Wake up!


How many times have you heard "my day doesn't start without my cup of coffee?" Growing up with two coffee addict parents, I know that phrase well. They drink a pot (or more) a day between the two of them. I think it's gross because they grind the coffee beans in my house so it always smells like coffee! I can't drink coffee because it doesn't sit well with my stomach. The closest thing I drink to coffee is espresso in my Mocha Frappuccinos from Starbucks. However, what many of you don't know is that espresso doesn't contain that much caffeine.

Espresso is made by forcing nearly boiling water under pressure through ground coffee beans. It was discovered in 1884 in Italy. Espresso was made to be served quickly and in small amounts that's why they are called 'shots.'


For those of you who aren't coffee experts like me, you probably didn't know the darker the roast, the less caffeine. As coffee beans are being roasted, the caffeine is lost the longer they are. Espresso is considered a dark roast; therefore, there is not a lot of caffeine in one shot. According to this caffeine level indicator, there is 77 mg of caffeine per 1.5 fl. oz shot. There is 107.5 mg of caffeine per 8 fl. oz cup of regular brewed coffee.

You're better off getting a cup of coffee versus a latte if you're looking for a caffeine boost in the morning. It's significantly cheaper and you get more coffee. Don't waste your money on an extra shot of espresso.

Do you usually get extra shots of espresso? Do you think it actually helps or is it a mental thing? According to all of that data, you're not getting that much caffeine to make a difference.


I think that this is kind of like the alcohol levels in different types of beverages, but backwards. Like in hard liquor there can be 40% alcohol, wine may have 12% and beer could have anywhere from 4-8% alcohol. This could have an affect on why people think that shots of espresso might have more caffeine because people, especially college students, often think that shots mean that they have higher concentrations. I think that I would agree with you that people should stick to the better tasting, cheaper coffee for caffeine.

My favorite type of coffee is espresso. My nana makes it for me and my sisters all the time. Up until now, I was always under the impression that espresso was loaded with caffeine. My nana always tells me I am going to be up all night because I drank too much espresso. She refuses to even have it after a certain hour of the night for fear that the caffeine will make her stay up all night. I found an article that states that even though it seems to be that regular coffee has more caffeine than espresso we need to take in account the serving size. If we are comparing the same serving size to the amount of caffeine contained in each then espresso has more caffeine. It seems like it doesn't because we take espresso shots which are one ounce of liquid compared to regular coffee drinks which can be anywhere from 6 to 24 ounces.

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