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How Much Caffeine is in Espresso?

There’s a lot of confusion out there regarding the caffeine content of espresso. Some claim there is less caffeine in a cup of espresso than other forms of coffee, others say more. So which is it?

The idea that there is lower caffeine present in espresso probably comes from the fact that the darker roast beans used for espresso supposedly contain less caffeine than regularly roasted coffee beans. In fact, a cup of espresso coffee has roughly the same amount of caffeine in it as a cup of strong coffee. On the other hand, servings for espresso are much smaller than your average cup o’ Joe. Logically it follows that means that the content of caffeine is actually much higher in espresso. Espresso drinkers often get “wired” faster because caffeine acts more quickly when taken in the concentrated dosages found in an espresso cup.

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