What’s the Actual Amount of Caffeine in K-Cups?

Every morning I do the Frankenstein walk to my kitchen. Still semi-conscious, I reach up into my cupboard and grab a K-Cup of Green Mountain Coffee. As I fill my mug, my eyes are fixed on the slow, teasing stream of dark coffee pouring from my Keurig brewer.

Soon the energizing elixir is ready to be enjoyed. I add milk, sugar, then sip. Viola! The caffeine in the K-Cup jolts my senses, and I’m ready to take on the world.

However, as I’ve come to find out, when it comes to caffeine in K-cups, not all are created equal. Depending on the brew you’re putting into your Keurig maker, the caffeine amount can vary greatly.

Personally, I like a good caffeine jolt to kick-start my day. While some of the bolder blends are a bit too complex for my taste, some of the milder blends just don’t have the deep flavor I like. That’s why when I choose my K-Cup blend, I take a few things into consideration.

Caffeine in K-Cups

The Facts about Caffeine in K-Cups

The standard cup of coffee has 120 mg of caffeine in an 8 fl oz cup. However, an 8 oz cup of coffee from a standard 2 oz K-Cup contains between 100-140 mg of caffeine. Most K-Cups consist of 2 tablespoons of ground coffee which equals 2 ounces of coffee.

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Extra bold blends have 30% more ground coffee in them (2.6 tablespoons) then regular K-Cups. Some of the higher caffeine yielding blends include:

Which one is right for you? It really depends on how much caffeine you prefer and the type of flavor you like in your coffee. Your best option is to go to your local coffee shop and experiment with different kinds. Once you find the one you like, purchase it in bulk packages of K-Cups.

No matter what your preferences is, there’s no denying that the caffeine in K-Cups is a huge part of why we love coffee so much. In fact, caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. It enhances our alertness and decreases sleepiness: two things we all need in the midst of our busy days.

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  1. I would like to know if dark Keurig coffees have more
    or the same amount of caffeine as the medium brands.
    Does Starbucks have more caffeine than other brands?
    I would so appreciate an answer. Thank you.

    • Usually, the darker the roast, the less caffeine. I guess it lessens the amount the longer the bean is roasted.

      • that is correct. the longer beans are roasted, the more intense the flavor, and the more caffeine is extracted from the bean. that’s why breakfast blends are usually lighter and carry more caffeine. the darker the roast, the lesser amount of caffeine (i.e. French roast, espresso, dark magic, etc). people who say espresso gives them a “jolt” or the “jitters”… it’s all in their head. =)

  2. I’ve been drinking green mountain breakfast blend instead of folders I think I’m not getting same amount of caffeine causing a dull headache could this be?

  3. Starbucks Verona K-cups easily have 300 mg in them
    I’m a barista and I’ve never experienced a jolt like that before

  4. Starbucks Verona K-cups do NOT have 300 mg of caffeine. Maybe if you brewed two of them you could get 250mg. Even the strongest K-Cups (Bolds) which have 2.5 oz (Compared to 2 oz) only have 150 mg.


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