Which Coffee Has The Most Caffeine

If you’ve ever wondered why you still feel sleepy, even after you had your favorite cup of coffee?

Or you’ve asked yourself whether you should drink espresso, latte, or maybe no coffee at all in your late evening coffee date?

What about the roast: light or dark?

If you’re like me and like your coffee with an extra kick in the butt, you may be wondering what type of coffee has the most caffeine.

Start From The Source Of The Coffee

There are two main species of coffee beans that find their way to your cup: Arabica and Robusta.

In general, Arabica beans are regarded as higher quality than Robusta beans. Though Robusta plants are much easier to farm than Arabica, they have a strong, bitter-earth taste. Arabica, on the other hand, is known for its sweet and fruity flavors.

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Arabica may be the more popular of the two, yet Robusta is the clear winner in the caffeine competition. On average, Robusta beans have twice as much caffeine content as Arabica beans.

Robusta is easy to find as it is almost always the bean of choice for cheaper, supermarket-ready brands. Though most craft roasters use Arabica beans, you can find high-quality Robusta roasts with a little digging.

The Type Of Roast

Well, obviously both dark and light roast have the same amount of caffeine.

But, it’s just a little more complicated than that.

When beans are roasted, they lose some of their mass, so dark-roasted beans, which have been cooked longer, weigh less than light-roasted beans. Therefore, a gram of dark roast will have slightly more beans than a gram of beans roasted lighter.

When you brew, if you measure out your beans by volume (like with a scoop), the light roast will produce a more caffeinated coffee. However, if you measure by weight, then the darker roast brewed coffee will have more caffeine. 

This has made me confused in the first place, so watch this video where it’s explained better.

Video credit: Nick Uhas

The Type Of Coffee Drink

Type Of Beverage

It may seem that espresso has higher amounts of caffeine than a standard cup (230gr) of drip coffee, but it actually doesn’t.

Your average cup drip coffee has between 70–140 mg of caffeine, whereas a shot of espresso (about 50 gr.) has between 60–80 mg of caffeine.

There might be some nasty side effects of unknown caffeine intake, so keep reading.

If you make your espresso a double shot then you are getting either just as much or more caffeine than you would with a regular cup of drip coffee.

Decaf coffee still has small traces of caffeine, and instant coffee is subject to differing levels of caffeine.

Conclusion – What Type Of Coffee Has The Most Caffeine?

Well, that depends, there are a few option. These beans have been engineered to have high amounts of caffeine.

Just be sure you’re aware of a safe amount of caffeine intake before consuming coffee like this. The health benefits of coffee can be great in moderation.

A double shot of espresso will beat a standard size drip brew any day of the week, but it can’t beat any drip brew over 1 cup or more.

However, if you want to ensure high caffeine content, then choose whichever is brewed with Robusta beans.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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Enjoy Your Coffee!


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