caffeine

Coffee and Cocoa Fix

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Trader Joe's Coffee and CocoaAs I’ve written about before, to keep my grocery spending in check without feeling deprived, I allow myself one impulse buy when I go to the store, if I want it. The other day while grabbing some things for the week at Trader Joe’s, I picked up this Coffee & Cocoa blend.

I think I made it about twenty minutes before brewing a pot. I have one of those little 4-cup coffee makers, so a pot is really not that much compared to what most people think of as a pot of coffee, but I digress.

Anyway, it was really good! The cocoa flavor is subtle but distinct. There is definitely no mistaking this stuff for hot chocolate, though—it’s more like a rich, smooth coffee with a little hit of je ne sai quois (I guess I do remember some of my high school French after all). Not bad for a $6.99 pick-me-up.

Any favorite impulse buys lately? 

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How much caffeine is in that mug?

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So yeah, I guess it’s turning into unofficial Caffeine Obsession Week over here. I should have figured going from a quart of black coffee a day to two bags of tea a day would be hard. At least the headaches and fogginess will drift away soon. Fortunately, I haven’t felt irritable or anything like that. In some ways, I’m a little more cheerful, since I’m not so jittery.

So far so good…

Sometimes patients ask about caffeine content in various kinds of beverages, so I wanted to share this nifty chart I found at the Center For Science in the Public Interest.

Coffees Service Size Caffeine (mg)
Coffee, generic brewed 8 oz. 133 (range: 102-200) (16 oz. = 266)
Starbucks Brewed Coffee (Grande) 16 oz. 320
Einstein Bros. regular coffee 16 oz. 300
Dunkin’ Donuts regular coffee 16 oz. 206
Starbucks Vanilla Latte (Grande) 16 oz. 150
Coffee, generic instant 8 oz. 93 (range: 27-173)
Coffee, generic decaffeinated 8 oz. 5 (range: 3-12)
Starbucks Espresso, doppio 2 oz. 150
Starbucks Frappuccino Blended Coffee Beverages, average 9.5 oz. 115
Starbucks Espresso, solo 1 oz. 75
Einstein Bros. Espresso 1 oz. 75
Espresso, generic 1 oz. 40 (range: 30-90)
Starbucks Espresso decaffeinated 1 oz. 4
Teas Service Size Caffeine (mg)
Tea, brewed 8 oz. 53 (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, black 16 oz. 32
Nestea 12 oz. 26
Snapple, Just Plain Unsweetened 16 oz. 18
Arizona Iced Tea, green 16 oz. 15
Snapple, Kiwi Teawi 16 oz. 10
Soft Drinks Service Size Caffeine (mg)
FDA official limit for cola and pepper soft drinks 12 oz. 71
Vault 12 oz. 71 (20 oz. = 118)
Jolt Cola 12 oz. 72
Mountain Dew MDX, regular or diet 12 oz. 71 (20 oz. = 118)
Coke Blak 12 oz. 69 (20 oz. = 115)
Coke Red, regular or diet 12 oz. 54 (20 oz. = 90)
Mountain Dew, regular or diet 12 oz. 54 (20 oz. = 90)
Pepsi One 12 oz. 54 (20 oz. = 90)
Mellow Yellow 12 oz. 53
Diet Coke 12 oz. 47 (20 oz. = 78)
Diet Coke Lime 12 oz. 47 (20 oz. = 78)
TAB 12 oz. 46.5
Pibb Xtra, Diet Mr. Pibb, Pibb Zero 12 oz. 41 (20 oz. = 68)
Dr. Pepper 12 oz. 42 (20 oz. = 68)
Dr. Pepper diet 12 oz. 44 (20 oz. = 68)
Pepsi 12 oz. 38 (20 oz. = 63)
Pepsi Lime, regular or Diet 12 oz. 38 (20 oz. = 63)
Pepsi Vanilla 12 oz. 37
Pepsi Twist 12 oz. 38 (20 oz. = 63)
Pepsi Wild Cherry, regular or diet 12 oz. 38 (20 oz. = 63)
Diet Pepsi 12 oz. 36 (20 oz. = 60)
Pepsi Twist, diet 12 oz. 36 (20 oz. = 60)
Coca-Cola Classic 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke Black Cherry Vanilla, regular or diet 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke C2 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke Cherry, regular or diet 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke Lime 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke Vanilla 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Coke Zero 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Barq’s Diet Root Beer 12 oz. 0
Barq’s Root Beer 12 oz. 22 (20 oz. = 38)
7-Up, regular or diet 12 oz. 0
Fanta, all flavors 12 oz. 0
Fresca, all flavors 12 oz. 0
Mug Root Beer, regular or diet 12 oz. 0
Sierra Mist, regular or free 12 oz. 0
Sprite, regular or diet 12 oz. 0
Energy Drinks Service Size Caffeine (mg)
Spike Shooter 8.4 oz. 300
Cocaine 8.4 oz. 288
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
SoBe No Fear 8 oz. 83
Red Bull 8.3 oz. 80
Red Bull Sugarfree 8.3 oz.. 80
Rockstar Energy Drink 8 oz. 80
SoBe Adrenaline Rush 8.3 oz. 79
Amp 8.4 oz. 74
Glaceau Vitamin Water Energy Tropical Citrus 20 oz. 50
SoBe Essential Energy, Berry or Orange 8 oz. 48
Frozen Desserts Service 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
Chocolates/Candies/Other Service 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. 9 (range: 3-13)
Over-The-Counter Drugs Service 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

How much caffeine do you drink in a day?