In the United States, coffee is as much a part of the work environment as computers; many people (I'm one of them) consider their first cup of coffee at work as the literal apex of their day.

Anyway, I was interested to learn the other day that there's a positive correlation between leadership and drinking large amounts of coffee.

Notable leaders and thought leaders who were serious coffee drinkers include Napoleon Bonaparte, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Voltaire, Balzac, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and, yes, Oprah.

And I'm not talking about a demitasse-a-day habit. Balzac and Voltaire, for example, each consumed around three gallons (!) every day.

Just to be clear, it wasn't the watered-down stuff most Americans drink today. Back then, they brewed it strong--think double espresso rather than Dunkin' Donuts.

Of course, not everyone who sucks down a lot of joe becomes a great leader, but even if there's not a causal relationship between coffee and leadership, there are plenty of reasons to indulge anyway. According to numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies, a regular daily dose of coffee:

Considering all of that, what have you got to lose?

One word of caution, though. Before you queue up to drink three gallons of strong coffee, the scientists and nutritionists who study coffee advise that the ideal amount of coffee per day is from four to eight 8 oz. cups, consumed prior to mid-day.

Note: As many of you may soon be returning to offices, in a future post, I'm going to demonstrate how to brew coffee and store it (brewed) so that it keeps its flavor, stays warm, and doesn't get bitter. So stay tuned, OK?