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Poll: Caffeine, Caffeine...joy, joy. How much do you consume? (297 member(s) have cast votes)

How many 8 ounce cups of coffee (or caffeinated beverage) per day (on average)?

  1. 0 (50 votes [16.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.84%

  2. 1 (37 votes [12.46%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.46%

  3. 2 (85 votes [28.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.62%

  4. 3 (47 votes [15.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.82%

  5. 4 (37 votes [12.46%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.46%

  6. 5 (13 votes [4.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.38%

  7. 6 (6 votes [2.02%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.02%

  8. More than 6 (12 votes [4.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.04%

  9. Other: Please explain (10 votes [3.37%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.37%

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#1 Attolia

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:27 PM

My caffeine consumption has been slowly creeping up.  And it makes me wonder, how much is "normal"?

 

And what a better way to find out than produce a nifty poll.   :lol:

 

 

ETA - for consistency let's say 8 ounce cups.


Edited by Attolia, 11 January 2018 - 02:34 PM.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:29 PM

1. I have a horrible habit of leaving an inch of it in the cup, so can never justify getting a second serving. Doesn't matter how big the cup is, I never seem to finish my coffee. Drives DH crazy, but at least we always know whose mug is whose :) 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:30 PM

1. I have a horrible habit of leaving an inch of it in the cup, so can never justify getting a second serving. Doesn't matter how big the cup is, I never seem to finish my coffee. Drives DH crazy, but at least we always know whose mug is whose :)

 

 

My dd is the same way.  It is a running joke in our house.  



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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:31 PM

1-2 travel mugs per day (The size varies, but I think the ones I usually use are 16 oz.)


Edited by Word Nerd, 11 January 2018 - 02:49 PM.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:33 PM

I don't know how you're defining "cups" so I'll wait to vote until that's clarified.

 

I have four travel mugs of coffee on a normal day. Three of them are caffeinated. I think each one holds 12-14 ounces of coffee.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:35 PM

I don't know how you're defining "cups" so I'll wait to vote until that's clarified.

 

I have four travel mugs of coffee on a normal day. Three of them are caffeinated. I think each one holds 12-14 ounces of coffee.

 

 

I always assume a cup to be 8 oz so I edited it for clarity. Thanks for the heads up that it might need clarification.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:37 PM

One bigger iced coffee (16 oz or so) and one Diet Coke, so three :)
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:40 PM

Ok, so I don’t drink coffee coffee. But if you figure that a shot of espresso has the same amount of caffeine as an 8 oz coffee, then ...

I drink 2 - 3 espressos every am, I drink them in cappuccino but I’m not talking Starbucks. I make my own. One shot of espresso and approx 5 oz of frothed milk.

I usually have one around mid afternoon, sometimes two if we have company and there’s a lot of coffee consumption going on, or if I need a pick me up to stay up beat and energetic.

Occasionally, not often, I have single espresso after dinner, if DH and I have plans to stay up late. If those plans mean staying at home, once every 6 mos or so I’ll add a splash of kahlua.

So sometimes I have as many as six cups, but normally it’s more like 3-4.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:41 PM

I always assume a cup to be 8 oz so I edited it for clarity. Thanks for the heads up that it might need clarification.

 

Coffee manufacturers' instructions for brewing a "cup" of coffee often means something less than eight ounces. Most refer to using X amount of coffee for every six ounces of water. On many (most?) coffee makers the number of cups made is measured in six ounce increments (so a 10 cup coffee maker makes 60 ounces of coffee). One would assume a cup would always be eight ounces, but apparently that's not so when it comes to coffee. ;)


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:41 PM

I voted 6. 2-3 cups of coffee and then 2-3 glasses of iced tea (at least). 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:41 PM

I've given up caffeine, again. I do drink one caffeine-free coke zero each day.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:44 PM

I voted 5 - my mug here is 12 oz. I usually have 3 mugs in the am and 1 in the afternoon. I do drink a lot of iced tea in the summer, so that's my winter answer. :-)


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#13 Attolia

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:47 PM

I've given up caffeine, again. I do drink one caffeine-free coke zero each day.

 

 

Brave soul.  How's that working out for you?   :laugh:


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#14 AnnE-girl

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:48 PM

I voted three, but it’s (often, ahem) occasionally more like four. I was down to two cups of half decaf during my pregnancies, but I think that’s the least amount of coffee I’ve consumed since college.
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#15 MomtoCandJ

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:48 PM

Ummmm I drink a pot of coffee a day so whatever that is.
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#16 Attolia

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:51 PM

Ummmm I drink a pot of coffee a day so whatever that is.

 

 

:lol:



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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:54 PM

My caffeine consumption varies, but I have at least some of it every single day.

I’m surprised no one has popped in to discuss how caffeine is an evil addictive drug that we should all avoid. ;) Of course, in my current heavily-caffeinated condition, I might not take such a suggestion in a friendly way, however accurate or well-intended it might be. :D
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:55 PM

I usually have 2 large (16-20 oz) travel mugs of tea (usually black tea chai) per day, so I voted 4.

 

I couldn't have 4 cups of coffee though, that would make me seriously jittery. At most I might have a tall or grande frappuccino, which has 1-2 shots of espresso. That would be all the caffeine I could handle for the day.


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#19 Catwoman

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:56 PM

Brave soul. How's that working out for you? :laugh:


She’s probably already counting down to her much-anticipated relapse. Or at least that’s what I would be doing... :leaving:
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:00 PM

My soda consumption tends to creep way up on vacation, but now that we're home from Christmas travel I'm strictly limiting myself to either one iced coffee in the morning or a caffeinated soda with lunch. I selected "2" in the poll since both of those are around 16 oz.

I've tried at various times to cut caffeine entirely, but I end up scattered, sluggish, and unproductive after a month or so abstaining. I fell off the wagon and everything got so much better. I decided I either need to be tested and possibly medicated for ADD and/or depression or just accept that I need caffeine to function optimally. Since caffeine is cheaper and doesn't effect future health insurance eligibility I went that route.
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#21 regentrude

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:01 PM

I do drink one caffeine-free coke zero each day.

 

what is left of coke when you take out the caffeine and the sugar? 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:03 PM

I don't drink coffee.  I won't say that Caffeine is an evil addictive drug that should always be avoided.......but I will say coffee is :lol:

 

I do drink tea.  I had a box of "chocolate toffee" black tea that was pretty good that I was drinking in the morning, hot.  It had a moderate level of caffeine, for a tea.  Then the rest of the day I am usually drinking an iced herbal or green tea that has very little caffeine.  I have finished that box though, so now I am working on a tea that DD22 got me last year.  Its a roobios, from Republic of Tea, not sure what I will be drinking once I am done with that one.

 

I used to drink quite a bit of Cherry Coke, but I managed to give that up, only to convert to McDs Coke.  I have finally managed to drop that habit as well.  So generally, I don't consume much caffeine.  But I used to consume a LOT. 

 

 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:03 PM

About 1 cup of coffee a day or so, maybe a little more in the winter when it’s cold, and maybe a soda, but I sometimes base that on how much coffee I’ve had. So 1-2, but occasionally 3.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:03 PM

what is left of coke when you take out the caffeine and the sugar?


Caramel coloring? ;)

Certainly, all of the fun is gone. The sugar and the caffeine are the key players, as far as I’m concerned.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:03 PM

Caffeine is a drug. I've found it has been extremely effective for my (mild) depression. And that's at just 2-3 cups a day of cold brew coffee. (Along with the squares of dark chocolate that are the daily due of any hard-working parent.)


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:04 PM

what is left of coke when you take out the caffeine and the sugar? 

 

Lol.  My mom drinks caffeine free diet coke.  We call it caramel colored carbonated water. 


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#27 Catwoman

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:05 PM

Caffeine is my friend.

It also helps a lot when I get migraines.

Edited by Catwoman, 11 January 2018 - 03:05 PM.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:05 PM

Just ice water here. I don't like coffee, tea is nothing special but maybe if I'm cold--3 times per year? I do like soda, but trying to limit it to once per week, usually when out. And I'm beginning to think caffeine in the evening isn't a good idea for me, so I try to do caffeine-free for sure if it's dinner-time or later. Anyway, I voted 0.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:06 PM

Right now I'm having 1 cup that is 2/3 decaf and 1/3 half-caf and then any further cups are 100% decaf. The impact of caffeine on fertility is inconclusive but since I turn 41 in a few weeks, I'm erring on the side of caution.

 

Normally I drink anywhere from 3-4 cups of regular coffee per day.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:12 PM

I have a minimum of 2, sometimes 3.  

 

I have sporadic low blood pressure so my doctor told me to drink caffeine throughout the day and add extra salt to my diet. LOL  Not the recommendation I was expecting. LOL   I generally make a 14 ounce coffee in the morning and sometimes I forget to drink it and throw most of it away.  If I don't drink it, I feel the effects ot the low blood pressure more and will end up drinking a Red Bull to compensate. 

My body responds to stress by lowering my blood pressure.  So when things get rough at work, I have to drink caffeine and have a salty snack to get my bp to increase.  LOL  


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:12 PM

I have two 6oz cups of coffee in the morning and in winter an 8oz mug of black tea in the afternoon.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:15 PM

I've never been a coffee or tea drinker, but I used to drink Coke. I don't anymore, so I have 1/2 of a caffeine-water Crystal Light flavored packet every morning. I then switch to only water. That comes out to 8 oz daily as it goes into a 16.9 oz water bottle, so I voted 1 cup. 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:17 PM

Minimum 2 cups of coffee every morning. In the winter, I often have another cup around 3.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:21 PM

I voted 4. I usually drink 3 mugs (like the basic kind off Shutterfly, that are 11oz). I figure 3 of those is close to 32oz.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:22 PM

I voted 2, but I’ve been so tired lately that it’s definitely more.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:35 PM

I have hit other. It is more than 6 cups worth, I believe, but it is in the form of either diet soda (if I'm stressed beyond belief) or caffeine pills (if I'm not). 

 

Caffeineinformer.com is useful if you want to know how much you've consumed. 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:36 PM

Does 8 ounces of espresso count?   :lol:   Each shot is about 2 ounces, and I usually only have two shots, but sometimes I have 4 throughout the day.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:37 PM

About 2 16 oz cups. I love my coffee and find no need to reduce or quit. If I ever do, that will be a sad sad day.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:39 PM

We brew half-caf to avoid headaches if there is a sudden cessation of coffee availability. To further complicate my calculation after the first lovely cup i switch to pouring myself half cups so they stay warmer. DH, the dear, tries hard to split the coffee evenly, but my focus tends to be "More, more, more!" Too much hassle to make a second pot, though. Anyway, I voted 2.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:44 PM

I’m not sure how to vote, I don’t drink real coffee but I have a mocha every morning. Before pregnancy it was two cups, which is about the same caffeine as one cup of regular coffee. Then I would also have a can of Dr Pepper later in the day most days.

Now I’m down to one mocha per day (45 mg caffeine) and about one Dr Pepper per week.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:44 PM

Hot tea in the morning. Every once awhile a grande mocha from Starbucks.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:55 PM

I detest coffee, but think caffeine is healthy for our brains - at least in reasonable quantities. 

 

At home I drink a regular sized mug of green tea each morning and I'm down to half a 16 oz bottle of caffeinated soda in the early afternoon.

 

When we travel it's usually all sodas because I also don't like cold or bottled tea.  I also don't limit sodas then as I sometimes need to stay up later in the evening and late afternoon caffeine does that trick nicely.

 

I just have to wean back down once we return home.  I'd be ok with the caffeine.  I don't like that much sugary drinks - well, I do like the flavor, but not what it could be doing for my health.

 

I wish I liked tea better.  I like some herbal teas, but those don't have caffeine.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:57 PM

I drink 3-4 large mugs of coffee each day. I think they're about 14 oz. And then there's the Coke Zero I drink at lunch. So, honestly, more than 6.

I also drink a good amount of water!

Caffeine is my one weakness ;).
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:01 PM

About 4ish mugs of coffee.  I use about half of what the instructions say to use when making it.

 

 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:05 PM

Other: Some days I drink 12-24 oz. (1-2 travel mugs full) of black tea. Other days I drink zero.

I used to drink 1- 3 carafes full of tea per day, but I accidentally weaned off. It was not a conscious decision, but just a habit that became less habitual over time.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:16 PM

Other. I restrict myself to 1-2 coffees per week. I only drink coffee from a really good local shop/brand. I keep my consumption low so that it remains a treat. The rest of the time I drink ordinary tea. 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:27 PM

I have a hot beverage every morning; sometimes it is coffee, sometimes it is tea. It is nearly always caffeinated, but I only use sugar if it’s coffee. (Otherwise, it’s stevia.) I think if I were an ideal human being, it would not be coffee ever because I have IBS and really, coffee does me no favors. I have quit for periods of time before. Strangely enough, the main reason I have a coffee instead of a tea is entirely because I am so slow in the morning. If I want coffee, DH will make me one because he is already making his own. If I want tea, I’m on my own. (This is also why it is sugar if it’s coffee; if DH makes it, he isn’t going to make mine a special way and put stevia in it. He’s all about maximum efficiency and can’t be bothered with crafting it or anything.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:27 PM

When I have coffee, I usually make 2 cups in the morning, but it is half-caf. 

Sometimes I have hot tea instead. 

 

I do not need the caffeine or get headaches without it. 

 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:57 PM

You might ask, rather, how many coffee units of caffeine people have per day (a lot of people drink tea or coke or something instead of coffee).


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 05:12 PM

Right now I'm having 1 cup that is 2/3 decaf and 1/3 half-caf and then any further cups are 100% decaf. The impact of caffeine on fertility is inconclusive but since I turn 41 in a few weeks, I'm erring on the side of caution.

Normally I drink anywhere from 3-4 cups of regular coffee per day.

Maybe that's why I'm subconsciously drinking more? I'm about to turn 42 and we are done having kids. Maybe this is my new form of birth control? No, wait. That's the teething baby. She's pretty good birth-control.and why I need more caffeine, come to think of it.

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