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Written by: MyFriendsCoffee Team

Last Updated on April 19, 2021

Do you feel refreshed after a cup of coffee? This effect comes from caffeine.

Caffeine is a natural stimulant that can help you feel refreshed and awake. But it also has a downside.

To get the most complete information about this, our team compiled detailed caffeine statistics.

We analyzed data on the consumption of caffeine, how much caffeine is in certain products, what doses of caffeine are safe to consume, and other topics. Read on for interesting, informative facts.

The Caffeine Statistics

1. In 2019, 64% of Americans aged 18 and over drank coffee every day. (NCA)

2. In North America, over 80% of adults consume caffeine regularly. (CAMH)

3. The effects of caffeine can last for up to 12 hours. (ADF)

4. A safe dose of caffeine for a healthy person is 400 mg, or 4-5 cups of coffee, per day. (FDA)

5. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks account for 96% of caffeine consumption in beverages. (ScinceDirect)

6. Every day, 90% of Americans consume caffeine in one form or another. (Kuakini)

7. More than half the adult population consumes 300mg of caffeine per day. (Kuakini)

8. The US leads the world in caffeine consumption, consuming 971 tons of the highly addictive drug each year. (BrandonGaille)

9. Seattle consumes the most caffeine per capita in the US. (BrandonGaille)

10. 68% of people consume their caffeine within an hour of waking up. (BrandonGaille)

11. 65% of caffeine is consumed during breakfast. (BrandonGaille)

12. 21 million Americans drink more than 6 cups of coffee daily. (BrandonGaille)

13. 68 million Americans drink more than 3 cups of coffee a day. (BrandonGaille)

14. 9 out of 10 teens have trouble sleeping due to their caffeine consumption. (BrandonGaille)

15. The most popular times to drink coffee are from 9:30am to 11:30am and from 1:30pm to 5pm. (BrandonGaille)

16. 37% of workers drink at least 2 cups of coffee a day to stay focused. (BrandonGaille)

17. A cup of coffee for caffeine measuring purposes is 6 ounces, but the average serving of coffee is actually 9 ounces. (BrandonGaille)

18. Caffeine content of drinks by the most popular coffee brands (BrandonGaille):

  • Deathwish coffee has the most caffeine per fluid ounce at 54.2 mg
  • The smallest recorded amount of caffeine in coffee comes from McDonald’s, at just 9.1 mg per fluid ounce.
  • Caribou coffee contains about 15 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce.
  • Peet’s brewed coffee contains 16.7 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce.
  • Starbucks provides coffee with a high caffeine content: 20.6 mg per fluid ounce.

19. The most popular drinks that contain caffeine (CAMH):

  • Cup of brewed coffee: 135 mg
  • Cup of instant coffee: 76-106 mg
  • Cup of decaf coffee: about 3 mg
  • Cup of tea: 43 mg
  • Regular cola soft drink (355 ml): 36-50 mg
  • Energy drink (250 ml): 80 mg
  • Dark chocolate (28 g): 19 mg
  • Milk chocolate (28 g): 7 mg
  • Hot chocolate mix packet: 7 mg
  • Caffeine pills: 100 mg

20. Products containing caffeine by category (Kuakini):

Coffees Serving size Caffeine (mg)
Coffee, generic brewed 8 oz Range: 102-200
Starbucks Brewed Coffee (Grande) 16 oz 330
Starbucks Vanilla Latte 16 oz 150
Coffee, generic instant 8 oz Range: 27-173
Coffee, generic decaffeinated 8 oz Range: 3-12
Starbucks Espresso, Doppio 2 oz 150
Starbucks Frappuccino Blended Coffee Beverages, average 9.5 oz 150
Starbucks Espresso, Solo 1 oz 75
Espresso, generic 1 oz. Range: 40-90
Starbucks Brewed Decaf Coffee (Grande) 16 oz. 25
Starbucks Espresso Decafiated 1 oz. 4

Teas Serving size Caffeine (mg)
Tea, brewed 8 oz Range: 40-120
Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea Latte (Grande) 16 oz 100
Snapple, Lemon (and diet version) 16 oz 42
Snapple , Peach (and diet version) 16 oz 42
Snapple, Raspberry (and diet version) 16 oz 42
Arizona Iced Tea (original) 16 oz 30
NESTEA, Lemon 20 oz 27
Snapple, unsweetened 16 oz 18
Arizona Iced Tea, green 16 oz 15
Snapple, Kiwi Teawi 16 oz 10

Soft Drinks Serving size Caffeine (mg)
Cola soft drinks 12 oz 65
Pepsi Max 12 oz 69
Mountain Dew (regular or diet) 12 oz 54
Pepsi One 12 oz 54
Mello Yello 12 oz 51
Diet Coke, Diet Coke Lime 12 oz 46
TAB 12 oz 46.5
Pibb Xtra 20 oz 66
Diet Dr. Pepper 12 oz 44
Dr. Pepper 12 oz 42
Pepsi, Pepsi Natural 12 oz 38
Pepsi Wild Cherry (regular or diet),
Diet Pepsi Lime, Diet Pepsi Vanilla,
Pepsi Throwback
12 oz 38
Diet Pepsi 12 oz 35
Coca-Cola Classic, Coke Cherry
(regular or diet), Coke Lime,
Coke Vanilla, Coke Zero
12 oz 34
Barq’s Diet Root Beer 12 oz 22
Barq’s Root Beer 12 oz 22
Mug Root Beer, regular or diet 12 oz 0

Energy Drinks Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Spike Shooter 8.4 oz 300
Cocaine 8.4 oz 280
No Fear Motherload 16 oz 182
Amp Elevate, Lightning, Overdrive,
Relaunch, Traction
16 oz 160
Monster Energy 16 oz 160
Full Throttle 16 oz 144
Rip It, all varieties 8 oz 100
Enviga 12 oz 100
Tab Energy 10.5 oz 95
No Fear 16 oz 174
Red Bull, Red Bull Sugarfree 8.3 oz 80
Rockstar Energy Drink 16 oz 160
SoBe Adrenaline Rush
(regular and sugar free)
16 oz 152
Amp 16 oz 143
Glaceau Vitamin
Water Energy Citrus
16 oz 40

Over-the-counter drugs Serving size Caffeine (mg)
NoDoz (Maximum Strength) 1 tablet 200
Vivarin 1 tablet 200
Excedrin (Extra Strength) 2 tablets 130
Anacin (Maximum Strength) 2 tablets 64

Frozen Desserts Serving size Caffeine (mg)
Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch 8 fl. oz 84
Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Flavored Ice Cream 8 fl. oz 68
Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream 8 fl. oz 58
Haagen-Dazs Coffee Light Ice Cream 8 fl. oz 58
Haagen-Dazs Coffee Frozen Yogurt 8 fl. oz 58
Haagen-Dazs Coffee & Almond Crunch Bar 8 fl. oz 58
Starbucks Coffee Ice Cream 8 fl. oz 50-60

Chocolate/Candies/Others Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Jolt Caffeinated Gum 1 stick 33
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar 1.45 oz 31
Hershey’s Chocolate Bar 1.55 oz 9
Hershey’s Kisses 41g (9 pieces) 9
Hot Cocoa 8 oz Range: 3-13

21. The caffeine content of coffee beans varies depending on the variety and roast. For example, Arabica, grown mainly in Central and South America, contains about 1.1% caffeine. Robusta, grown mainly in Indonesia and Africa, contains about 2.2% caffeine. (CAMH)

22. There are restrictions on the consumption of caffeine by children (CAMH):

  • 45 mg for children ages four to six
  • 62.5 mg for children ages seven to nine
  • 85 mg for children aged 10 to 12
  • Older children should limit their intake. Up to 2.5 mg/kg body weight.

23. The effects of caffeine are felt approximately 30 minutes after consumption. (Kuakini)

24. The lethal dose of caffeine is 5-10 grams or 80 cups of strong coffee. (ADF)

25. In Australia, between 2004 and 2010, there were 297 calls to the NSW Poison Information Line regarding the toxicity of caffeinated energy drinks. (ADF)

26. At the time of this writing, approximately 220mg of caffeine was consumed by the author.

The Team That Worked On This Blog Post

Patty-Cramer-Editor-Coffee-Consultant-at-MyFriendsCoffee

Editor & Coffee Consultant

Patty Cramer

I'm the coffee consultant at MyFriendsCoffee. I've been in the coffee business for over 21 years and still have a passion for coffee. My most important skill is that I know how to organize work processes.

John Beans Editor & Founder

Resident Editor-in-Chief

John Beans

I’m the resident Editor-in-Chief of MyFriendsCoffee. For more than 5 years I tried a large variety of coffees from different brands and master 7 ways to brew coffee and am not going to stop there. I switched my first coffee maker with a professional espresso machine and now my kitchen is filled with various coffee equipment.

Tessa Dixon – Beginner Barista & Content Creator

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Tessa Dixon

I was born in Seattle, and this city has a strong connection to coffee culture, so it's no wonder I decided to become a barista! I’ve learned many ways of making coffee and now I know how to make any coffee delicious.

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