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Your Starbucks Grande Cup of Coffee Has More Caffeine Than Your Energy Drink

Your Starbucks Grande Cup of Coffee Has More Caffeine Than Your Energy Drink



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Uhh... say what now? New reports show a Starbucks grande coffee is dangerously close to the caffeine limit

Um, should we be possibly worried the next time we hit Starbucks for our 3 p.m. jolt of energy? Despite the newest research that proves a connection between happiness and coffee, a new study published by the American Chemical Society shows that your grande cup of coffee can pack a near-dangerous amount of caffeine.

While the talk of caffeine and safety has mostly centered around energy drinks (including those death reports linked to Monster Energy Drinks and 5-Hour Energy), it seems that the conversation has ignored the coffee giants of America. And according to the American Chemical Society's study, a grande cup of coffee from Starbucks has 330 milligrams of caffeine — in comparison, a 5-Hour Energy drink has 215 milligrams of caffeine. And the amount of caffeine most people agree upon to be safe is just a tad higher at 400 milligrams per day. (However, as the study points out, the FDA hasn't officially declared a ruling on how much caffeine is safe.)

However, Starbucks has spoken out against the study, and was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that the chain's grande size only contains 160 milligrams of caffeine. (Business Insider also notes past studies that show Starbucks' coffee contains more caffeine than Dunkin' Donuts' coffee.) And of course, there's one big caveat to all the hoopla; as the scientists note, everyone reacts differently to caffeine. Says the study:

"Fifty percent of the caffeine a person takes in gets cleared from the body, on average, in five hours. But studies have shown this rate can vary because of other drug use: Women taking oral contraceptives break down caffeine slower than those not on a contraceptive pill, and people who smoke process the stimulant faster than those who don’t. Genetics also plays a big role in how a person reacts to caffeine. For example, men metabolize caffeine faster than women."

But if our Starbucks may also make us as jittery as an energy drink... what are we supposed to do to get through the work day?


The Strongest Starbucks Drinks That Will Actually Keep You Awake, Ranked

I am completely unashamed to say that Starbucks is one of my favorite places on earth for a multitude of reasons. Aside from the fact that I can literally get whatever my heart desires, Starbucks’ strong, caffeinated drinks are like heaven — and to be honest, that's all I ever really need for a successful day. If life is getting you down, or if you just need coffee to give you a little extra energy, this list of the strongest Starbucks drinks will most definitely pick you up.

It's pretty hard for me to pick my favorite Starbucks drink because it all depends on what I'm in the mood for. When I'm feeling like getting a little cozy, I'll most likely order a soy latte — and if I'm feeling super active, there's definitely a chance I'll be ordering something with matcha or espresso in it. My order always depends on my mood and — most importantly — how much caffeine I'm looking for.

Since caffeine pretty much fuels my entire day, I looked into which drinks I can rely on to have the most oomph to them. Aside from keeping you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, the most caffeinated drinks at Starbucks are also guaranteed to be really freaking delicious.

Believe it or not, it’s not the souped-up cold brews or espresso shots that’ll give you the biggest buzz at Starbucks. If you want the strongest drink to start your morning, just stick to their hot brewed coffee. A grande Blonde Roast will hit you with 360 whopping milligrams of caffeine. If that’s a little extra for you, try the Pike Place Roast, which comes in at 310 milligrams for the same size. You can also go for the Dark Roast, which sits a little lower at 260 milligrams. A hot cup of joe might not be the most glamorous thing on the coffee giant’s menu, but it’ll get your day started off on the right foot for sure.


Caffeine content

The common assumption is that coffee has more caffeine than energy drinks, which is actually correct most of the time. Although caffeine content can vary depending on size, brand, strength of the drink, and more, coffee almost always contains more. On average, a single can of energy drink has at least 80-200 mg of caffeine, while an 8 oz cup of coffee has about 110-150 mg. If you really need something to keep you alert and focused, go for a cup of joe instead of a can of Red Bull, but never drink them at the same time!


The buzz on energy-drink caffeine

They’re everywhere: beverages that promise to keep you energized, revved, and alert. But labels don’t have to reveal how much caffeine the products pack. We will. We measured the amount in 27 top-selling energy drinks and shots (see table below).

We bought the drinks online or at stores in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, and tested three lots of each product, choosing one flavor, usually fruit. We also sent shoppers to stores all across the U.S. to see where energy drinks are displayed. (Our shoppers usually found energy drinks near soda and juice, sometimes at checkout, and less often near alcoholic beverages. That’s good, since the potential for intoxication in people who mix energy drinks and alcohol is a concern.)

What we found. Caffeine levels per serving ranged from about 6 milligrams to 242 milligrams per serving—and some containers have more than one serving. The highest level was in 5-hour Energy Extra Strength the lowest in the seemingly oxymoronic 5-hour Energy Decaf. (The company says it’s for people who want to limit caffeine but still get a blend of nutrients that provides “an energy boost and a sustained feeling of alertness.”) By comparison, an 8-ounce cup of coffee has about 100 milligrams a 16-ounce Starbucks Grande, 330 milligrams.

Five of the 16 products that list a specific amount of caffeine—Arizona Energy, Clif Shot Turbo Energy Gel, Nestlé Jamba, Sambazon Organic Amazon Energy, and Venom Energy—had more than 20 percent above their labeled amount on average in the samples we tested. On the other hand, one of our three samples of Archer Farms Energy Drink Juice Infused had caffeine about 70 percent below the labeled amount. For the other drinks that list caffeine levels, the actual numbers were within 20 percent of claimed, which we think is an acceptable range for meeting caffeine claims.

Eleven of the 27 drinks don’t specify the amount of caffeine. Why the secrecy? Their blends may be proprietary. (Common blends include amino acids, carbohydrates, or guarana, a botanical caffeine source.) A representative of the Monster Beverage Corporation provided another reason: The company doesn’t list levels “because there is no legal or commercial business requirement to do so, and also because our products are completely safe, and the actual numbers are not meaningful to most consumers.” Yet labels on both tested Monster drinks—like those of 16 other products—warn against use by children, pregnant or nursing women, and people sensitive to caffeine. The Monster drinks and eight others also recommend a daily limit.

Consumer and scientific groups have for years urged the Food and Drug Administration to make companies disclose caffeine levels, but the agency says it lacks the authority.

Bottom line. Caffeine can make you feel more alert, boost your mental and physical performance, and even elevate your mood. But it can also make you jittery, keep you from sleeping, cause rapid pulse or abnormal heart rhythms, and raise blood pressure.

For more information about a cup of coffee vs. 5-Hour Energy check our article and watch the video about how well 5-Hour Energy really works.

Safe limits of caffeine consumption are still being studied, but data suggest that most healthy adults can safely consume up to 400 milligrams per day pregnant women, up to 200 milligrams and children, up to 45 to 85 milligrams depending on weight. An occasional energy drink is probably fine for most adults. Check the Ratings for caffeine levels and price. And note that some products cost less than half as much as others per serving.

A look into ads

The New York attorney general has begun an investigation into the marketing and advertising practices of energy-drink companies, said a person familiar with the inquiry. Living Essentials (maker of 5-hour Energy), Monster Beverage, and PepsiCo (maker of AMP) were subpoenaed for information in July, the source said. A representative for Living Essentials defended its practices and said it complied with federal law Monster and PepsiCo declined to comment.


Which is the strongest coffee drink at Starbucks?

The strongest coffee at Starbucks is made with the Clover Brewing System.

Depending on the used coffee blend, the caffeine content in a Clover coffee varies between 155 and 190 mg for a short cup, 255 to 280 mg for a tall cup, 340 to 380 mg for a grande cup, and 425 to 470 mg for a venti cup.

Furthermore, The iced Clover drinks are the most caffeinated cold drinks on the Starbucks menu.

A tall cup of those contains between 120 and 280 mg of caffeine, a grande cup – 160 to 380 mg, and a venti cup – 235 to 470 mg.

Nevertheless, the Clover brewing system is not readily available in all Starbucks shops.

If such a machine isn’t present in your local Starbucks, you can get a cold brew coffee, which is the strongest alternative to a Clover coffee.

By having a tall cup of cold brew you will consume between 140 and 215 mg of caffeine.

If you go for a grande cold brew you will get 185 to 310 mg of caffeine, whereas a venti will contain 275 to 310 mg, and a Trenta cup will have between 320 and 360 mg of caffeine.

If you’re not a fan of cold brew, I made sure to include the most caffeinated versions of each drink type in the following overview chart.

Here are the strongest coffee beverages at Starbucks by type:

Coffee Name: Type: Caffeine Content Short / Tall / Grande / Venti
(mg):
Espresso Roast Clover * Hot, Clover Brewing System 190 / 280 / 380 / 470
Iced Espresso Roast Clover * Iced, Clover Brewing System – / 280 / 380 / 470
Starbucks® Cold Brew Coffee * Iced, cold brew – / 155 / 205 / 310 / Trenta: 360
Starbucks Reserve® Cold Brew Iced, cold brew – / 150 / 200 / 300
Coffee Frappuccino Iced & sweetened blended coffee beverage with milk – / 160 / 230 / 310
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Iced, cold brew – / 145 / 185 / 275 / Trenta: 320
Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Iced, flavored cold brew – / 140 / 185 / 275 / Trenta: 320
Nitro Cold Brew * Iced, cold brew – / 215 / 280 / –
Honey Almondmilk Nitro Cold Brew Iced, honey-flavored nitro cold brew topped with a splash of sweetened almondmilk – / 210 / 290 / – /
Salted Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew Iced, flavored nitro cold brew – / 200 / 270 / –
Nitro Cold Brew With Sweet Cream Iced, nitro cold brew topped with a splash of vanilla-flavored sweet cream – / 200 / 265 / – /
Blonde Roast Hot, brewed 180 / 270 / 360 / 475
Caffè Americano Hot, with espresso shots 75 / 150 / 225 / 300
Iced Caffè Americano Iced, with espresso shots – / 150 / 225 / 300
Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso Hot, with 2 (tall), 3 (grande) or 4 (venti) espresso shots – / 170 / 255 / 340
Iced Shaken Espresso Iced, with 2 (tall), 3 (grande) or 4 (venti) espresso shots – / 150 / 225 / 300
Espresso Macchiato Hot, with espresso shots Solo: 75 / Doppio: 150 / Triple: 225 / Quad: 300
Iced Caramel Macchiato Iced, espresso-based drink flavored with vanilla syrup and caramel drizzle – / 75 / 150 / 225
Flat White hot, espresso (ristretto shots) 130 / 130/ 195 / 195
Honey Almondmilk Flat White espresso (ristretto shots) with sweetened almondmilk instead of whole milk, sweetened with honey blend 150 / 150 / 225 / 225
Iced Flat White Iced, with espresso (ristretto) shots – / 90 / 130 / 175
Almondmilk Honey Flat White hot, espresso 150 / 150 / 225 / 225
Nitro Flat White espresso (ristretto) shots, mixed with cold nitrogen-infused whole milk – / 130 / 195 / –
Starbucks Reserve® Latte Hot, espresso 135 / 135 / 135 / 265
Espresso Frappuccino Iced, blended with espresso shots and Frappuccino Roast® – / 125 / 155 / 185
Iced Caffè Mocha Iced, espresso – / 95 / 175 / 265
Cappuccino hot, espresso 75 / 75 / 150 / 150
Caffè Latte hot, with espresso shots 75 / 75 / 150 / 150
Starbucks Reserve® Iced Latte Iced, espresso – / 135 / 135 / 265
Starbucks Reserve® Dark Chocolate Mocha hot, espresso 135 / 135 / 135 / 265
Starbucks Reserve® Iced Dark Chocolate Mocha Iced, espresso – / 135 / 135 / 225
Starbucks Reserve® Hazelnut Bianco Latte hot, espresso 135 / 135 / 135 / 200
Java Chip Frappuccino Iced, blended with Frappuccino Roast® – / 75 / 105 / 145

As you can see on the table, some of the drinks contain more than 350 mg of caffeine in just a single cup.

You should be aware that according to the FDA a healthy individual shouldn’t consume more than 400 mg of caffeine per day.

So please, even if you’re trying to quickly wake up and get yourself going, make sure you opt for a smaller serving size.

It’s better to stay away from the long-term harm that high caffeine consumption may potentially cause.

It’s also worth noting that you can have your drink’s original recipe tweaked by asking the Starbucks barista to add another espresso shot and further boost the strength of the drink you order.

Most of the stronger coffees at Starbucks have a bold taste, but if you don’t like that you could also easily add flavored syrup, sauce, or some kind of topping to your drink, according to your taste.

With that being said, let’s get started with the reviews of some of the most caffeinated coffee drinks at Starbucks.

1. Espresso Roast Clover – 380 mg of caffeine, grande


*The following Clover drinks have just as much caffeine as the Espresso Roast Clover:

  • Clover Brewed® Gold Coast Blend
  • French Roast Clover®
  • Italian Roast Clover®
  • Komodo Dragon Clover®
  • Sumatra Clover®

A cup of Joe made with a Clover machine is not only the most caffeinated at Starbucks but it’s also very delicious.

Even if you aren’t a fan of having yours black, you will most likely enjoy the taste of this coffee without adding anything to it. This is because of the brewing precision the Clover system provides.

A barista can dial in the optimal temperature and brew time required for the perfect extraction.

The aforementioned coffee blends that are used in this sophisticated maker are of good quality and each has its own flavor profile that even the passionate coffee enthusiast may appreciate.

The Espresso Roast blend is made with darkly-roasted beans that produce a rich and bold cup of coffee.

You can try out other blends such as the French Roast or the Sumatra Clover. They have different flavor profiles but all are still very strong.

The high caffeine content is achieved through the higher amount of ground beans that are used – 40 grams (1.4 oz) of coffee grounds are used to make a tall 12 fl. oz. Clover cup at Starbucks. This is double the amount compared to other coffee drinks made there.

Overall a cup of Clover coffee will definitely give you the needed caffeine kick and instantly wake you up, without you having to ingest extra calories.

I would recommend going for a short cup though, as the larger options may have you a bit too jittery.

2. Iced Espresso Roast Clover – 380 mg of caffeine, grande


*There are other cold Clover drinks that have just as much caffeine content as the Iced Espresso Roast one. These are the Iced:

  • Caffè Verona Clover®
  • Clover Brewed® Breakfast Blend
  • Jamaica Blue Mountain Clover® Starbucks Reserve®
  • Ethiopia Clover®
  • French Roast Clover®
  • Clover Brewed® Gold Coast Blend
  • Guatemala Antigua Clover®
  • Clover Brewed® Italian Roast
  • Clover Brewed® Kenya
  • Komodo Dragon Clover®
  • Pike Place Roast Clover®
  • Organic Yukon Blend Clover®

For those of you who are in search of the most caffeinated iced Starbucks drink, get yourself an iced Clover.

You can choose from a large variety of differently roasted blends. Again, no sediment, precise extraction process, delicious coffee, but this time – a refreshing cold drink.

If there’s a Clover brewing system at your local Starbucks, order one of these well-caffeinated cups to quickly boost your energy levels.

It’s also worth noting that this machine costs $11 000. So get a Clover coffee if you want to find out how you would feel after having a cup made in such an expensive device.

3. Cold Brew – 205 mg of caffeine, grande


*You can also order a tall, grande, venti, or a trenta cup of Starbucks’ Cold Brew coffee with Milk and you’ll get a drink with the same amount of caffeine. The milk they usually add is 2%, but you can replace it with a whole milk, nonfat, breve, or another plant-based alternative.

The Cold Brew coffee at Starbucks is a drink that’s high in caffeine. Hot water isn’t used throughout the process of brewing. The ground beans are steeped in cold water for 20 hours. The coffee oils and caffeine are slowly extracted, resulting in a smooth yet rich cup of Joe.

The coffee is served over ice, and you can even get a large Trenta cup (30 fl. oz., 887 ml.) that contains the impressive 360 mg of caffeine.

So the Starbucks cold brew drink is definitely one of the best options you have when it comes to boosting your energy levels quickly.

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4. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew – 185 mg of caffeine in a grande serving

The Vanilla Sweet Cream cold brew is another very caffeinated iced beverage that’s pretty similar to the previous entry.

If you order it, you will get a cup of iced cold brew coffee, sweetened with a few pumps of vanilla syrup and a splash of sweetened vanilla-flavored cream.

5. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew – 185 mg of caffeine in a grande serving

The Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew is sweetened with caramel syrup and topped with a tasty salted vanilla cream foam.

6. Nitro Cold Brew – 280 mg of caffeine, grande cup

*The Starbucks Reserve® Nitro Cold Brew contains the same amount of caffeine.

This is a nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee, that has more texture and a creamy mouthfeel.

Your cup will be topped off with a layer of cold foam that makes the experience of drinking this beverage quite unique.

Many beer lovers enjoy having the Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew because it reminds them of their favorite drink.

Overall the Nitro Cold brew is not only smooth and tasty, but it’s also strong in terms of caffeine.

You can’t get it in a venti cup, but a grande will definitely give you the kick you need.

7. Salted Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew

This is the exact same strong iced coffee drink as the Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew, but made with Nitro Cold Brew instead of a regular one.

7. Blonde Roast – 360 mg of caffeine, grande

Having a cup of Blonde Roast brewed coffee is another great way to get a high dose of caffeine.

It is, in fact, the strongest hot coffee alternative to a Clover that you can get at Starbucks.

The blend is made of lightly roasted Latin American and East African beans, that result in a smooth delicious cup of Joe.

Those of you who have more sensitive palettes might be able to feel the citrus notes that are usually more pronounced in such light roasts.

Nevertheless, passionate coffee enthusiasts who are used to buying high-quality single-origin lightly roasted beans might be a bit disappointed with the flavor profile of this blend.

That being said, the Blonde Roast brewed coffee truly is one of the best ways to get a strong cup of Joe at your local Starbucks.

8. Caffè Americano – 225 mg of caffeine, grande


The Caffè Americano is made by pulling a shot of espresso and diluting it with hot water to make its taste more bearable to those who aren’t used to the instense flavor.

In a short cup, you get 1 espresso shot, in a tall – two of them, in a grande – 3, and in a venti – 4 shots.

There is also an iced version of this drink, which contains just as much caffeine (you can check out the caffeine content in the table at the beginning of the article).

9. Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso – 255 mg of caffeine in a grande

This is one of the new entries on this list.

It’s a very intriguing drink that you should definitely try out, especially if you’re looking to have a strong Starbucks coffee drink.

The Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso is made with espresso shots, almondmilk, and it’s flavored with chocolate malt powder, which has cocoa and malt flavoring in it.

As you might’ve guessed from the name, the espresso and the flavored powder are shaken, which I definitely consider an advantage. After shaking the barista adds a splash of almondmilk (which is sweetened) and ice cubes.

10. Iced Shaken Espresso

The Iced Shaken Espresso is a simple shaken espresso drink, made with esresso shots, sweetened with Starbucks’ classic syrup and a splash of 2% milk.

11. Espresso Macchiato – 225 mg of caffeine, Triple

Most macchiatos offered at Starbucks are quite different from the classic version of this espresso-based drink.

Their Espresso Macchiato is not only the most caffeinated one from these, but it’s also the only one that captures the essence of the Italian macchiato.

If you want to find out more about the classic version and how it compares to a Mocha, click this link.

The Starbucks Espresso Macchiato contains espresso shots that are topped off with a splash of foamed milk. This foam softens the bitterness of the espresso and makes the drink naturally sweeter.

In a ‘Solo’ you get one shot of espresso, in a ‘Doppio’ – 2, ‘Triple’ – 3 shots, and in a ‘Quad’ – 4.

The Espresso Macchiato is not only the strongest one of all the Macchiatos offered at Starbucks, but it also contains the least amount of calories. So you should definitely consider it as an option when in search of an energy boost drink, that wouldn’t add a lot to your daily calorie intake.

12. Flat White – 195 mg of caffeine, grande


The Flat White is another espresso-based drink, that is made by diluting the shots with whole milk.

Nevertheless, in a Flat white, instead of using regular espresso, the baristas pull ristretto shots.

These are made by using the same amount of ground coffee, but less water goes through them.

This results in lower volume shots that are more concentrated compared to the regular ones.

In a short and in a tall cup of Flat White, you get 2 ristretto shots, and if you go for a grande or a venti your drink will consist of 3 ristretto shots.

The Flat White has a more pronounced coffee flavor compared to a Starbucks Latte and is also stronger in terms of caffeine.

13. Iced Almondmilk Honey Flat White with Starbucks® Blonde Espresso – 225 mg of caffeine, grande

Unlike the standard Flat White, this one is made with almond milk, a hint of honey and the aforementioned Blonde Roast.

You can have this drink both iced and hot.

According to the Starbucks website, its cold version has the most caffeine compared to the other Flat White beverages.

This one is a bit sweeter, more complex when it comes to ingredients, and, overall, more fun than the regular Flat White.

You can definitely count on it to energize you when you need something to quicky get you going.

14. Starbucks Reserve Latte – 135 mg of caffeine, grande


This is a classic espresso-based drink made with 2 Starbucks Reserve espresso shots, steamed and frothed whole milk.

If you wonder what ‘Reserve’ actually means – well, your coffee is supposed to be made with the best beans Starbucks can offer.

Anyway, the latte is a classic drink that has just enough strength to wake you up. The good thing is that in a short cup you still get those two espresso shots with the Reserve Latte.

You can also have it iced, so you can refresh yourself with this classic drink even on a hot summer day.

15. Espresso Frappuccino – 155 mg of caffeine, grande


The Frappuccino is one of the best-sellers at Starbucks.

It’s made by blending whole milk, coffee, and ice, which results in a creamy nicely-textured cold drink.

The Espresso Frappuccino is the strongest one. Usually, a Frappuccino is made with something called Frappuccino Roast. This is basically an instant coffee powder that gets diluted with room temperature water. Each Frappuccino contains a certain number of Frappuccino Roast pumps. Nevertheless, the Espresso Frappuccino contains both espresso shots and Frappuccino roast, which is why it’s the most caffeinated Frappuccino.

The thing is that this one doesn’t have whipped cream on top. If you’re used to having this topping, simply ask the barista to top off your drink.

The Espresso Frappuccino is definitely one of the best cold drinks with high caffeine content at Starbucks.

16. Iced Caffè Mocha – 175 mg of caffeine, grande


Generally, the mocha is an espresso-based drink made with espresso shots, milk and a chocolate component (syrup or powder).

At Starbucks the Mocha is made with their Mocha sauce, which has some cocoa in it.

The cocoa also contains caffeine which adds up to the strength of the drink.

This is why the Caffè Mocha, the Iced Caffè Mocha, and the Starbucks Reserve Dark Chocolate Mocha are all caffeine-rich Starbucks drinks. They are also sweet and delightful, making them a great pick for those of you who don’t like having their coffee black.

The Caffè Mocha is also topped off with some whipped cream which adds a bit more sweetness to the beverage.

17. Cappuccino – 150 mg of caffeine, grande


Another one of the classics – a cappuccino.

You probably know what it is made of. Well, it contains steamed and frothed whole milk and espresso shots.

In a short and a tall cup you get 1 shot, and in a grande and venti – 2 shots of espresso.

Some might think that this classic drink is a bit boring, but I would say that it’s simply perfect.

There isn’t an iced version, but the Iced Caffè Latte is a perfect cold alternative that contains a decent amount of caffeine.

There is also an iced Cocoa Cloud Macchiato that’s made with toffee nut syrup and some mocha and caramel drizzle on top. It’s differently flavored, but as you can see in the chart above, it contains just as much caffeine.

18. Java Chip Frappuccino – 105 mg of caffeine, grande


The Java Chip Frappuccino is another iced blended beverage that you can get at Starbucks.

It’s somewhat stronger than its other Frappuccino brothers (except the Espresso Frappuccino), as it has Mocha Sauce and Frappuccino Chips. These ingredients contain cocoa which adds more caffeine to the drink.

That being said, the Java Chip Frappuccino is sweet, and a bit crunchy because of the chocolate chips. Its well-pronounced chocolate flavor somewhat overshadows the coffee taste. Nevertheless, it is, in fact, strong in terms of caffeine so don’t treat it like a simple chocolate milkshake. It will keep you awake for quite a while.


Solo shot of espresso, 75mg

Many people believe a shot of espresso is the most caffeinated coffee order, and they aren't wrong. Espresso has the most caffeine per volume however, the volume of an espresso shot is really small. If you drink a single shot of espresso you are only drinking 75 mg of caffeine, which is a lot considering its size of 1.5 ounces. However, espresso is actually the least caffeinated coffee drink you can order.

If you love espresso but really want a big caffeine kick, consider ordering a quadruple shot, which has 300mg of caffeine, which is still less caffeine than a 16oz drip coffee.


How Much Caffeine?

The consumer group bought three samples of each of the 27 energy drinks and tested them for caffeine. The highest amount per serving was 242 milligrams of caffeine in 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength. The lowest was in 5-Hour Energy Decaf, which despite the name carries 6 milligrams of caffeine per serving.

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Caffeine can result in restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, and tremors. High amounts can also trigger seizures and abnormal heart rhythm.


5 Iced Cocoa Cloud Macchiato - 150 mg

The original light, fluffy coffee drink made famous by Instagram during summer 2019. The toffee nut flavored beverage might be the perfect compromise if you’re okay with a little caffeine if your life, but still want to watch your intake.

With 150 mg in every Grande, Starbucks’ Cocoa Cloud Macchiato is still a few mg’s away from caffeine overload status. If you need a little caffeine pick me up during the summer months, this drink just might be your golden ticket.


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Yes, you read that right. According to the Starbucks dress code, "Perfume, cologne, shaving lotion or highly fragrant deodorants or powders may not be worn because the smell affects the taste and aroma of our coffee." The chain also banned smoking in the 1980s—years before that became the norm.


If you prefer your coffee in something closer to dessert form, order a Frappuccino or other blended coffee. There are a lot of flavors, but the standard Coffee Frappuccino from Starbucks comes in well under 200mg, with a Venti containing around 125 mg of caffeine. A large Mocha Frappe at McCafe has 180mg.

Teas can be refreshing, hydrating, and even soothing for some pregnancy symptoms. Consider ginger tea if you’re experiencing nausea or morning sickness, peppermint to aid with digestion, or red raspberry leaf tea which is said to support the uterus and can help the body prepare for labor. Keep in mind that many teas do contain caffeine, though usually much less than coffee options. A cup of caffeinated tea usually contains somewhere around 40-80 mg of caffeine. Some herbal teas and hibiscus tea are not recommended during pregnancy.