We’ve all had that feeling before. Your eyelids feel heavy, your thoughts are starting to fade, and your body is starting to shut down. However, to combat these feelings, most resort to coffee for that boost of energy to get through the day. Though, how do you know if you’re getting the most out of that sip in the morning? Well, simply look at the caffeine content of the particular brew you drink.
What is Caffeine?
Caffeine is a stimulant that predominantly increases your brain and nervous system. People use it to help them wake up and feel sharper. It is found in soft drinks and tea, but many mainly associate caffeine with coffee thus, making it one of the most popular drinks in most parts of the world.
Americans drink more coffee than soda, juice, and tea-combined
Which type of Coffee has the most caffeine?
Having brewed coffee every day may increase your tolerance to coffee but it may cause a crash mid-afternoon. Leading people to believe that coffee makes you sleepy when they really just haven’t found a type of coffee to give you the boost without having to drink so much of it.
Espresso has the most caffeine to coffee ratio. With 63 mg of caffeine per ounce, espresso has the highest caffeine per volume along with it being one of the smallest amounts of coffee you can drink if you consume the espresso by itself.
Just a few sips of espresso can give you a jolt of energy but, it may take at least two cups of brewed coffee to give the same effect.
How to get the most Caffeine out of your coffee
- Surprisingly, choose a lighter roast. The lighter the bean, the more caffeine it has.
- Opt for a more grounded coffee. A greater amount of caffeine is extracted from beans the more finely they’re grounded. This also adds to the freshness of your coffee while still giving you the greatest energy-boost possible!
- Know the ratios. By simply pushing the right buttons on your coffee maker you can extract more caffeine. Most people choose the largest setting available and it will give you a bigger cup of coffee, but it will also include a lot more water. Instead, brew two smaller cups and drink those. Same quantity, more caffeine.
Dark or Light beans?
Contrary to popular belief, darker beans have less caffeine while packing a more intense flavor. Lighter beans, however, contain more caffeine because the less time it takes to roast a coffee bean, the more caffeine it holds and vice versa.
Light roasts are also more compact. You can fit 10 lightly roasted coffee beans into a tablespoon but, take that same tablespoon and it would only hold 7 dark roasted coffee beans.
Light roasts can hold up to 60% more caffeine than dark roast coffee.
How long does caffeine last?
Most people shouldn’t exceed 400 milligrams of caffeine a day. If you are at or a bit below that limit then you can almost tell how long your cup of coffee will stay keeping you energized. The level of caffeine in your blood peaks about an hour after you took your first sip and stays at this level for several hours.
Around the 6 hour mark, half of the caffeine consumed is still in your body.
For caffeine to be completely cleared from your bloodstream, it may take 10 hours-more or less.
So, which Coffee is best for you?
Since this article is talking about the best coffee with the highest caffeine content, you may want to start adding an espresso (or two) to your usual cup of Joe.
However, if you like a hint of sweetness and more of a nutiness flavor added to your coffee that still packs a punch in terms of caffeine, try a light roast.
It comes down to what your taste buds enjoy and what will inevitably get you to roll out of bed in the morning to go tackle the day ahead!