Did you know... Espresso has less caffeine than coffee?
December 4, 2007 6:36pm CST
A cup of drip brewed coffee has about 115mg of caffeine. An espresso (and percolated coffee) has about 80mg, while instant coffee has about 65mg of caffeine. Decaffeinated coffee is not totally caffeine free. They contain about 3mg of caffeine. A can of Coca-cola has about 23mg of caffeine. Pepsi has 25mg. Mountain Dew has 37mg. Tea has about 40mg and an ounce of chocolate contains about 30mg of caffeine. Yes, you read right... chocolate has a small quantity of caffeine in it. Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and some other painkillers. That is why it can be found in some medicines. Ironically, caffeine withdrawal is also one of the most common causes of headaches. Women who drink 2 or more cups of coffee a day will also have an increase risk of developing osteoporosis. This effect can be offset by taking more calcium based foods like milk or yogurt to replace the loss calcium.
6 Dec 07
ha ha ha... I always thought that expresso is the coffee with the stronger caffeine that is why it is better to take it to stay awake. After reading the article, I guess it is wrong to think that way. Hmm... but it seems like the regular coffee don't work as well as the expresso leh. Guess it is not the caffeine at work to keep us awake. Or is it just a psychological that we feel expresso does a better job at keep us awake as compared to regular strong coffee? Anyone has any idea which is which? Care to share here for all to learn?
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5 Dec 07
I was aware of some of these facts. But I still love my morning cup of coffee. Will never say I am a fan of Mountain Dew. Yuck. Dark chocolate also has other health benefits. Everything in moderation. lol (except chocolate) my hubby is a choco holic some chocolate a day keeps happy hubby that way. Thanks for the info.
6 Dec 07
ha ha ha, you are most welcome ersmommy1. I also love chocolates, be it dark or milk chocolates. Sometimes I eat too much of those and my wife will start to grumble about the weight it translate onto my tummy. :p Like you say, everything in moderation. But it is really hard to resist sometimes. Especially with christmas round the corner, it will be even harder to resist! All that yummy chocolate covered macadamias, almonds, fudge... wooo... just thinking about it is making my mouth water!
14 Dec 07
i didn't know that! I have never figured out why mountain dew has caffeine. is it to make people hooked to the drink? good thing I'm not coffee dependent. i drink about a cup a fortnight. perhaps an expresso has less because it is smaller in quantity? but per ml caffeine content, expresso definitely has more. how to explain the kick it gives otherwise?
15 Dec 07
I have no idea why espresso gives a bigger kick than other coffee even when the caffeine content is smaller. But I do know that getting a cuppa once in a while is really good! I am not an avid coffee drinker myself. But I do love the occasional coffee outings with my friends. I guess the caffeine in Mountain Dew is added as a perk-me-up to give people the feeling that it is really a boost in their energy when they drink it.
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5 Dec 07
This is due to the roasting process. The darker roasting removes the caffeine. That really boosts my argument to drink more espresso drinks. I don't have to worry about them keeping me up too late. Also, drinking a few cups of coffee a day helps prevent colorectal cancer.