Many people in the world have a morning ritual of drinking coffee before they start their working day. Some of them just need to sniff the smell of the freshly brewed cup, so they can open their eyes and be ready for work. When the instant coffee was invented, it caused a revolution, because you can prepare it in a few seconds, by adding hot water, sugar, and milk, and stir it until the beverage is ready.
Different countries in the world have a different culture of drinking caffeine-based beverages. For example, people in Turkey and the Balkan countries prefer Turkish coffee, which is prepared with finely ground beans, and they drink it unfiltered. In Italy, as we know, people drink espresso. If you add a milk foam you get macchiato, and if you add milk and milk foam together, you get a cappuccino. The coffee shops offer many types of fresh brews or instant coffee. The options are unlimited and you can add flavors like caramel, brownies, chocolate, or even strawberry or mint if you want. But, a lot of people choose fresh filter brews or the most popular instant coffee.
The key stimulant in this beverage is caffeine, which is a central nervous system. In one serving, you can find at least 95 mg of caffeine. For comparison, one piece of Vivarin Gum contains as much as 40 mg of caffeine. The content depends on the type of beans, and it can vary by a cup. We can’t exactly determine the average content in the serving size, but follow this guide to learn more about what type of coffee will help you wake up in the morning the best:
One cup of regular brew contains between 70-150 mg of caffeine. It’s made of ground beans, boiled with hot water. The most popular type is the filter coffee, that you can drink with or without sugar and milk, depending on your preference. The Turkish coffee contains about 90 mg per cup (100 ml of a beverage). If you choose this type, you can add the sugar while you boil the liquid. You can also add cinnamon or cardamom for better and more authentic taste.
One shot of espresso contains about 60-70 mg of caffeine. It’s made of a full dose of ground beans and hot water. Espresso servings are small, between 30-50 ml per cup. Double espresso contains about 120-140 mg caffeine per serving.
If you add more water to the average espresso serving, you get Americano. The caffeine content stays the same, but it’s easier to drink for those who don’t want the strong taste of espresso.
Macchiato and cappuccino are espresso-based beverages. They contain the same amount of caffeine as the straight and clear espresso because the milk doesn’t contain caffeine and it can’t be watered down by adding water and milk. If you want to increase the caffeine intake, order double types, but if that’s too much for you, keep to the small ones.
This coffee is made of strong brewed coffee, that is dried until it forms granules or powder. You only need to add hot water, sugar, and milk, and you have your drink ready. It contains about 30-90 mg caffeine per cup (one spoon of instant coffee), and you can add more if you want a strong beverage. Also, some brands offer coffees with different caffeine quantities, and you can choose the one you need. Since it’s one of the fastest ways to have fresh wake-up beverages in the morning, that won’t take too much time to prepare.
Instant coffee is also used to prepare one of the most popular Instagram trends nowadays, the Dalgona coffee. Here is the simplest recipe for it:
2 tablespoons of instant powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of hot water
100 ml cold milk
Pour the milk in a glass. On the side, mix the other ingredients until you get a soft and foamy mixture. On Instagram videos, people mix them by hand, but you can use a hand mixer. You will get a coffee foam that you put over the cold milk. The secret of the foam is instant coffee, like this, because you can’t do it with ground beans. You can serve it with cocoa, coconut, caramel chunks, or biscuit crumbs for more taste.
Many people love the taste of coffee, but they can’t stand the caffeine. It contains 0-7 mg caffeine. The quantity depends on the type of beans, the roast, and the decaffeination method. An average cup contains about 3 mg of caffeine, but people who have caffeine intolerance, choose the one with 0 mg per serving.
Caffeine based drinks
You can find a lot of pre-packed caffeine-based beverages in the market that don’t contain coffee. But, you should be careful about the calories and added sugar, to stabilize the taste. You can also choose black or green tea if you want healthier varieties.
Some people don’t need to drink anything to wake up in the morning. But, coffee is still one of the most popular morning beverages. It’s high in antioxidants and according to many studies, if you drink about 2 cups per day it has a lot of health benefits. But, if you drink it too much, you increase the caffeine intake that may have side effects such as sleep disruptions, insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness. The recommended caffeine dose per day is less than 400-600 mg, but that also differs from person to person. Someone can drink one cup and it’s enough, but others have to prepare a new cup every couple of hours and still sleep well at night. You need to find the dose that is right for you, so you can avoid side effects.
We can only recommend not to add too much sugar, milk and cream because it covers up the original taste and makes the beverage high in calories, which is good for an instant energy boost, but your body will need more energy to process it during the day. So, keep to the clear types in the morning and leave the “coffee cakes” for later in the day, to see the waking up benefits this popular drink has.