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Espresso - Does it Really Pack More Punch Than Coffee?

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It's hard to find someone who doesn't rely on their morning "coffee" to get them through their day, but is it coffee they're drinking or is it espresso? Making a morning stop at the coffee shop down the street usually means partaking in a rich white chocolate mocha or an airy cappuccino, both of which are espresso-based beverages as opposed to a regular cup o' joe. 

It's a long-standing debate amongst coffee drinkers; is there more caffeine in the latte you just waited in line for or in the cup of coffee you brewed when you woke up this morning?

According to Consumer Reports, "An ounce—or one shot—of espresso has 63 milligrams (mg) of caffeine... By comparison, regular coffee averages 12-16 mg of caffeine per ounce."

Technically, yes, espresso has more caffeine per ounce than brewed coffee. The question now is, who only drinks one ounce of brewed coffee? This apples-to-apples comparison is unrealistic.

Let's say you've ordered a 16 oz vanilla latte. An espresso-based beverage of this size would typically receive two shots of espresso, resulting in a grand total of 126 milligrams of caffeine. Compare that to a 16 oz cup of regular coffee. At 12-16 mg of caffeine per ounce, that amounts to around 224 mg of caffeine. 

Arguably, it's not a whopping difference but if you're looking to consume more than one or two ounces of that coveted, caffeine-containing liquid gold, you'll want to stick to coffee to get the most out of your caffeine consumption.

No matter which you prefer, both coffee and espresso will give you the jolt you need to kickstart your day. For those that enjoy the simple pleasure of making their own morning coffee, Green Dragon Roasters offers single-origin, small-batch coffee and espresso that will turn your morning pick-me-up into a daily indulgence. Visit our website to learn our story and explore our offerings. Feel free to contact us if we can help you in any way.



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