Caffeine in Coffee

Most people who have a serious love for coffee often wonder how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee. And the answer to the question is really…it depends on what kind of coffee you are drinking.

Caffeine in Coffee and Why You Should Care:

The caffeine levels in a cup of coffee can vary from 80 to 175 mg of caffeine, with the variances based in brew, type of bean, temperature and how the coffee bean is actually ground. Though, it's important to remember the average cup of coffee has around 100 mg of caffeine.

You'll find that regular old drip from your standard coffee maker at home has much less caffeine per ounce than that special little concoction (Grande and Venti) cup of espresso you enjoy every morning at Starbucks. It's in fact pure science; espresso is highly concentrated compressed in a high temperature and typically with a stronger bean. That little shot glass alone contains about 100 mg of caffeine.

And the caffeine in that specially brewed espresso can really add up especially if you like double or triple shots of espresso in your latte.

Three shots, though, should be your limit as 300 mg is really the maximum daily amount of caffeine that is still considered safe.

Positive and Negative Effects from Caffeine in Coffee:

How Much Caffeine in Coffee and other Beverages Caffeine (mg) Milligrams
Regular Cup of Coffee (drip) 80-175 mg
Small shot of Espresso (in Starbucks shot glass) 100 mg
Tea 70 mg
Coca Cola 75-45 mg
Instant Coffee 60-80 mg
Stay Awake Pill (No Dose) 100 mg

As stated previously, the standard cup of coffee has on average between 80-175 mg of caffeine. So why is this information important to you? And how much caffeine is too much? Firstly, caffeine is a drug. It acts as stimulant in the body. And many scientists and laypeople alike would agree caffeine can be highly addictive for various reasons some based in fact some simply based on speculation.

One fact about caffeine that is based in pure science is that some studies are beginning to show that caffeine increases your mental response time. This is why many people feel more productive after consuming their favorite cup of coffee. However, other studies show that the alertness people feel after their hit of caffeine is really related to the caffeine high they are coming off of.

Caffeine also increases the production of dopamine, the feel good hormone in the body. The bad news is that caffeine can cause a dependence on the "feel good high" that caffeine in coffee provides.

Now let's move on to the better news about caffeine in a cup of coffee. Coffee has been shown to increase your metabolism. It can also help the body break down fat by about 30% better when consumed 30 minutes prior to exercise.

So in conclusion, really what you've always heard about most things in life: moderation is the key. Stay within the 300 mg a day allowance for caffeine intake and you should be able to enjoy your favorite cup of coffee with no problem..or even two..depending on the type of coffee you enjoy.