Espresso Caffeine Content

Many people think espresso isn’t really coffee. They think that an espresso shot is made using only strong coffee beans and no milk. I can tell you that they’re wrong! An espresso shot is made from the same coffee beans, whether it is Arabica or Robusta, used to make regular drip coffee. The difference lies in how the coffee is prepared.

Espresso is made using a special process where the grounds are forced through filter paper. The result is a very strong cup of coffee that is topped with a thick layer of foamy cream. Espresso coffee is made from 7 grams of fine ground coffee, extracted to 1.5 ounces (44ml) over about 25 seconds, then topped with a golden creamy (creme) color.

Does Espresso have caffeine?

Yes, Espresso contains 77mg of caffeine per 1.5 fl oz shot and 51.33mg of caffeine per fl oz (173.58mg per 100ml).

Serving sizeCaffeine AmountCaffeine strength
Ristretto shot (20ml)34.9 mgLOW
1.5 fl oz shot (44ml)77 mgMODERATE
2 shots (88ml)154 mgVERY HIGH
100ml173.5 mgVERY HIGH
Espresso Caffeine information

But this is not exact and the amount of caffeine in espresso depends on various factors. In the following, we will discuss some factors

The Coffee Beans factor caffeine in espresso

The first factor when it comes to the caffeine content in your shot of espresso is the coffee beans. Both Arabica and Robusta beans can be used to make espresso but it’s common for Robusta beans to be used. When this is the case, you’ll have a higher caffeine amount. Robusta beans naturally have more caffeine than Arabica. When these beans are used your espresso, a regular cup of coffee, or any coffee beverage you brew up will be more caffeinated.

The Espresso Process

Making espresso involves forcing a small amount of hot water through finely ground coffee beans. To do so requires a certain pressure. More coffee grounds are needed to achieve the same effect. This will naturally increase caffeine levels. Pressurized water also penetrates coffee grounds faster than other brewing methods. This allows for more caffeinated beverages to be produced per batch.

Serving size

A 12-ounce cup of brewed coffee contains 140 milligrams of caffeine. This is considerably higher than what an espresso provides. People who drink espresso regularly may find themselves feeling jittery if they consume too much caffeine at one time. Therefore, it is important to understand how much caffeine is in your favorite beverages before consuming them.

How Much Caffeine is in Espresso Coffee?

  • Caffeine Amount: 77 mg
  • Caffeine strength: MODERATE
  • Calories: 0cal
  • Serving size: 1.5 fl oz (one shot)

As you can see above, there is more to measuring caffeine levels in espresso than you might think. Considering all the above factors, you may get an adequate amount of caffeine with one espresso shot. However, you may be better off drinking regular coffee if you want more significant caffeine. If you’re just a fan of espresso, then take pride in enjoying it. Enjoy every sip of your rich, creamy espresso and savor the taste—you’ll appreciate the caffeine and its deliciousness much more.

Caffeine in Espresso by Brands

Espresso by BrandsServing sizeCaffeine
Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso6.5 fl oz.120 mg
McCafe espresso1.5 fl oz.71 mg
Peet’s Coffee Espresso1.5 fl oz.70 mg
Nespresso Coffee Capsules1.35 fl oz.60 mg
Biggby Espresso2 fl oz.100 mg
Starbucks Iced Espresso Classics12 fl oz.125 mg
Espresso Monster8.4 fl oz.160 mg
Peet’s Decaf Espresso1.5 fl oz.10 mg

Compare caffeine in Espresso Vs. other Coffee’s

Type of CoffeeServing sizeCaffeine
Decaf Coffee8-ounce serving2 mg
Instant Coffee8-ounce serving62 mg
Espresso1.5-ounce serving75 mg
Regular Brewed Coffee8-ounce serving95 mg
Cold Brew Coffee8-ounce serving100 mg

Does Espresso Have Milk?

No, Espresso doesn’t contain milk. But you can mix it with milk (coffee latte) or cream to make other drinks. For instance, you could drink espresso with milk. Or, you may add milk to your espresso to make a cappuccino.

Ingredients in Espresso Shot

  • Finely Ground Dark Roasted Coffee Beans
  • Water

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