Caffeine can be found in most drinks these days not just coffee. It is a naturally occurring substance that will kick start your day unless you decide to drink a decaf version.
It is estimated that each cup of coffee holds around 100 milligrams of caffeine, which means in order to stay under the recommended 300 milligrams of caffeine a day you would only be allowed 3 cups a day. The exact caffeine amount in coffee brews depends on the roast, bean type, and even the brand.
If you take a close look at the coffee labels you will be indicated to a roast type, Light, Medium or Dark. These are placed on the label to help you choose your strength.
It doesn’t mean that the stronger the roast the more caffeine content, leaving the beans to roast will, in turn, burn off the caffeine so, therefore, the lighter the roasts, even though they aren’t as strong, they are the most caffeinated coffee.
As you walk past a coffee house have you noticed that they pride themselves on the types of beans they roast? Each one will advertise to you not the strength or the caffeine amount but instead what types of coffee beans they use. Coffee beans not only dictate the flavor but they also dictate the caffeine content as well. Most high street brands will use either Arabica or Robusta coffee beans, Robusta having the most caffeine content.
The next stage to effect caffeine amount in your cup is the brewing methods. Once the beans have been roasted the length of time you brew your beans for will lead to more or less caffeine. The longer you leave your beans to brew the more your cuppa will bear more caffeine.
Therefore a drip maker will tend to be highly caffeinated as it has a brewing time of 3 to 5 minutes. Using a French press will lead to slightly less caffeine as its brewing time is only 2 to 4 minutes and of course a shot of espresso will have the least caffeine as the beans are only in the water for 20 to 30 seconds.
Brands will not indicate on them how much caffeine content on their labels. This will vary from brand to brand. It is said that the priciest of coffee will contain the most caffeine.
It is known to be misconceived that espresso-based drinks and lattes have more caffeine than black coffee. However, they have less as they are made with darker roasts. They may taste like strong coffee but they do not have as much caffeine in them to give you that energy boost. They also include added sugars and sweeteners, therefore, have more calories and fat in them than a traditional plain black coffee.
Consuming caffeine can give us that much-needed energy boost on a morning, or when we feel like we are lagging a little through the day but consuming too much caffeine can an infant have opposite effects on our body. The side effects of too much caffeine can be unwanted and will cause irritation and restlessness.
It is recommended that we drink no more than 3 cups of coffee a day. However caffeine is not only included in coffee it is included in everyday foods and drinks such as soda, tea, and chocolate. As caffeine is plant based it is often added to other products so therefore you should plan your next cup of strong coffee accordingly.
For some though one cup of coffee just isn't enough to see them through the day. This may be down to the amount of caffeine included in that one coffee which makes you want to go back for more.
Choosing the right coffee will infant stop you wishing you had a constant IV of caffeine and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to start your day. Below you will find a list of the most caffeinated coffee drinks.
Biggby Red Eye: Brewed coffee with espresso
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This is not your ordinary expresso, the Biggby red eye includes normal drip coffee and can really make a hit in the right spot. There are many varieties to choose from so you can pick and choose which ones will taste best for you.
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The key is in the name of the brand as to how much caffeine is in this brand. Brewed from robusta beans unlike other brands who use arabica beans this coffee contains 4 times \ more caffeine than the average cup of coffee, It is known as the world's strongest coffee that is available to buy online.
Panera Frozen Mocha
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Mixing chocolate and coffee to make a sweet caffeinated drink may not sound like it will make that hit with those looking for a quick caffeine boost. Don’t let the mixture fool you though, it is definitely worth a try if you're looking for a quick fix.
Dunkin Donuts Large Coffee with Turbo Shot
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A large cup of coffee from Dunkin donut not enough? Don't worry simply ask for an added turbo shot to your drink. Mixing medium roasted coffee with more caffeine than the original blend with a normal large coffee is enough to keep you going all day.
Starbucks Grande Caffe Americano
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Americanos are sure to hit that caffeine spot with their mix of espresso shots blended with hot water but Starbucks Grande contains 3 full shots. Not only will you enjoy it for longer but you will be sure to not need another caffeine boost for a while after drinking one of these.
Interested in learning more about caffeine content in coffee? Check out these articles:
Caffeine content for coffee, tea, soda and more - Mayo Clinic
Caffeine Content of Drinks - Caffeine Informer
How Much Caffeine in a Cup of Coffee? A Detailed Guide - Healthline
This Is Your Brain on Coffee (Plus, a Caffeine Effects Timeline)
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