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Food NameCaffeineCalories 
Tea, powdered instant, unsweetened, dry3680315
Coffee, dry instant powder, NS as to regular or decaffeinated3142241
Coffee, dry instant powder, regular3142241
Coffee, dry, acid neutralized3142241
Coffee and chicory, dry instant powder3142241
Espresso coffee beans, chocolate-covered800513
Coffee, liquid concentrate62848
Tea, powdered instant, sweetened, dry529377
Coffee, dry instant powder, with whitener and sugar274445
Cocoa powder, not reconstituted (no dry milk)230229
Coffee and cocoa (mocha) mix, dry instant powder with whitener and low calorie sweetener218257
Coffee, espresso2122
Coffee and cocoa (mocha) mix, dry instant powder with whitener, presweetened191460
Coffee, decaffeinated, and chicory, dry instant powder122224

Usage Notes

  • Caffeine (measured in milligrams) and calories are calculated per 100g of food.
  • This caffeine content of foods database contains approximately 7,000 most common food items.
  • Click on column header to sort foods by name or by caffeine or calories.
  • Pie chart shows relative contributions to total calories from carbohydrate, protein and fat (and alcohol, if exists).


Caffeine is a bitter substance found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, kola nuts, and certain medicines. It has many effects on the body's metabolism, including stimulating the central nervous system. This can make you more alert and give you a boost of energy.
For most people, the amount of caffeine in two to four cups of coffee a day is not harmful. However, too much caffeine can make you restless, anxious, and irritable. It may also keep you from sleeping well and cause headaches, abnormal heart rhythms, or other problems. If you stop using caffeine, you could get withdrawal symptoms.
Some people are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than others. They should limit their use of caffeine. So should pregnant and nursing women. Certain drugs and supplements may interact with caffeine.

Caffeine and Your Body

Caffeine occurs naturally in more than 60 plants including coffee beans, tea leaves, kola nuts used to flavor soft drink colas, and cacao pods used to make chocolate products. Man-made caffeine is sometimes added to foods, drinks, and medicines. Ninety percent of people in the world use caffeine in one form or another. In the U.S., 80 percent of adults consume caffeine every day – the average adult has an intake of 200 mg per day, the amount in two 5-ounce cups of coffee or four sodas. A study of 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students in Ohio found that students took in an average of 53 mg of caffeine per day, but almost one in five students took in more than 100mg of caffeine each day.
Whether caffeine is consumed in food or as a medicine, it changes the way your brain and body work and changes how you behave and feel. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. Your central nervous system includes your brain, spinal cord, and the other nerves in your body. Caffeine’s main effect on your body is to make you feel more awake and alert for a while, but it can also cause problems.

The FDA says that caffeine is both a drug and a food additive. Caffeine is used in both prescription and over-the-counter medicines to treat tiredness or drowsiness and to improve the effect of some pain relievers. People with heart problems shouldn’t use caffeine because it makes their hearts work too hard, and people with anxiety problems or panic attacks may find that caffeine makes them feel worse.

Caffeine Addiction

When people use caffeine every day, their bodies get used to it, and they don’t get the “good effects” of feeling more awake and able to concentrate unless they use more of it. This is called “tolerance.” Some studies show that caffeine causes a physical dependence or addiction. If a person gets withdrawal symptoms when they suddenly stop using caffeine, then the person has a physical dependence on caffeine. Withdrawal symptoms don’t feel good and can include: severe headaches, muscle aches, temporary feelings of depression, and irritability. When people experience these symptoms, they often just take in more caffeine to make them go away. This cycle is hard to break.
Studies suggest that moderate amounts of caffeine are not harmful. How much is moderate? One hundred to 200 mg (one to two 5-ounce cups of coffee) each day is the limit that some doctors suggest, but each person is a little different. How caffeine affects people varies with their size, their sex, and how sensitive they are to caffeine’s effects. Experts agree that 600 mg (four to seven cups of coffee) of caffeine or more each day is too much.
Caffeine overdose is dangerous and can kill you. FDA knows of a 19 year old college student who died after taking an overdose of caffeine tablets to stay awake. A caffeine tablet contains as much caffeine as one to three 5-ounce cups of coffee.

Coffee Substitutes

Coffee substitutes are non-coffee products, usually without caffeine, that are used to imitate coffee. Coffee substitutes can be used for medical, economic and religious reasons, or simply because coffee is not readily available. Roasted grain beverages are common substitutes for coffee.

Caffeine and Pregnancy

New research suggests that drinking caffeinated drinks during pregnancy raises the risk of having a low birth weight baby.

Caffeine has long been linked to adverse effects in pregnant women, prompting many expectant mothers to give up coffee and tea. But for those who cannot do without their morning coffee, health officials over the years have offered conflicting guidelines on safe amounts during pregnancy.

The World Health Organization recommends a limit of 300 milligrams of caffeine a day, equivalent to about three eight-ounce cups of regular brewed coffee. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stated in 2010 that pregnant women could consume up to 200 milligrams a day without increasing their risk of miscarriage or preterm birth.

Caffeine and Heart Diseases

Results from studies of direct links between caffeine, coffee drinking and coronary heart disease are conflicting. However, moderate coffee drinking (1–2 cups per day) doesn't seem to be harmful.

The metabolic effects of caffeine include:

  • Stimulation of the central nervous system.
  • Release of free fatty acids from fatty tissue.
  • Increase urination, which can lead to dehydration.

Caffeine-habituated individuals can experience "caffeine withdrawal" 12–24 hours after the last dose of caffeine. It resolves within 24–48 hours. The most prominent symptom is headache. They can also feel anxiety, fatigue, drowsiness and depression.

Doctors Urge F.D.A. to Restrict Caffeine in Energy Drinks

A group of 18 doctors, researchers and public health experts jointly urged the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to take action on energy drinks to protect adolescents and children from the possible risks of consuming high amounts of caffeine.

The F.D.A. has said that it is safe for adults to consume about 400 milligrams of caffeine — roughly 4 to 5 cups of coffee — daily, though many experts say that most adults can consume 600 milligrams or more of caffeine without ill effect. A 16-ounce cup of Starbucks coffee has about 330 milligrams of caffeine, an amount about twice that of some similarly sized energy drinks.
There is no set level for children, although the American Academy of Pediatrics has discouraged any caffeine consumption for young people, citing concerns about “its effects on the developing neurologic and cardiovascular systems and the risk of physical dependence and addiction.”
Manufacturers must include caffeine on their lists of ingredients, but they are not required to detail how much is in each product.
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Caffeine May Boost Driver Safety

Long-haul truck drivers who drink coffee or other caffeinated drinks are significantly less likely to have an accident than their uncaffeinated peers. After adjusting for age, driver experience, distance driven, hours of sleep, naps, night driving and other factors, study found that drivers who consumed caffeine were 63 percent less likely to be involved in a crash.
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Foods and Drinks Highest in Caffeine

List of top 100 foods and drinks with highest caffeine content. Caffeine values are in milligrams and measured per 100 grams of food weight.

Foods and Drinks Highest in Caffeine Caffeine

Tea, powdered instant, unsweetened, dry 3680

Coffee and chicory, dry instant powder 3142

Coffee, dry instant powder, NS as to regular or decaffeinated 3142

Coffee, dry instant powder, regular 3142

Coffee, dry, acid neutralized 3142

Espresso coffee beans, chocolate-covered 800

Coffee, liquid concentrate 628

Tea, powdered instant, sweetened, dry 529

Coffee, dry instant powder, with whitener and sugar 274

Cocoa powder, not reconstituted (no dry milk) 230

Coffee and cocoa (mocha) mix, dry instant powder with whitener and low calorie sweetener 218

Coffee, espresso 212

Coffee and cocoa (mocha) mix, dry instant powder with whitener, presweetened 191

Coffee, decaffeinated, and chicory, dry instant powder 122

Coffee, dry instant powder, decaffeinated 122

Coffee, latte 76

Chocolate, sweet or dark 66

Chocolate, semi-sweet morsel 62

Coffee, mocha 58

Instant breakfast, powder, sweetened with low calorie sweetener, not reconstituted 52

Topping, chocolate, hard coating 51

Crackers, graham, chocolate covered 46

Gravy, redeye 41

Coffee, Mexican, regular, unsweetened (no milk; not cafe con leche) 40

Coffee, made from ground, regular, flavored 40

Coffee and chicory, made from ground 40

Coffee, made from ground, regular 40

Tiramisu 39

Coffee, regular 39

Foods and Drinks Highest in Caffeine Caffeine

Coffee, Cuban 37

Milk, malted, dry mix, unfortified, not reconstituted, chocolate 37

Coffee, Mexican, regular, sweetened (no milk; not cafe con leche) 37

Coffee, Turkish 36

Cocoa, whey, and low calorie sweetener, fortified, dry mix, not reconstituted 34

Coffee, NS as to type 34

Frappuccino, regular 30

Chicory 30

Energy drink 30

Red Bull Energy Drink 30

Coffee and chicory, NS as to ground or instant 29

Coffee, regular, with cereal 29

Coffee and chicory, made from powdered instant 29

Coffee, made from powdered instant, regular 29

Cookie, chocolate, made with rice cereal 29

Coffee, acid neutralized, from powdered instant 29

Coffee, made from powdered instant mix, presweetened, no whitener 28

Coffee, pre-lightened, no sugar 28

Coffee, presweetened with sugar 28

Chocolate, instant, dry mix, fortified with vitamins and minerals, not reconstituted 28

Milk, malted, dry mix, fortified, not reconstituted, chocolate 28

Ice cream bar or stick, rich chocolate ice cream, thick chocolate covering 27

Coffee, presweetened with sugar, pre-lightened 27

Soft drink, cola-type, with higher caffeine 27

100 GRAND Bar 26

Irish Coffee 26

Cocoa (or chocolate) flavored beverage powder with sugar, dry mix, not reconstituted 25

Raisins, chocolate covered 25

Nutrient supplement, milk-based, high protein, powdered, not reconstituted 25

Instant breakfast, powder, not reconstituted 25

Milk chocolate candy, with fruit and nuts 24

Foods and Drinks High in Caffeine Caffeine

Milk chocolate candy, with cereal 23

Milk chocolate candy, with almonds 22

Peanuts, chocolate covered 22

Caramel with nuts and cereal, chocolate covered 21

Coffee, dry instant powder, with whitener and low calorie sweetener 21

Cocoa Blasts, Quaker 21

Tea, leaf, presweetened with low calorie sweetener 20

Tea, leaf, unsweetened 20

Tea, made from frozen concentrate, unsweetened 20

Marshmallow, chocolate covered 20

Milk chocolate candy, plain 20

Cappuccino 20

Coffee, made from ground, equal parts regular and decaffeinated 20

Cocoa powder with nonfat dry milk and low calorie sweetener, dry mix, not reconstituted 19

Tea, leaf, presweetened 19

Tea, leaf, presweetened with sugar 19

Cocoa, whey, and low-calorie sweetener mixture, not reconstituted 19

Caramel with nuts, chocolate covered 19

Coffee, made from liquid concentrate 19

Mate, sweetened beverage made from dried green leaves 19

Coffee, made from powdered instant mix, with whitener and sugar, instant 18

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup 18

Coffee and cocoa (mocha) mix, dry instant powder, with whitener and low calorie sweetener, decaffeinated 18

Milk beverage, powder, with nonfat dry milk and low calorie sweetener, dry mix, not reconstituted, 18

Cafe con leche prepared with sugar 18

Chocolate, milk, with peanuts 18

Cocoa (or chocolate) with dry milk and sugar, dry mix, not reconstituted 18


Cookie, brownie, fat free, without icing 17

Tea, unsweetened 17

Toblerone, milk chocolate with honey and almond nougat 17

Foods and Drinks High in Caffeine Caffeine

Coconut candy, chocolate covered 17

Tea, presweetened with low calorie sweetener 17

Cookie, chocolate chip 16

Tea, presweetened with sugar 16

Tea, presweetened 16

Topping, milk chocolate with cereal 16

Rice soup, made with tea 16

Chocolate, milk, with nuts, not almond or peanuts 16

Coffee, made from powdered instant mix, with whitener and low calorie sweetener 15

Soft drink, fruit flavored, caffeine containing, sugar-free 15

Soft drink, fruit flavored, caffeine containing 15

Caffeine Content of Commercial Coffee Drinks

Caffeine (mg) Coffee Serving Size

Dunkin' Donuts Coffee with Turbo Shot large, 20 fl. oz.

Starbucks Coffee venti, 20 fl. oz.

Starbucks Coffee grande, 16 fl. oz.

Panera Frozen Mocha 16.5 fl. oz.

Starbucks Coffee tall, 12 fl. oz.

Starbucks Caffè Americano grande, 16 fl. oz.

Panera Coffee regular, 16.8 fl. oz.

Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino venti, 24 fl. oz.

Dunkin' Donuts Coffee medium, 14 fl. oz.

Starbucks Caffè Mocha grande, 16 fl. oz.

Starbucks Iced Coffee grande, 16 fl. oz.

Maxwell House Ground Coffee—100% Colombian, Dark Roast, 2 Tbs., makes 12 fl. oz.

Master Blend, or Original Roast

Dunkin' Donuts Cappuccino large, 20 fl. oz.

Starbucks—Caffè Latte, Cappuccino, or Caramel Macchiato grande, 16 fl. oz.

Starbucks Espresso doppio, 2 fl. oz.

Keurig Coffee K-Cup, all varieties 1 cup, makes 8 fl. oz.

Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee 2 tsp., makes 12 fl. oz.

Starbucks Doubleshot Energy Coffee, can 15 fl. oz.

Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino venti, 24 fl. oz.

Starbucks VIA House Blend Instant Coffee 1 packet, makes 8 fl. oz.

McDonald's Coffee large, 16 fl. oz.

Maxwell House International Café, all flavors 2⅔ Tbs., makes 12-16 fl. oz.

Seattle's Best Coffee—Iced Latte or Iced Mocha, can 9.5 fl. oz.

Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee, bottle 9.5 fl. oz.

International Delight Iced Coffee 8 fl. oz.

Maxwell House Lite Ground Coffee 2 Tbs., makes 12 fl. oz.

Dunkin' Donuts, Panera, or Starbucks Decaf Coffee 16 fl. oz.

Maxwell House Decaf Ground Coffee 2 Tbs., makes 12 fl. oz.

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