel over and die from a heart attack if you have a little extra caffeine. In fact, studies have shown that drinking a moderate amount of coffee (with caffeine, not decaf) can actually reduce your risk of heart failure.

Know your health, know your limits, know your caffeine tolerance—and if it all checks out, feel free to pour another cup.

Myth #2: Strong coffee will dehydrate you.

Oh boy, here we go again.

Yes, caffeine is a diuretic—a mild one—which basically means it can make you pee more often. But as long as you're drinking plenty of water throughout the day, drinking high caffeine coffee won't result in you becoming dehydrated.

In fact, coffee is around 98% water itself! So it is possible to get your caffeine fix and stay hydrated at the same time, without resorting to abominations like caffeinated water.

Myth #3: High caffeine coffee will stunt your growth.

Seriously? Who still believes this one? We busted this myth wide open a while ago, but for those who missed it, there's no “scientifically valid” evidence to support the idea that drinking strong coffee will stunt your growth.

And as far as evidence goes, that’s really the kind you want.

In fact, some medical research has even suggested that coffee can improve bone health. (Source). So don’t worry, you can safely indulge in your love for the strongest coffee in the world without worrying about crushing your NBA dreams, or delaying that midlife growth spurt you’ve been waiting on.

Myth #4: Strong coffee will give you insomnia.

Okay, this one has a little bit of truth to it. Caffeine can interfere with your sleep if you consume it too close to bedtime. But that doesn't mean you have to “give it up.” Just make sure you're limiting your caffeine intake in the afternoon and evening so you can still get your zzz's.

Or you could just accept the fact that you're going to be a little bit tired in the morning and power through with more coffee. It's a vicious cycle, but hey, it's the life we choose as strong coffee lovers.

Myth #5: Strong coffee will make you jittery.

Well, duh. Of course, drinking too much caffeine too quickly can make you feel jittery or anxious. If you're slamming back your afternoon cups of coffee faster than Usain Bolt riding on the back of an otherwise unladen African swallow, of course you’re going to feel a mite jittery.

But if you're sipping your strong coffee slowly and spacing out your intake throughout the day, you should be just fine.

Myth #6: Strong coffee will give you bad breath.

Now this is a stretch. As we all hopefully know by this point, coffee in general can leave a bit of a lingering aroma on your breath—as can many of the other best foods and drinks in the world. But it's not like drinking stronger coffee is going to give you full-blown gingivitis.

This “problem,” if you want to call it that, can be easily remedied by rinsing with some mouthwash, brushing your teeth, or even drinking a glass of water.

You know, the things you should be doing anyway even if you weren’t drinking coffee.

Myth #7: Strong coffee is “bad” for you.

Despite its bad rap, caffeine is not inherently “bad” for you—and neither is coffee, for that matter. In fact, caffeinated coffee can have some pretty significant health benefits, like lower risk of stroke, less chance of developing certain cancers, healthier liver, and many more.

Of course, as with anything, even when it comes to the strongest coffee in the world, moderation is key. But the point is, unless you have a specific health concern, like being extra sensitive to caffeine, there’s no reason to give up caffeine or coffee.

Final Thoughts

Now that we’ve busted these weak-ass myths about strong-ass coffee, feel free to savor that delicious brew, feel the caffeine coursing through your veins, and embrace the buzz

And if anyone tries to come at you with some wild decaf propaganda, just smile and know that you’re armed with the facts. Then laugh, and take another sip of that strong, delicious coffee right in their sleepy face.

Here's to a strong, satisfying cup of extreme caffeine coffee and all the pleasure and productivity it brings—minus the bogus claims.

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