A Shot of Espresso vs a Cup of Drip Coffee
As you walk into a cafe, you notice an espresso-based menu and a drip coffee menu. You have a massive project delivery on the horizon, so you’re looking for the toughest, strongest jolt to wake up your brain and perform at your best.
So, which do you choose—a latte with a shot of espresso, or a cup of drip coffee with some cream?
The amount of caffeine will be dependent on the bean type, grind size, and how it’s brewed. However, in this case, the cup of drip coffee would provide more caffeine. Let’s break down the math between espresso vs. drip coffee:
● Shot of espresso – One shot of espresso is about 1.5 ounces of liquid (some argue a shot is one ounce and a double shot is two, but you’ll often find a spectrum). In this dark, bold cup is about 65mg of caffeine.
● Cup of drip coffee – One serving size of coffee is deemed about 8 ounces (the key term to note is “serving size”). In that 8 ounce cup, it’s estimated that there’s about 95 mg of caffeine.
It seems like drip coffee is the clear winner in terms of strength. But there’s more to the story.
When you order a mug from the coffee shop, you’re typically served 10-12 ounces of liquid. That means that “cup” of drip coffee is almost double that of a shot of espresso.
Yet let’s flip the math world on its head and compare them on equal grounds (equal coffee grounds, if you will).
● 1 oz of espresso – Around 45 mg of caffeine
● 1 oz of coffee – Around 12 mg of caffeine
So how much stronger is espresso than brewed coffee when compared ounce-per-ounce? About four times as strong.
For this reason, drip coffee can contain more caffeine, while espresso is clearly the stronger punch.