"Which has more caffeine, regular coffee or espresso?”
This question gets asked a lot. Let’s clear a few things up.
First: There is no such thing as “regular” coffee. But let's use the term here to mean black coffee, the kind you make in a drip coffee maker. (You can imagine it as pourover or French press coffee if you prefer.)
Second: Coffee and espresso aren't so different. They're both made from coffee beans, they're just made with two different brewing methods. Espresso is just a more concentrated form of coffee that’s made by forcing hot water through tightly packed, finely ground coffee beans.
Third: You're probably not going to want to hear this, but: The caffeine content in coffee is highly variable and depends on a lot of factors.
So, what we can say for sure is that there is no definitive answer to this question. It all depends on the specific coffee beans and brewing methods used.
However, we can make some generalizations. So here we go!
In general, espresso coffee has more caffeine than regular coffee. This is because espresso is made with a higher concentration of coffee beans. And therefore, it takes less espresso to produce the same amount of caffeine as regular coffee.
This doesn't mean that all espresso has more caffeine than all regular coffee. It just means that, in general, you'll get more caffeine from an espresso than from a regular cup of coffee.
But wait! Here comes the big "but":
Many of the drinks we actually associate espresso with (and the drinks that most Americans drink espresso in) have less caffeine than a regular cup of coffee.
For example, your basic coffee shop latte has less caffeine than a regular cup of coffee of the same volume, because there's a whole lot of milk in there.
The same is true for caffeinated drinks that are made with a lot of milk, like cappuccinos and macchiatos.
An Americano, on the other hand, has about the same amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee because it is made with equal parts espresso and water.
Again, to answer the original question, "Does espresso have more caffeine than regular coffee?": It depends on the type of coffee and how it is prepared. In general, espresso-based "drinks" will have less caffeine than the same volume of "regular" coffee—but there are exceptions.
Wondering how much caffeine your drink or choice has? See our caffeine content section.
So, if you're looking for a caffeine boost, either espresso or coffee is a good bet. Just be sure to check the label so you know how much caffeine you're getting!
P.S. If you are looking for the biggest caffeine boost possible, here's a pro tip: Black Insomnia has the most caffeine of any coffee in the world. So, if caffeine is really what you're after, that's the coffee we recommend. We carry Black Insomnia right here in our shop at Meadow Ridge Coffee.