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How Much Caffeine In McDonalds Regular Coffee?

caffeine in mcdonalds coffee

McDonalds Coffee, now known as McCafe Coffee, is the most commonly ordered coffee and espresso drink at the popular American fast food giant.

Caffeine level will vary widely based off the style of drink and the size but many wonder how much caffeine their basic coffee has.

What is the caffeine content of McDonalds McCafe Coffee?

McDonalds hot coffee when ordered as a 12oz (Small) will contain roughly 9.08 mg of caffeine per ounce for a total of 109 mg of caffeine. 

The caffeine content is based off in restaurant brewing. Home brewing McFafe Coffee can alter the below caffeine levels based on brewing methods and volume used to brew.


 Serving Size Caffeine (MG) Sugar (G)
12 oz 109 0
16 oz 145 0
20 oz 181 0


Is McDonalds McCafe Coffee Caffeine Content Considered High?

At 9.08 mg of caffeine per brewed ounce and 109 mg in the small 12 ounce Size, the regular roast from McDonalds is about as caffeinated compared to most standard grocery store brands but comes in noticeably behind the Starbucks Veranda Blend.

Their X-Large (20 oz) has a modest energy boosting 181 mg of caffeine in just one serving. This is about 1.5x stronager that of a standard 12 oz brew made at home.

Since the FDA states 400 mg of caffeine to be generally considered as safe for healthy adults, drinking more than one of these a day shouldn't be an issue for the average healthy adult.


Ingredients In McDonalds Regular Coffee

When served as just black coffee the sole ingredient is 100% Arabica Coffee.


Comparison to other drinks

Average Caffeine Content MG of Caffeine
Black Insomnia Coffee 1105
Bang Energy 300
McDonalds Coffee 109
Coca-Cola Classic 34

Are Their Calories or Suagr in the McDonalds Regular Roast Coffee?

The actual coffee when brewed and consumed black will not have any measurable sugar and just 2 calories. The added sugar and calorie content will come from the creamer, flavoring and added sugar thrown into the cup.


Where To Buy?

Looking for something else? Check out all the coffee options from Meadow Ridge Coffee.


How Do We Know The Caffeine Content?

Our staff uses several methods to find and compile caffeine content. We check the manufacturer or brands website, packaging, other published online resources including medical publications and if all else fails emailing the brand directly.

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