This is how much coffee you need to drink to live longer

It’s no secret that coffee is (very, very) good for you. Now, coffee junkies and java lovers have just one more reason to raise their glass—or mug—to their favorite beverage. Not only can coffee improve your memory and protect your brain from dementia, but it can also help you live longer. Plus, you can drink way more joe than you originally thought!

Two new studies published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine just confirmed the good news. The first surveyed more than 520,000 people in ten European countries, making it the largest study ever to link coffee and mortality. Researchers found that drinking more coffee could significantly lower a person’s risk of death across several conditions, including liver disease, suicide in men, cancer in women, and digestive and circulatory diseases. These are the 7 signs you are drinking too much coffee.

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Brewed Coffee in Fort Worth, TX

Called "the local's living room," this half bar, half coffee shop, half restaurant is worth a visit. 

Third Street Stuff & Coffee in Lexington, KY

Graffiti art never looked so good. This local joint is known for their quirky wall art, incredible murals and funky furniture-decked patio. 

Little Sister Coffee Maker in Manitoba, Canada

Mint green walls, gorgeous tiles and nice people -- that's what this little coffee shop is all about. 

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club’s Olive & Oliver in Waikiki, Hawaii

The boutique hotel's onsite coffee bar reportedly called in local artists to "reimagine the space" and replicate a Hawaiian 1960s vibe. 

Cupcake Café in Playa del Carmen, México

Because who doesn't want to be looking at a decadent cupcake display as they sip their cup of joe? 

Cafelix in Tel Aviv

Often described as the "best cup of coffee" in all of Israel, the spot has been a favorite for locals and tourists alike since its opening in 2011.

Maman NYC in NYC

A favorite amongst NYC locals, the French-inspired cafe has 4 exclusive spots across Manhattan.

Zak the Baker in Miami

You can watch bakers make fresh bread and pastries as you await your coffee at this Kosher Miami hotspot -- the line is 100% worth it. 

Cherry Seed Coffee Roastery in Lexington, KY

House-roasted coffee, jungle-inspired murals and gorgeous handmade wood furniture make this spot a must-try.

Du’s Donuts and Coffee in Brooklyn, New York

What's a cup of coffee without a specialty donut? Hint: We're eying the apple cider buckwheat 'nut. 

Freshko Gourmet in Miami, Florida

Lights, camera, brunch. This coffee shop located in the heart of downtown Miami is calling your name. 

Holybelly in Paris, France

Let the smell of savory, crispy bacon and freshly brewed coffee tempt you to a croissant. 

Cafe de las Horas in Valencia 

Neo-baroque design, stunning chandeliers and florals litter this coffee bar, which is also known for its tea, cocktails and bakery goods. 

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“We looked at multiple countries across Europe, where the way the population drinks coffee and prepares coffee is quite different,” said Marc Gunter, reader in cancer epidemiology and prevention at Imperial College’s School of Public Health in the United Kingdom, who co-authored the study. “The fact that we saw the same relationships in different countries is kind of the implication that its something about coffee rather than its something about the way that coffee is prepared or the way it’s drunk.”

The second study dug even deeper. It found that coffee increased longevity by 18 percent among its 185,000 participants, regardless of their race or ethnicity.

“Given these very diverse populations, all these people have different lifestyles. They have very different dietary habits and different susceptibilities—and we still find similar patterns,” said Veronica Wendy Setiawan, associate professor of preventative medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine and leader of the study. Here are 11 things that might happen if you switch from coffee to tea.

So, what’s the magic number of cuppas to increase your lifespan? In the European study, those who drank three or more cups of coffee a day had a lower risk for all-cause death than people who did not drink coffee at all. The second study found that two to four cups per day did the trick. If your consumption falls in that range, you’ll likely reap the rewards.

The kind of roast you prefer could offer even more wellness rewards. According to another new study examining the chemical makeup of light, dark, and decaf brews, the darker the roast, the more protective chemical phenylindanes in every cup, Health reports. Phenylindanes, which develop during the roasting process, hinder the “clumping” of two protein fragments common in both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, per Science Daily. So those extra cups of coffee could protect against both diseases.

There you have it: Coffee is a miracle drug! All the more reason to pour yourself another cup. Next, check out the 11 ways to make your coffee habit even healthier.

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