We all have our morning routine, but sometimes it takes an extra boost to get us through the cold winter. With that being said, let’s take some time to evaluate the different types of coffee to supply your arsenal. If you’re looking to curate some caffeine and maximize your morning dose, this article is the perfect place to start.

With this easy to ready chart provided by the US Food and Drug Administration, you can begin your research into the coffee option with the most caffeine out there. But why stop there? Take a trip to your local cafe and see which roasts floats your boat first-hand! A little trial and error never hurt.

Instant Coffee 8 fl. oz. 2 – 3 mg 0.25 – 0.38 mg
Brewed Decaf 8 fl. oz. 3 – 4 mg 0.38 – 0.5 mg
Drip coffee 8 fl. oz. 65 – 120 mg 8.13 mg – 15 mg
Brewed Coffee 8 fl. oz. 95 mg 11.88 mg
Cold brew coffee 16 fl.oz 200 mg 12.5 mg
Nitro Cold Brew Coffee 16 fl.oz. 325 mg 20.31 mg
Espresso 2 fl. oz. (1 shot) 60 – 102.67 mg 30 – 51.34 mg
Highly-caffeinated coffee 12 fl. oz. 702 – 928 mg 58.5 – 77.33 mg
The Great Coffee Drink Caffeine Competition
The Great Coffee Drink Caffeine Competition

Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, we need to look into two different factors that you may consider when discussing caffeine volume; the bean & the roast. Both of these characteristics are important, but just how much do they affect caffeine content? Join us as we find out.

Type of Roast

Let the roast begin! One of the most popular myths surrounding coffee & caffeine is how much the type of roast comes into play. Truth be told, aside from color, lighter and darker roasts don’t show many remarkable differences. Some coffee fanatics may crown lighter roasts the winner of the caffeine competition, but it isn’t as simple as just color.

On the other hand, caffeine content is essentially only affected by how long a bean has been roasted. Dark roasts have been cooked longer, resulting in a lighter weight. This means more dark beans go into each cup of coffee, which could impact caffeine consumption (more on this in a later article.)

Type of Bean

Unlike the color of the beans, the actual type of bean does indeed show a significant difference. Although arabica beans are the more popular option, robusta beans, on average, have shown to possess almost twice the amount of caffeine.

So, the next time you’re running late and need an extra boost, opt for robusta beans & an espresso of your choice. You’ll thank us later!

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