A new study has found that having two to three cups of coffee a day could help reduce your risk of death and heart disease, whether it’s caffeinated or not.

That’s the kind of justification we need to sip at our morning ‘cup of Joe’.

The research found ‘significant reductions’ in the risk for heart disease, congestive failure and stroke.

It found that drinking between two and three cups of coffee was linked to a reduction in early death compared to those who didn’t drink coffee.

It was dependent on the type consumed, with ground coffee lowering the risk of death by as much as 27 per cent.

Decaffeinated was behind this at 14 per cent while it was only 11 per cent more for instant caffeinated coffee.

In terms of heart disease and stroke, the figures were a little more conservative – ground coffee at 20 per cent, decaf at 6 per cent and instant at nine per cent.

Only ground and instant coffee were found to help with arrhythmia, while decaf had no effect.

The study observed nearly 450,000 adults in the UK that had no sign of arrhythmia or heart disease at the start of the observation.

They were monitored for 12.5 years on average, and researchers did adjust for certain mitigating factors such as age