What is my coffee caffeine limit? What is too much?

By | January 8, 2020

Amazing Facts About Coffee Caffeine Content in a nice infographic

PurelyCoffeeBeans shares important facts on about coffee caffeine in your mug of joe! If you're drinking too much caffeine or if you would like more! Includes suggestions on where to find low levels of coffee caffeine, and introduces an amazing coffee infographic.

Are you looking for higher levels of caffeine in your coffee?

So if you're looking for higher levels of coffee caffeine than you may typically find in Arabica based coffee, you may wish to refer to the Robusta coffee beans page.

This contains information about robusta coffees which typically have higher levels of caffeine than their Arabica Beans cousin, and also check the map on the types of beans page to find countries where Robusta is grown more commonly: typically, Africa, Vietnam, and Brazil, to name just three.

Why is Robusta the poor cousin?

In general, Robusta beans are considered the poor cousin of the coffee bean, because they tend to have a much poorer taste, perhaps even making coffee unpalatable.

However, Robusta is widely grown, and consumed, and is found in many coffees, esp. cheaper instant coffees. Read "What coffee has the most caffeine?" from the Examiner (link missing). They are used in coffees when the coffee roaster needs either a cheaper product or a stronger coffee with more kick.

Which coffee has caffeine with a kick?

You will find many of the cheaper coffees in the supermarkets are made mostly from Robusta varieties of coffee beans. That includes freeze-dried or instant coffees, as well as the packs of ground coffees from popular brands such as Maxwell House or Folgers or any of a dozen other coffee brands. Why?

Simply, because of cost. These large companies can order huge amounts of coffee beans, to resell to consumers at lower prices. Though you will find the prices very attractive, it's doubtful that you will enjoy what you get because the beans are often over-roasted, giving the beans a burnt or even bitter taste. Much of the character of the coffees has been roasted away in favor of the brand flavor.

Which coffee has lots of robusta beans?

While I cannot give you a definitive answer about how much coffee caffeine you will find in the robusta beans in your coffees, (most manufacturers prefer to boast the percentage of Arabica beans!) or which coffees may contain more caffeine, you could try different espresso or Italian style roasts (some of which make good french press coffee, too), or you could simply add more coffee to the coffee maker.

Try doubling up on the amount of coffee you use, since most coffee drinkers tend to follow general guidelines that result in a weaker brew. This works as long as the amount doesn't overaccentuate other tones, such as bitterness or acid tones in the coffee.

It's in the Espresso!

Oddly enough, you may wish to try some of the espresso roasts which are darker roasted as these will typically include a percentage of robusta beans, and perhaps more caffeine to provide a European type 'kick' to the morning cuppa. Few coffee companies display the amount of caffeine per 100g on the side of packets, which would certainly help you. My last suggestion: go to a coffee roaster or serious coffee lover's coffee shop, and just ask. They may be able to direct you to specific blends/estates/regions that present a coffee more suitable to your requirements.

So how much is too much coffee caffeine?

If you are looking for 'less caffeine' in your coffee, you should be looking at medium roasts of Arabica coffee, for the most part. Don't be purchasing espresso roast or dark Italian roasts unless they are stated to be 100% Arabica, like Lavazza's Qualita Rossa, or similar. Most espresso bean coffee contains amounts of extra Robusta for the flavor and extra 'kick' it provides.

Amazon's search did throw up a few good suggestions, but no clue on the actual caffeine content, click if you want to see the results.

Which Asian coffee has lots of robusta beans?

A final thought: Both Vietnam and India grow quite a lot of coffee, usually robusta beans, so you may wish to try those blends. However, as I said, robusta is usually blended with better tasting coffee to tone down the roughness and caffeine content, so it's difficult to find a purely robusta coffee.

Six Caffeine Facts

After reading how much Mr. Annapurnaiah Kolluri from the Indian Coffee Board drinks, I realized that there really isn't such a thing as too much coffee, is there?

Health advisers flip back and forth with their highly qualified opinions about how much is too much. And it's not really about coffee, but rather the caffeine content that we choose to drink (see Caffeine Content found at PurelyCoffeeBeans.com).

There are some surprising caffeine facts that makes people think they are drinking just large amounts of coffee...

Caffeine Fact #1

Ever hear of Kopi Luwak? Check out this coffee infographic that introduces Kopi Luwak, one of the most expensive coffees in the world—and it’s made from an animal's feces.

Kopi Luwak is made by feeding ripe coffee beans to a palm civet (a mammal that lives in southern Asia). The creature’s leavings are later processed into a pricey variety of coffee with a unique taste. But the intestines of the civet interact with the coffee bean leaving a much smoother taste, and turning otherwise average coffee into some exceptional drinking.

That’s just one of the facts you’ll find in this detailed infographic. It explores a wide range of details about coffee — including its origin, its diverse varieties, and the ways that people drink it.

Caffeine Fact #2

Espresso has less caffeine per cup than regular cup. But if you find that you are irritable, or feeling nervous (twitchy!), you may want to switch to decaf in the afternoon or early evenings. Even a coffee lover has to slow down sometimes.

Caffeine Fact #3

The 'strength of the coffee' as perceived by many drinkers often relates to three factors: the darkness of the roast, the amount of coffee used, and the amount of caffeine in the particular varietal.

Caffeine Fact #4

One surprising fact: darker roasts don't necessarily contain more caffeine than lighter roasts.

Caffeine Fact #5

Coffee, black or espresso, is a very low calorie food that stimulates the body for a short period after consumption. Typically, the caffeine is processed by the body within an hour or so after consumption, meaning that the effects of a cup of coffee are largely very limited to that initial 'hit'.

Caffeine Fact #6

Another: Arabica beans are generally lower in caffeine than Robusta beans.

So what is your coffee caffeine limit? How much do you need? Would you like more or less? Drop me a line!

Printwand Coffee Infographic

Read the coffee infographic from Printwand to learn things about your favorite beverage that you never even thought to consider. For technical reasons, I've split it into a gallery. But...

You can view the full infographic here (it's large!)


What are the different types of coffee beans, find out here!

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