For years it has been rumored that coffee will dehydrate you and that most serious athletes should avoid drinking it. This is rather concerning news for an individual who lives, teaches, and trains the martial arts in the Puget Sound area which is arguably the coffee capital of the world! So when Mark over at Marks Daily Apple did some research and wrote up a piece on the subject I wanted to make sure I shared his findings.
Dear Mark: "Should I consume coffee before my workout? (click here to view the entire post!)
As you see Mark can get rather verbose, but as I sit here sipping my AMAZING Ethiopian (tastes like ripe blueberries!!!) select from Seattle's top roaster, Fonte (quick shout out to #2 in town Neptune Roasters in Greenwood), I wonder how much if any effect coffee has on my performance. I do not get overly stimulated by caffeine, so I drink coffee mostly because I love the flavor of it. I can drink prior to class and have no ill effects. Never have I overheated from drinking coffee.
Honestly the only negative I can think of when it comes to coffee is coffee-breath! That shit is nasty!! But I try to be quite conscientious of my breath 24-7 and always have breath strips handy.