About 164 liters of coffee are drunk per person per year in Germany. A daily cup of coffee makes it easier for many people to start the day. Whether black, with milk, or with sugar – coffee is an integral part of life for more than 70 percent of people over 35 (Source: statista). But there are far better coffee variations than the classic coffee with milk and sugar. We have 4 variations that will make you even fitter, more alert and healthier to start the day or get you through that midday slump.

How much coffee is healthy?

The caffeine contained in coffee is responsible for its stimulating and energizing effect. As long as you don’t overdo it with your coffee consumption, you don’t have to worry about drinking coffee being unhealthy.

According to the Federal Center for Nutrition up to 400 milligrams of caffeine, which corresponds to four to five cups of filter coffee per day, is safe for healthy people. Of course, this depends on the type, preparation and roasting you choose. A large cup of filter coffee (200 milliliters) contains an average of 90 milligrams of caffeine.

If you want to know exactly how much caffeine you should consume, you can also calculate the amount of caffeine based on your body weight: Per kilogram of body weight you are allowed to consume 5.7 milligrams of caffeine per day. One serving should not contain more than 3 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. A man weighing 80 kilograms may therefore consume 456 milligrams of caffeine per day and 240 milligrams per serving. You’re looking for other wake-up drinks? These 7 drinks will help you get off to a good start, even without caffeine.

What coffee variations are there?

1. Coconut oil provides quick energy

Coffee with coconut oil is the secret weapon of fitness junkies, low carbers and paleoans for that extra energy kick. The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil are true energy boosters, as the fatty acids are metabolized directly by the liver and don’t take a detour through the lymphs like other fatty acids do. With a small teaspoon of coconut oil you can boost your metabolism and provide your body with the energy it needs for a powerful start to the day. Do you want to buy buy high quality coconut oil, you should expect a price of 10 to 15 Euro for one liter.

2. Cold-Brew Coffee is easy on the stomach

Compared to coffee made with hot water, cold-brew coffee contains less acid because fewer oils are released from the coffee. This not only makes your coffee taste smoother, you can also taste the coffee bean much more intensively, since the bitter substances do not overpower the taste. If you suffer from a sensitive stomach, you should reach for cold coffee more often: Due to the lack of acidity, it does not affect the stomach. Green tea is also a stomach-friendly alternative to roasted coffee. By the way: The caffeine content is not affected by the cold brew method. To make cold brew coffee yourself, you can use a Cold Brew Maker

3. Green coffee can reduce sugar intake

Green coffee is nothing more than unroasted coffee. It contains less caffeine and more chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that protects your cells from free radicals that can cause mutations in your DNA. But the acid is also said to have other benefits: It is said to reduce the absorption of sugar molecules in the intestine and thus stabilize blood sugar levels, which can prevent cravings and possibly even diabetes. However, further studies are needed to confirm the effect, as previous studies consisted of too few test subjects to present scientifically sound results. Nevertheless, the results give exciting and directional views.

4. Collagen for the joints

Collagen is a structural protein that is essential for strong joint cartilage and bones. However, the amount produced by your connective tissue decreases from your mid-twenties onwards. Especially for athletes with a high joint load or people with arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatism or knee problems, an additional intake of collagen can make sense. If you want to consume more collagen, you can either supplement the structural protein with powders or capsules, or take collagen-containing products such as bone broth. Since collagen is an animal protein, it can only be derived from animals, making it unsuitable for vegetarians and vegans. You can buy the collagen as a powder, which you can stir directly into your coffee. Alternatively there is Instant coffee, which is already mixed with collagen and MCT oil. All you need to do is mix hot water with the coffee and you have a delicious coffee.

Coffee is a must-have for many people in the morning or after lunch. These 4 coffee variations you should definitely try, because they make you even fitter and more energetic.