The Ultimate Caffeine Scale for Coffee Lovers

By DeathWishCoffee — / Coffee Talk

Thanks to one glorious, flavorful brew, people are just a little bit hooked on caffeine. Caffeine naturally affects the body’s metabolism and nervous system. Most people know it best for its jolt of energy in the morning. Some folks eat it, some drink it—and who’s to say one is better than the other? People who drink coffee. That’s who. 

But if you do need a rundown on the caffeine content in some other delicious treats, you’re in the right place. Taking a look at this list will be like dipping your toes into the coffee pot—to test the temperature, obviously. Isn’t that how everyone does it? 

How Much Caffeine Is in Chocolate? 

The answer: 12 to 20 milligrams of caffeine per 1 ounce.

Unless you’re eating a bar of 100% dark chocolate, the caffeine content from cocoa is probably not going to interfere with your bedtime routine. Plus, nobody should ever be discouraged from eating chocolate any time of day—brownies and strong coffee make a perfect morning pair. 

A close up of a crushed up dark chocolate bar.[Photo Credit: Charisse Kenion] 

How Much Caffeine Is in Coffee Ice Cream? 

The answer: 20 to 80 milligrams of caffeine per 8 ounces.

Just to be clear, we’re talking about coffee ice cream. This one could easily get out of hand if just one bite turns into the whole pint. No judgment here, but an entire pint of coffee ice cream could have up to 180 milligrams of caffeine. If you’re someone who falls asleep during movie night, this is the sweet treat for you.

How Much Caffeine Is in Tea? 

The answer: 0 to 100 milligrams of caffeine per 16 fluid ounces. 
Tea is a tricky one. It’s all over the map with its caffeine content, which is madness. Tea cannot be trusted. Just play it safe and always choose coffee instead. 

How Much Caffeine Is in Drip Coffee? 

The answer: 26 milligrams of caffeine per 1 fluid ounce. 
Sometimes, all you need is a classic cup of joe to get your morning buzz. Drip coffee might not be the strongest on this list, but it’s always reliable (unless you need high caffeine—in that case, stay tuned). You can find drip coffee all over the world, and people do some pretty experimental things with brewing styles—if you don’t know about the Hanky Panky Method, we've got you covered.

A woman pouring a pot of Death Wish Coffee into a mug.

How Much Caffeine Is in Death Wish Coffee? 

The answer: 59 milligrams of caffeine per 1 fluid ounce.
Death Wish Coffee is the wild card you didn’t know you needed. It’s a strong coffee using beans cultivated for maximum caffeine content and flavor. It tastes good enough to drink more than one cup—but tread lightly. Each cup of our Dark Roast and Medium Roast blends contains about 300 milligrams of caffeine. If you’re someone who drinks three or four cups of coffee for the taste, this stuff will keep your energy levels through the roof. 

How Much Caffeine Is in Espresso? 

The answer: 64 milligrams of caffeine per 1 fluid ounce. 
There are some fancy ways to drink espresso. But one shot of espresso will always be right around 64 milligrams of caffeine. That said, it can add up quickly. How many shots of espresso do you think are in a large espresso drink? The simple answer—anywhere between two and four. And then, some folks even ask for extra (not all heroes wear capes). 

If you’re frequently reaching for a soda or an energy drink for your caffeine fix, it’s time to make a new choice. To get your caffeine buzz the right way, consult this list and give your favorite a go. Heck, just try them all in one day. Who’s to say what the best choice is? 
Well, you could say—if you drank coffee. 

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