Last night one of my baristas brought up the issue of caffeine content in espresso versus drip coffee. He told some customers that a drip coffee packed more of a punch than espresso. I argued. Today, I researched.
By volume, espresso is way stronger because it’s more concentrated (which was my original argument). 1 ounce of espresso has around 30-50 mg of caffeine. I ounce of drip coffee has just 8.125-15 mg. Obviously, no one’s getting an ounce of the Pike to start their morning.
So I did some light (very light) math and compared a grande coffee to a grande latte (containing 2 shots of espresso). The coffee weighs in at 130-240 mg. The latte is only packing 60-100 mg. If you’re like my bosses and me, frequently getting a quad latte, it’s a little more comparable. Otherwise, per beverage, coffee is the reigning champ.
I could argue that technically I was correct. But in any sort of practical scenario, he’s right: the coffee wins.
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