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Apr 1, 2010 09:14 AM

Question for Starbucks experts

Ounce for ounce, which drink at Starbucks has the most caffeine?

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  1. That will always be espresso (highest caffeine/volume ratio). Espresso has about half the caffeine of a small cup of brewed coffee but it's in a package about 1/5 the size.

    Has nothing to do with being a "Starbucks expert"

    1. Yeah, any drink that you want to increase the caffiene, just add shots of espresso. I will usually add two shots of espresso to most my drinks, which also helps decrease the calorie content of some of the more calorie laden beverages. I hear some people adding a lot more than two shots...never tried that because it would probably be too strong for my taste.

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      1. re: iluvtennis

        Semantics, but adding espesso doesn't decrease the calorie content of your drink, it just makes it bigger. :)

        1. re: invinotheresverde

          I believe iluvtennis meant "adding espresso versus adding a shot of syrup"

          I've seen people ask for shots of espresso in their iced teas.

          1. re: invinotheresverde

            Yeah, i know, but usually at the coffee places, they throw out the extra beverage that doesn't fit in the cup. Sometimes they will offer me the excess in an extra cup, so when they do that, yeah, i just get a bigger beverage. But usually it just displaces some of the higher calorie content and the baristas throw away the extra. It is a little wasteful.

            1. re: invinotheresverde

              "Semantics, but adding espesso doesn't decrease the calorie content of your drink, it just makes it bigger. :)"

              It does in the sense that for every extra ounce of espresso in a drink, there is that much less milk. Whole milk is about 20 calories an oz, so drinking two extra shots in a grande latte would cut the calorie count by 40 calories. Obviously it would be less with skim milk.

              1. re: lulubelle

                I've found they just usually put it in the next size cup, not decrease the milk. YMMV.

                1. re: invinotheresverde

                  interesting, I've never had that happen. (and I know from having been a trainer for them eons ago that that is not a company policy--or at least wasn't when I was working there).

          2. 75 mg caffeine in a espresso shot vs 240 mg in an 8oz. tall coffee.
            3.0-15.8 mg caffeine in a decaf espresso shot.

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            1. re: monku

              A "Tall" is 12oz. 240mg caffeine in 8oz would be unusually high.

            2. Since you asked for drinks, in my experience those looking to maximize caffeine usually order a "red eye" which is a brewed coffee with two shots of espresso. You can size the coffee and/or increase the number of shots as your nervous system dictates.