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What's the best source of caffeine for you? πŸ€”

sarthology profile image Sarthak Sharma ・3 min read

Coffee and developers have a strong connection. I mean a very strong connection, not unlike what Gollum shares with The One Ring. While having my cup of Americano yesterday, I started thinking - what's the best way of Caffeine intake. So cheers, folks! That's what we have on the menu today. πŸ˜‰

While ranking all the drink and ways to drink them, we will consider the amount of caffeine per serving and also the calories that go with it. So you will have your best source of caffeine at the end of this article.

Soft Drinks

Cola

Caffeine: 27.8mg
Calories: 130

Yup, your cola may contain some caffeine. One small cup may contain 27.8mg of caffeine and 31g of sugar. That's why it is not recommended to lean toward your cola for caffeine needs unless you don't have another option available. I know you will say "What if I take Diet Coke?". Well, there are many types of research that show Diet Coke is even more harmful. Check this link out.

Redbull

redbull

Caffeine: 80mg
Calories: 117

Well, I'm not a big fan of Redbull, to be honest. It may contain the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, but it has too much sugar in it. Although Redbull is quite popular among programmers, it's actually not a great source of caffeine. I have seen many people associating hackathons with energy drinks, maybe that's the reason Redbull is such a craze. And the mystical "taurine", which their marketing team pushes as some sort of magic pixie dust, is actually not that magical at all. Some people suggest it acts as more of a sedative than a stimulant, so it could actually slow your brain's activity rather than speed it up. Ironic, right? πŸ˜ƒ

Lattes and Cappuccinos

lattes

Caffeine: 30-40mg
Calories: 120-30

I know how much you love your Lattes and Cappuccinos, but sadly, my favorite caffeinated beverage is also not the best source of caffeine for you. They contain a lot of sugar, and let's not even talk about all those flavors we love to add on top. More sugar! It may be the best treat for your taste buds, but not for your health. There's no harm in enjoying it occassionally though. Just don't kid yourself that you're drinking it for something other than the taste. πŸ˜†

Chai Tea (IndianπŸ‘³πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ)

Espresso

Caffeine: 67-78mg
Calories: 140
(Note: If you prefer small size, the numbers will be halved)
A typical Indian Chai, apparently the most consumed beverage in India, or Chai Latte for Westerns. This is the most preferred source of caffeine for most of the Indians. It has a fair amount of caffeine in it, but also suffers from the same downfalls as Cappuccinos and Lattes. It has a lot of sugar in it, so you shouldn't consume a lot of it.

Espresso

Espresso

Caffeine: 64 mg
Calories: 9
As we are going down, we are moving towards the healthier sources of caffeine. Espresso has an impressive amount of caffeine and that too in just 9 calories. The best part about this is that it's a shot. So no more savoury sips. One shot and you are done.

Brewed Coffee

Brewed Coffee

Caffeine: 100-120 mg
Calories: <5

Yes, brewed coffee is the best source of caffeine according to me. Freshly brewed coffee can have upto 120mg of caffeine, and that too by consuming less than 5 calories. It has many antioxidants that increase the brain power. There are many other health benefits also. Check this post.

Conclusion

So there you have it. All the popular sources of caffeine dissected and analyzed. But the purpose of this post isn't to tell you to stop drinking certain drinks. You should definitely enjoy them all occassionally. After all, variety is the spice of life. Just try to lean on the healtheir side if, like me, you depend on caffeine to dominate your day. πŸ˜‰
Oh and while we're at it, don't take too much caffeine. Everything is good in moderation, and that's true for caffeine as well. If you want to cut your intake, try some other sources not listed here, like dark chocolate or green tea. I'm sure you can find plenty if you look.

And don't forget to comment your favorite caffeinated beverage below!

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Utkarsh Talwar

What do you do when you're stuck in a traffic jam?
Write a blog post, of course!
Haha you sure didn't waste any time posting this. :P

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Sarthak Sharma Author

Damn, When did you clicked it?

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Utkarsh Talwar

I'm a ninja! πŸ±β€πŸ‘€

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Lukas Fruntke

You shouldn't forget Monster Energy Drinks with 240mg coffeine per 500ml.

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Sarthak Sharma Author

I don't think that's healthy bro.

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Mihail Malo • Edited

It's super healthy.
Much better than burnt beans.
Full of electrolytes and well-preserved B vitamins to protect the brain.
Oh yes πŸ˜©πŸ‘Œ
(I am only referring to the sugar free Ultra of course)
And you simply cannot ignore the aesthetic.
monster bbq
monster communion
Edit: Red and violet are good too. Orange is a bit weird, has the most accidental sugar, and too much caffeine.

I'm curious about this product (it is almost sugar-free, for a long time I thought it wasn't due to the black can) but they made the can hideous again, and I can't buy it locally:

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Evaldas

It's not healthy, indeed. Neither are soft drinks πŸ˜πŸ€”

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Eljay-Adobe

I don't need caffeine to program at all.

Wait... is there caffeine in tea, Mountain Dew, and Diet Coke?

Oh. There is. Hmmm. In that case, I need copious amounts of caffeine.

My body is a fine tuned machine turning caffeine into code.

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πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Michael Smith • Edited

This is the healthiest option. It contains 300 mg of caffeine and also Creatine & BCAAs. No sugar. Mostly for people who exercise.

Bang

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bvn9ne

Bangs aren't that healthy. The amount of BCAAs and Creatine are negligble in comparison to other options. I would recommend getting an actual pre-workout, like Outlift (2fypiu8r1n32xjnga5p4z8wz-wpengine....).
If that is too much caffeine (or you prefer premade),then you can always go with something like Lit, less caffeine but less other stuff.

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Michael Smith

I haven't tried Outlift before.

I guess I was commenting on the lack of any sugar in Bang which is present in most energy drinks.

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Sarthak Sharma Author

300mg is too much bro

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Bag0niku

if 300mg is too much you are not considering how long you are taking to drink the drink. 3 cups of brewed coffee is 300+mg. The energy drinks I consume are deliberately spread out across an hour or 2 and not all in one sitting or I'll have 3 to 5 cups of coffee throughout the day. If the time to drink is 2 cans guzzled in 15 minutes like my brothers, then I'm inclined to agree with you.

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Michael Smith

Not if you literally want to explode. Then it's awesome.

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Matthew Daly

I went cold turkey on caffeine at work last year after I was getting migraines all the time. I stopped drinking coffee entirely, and switched from normal tea to rooibos. The withdrawal symptoms were pretty awful, but after a week I started to feel a lot better.

I have let my consumption creep up again though in the last few months.

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Mark Otway

Same. I found that after basically giving up coffee, my concentration was better, I felt wide awake in the morning, had no detox headaches at the weekend and generally feel much better. I have one or two a month, as a treat. The other advantage is that when I do feel tired and have a coffee, I have no tolerance so get a huge kick from the caffeine. Win!

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Sarthak Sharma Author

Tea also contains a small amount of caffeine.

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Matthew Daly

That's why I stopped drinking it in favour of rooibos, which is naturally caffeine free but can be drunk in the same way. Decaf tea is usually vile, although Yorkshire Tea do a nice Bedtime Brew which is decaffeinated.

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Sarthak Sharma Author

But a moderate amount of caffeine won't harm you. It's actually good to have a moderate amount.

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Matthew Daly

I still drink ordinary tea at home, and will have the odd coffee, but I generally stick to rooibos at work. I was drinking two coffees a day, as well as tea throughout the day, and I found that started to cause problems.

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Martynas Kan

Actually green tea contains a pretty fair amount of coffeine! 🍡

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Sarthak Sharma Author

Depends on the flavor.

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Jorge Castro

https://www.delonghi.com/Global/countries/nz/categories/coffee/coffee-category-pump.jpg

(In my office, the coffee is always for free).

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Sarthak Sharma Author

Tell me the address, I'm coming πŸ˜ƒ

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Anna Su**

I've been running on espresso since Tuesday when I got a new machine. Before that, for almost a year, I drank mostly Turkish coffee which gives an extra kick since I make it with some sugar. However, before that, I went from 3-4 espressos a day to 0 and had no caffeine at all for about 6 months. I didn't miss it at all, had no withdrawal symptoms, but I just love coffee too much to give it up forever.

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Yeah, If you take it in a moderate amount, you won't experience withdrawal symptoms.

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Molly Struve (she/her)

Can't forget the tried and true and incredibly cheap caffeine pill! I take half of pill in the morning which is 100mg and thats all I need to get me going! I like coffee, but I don't want to have to worry about finding coffee every day so I just pop a pill and I am good to go.

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Sarthak Sharma Author

Is it healthy to take that? are those pills Natural?

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Molly Struve (she/her)

Yep, my doctor knows I take them and has zero concerns about it. In fact, he would rather I get caffeine from a pill than a sugary drink any day of the week.

There are all natural ones you can take but I prefer the generic version of No Doz.

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Sarthak Sharma Author

That's cool then 😊

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Mihail Malo

Appeal to nature.
They're not natural, they're purpose made.
They provide what you are asking for, and not contaminants.
Also convenient, portable, and shelf-stable.

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LikeLocusts

also it's well tolerated, which is definitely an upside for many people. Although you have to consider that is "kicks in" pretty fast, so if someone just likes to sip a hot beverage and is more comfortable with getting that effect over a longer period, coffee or tea is probably the way to go.

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Vitali Pomanitski

Home Nesspreso Machine :)

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Vitali Pomanitski

Coffee machine, where instead of beans or grained coffee you put small capsules in it.

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Vitali Pomanitski

I like it, it has a different flavour and after you're drinking same coffee it's nice to have practice w. something else.

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Sarthak Sharma Author

Yeah totally agree with you. Changes are good.

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esparig

Natural coffee made with an italian coffee maker!! With a cloud of vegetable milk (no sugar!) Just a big glass in the morning.

italian coffee maker

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Max Antonucci

Someone bought our developers some boxes of caffeinated chocolates, with each on having about 3/4 the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee.

One developer had three at once. I repressed all other memories of that afternoon.

Lesson learned: if you need caffeine but don't like coffee, each some dark chocolate in the afternoon and you'll be fine.

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Betkowski

Black coffee and green tea, million times a day, depending on my heart rate.
Used to be all about Monster, Rockstar and Red bull, but then I looked at the list of ingredients and switched back to coffee. Sip days r' over.

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😱😱😱

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Maxime FERRIER

Green tea (Tencha) :

  • 79mg or caffeine (theine) for 300mL
  • calories < 5 (well, 0 actually)
  • and an important data you didn't mention : 0 sugar.

-> No dependencies to caffeine and suggar, no side effects until you don't drink 2L per day; and no fat gain =)

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Daragh Byrne

Bulletproof coffee! I add a tablespoon of butter and some cinnamon to my early morning brew. The fat content levels out the caffeine spike for a number of hours. Great stuff, and I now love the taste too!

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Have to try this thing. πŸ€”

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DeChamp

I loved this! ha ha. It was a nice change up from the typical post on see on dev.to. I love coffee, but honestly what gets me woke up is a big glass of water and tea. Yet, I seem to rely on coffee constantly.

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Sarthak Sharma Author

Coffee is more like superhero serum, for the times when you are needed.

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Meh

I found that (despite the LOOK AT ME IM A GAMUR branding) GFUEL is a pretty great product. Almost sugar free (has maltodextrin in it) and instead of a caffeine boost that makes me constantly jerk my knee or simply jittery I feel like it just gives me proper focus for about (depending on how you drink it) 1-4h or something. When drinking this it's much easier for me to get sucked into my zone and flow of writing and developing.
I also use less than advised dose or stretch one serving to at least double the water so its pretty cheap comparable.

Plus the coffee machines in my office are not maintained very well soo yeah.
Tea is also great

gfuel.com/pages/faq

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Josh Hadik • Edited

I drink a cup of coffee at home before work, then get another tall cup at Starbucks on my way in, both black, and that’s usually it. If I feel like I’ve gotten a lot done in a day I’ll sometimes reward myself w/ another cup at around 3, but other than that just the two in the morning is plenty to keep me going, and not so much that I get jittery and anxious when I crash at the end of the day.

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wordmetrics

No matcha? Shame on you! ;)

But seriously. Good matcha will have you flying for hours with no jitters.

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Matcha πŸ€” Gotta try that.

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Mihail Malo

Many many different, usually trashy, straight teas.

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Mihail Malo

Tea shelf
Pictured:

  • lots of Lipton
  • some Twinings
  • a Dilmah
  • Clearspring Oolong
  • a loose TWG tea

My all time favorite is this though:
Clearspring Organic Matcha Green Tea
It's a guilty pleasure because it prominently says Organic on the box, but it just tastes best. I should refill.

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Vicente G. Reyes

I get a Grande Iced White Mocha Americano; no prive(sweetener) and water(if Im outside) or 2 cups of Keurig coffee. No sugar.

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What's Keurig coffee?!

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Fernando Hernandez

Cool article. I will always prefer drinking coffee, but a real good coffee. Most of the time brewed coffee and sometimes lattes.

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Alan Montgomery

Monster energy or one of those really cheap red bull alternatives! Can't beat a quick kick for 27p!

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Jackson Elfers

I prefer direct injection. JK, actually straight tea with no additives appears to be my fix. No sugar please. 😁

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Ondrej

I generally prefer coffee. But my coffee is capable to kill the average rhino or elephant. For me it's just...standard coffee.

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ImTheDeveloper

I used to be heavily into redbull sugar free.

I've now landed on espresso and have 2 or 3 a day.

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That's good. Redbull should not be taken regularly.

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ImTheDeveloper

Do you have a reason why? I've been thinking recently this amount of espresso is probably just as bad if not worse πŸ€―πŸ˜‚

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Sarthak Sharma Author

The reason is probably taurine which Redbull have. You can google it a lot of theories on it.

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Nehal Hasnayeen

Don't have caffeine after 2/3 pm. Caffeine is stimulant drug, read "Why We Sleep" by Matthew Walker to know about the effect of caffeine on our body.

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Sarthak Sharma Author

Yes agree with you.

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Lucky Bloom

Caffeine drain your core energy.

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Sarthak Sharma Author

If you over do it.

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Matthew Francis

My college does Starbucks which is not a good thing at all for my health, especially when the Christmas range was out πŸ˜…

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Manda Putra

I use to had milk, been 2 years without coffee β˜•