Caffeine is the internet economy's life blood

Dec 09, 2004 • 3 minutes to read

Caffeine is the internet economy’s life blood. Yeah, that’s a bold statement, but when your entire industry is over-worked, you should realize that there are complimentary things that we owe a great deal of debt to our success.

Personally, I’m suffering from some bad sleep depression and exhaustion right now. Today, I **_can not _**function without caffeine. My “sleep bank” has been exhausted and angry creditors beg for just a minute of rest. Not going to happen this week. I only have one cup of coffee _Ghetto Mocha_tm (see recipe at the end of this post) a day so that I won’t build too much of a caffeine tolerance. Coffee is my poison of choice, as it’s convenient, ubiquitous, has less calories then Mountain Dew, and more caffeine then anything. What’s your favorite pick me up?

If you are lacking sleep and you want to get the most caffeine per 12oz, the chart below should help you determine how to get your fix:

Source: has breakdown of caffeine by drink taken from the National Soft drink Assoc, FDA, Bunker and McWilliams and Pepsi. My problem is they don’t calculate the right quantities (ex: comparing 8oz of coffee to 12oz of soda). As such, below is the sorted list of caffeine quantities across both sodas and coffee (using the conservative estimates for coffee) for 12oz drinks. Bottom line, if you need your fix, order six espressos (2oz each * 6 = 12 oz), a 12oz coffee, or two red bulls. Aside - Who knew Pepsi One was stronger then Mountain Dew?!


Caffeine (12oz)

Coffee, Espresso (12oz)600
Coffee, Drip172.5
Red Bull (12 oz)120
Coffee, Brewed120
Coffee, Instant97.5
Tea, brewed, imported brands (avg.)90
Tea, iced70.5
Tea, brewed, U.S. brands (avg.)60
Pepsi One55.5
Mountain Dew55
Mountain Dew Code Red55
Diet Mountain Dew55
Kick Citrus54
Mellow Yellow52.8
Diet Coke45.6
Tea, instant45
Shasta Cola44.4
Shasta Cherry Cola44.4
Shasta Diet Cola44.4
RC Cola43
Diet RC43
Dr. Pepper41
Diet Dr. Pepper41
Diet Sunkist Orange41
Mr. Pibb40
Sugar-Free Mr. Pibb40
Red Flash40
Sunkist Orange40
Ruby Red39
Big Red38
Pepsi Twist37.5
Diet Pepsi36
Diet Pepsi Twist36
Coca-Cola Classic34
Cherry Coke34
Lemon Coke34
Vanilla Coke34
Diet Cherry Coke34
Snapple Flavored Teas (Reg. or Diet)31.5
Canada Dry Cola30
A&W Creme Soda29
Nestea Sweet Iced Tea26.5
Nestea Unsweetened Iced Tea26
Barq's Root Beer23
Tea, green22.5
A&W Diet Creme Soda22
Hot cocoa21
Snapple Sweet Tea12
Lipton Brisk, All Varieties9
Coffee, Decaf, instant6
Coffee, Decaf, brewed4.5
Canada Dry Diet Cola1.2
Diet Rite Cola0
Mug Root Beer0
Diet Barq's Root Beer0
Sundrop Orange0
Minute Maid Orange0
A&W Root Beer0
Sierra Mist0

Despite my Colombian heritage, I don’t like the taste of coffee, I certaintly don’t take it black, and I simply don’t understand why anyone would ever want decaffinated coffee (unless their in coffee rehab and need a placebo). I need some cream and sugar or other flavors to offset the bitter taste. Which brings me to a delicious recipe for office/cube dwellers everywhere, the _Ghetto Mocha_tm. * Mix 1 packet of Farmer Brothers hot chocolate mix (No sugar added variety is better) with 12oz fresh coffee. Stir vigorously and enjoy.


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