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Caffeine Statistics [Market Research]

Written by: MyFriendsCoffee Team | Last Updated on January 29, 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):

CoffeesServing sizeCaffeine (mg)
Coffee, generic brewed8 ozRange: 102-200
Starbucks Brewed Coffee (Grande)16 oz330
Starbucks Vanilla Latte16 oz150
Coffee, generic instant8 ozRange: 27-173
Coffee, generic decaffeinated8 ozRange: 3-12
Starbucks Espresso, Doppio2 oz150
Starbucks Frappuccino Blended Coffee Beverages, average9.5 oz150
Starbucks Espresso, Solo1 oz75
Espresso, generic1 oz.Range: 40-90
Starbucks Brewed Decaf Coffee (Grande)16 oz.25
Starbucks Espresso Decafiated1 oz.4
TeasServing sizeCaffeine (mg)
Tea, brewed8 ozRange: 40-120
Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea Latte (Grande)16 oz100
Snapple, Lemon (and diet version)16 oz42
Snapple , Peach (and diet version)16 oz42
Snapple, Raspberry (and diet version)16 oz42
Arizona Iced Tea (original)16 oz30
NESTEA, Lemon20 oz27
Snapple, unsweetened16 oz18
Arizona Iced Tea, green16 oz15
Snapple, Kiwi Teawi16 oz10
Soft DrinksServing sizeCaffeine (mg)
Cola soft drinks12 oz65
Pepsi Max12 oz69
Mountain Dew (regular or diet)12 oz54
Pepsi One12 oz54
Mello Yello12 oz51
Diet Coke, Diet Coke Lime12 oz46
TAB12 oz46.5
Pibb Xtra20 oz66
Diet Dr. Pepper12 oz44
Dr. Pepper12 oz42
Pepsi, Pepsi Natural12 oz38
Pepsi Wild Cherry (regular or diet),
Diet Pepsi Lime, Diet Pepsi Vanilla,
Pepsi Throwback
12 oz38
Diet Pepsi12 oz35
Coca-Cola Classic, Coke Cherry
(regular or diet), Coke Lime,
Coke Vanilla, Coke Zero
12 oz34
Barq’s Diet Root Beer12 oz22
Barq’s Root Beer12 oz22
Mug Root Beer, regular or diet12 oz0
Energy DrinksServing SizeCaffeine (mg)
Spike Shooter8.4 oz300
Cocaine8.4 oz280
No Fear Motherload16 oz182
Amp Elevate, Lightning, Overdrive,
Relaunch, Traction
16 oz160
Monster Energy16 oz160
Full Throttle16 oz144
Rip It, all varieties8 oz100
Enviga12 oz100
Tab Energy10.5 oz95
No Fear16 oz174
Red Bull, Red Bull Sugarfree8.3 oz80
Rockstar Energy Drink16 oz160
SoBe Adrenaline Rush
(regular and sugar free)
16 oz152
Amp16 oz143
Glaceau Vitamin
Water Energy Citrus
16 oz40
Over-the-counter drugsServing sizeCaffeine (mg)
NoDoz (Maximum Strength)1 tablet200
Vivarin1 tablet200
Excedrin (Extra Strength)2 tablets130
Anacin (Maximum Strength)2 tablets64
Frozen DessertsServing sizeCaffeine (mg)
Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch8 fl. oz84
Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Flavored Ice Cream8 fl. oz68
Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream8 fl. oz58
Haagen-Dazs Coffee Light Ice Cream8 fl. oz58
Haagen-Dazs Coffee Frozen Yogurt8 fl. oz58
Haagen-Dazs Coffee & Almond Crunch Bar8 fl. oz58
Starbucks Coffee Ice Cream8 fl. oz50-60
Chocolate/Candies/OthersServing SizeCaffeine (mg)
Jolt Caffeinated Gum1 stick33
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar1.45 oz31
Hershey’s Chocolate Bar1.55 oz9
Hershey’s Kisses41g (9 pieces)9
Hot Cocoa8 ozRange: 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


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


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.