Coffee is renowned as the most popular drink all over the world. Naturally, popularity comes with a couple of rumors. Coffee has more caffeine than other drinks like black tea or soda. However, no two cups of coffee are the same. Therefore the caffeine content is different from cup to cup.
Coffee lovers always wonder about which coffee has the most caffeine. In this article, I’ll try to elaborate on this topic and clear all the confusion for coffee drinkers.
How can caffeine differ from cup to cup?
You can enhance the caffeine extraction by adopting some measures such as grinding fine coffee beans, increasing the period of steeping, brewing with higher temperature, and adding more coffee in water.
A stronger or weaker caffeine extraction depends on the serving size of a certain type of coffee drink. Obviously, the larger the size of the serving cup, the stronger the caffeine kick and vice versa.
The amount of caffeine can measured by taking few factors into consideration which are:
- The type of coffee roast: light, medium, or dark.
- The type of brewing technique: pour-over, cold brew etc.
- The type of coffee beans: Arabica or Robusta
Which type of coffee beans are more caffeinated: Arabica or Robusta?
You require coffee beans to prepare your cup of morning Joe that comes from the seeds of coffee plants named Coffea.
When it comes to the species of Coffea Plant, Coffea Arabica and Coffea Canephora are the most popular species globally. Perhaps, you’re not aware of these two species names, so these are also known as Arabica or Robusta.
Now the question arises, which one is the more caffeinated?
- Robusta coffee beans contains twice the amount of caffeine than Arabica coffee beans.
If you want stronger cup of your morning coffee, you would prefer Robusta, otherwise Arabica coffee beans will give you a milder energy kick.
Which type of brewing methods are more caffeinated?
Different Brewing techniques and brewing timing affect the caffeine extraction. Longer brew timing, using higher water temperature, and increased water to coffee ratio will lead to higher caffeine extraction.
If you’re in search of strong coffee by using a simple brewing method, I would suggest ‘French Press’ for the highest level of caffeine extraction.
- French Press provides a higher concentration of Caffeine due to constant infusion of coffee grounds in warm water, the longer the infusion of coffee grounds, the higher the caffeine extraction. But be conscious of infusing the coffee grounds for a longer period, as it may result in the bitter flavor of cup of morning Joe. Balance is key.
Which type of coffee roast have more caffeine: light, or dark?
Coffee lovers always imagine that dark roast would be perfect for stronger and high caffeine content as compared to light roast. In reality, the roasting process is related to taste, not to caffeine. Light and dark roasts will have the same caffeine content. So, for a higher caffeine content, you need to add more coffee rather than roasting longer.
- If coffee grounds are measured by weight, caffeine content will be the same in both types of roasts. But if it is measured by the scoop, a light roast will have slightly more caffeine than a dark roast. Because the coffee beans are cleaner than dark roast and beans have been roasted for a longer period.