Caffeine In Instant Espresso

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  1. marikay

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    Does anyone know (or have a good guess) how much caffeine is in a teaspoon of instant espresso? I keep finding wildly different amounts listed online.
     
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    I think it's somewhere between 40-60 mg of caffeine depending on the brand.
     
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    I have no idea. I would imagine it's not a lot. I always feel like drinking instant coffee (while better than nothing), is kind of like drinking coffee water. Are you just looking for a quick easy source of coffee/caffeine? If so, I would recommend cold brewing your own coffee in advance. I do this regularly these days and even pack it to travel for work. It's amazing!
     
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    Thanks. I guess this means I should do a double shot for my latte. I'm trying to get the coffee benefits without so much water. Cheers.
     
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    Preground coffee is bad.

    It has less caffeine, tastes bad, and less of the coffee-specific compounds (doesn't make me poop as well as freshly ground coffee)
     
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    Thanks for the response. I'm trying to use an inexpensive way to get the benefits of coffee without the water. So right now I'm using a double shot of the instant espresso and cooling it before mixing with milk and sugar. It's pretty good, but I am wondering if I should make this drink twice a day instead of once. Cheers. :)
     
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    All true, but it takes too much time and is pretty expensive to do fresh ground every day. :)
     
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    It takes about the same time for me, and the beans are far cheaper than milk or fruit based on usage per day.
     
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    So you are trying to reduce fluid intake then, I take it? I would recommend making cold brew and concentrating it. This can be achieved super easily with a higher grounds to water ratio and letting it "brew" for a longer timeframe - two days will give you a very nicely concentrated and caffeinated brew which you can then mix with milk and sugar syrup (after filtering out the coffee)..... I salt my syrup to help the fluid balance. Also, I just bought the "Death by Coffee" brand, which is twice the caffeine and very strong. I can easily drink like 5 coffees a day and really love coffee, but if you just make a big batch, it would last you a good amount of time.

    In my experience, beginning to drink good coffee will bring appreciation for good coffee. I now love it not only for the health benefits and energy, but also for the flavor, which makes it more pleasurable. Plus, I would have to say that cold brew is the cheapest method available. All you need is coffee grounds and a glass jar (the bigger the jar, the more coffee you can make at one time). Plus, you can always heat it up if you want. I have an espresso machine too, but I think I almost prefer the flavor of cold brew over my espresso machine - especially now that it's summer. I plan to experiment a lot with coffee brewing :)

    If you don't want to cold brew, you can get a stove-top espresso maker real cheap. I used one of those for years with store bought coffee (but homemade cold brew is better, IMO).
     
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    The benefit is that people who do not own an espresso maker can easily make a cafe latte using instant. You can obviously also do this with cold concentrate, so you've got options.

    I use medaglia d'oro instant double espresso with good results. I boil 30-50ml & mix similar to you. I usually do 1.5-2 tsp per coffee, twice a day. If you can handle the caffeine, you can drink as much as you want. my tolerance level is 4-5 tsp of the instant. I know some people that drink 8 strong espressos a day, so varies from person to person.
     
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    I'm using the medaglia d'oro as well. I'll try the two tsp. twice day route and report back how well it works. Thx.
     
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    thanks for this, but i don't have the time (or inclination:) to do much in the way of coffee experimenting. I used to live on the Big Island in Hawaii so I know about good coffee. But I don't want to spend the money or the time to get the caffeine and other good things from the coffee. Right now I need it fast and cheap, with no extra liquid. Cheers. :)
     
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