How much caffeine is there in a latte?
A Starbucks Grande latte (16oz) contains 150mg of caffeine. How much caffeine is in a latte from your local favorite cafe? If they use a double shot of espresso, then 150mg of caffeine – add 75mg for each additional shot.
What about the caffeine content in your typical regular cup of brewed coffee?
When most people think of espresso vs coffee, espresso is known as a more concentrated drink. And consequently we assume it has more caffeine as well. An 8oz cup of coffee contains 96mg of caffeine according to the USDA Food Data website. A 12oz “tall” cup of Pike Place Roast coffee from Starbucks contains 235mg of caffeine according to the Starbucks website. So it really depends where you are getting your cup of black coffee as the amount of caffeine varies.
Why is there such a big difference in the amount of caffeine reported in coffee?
Coffee is made from a natural product, and there is always variance in the amount of caffeine between coffee beans of even the same plant. Most brewed coffee from cafes nowadays are made from Arabica beans – but note that a lot of instant coffees are made from Robusta beans which contain almost twice as much caffeine! Strength of the brew recipe varies between every cafe – ie. the ratio of coffee grounds to the amount of water used for brewing.