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Foods and drinks with the most caffeine (per serving)

Coffee

1. INTRODUCTION

Here’s a list of foods and beverages with the most caffeine content per serving.

I hope you find it useful.

 

2. FOODS AND DRINKS WITH THE MOST CAFFEINE (per serving)

  1. Monster Energy Drink (500 ml): 160 mg.
  2. Black Coffee/Espresso (30 ml): ≈ 80 mg (variable depending on the coffee bean, type, roast, and grind).
  3. Café au lait (125 ml): ≈ 80-160 mg (variable depending on the amount, type, and coffee percentage).
  4. Cup of Americano Coffee (250 ml): ≈ 110 mg.
  5. Red Bull (250 ml can): 80 mg.
  6. Generic Energy Drink (250 ml can): 80 mg.
  7. Cola Soda (350 ml can): 20-40 mg.
  8. Matcha Tea (250 ml cup): ≈ 35 mg.
  9. Chai Tea (250 ml cup): ≈ 35 mg.
  10. 1 serving of 100% Dark Chocolate (30 g): ≈ 60 mg.
  11. 1 serving of Milk Chocolate (30 g): <15 mg.
  12. Decaffeinated Coffee (250 ml cup): ≈ 3-15 mg.

(*) If you’d like us to add another food or beverage, please leave it in the comments.

 

3. NOTES AND CLARIFICATIONS

  • The caffeine content in coffee VARIOUS SIGNIFICANTLY depending on: the type of bean (robusta has twice the caffeine of arabica), the roast (less roasted = more caffeine), the grind (finer grind = more caffeine), purity (torrefacto coffee, despite its dark color and strong flavor, has less caffeine than 100% natural coffee without added sugar and other ingredients).
  • The caffeine in a cup of coffee with milk can vary greatly depending on the amount served (small 125 ml cup or standard 250 ml cup), the amount and type of coffee used, and the coffee-to-milk ratio (coffee/milk 1:1, 1:2, or 1:3).
  • The food/beverage with the highest caffeine concentration per ml/g is the espresso coffee (with up to 250 mg per 100 ml).
  • The caffeine content of energy drinks is typically 32 mg of caffeine per 100 ml of the drink, but you can verify the exact amount on the product labels.

 

4. REFERENCES

  • Monsterenergy.com (2023). What’s in the Can. Available [HERE].
  • Redbull.com (2023). Red Bull Energy Drink Ingredients. Available [HERE].
  • Wikipedia.org (2023). Caffeine > Products. Available [HERE].
  • Chin, J. M., Merves, M. L., Goldberger, B. A., Sampson-Cone, A., & Cone, E. J. (2008). Caffeine content of brewed teas. Journal of analytical toxicology, 32(8), 702-704. Available [HERE].
 

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