Espresso versus Coffee Versus Soda

by Christopher F on July 30, 2012

Espresso versus Coffee Versus Soda

When people talk about caffeine, coffee is the first thing that comes to mind.  In particular they talk about espresso which many call a caffeine shot.  We are going to talk about the truth about caffeine and in particular espresso shots and hot they compare with other drinks.  Is there any such thing as caffeine-free espresso, a term primarily used to describe decaf coffee?  Is espresso unhealthy for you?  All of these are great questions.  Espresso shots are definitely not as bad for you as other shots, that’s for sure.

There are always the caffeine fanatics that will tell you that espresso contains so much caffeine that it is dangerous to consume.  In fact they will tell you espresso contains more caffeine then just about any other beverage.  Even though espresso does contain quite a big of caffeine in one shot, here is hot it stacks up against other beverages.

Espresso Versus Coffee

Lets define coffee and espresso so we can measure.  When we talk about espresso we are talking about one plain shot of espresso that has no extras or frills, espresso in the raw we might say.  Coffee refers to a regular black cup of coffee you would get from the local Starbucks.  People might be surprised that the black coffee has more caffeine than the espresso shot.  While espresso contains more caffeine per ounce, espresso is served in 1 ounce shot glasses versus a full cup of coffee.  A traditional cup of coffee has 20mg of caffeine but a typical grande is multiple cups.  A shot of espresso has 50mg. 

Espresso Versus Coca-Cola

As we said above, the espresso contains 50 milligrams of caffeine per ounce.  A 12 ounce Coca-Cola on the other hand contains about 35mg, more than a cup of coffee but less than espresso.  That being said, most morning soda drinkers have more than a 12 ounce can of soda in the morning.  In addition, the sugar or artificial sweeteners has their own poor health benefits.

By itself, espresso does have a lot of caffeine, but most people aren’t buying multiple shots a day while they will have multiple cups of coffee and several cans of soda a day.  What this doesn’t take into is the roast of the bean.  The longer the roast, the less caffeine so if you get a French or dark roasted espresso bean, it will have less caffeine.

The best party of espresso is, when done right, you get the best taste of coffee you will ever have.  A fresh roasted espresso that is pulled with a beautiful crema on top will allow you to experience coffee as it should be.  You can also add hot water to make a café Americano.  Some of the best cups of coffee I have had were a good pull of espresso with spring water added.  Either way, don’t be scared of a good espresso.

If you are still worried about the caffeine, check out our decaf espresso beans.  Not only are you getting premium beans that are decaffeinated naturally, but you also get coffee that is roasted to order before its shipped.  You can see our coffees here: