An average cup of joe may be enough for the average Joes of the world but there are more than a few seasoned coffee lovers out there that could use a drink that packs more of a punch. This is where the need for high caffeine coffee comes from.
Before we dive headfirst into the deep end of the caffeine pool, let’s talk more about the effects that this stimulant can have on your body and potential precautions.
Important: Recommended Caffeine Intake and Warnings
Remember when we investigated if eating coffee beans was healthy or harmful? Well, when we were figuring that out we had to seriously consider what the experts had to say about daily caffeine consumption. Some of that data could also be relevant to the discussion around high caffeine coffee.
Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated that the safe daily caffeine intake, for the average adult, is 400 mg. That being said, what about people that fall below or above that average?
We also already established that the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee varies from bean to bean. “However, the estimated average is somewhere between 80 mg and 100 mg.”
Caffeinated Stamina – Tolerance And Sensitivity
On a basic level all of us are the same on the inside; none of us are lizard people and we all need oxygen. However, our bodies do have varying reactions to a lot of the things that we put into our body.
Here’s how we can be grouped based on our caffeine tolerance:
- Hypersensitive individuals can feel severe effects after a single cup of coffee or sometimes even just a sip. This can range from insomnia and stomach problems to worrisome heart palpitations.
- Hyposensitive people are the direct opposite, they can take in significantly more than the recommended amount of caffeine before feeling any of the effects at all. Approximately 10% of the population is genetically predisposed to have a higher caffeine tolerance.
- Average refers to the rest of us, the majority that the recommended 400 mg is based on.
Other statistics that are worth mentioning are:
- Pregnant women, less than 300 mg.
- People with type 2 diabetes or arrhythmia, less than 200 mg.
- Children under age 4, 0 mg.
High Caffeine Coffee: Our Definitive Toplist
These 4 brands have two things in common: they’re all high caffeine coffee and their sales teams all have a penchant for dramatic naming conventions.
|High Caffeine Coffee Brand||Caffeine Content*|
|Biohazard Coffee||928 mg|
|Death Wish Coffee||728 mg|
|Black Insomnia||702 mg|
|Killer Coffee||645 mg|
*Caffeine content per 12 oz. cup
What We (Don’t?) Recommend
Here at Caffeine Fiend we’re all about the grind and while we may know more about crema and roasts compared to the average coffee drinker, that doesn’t mean that we’re a substitute for your doctor. Talk to a medical professional before you make a cup from one of these high caffeine coffee brands.
Death Wish Coffee – The Most Well Known
Death Wish Coffee doesn’t have the highest caffeine content out of our top 4 but is notable for being one of the most prolific high caffeine coffee brands that is being sold today.
There is no denying that the quality of their coffee and the skills of their sales team are significant factors that have contributed to their success. However, we’re certain that their free ad (that they won in a competition) at Super Bowl 50 played a critical role in their current level of fame.
Remember when we said that 400 mg of caffeine is the recommended daily limit for the average adult? Well, Death Wish Coffee easily exceeds that amount, with almost twice as much (728 mg) in a single 12 oz. serving.
Biohazard Coffee – The Strongest By Far
If we’re ranking them by overall caffeine content, then Biohazard Coffee easily takes the number one spot. Biohazard Coffee has, on average, 200 mg more caffeine than Death Wish Coffee.
Biohazard Coffee is made with robusta beans. This fact makes perfect sense, since – compared to arabica beans – robusta beans have twice as much caffeine content.
One 12 oz. cup of Biohazard Coffee contains 928 mg of caffeine; which means that it contains 2.3 times more than the recommended daily limit.
Are You Up To The Challenge?
The high caffeine coffee brands are not for the faint of heart and they all come with a slew of disclaimers and warnings. Still, if you (and your doctor) think that this is something that your body can handle, go right ahead and give them a try.