Consumption of too much coffee can take a toll on your heart health, suggested the findings of a new study. The researchers from the Australian Centre for Precision Health at the University of South Australia found that that long-term, heavy coffee consumption – six or more cups a day – can increase the number of lipids (fats) in your blood to significantly heighten your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Importantly, this correlation is both positive and dose-dependent, meaning that the more coffee you drink, the greater the risk of CVD. It is a bitter pill, especially for lovers of coffee, but according to UniSA researcher, Professor Elina Hypponen, it is one we must swallow if we want to keep our hearts healthy. Cafestol is mainly present in unfiltered brews, such as French press, Turkish and Greek coffees, but it is also in espressos, which is the base for most barista-made coffees, including lattes and cappuccinos. There is no or very little cafestol in filtered and instant coffee, so with respect to effects on lipids, those are good coffee choices.