There are an abundance of caffeine sources out there. But some are inherently better than others. Here’s a definitive breakdown of some of the most popular caffeine sources, and what they might say about you.
Diet Coke: You like the taste of sugar, but not the actual thing. You’ve managed to keep your caffeine dependency relatively tame, but your cola addiction is a differently story. You’re constantly on the lookout for a cherry-colored vending machine. You try to deny your love of both sugar and caffeine, but succeed at neither. Twelve ounces of Diet Coke has about 47 mg of caffeine.
Excedrin Migraine: Yes, your migraine meds contain caffeine. Maybe that migraine you think you have is actually your brain nerves crying for caffeine. Ever think about that?
Starbucks Tazo Awake tea: Your caffeine addiction is on its way to becoming great, but it’s not quite there yet. At least you’re trying. 16 ounces gives you about 135 mg of caffeine.
Caffeine powder: I did not make this up. 100% pure white pharmaceutical grade caffeine powder. This is for people who ain’t got no time to mess around with trying to hunt down a caffeinated beverage during the day. They need to be able to just dump the desired amount of caffeinated goodness into whatever they’re already eating/drinking. This person is all about convenience.
IV: Wowza, you’re hardcore. Honestly, why are you even reading this blog? (This isn’t actually a thing, but it needs to be).
Red Bull/Monster/Kickstart: You like soda, but you’re impatient with its measly 50 or so milligrams of caffeine. Instead you opt for the 80 mg in a shiny 8.4 ounce can of liquified sugar.
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate bar: For you, taste > caffeine. You’ll get about 20 mg of caffeine per 1.5 ounces.
Coffee: Good coffee comes in all shapes and sizes. You know what’s good in life. Coffee is natural and from the earth. It’s like a gift from Mother Nature. And hey, if it’s too bitter for you, throw in some cream and sugar. (Or just drink it black like a real champ). Treat yourself to a latte, or a cappuccino or an extra espresso shot. It’s good at any time of day, is a guaranteed mood-booster AND generally gives you the more energy than most other caffeine sources. It can have as much as 500 mg of caffeine per 200 ounces. Ah.