Some of us may switch to decaf, but most of us start our coffee habit because we like the caffeine pick-me-up effect. While it is possible to consume too much caffeine, most of us do not and coffee has proven itself to have more benefits than drawbacks.
Just for the record, though, here are 5 fast facts about caffeine.
1) Decaf Isn’t No-Caf
If you’ve switched to decaf or like to enjoy a cup of coffee without the caffeine effect, don’t worry, you can continue to do so, but you will still be consuming some caffeine. Researchers estimate that a cup of decaf coffee contains between 8.6 and 13.9 milligrams of caffeine, while a strong espresso might contain as much as 200mg.
2) We All Don’t React to Caffeine in the Same Way
While caffeine does have the same energising effect on everyone, there are subtle differences in the ways we react to it individually. As a rule, caffeine reaches its highest level of effect after half an hour and gradually wears off in six to eight hours. However, your race, gender and other factors can make a big difference to how caffeine works in your system. Smokers, for example, process caffeine faster than non-smokers and drinking alcohol makes caffeine stay in the system longer. For as yet unknown reasons, Japanese coffee drinkers process caffeine more slowly than we Australians. The same cup of coffee than would wear off on a non-drinking, smoking Australian might keep a social drinking, non-smoking Japanese businessman going up to 5 times longer.
3) The Dark Roast Myth
“I need a good, strong cup of coffee”, you tell yourself and choose a rich, dark roasted blend, believing it contains more caffeine than a lighter roast. Actually, lighter roasts typically contain more caffeine than dark roasts. That’s because more caffeine is lost in the roasting process.
4) Who Consumes the Most Caffeine?
Ask almost anyone what nationality consumes the most caffeine and they would probably say Americans or possibly Italians. Wrong on both counts. Americans consume between 200 and 300mg of caffeine per day. Italians consume a little less. So who’s the winner? The people of Finland come out on top, consuming 400mg of caffeine per day on average.
5) Coffee Snobbery is a Growing Trend in Australia
Only Australia lays claim to the tall poppy syndrome, a not very scientific term to describe a psychological tendency to cut anyone down to size who thinks too highly of their self. According to a recent study, though, we’re becoming a nation of coffee snobs. When asked who was more fun to be around, a flat white coffee drinker or a cappuccino drinker, most respondents said cappuccino drinkers. Macchiato drinkers, on the other hand, were considered arrogant snobs. We also change our coffee drinking preferences to suit our social environment. Socially conscious younger coffee drinkers are most susceptible to this, with a third of respondents between 24 and 29 admitting they switched coffee preferences depending on who they were with.
What’s the caffeine connection? Well, amongst the white collar crowd, nearly 20% of bankers, lawyers and accountants confessed to choosing strong brews like espresso in meetings in an effort to give the impression they were more sophisticated than the average coffee drinker.
We admit it. We’re coffee snobs at the Bluepod Coffee Company. We think highly intelligent people choose a deal like a free Lavazza espresso machine to accompany their monthly order of Bluepod Coffee Pods. It just makes sense. Why pay more when you can enjoy the best for less?