Did you just say that you just can’t get enough of drinking coffee? Do you drink coffee more than the water? If your answer to these questions is simply ‘yes’, then you are undoubtedly a certified coffee drinker. If this is the case, you probably have the idea about the main content of your favorite drink. Yes. That’s right – caffeine. Needless to say, each time you drink your mixed or purely brewed coffee, you know that you are actually taking this substance into your body. A lot of people would assert that drinking coffee is not good for the health because of its caffeine content. Others would say that caffeine is actually good for the body in certain ways, while still others would remain clueless about it and will just continue drinking coffee because they love to. Is there any big deal with the caffeine present in your cup of coffee? Learn about it and more as you read this article.
What is Caffeine?
Caffeine (technically C8H10N4O2) is a bitter type of alkaloid. This compound is commonly found in coffee, kola nuts, cacao, and many other nuts and beans. In the medicinal side, caffeine is used as a diuretic as well as a stimulant. With its chemical properties, it may have both positive and negative effects to drinkers. For this reason, everyone may drink coffee but not everyone should. A person who drinks coffee should know about the caffeine content that a coffee label offers. This way, he/she may enjoy the benefits it has to offer and at the same time avoid its adverse effects.
Caffeine can be naturally presently in certain foods. For certain purposes, however, manufacturers of processed foods add this substance to their products. Caffeine in coffee is naturally found in the coffee beans. In fact, coffee beans are among the kind of beans with the highest content of natural caffeine. However, commercial processes of making instant coffee may increase, reduce, or even remove the caffeine content of the finished product. Caffeine-free or decaffeinated coffee is good for people with caffeine intolerance as well as hypertension.
How much caffeine can be present in a cup of coffee?
For the longest time that you have been drinking coffee, did you ever asked about how much caffeine you are actually taking in everytime you finish a cup of coffee? This might be a very simple question but is certainly essential to answer, especially if you are not sure if drinking coffee is still good for your health. Let’s say you are a certified drinker of brewed coffee. Here are the things you should know about caffeine content based on the type of brewed coffee.
- Filter or Drip – 115 to 175 mg per cup (145 mg average)
- Plunger or French press – 80 to 135 mg per cup (107.5 mg average)
- Greek or Turkish (boiled) – 160 to 240 mg per cup (200 mg average)
- Percolated – 64 to 272 mg per cup (200 mg average)
These are the level of caffeine content in every cup of brewed coffee per type. In general, the average values of caffeine you may take in for a cup of brewed coffee drink ranges from 64 to 272 milligrams. Brewed coffee generally has the highest level of content as compared to espresso and many other coffee blends. This is primarily due to the fact that this type of coffee requires that the coffee grinds should be soaked in water all the time. This results to higher concentration of caffeine caused by over-extraction of its flavours. Moreover, this is the reason why brewed coffee commonly has the strongest taste.
Why is it important to know about caffeine in coffee?
As being mentioned earlier, there are health benefits that caffeine may bring. While this is true, however, it also brings perils. These days, there have been so many different brands of coffee coming from different parts of the world. Each of them promise incredible taste and better than ever coffee experience, causing you to drink coffee over and over again. But have you observed that unlike any other household products, you become less concern with the brand as long as it is coffee? For example, you may easily drink any brand there is at home so long as it is coffee. This is something you do not probably do with your trusted shampoo, facial cleanser, and many other products. The important thing is that you drink coffee. What could be the reason for this? Again, this is basically attributed with the caffeine in coffee. In case you do not know, caffeine is a kind of compound that has addictive property. That’s right. This is why manufacturers of coffee brands see to it that the caffeine content in coffee does not get eliminated, unless it is a decaffeinated coffee. Once a person’s body gets the necessary amount of caffeine to satisfy his carvings for coffee, he/she is more likely to drink another cup of it some other times until it becomes regular drinking and eventually addiction to coffee.
The addictive property of caffeine in coffee can be very powerful. Once a person is already in the ‘addict stage’, it will be difficult from him/her to withdraw from drinking. The same idea goes for a person who gets addicted to chocolates. Caffeine that is found in chocolates is the same caffeine present in coffee. Cacao, which is the main ingredient for making luscious chocolate delights, contains caffeine depending on the amount that the chocolate maker decided to mix into. This is why advising a person to withdraw from drinking coffee and eat chocolates instead is not really a good idea. Yes, you are stopping from drinking coffee but not from taking caffeine into his body. Due to the fact that the person still takes the addictive substance, it will be more impossible for him/her to forget about going back to his pat habit – drinking coffee.
Now, you have learned about the caffeine in coffee and how it plays a role to your health. The next time you plan at drinking a cup of your favorite brew, remember what you learned and just drink the right amount of it.