Let’s take a little trip down the memory lane.
Remember your first coffee run? Which café did you go to?
What was your first order? Café americano? Latte? Macchiato? Espresso?
How many cups do you think you’ve had between your first and now?
(Don’t forget to put them in the comments section below.)
Where's your first coffee shop?
It’s highly likely that most of us have been to different coffee franchises and had different brands. After all, Americans love their coffee. The National Coffee Association will tell you that 64% of Americans ages 18 years old and above “had a cup of coffee the previous day” in 2018. 
Well if you’ve ever wondered how much caffeine is in the most popular coffee brands in America, then this is the article for you.
The numbers have been crunched and verdict released.
Death Wish coffee – 651 mg per 12 fluid ounce
Living up to its brand name, Death Wish is tagged as the world’s strongest cup of coffee that you can find in retail. The New York-based company will give you your money back if you tell them it isn’t the strongest you’ve had.
Dunkin’ Donuts Large Coffee + Turbo Shot – 395 mg per 20 fluid ounce
It may be cheap but it has a strong kick. Adding a shot of turbo (medium-roasted ground coffee with a little more caffeine) to your usual cup of Dunkin Donuts joe can do the trick and get you more than a second wind throughout the day.
Peet's Brewed Coffee – 267 mg per 16 fluid ounce
Peet's may be known for its deep-roast process but just the medium roast contains even more caffeine. That’s probably why the medium blend is the go-to for most Peet’s patrons.
Starbucks Venti Coffee – 415 mg per 20 fluid ounce
The 7-Eleven version of coffee house chains, Starbucks seems to be found in almost every nook of the city. And why not – its brewed coffee can really give you the caffeine you need for the day.
Biggby Red Eye (brewed coffee with espresso) – 274 mg per 16 fluid ounce
This growing Midwest franchise combines espresso with normal drip, making sure that a pump of espresso will keep you pumping (pun intended) all day.
McCafe – 145 mg per 14 fluid ounce
Okay I take it back. This is the 7-Eleven version of coffee house chains. Housed in McDonald’s, McCafé will only give you a lower amount of caffeine in a medium brewed coffee. Only a little over 100 mg of a kick for being a scrooge with your coffee!
Tim Horton’s – 205 mg per 14 fluid ounce
This Canadian chain can give you just the right punch with their medium coffee (about 14 oz) at 205 mg of caffeine. Their cups are not bigger than other American chains though so not sure if you’re getting the bang for your cup here.
Shock Coffee Triple Latte – 231 mg per 8 fluid ounce
Another one that lives up to its brand, Shock’s pre-packaged coffee drink contains three shots of espresso. Don’t know about you but hearing that alone gives a shock to my system.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – 333 mg per 14 fluid ounce
Don’t be fooled by its chill café vibe and awesome playlist. There's nothing "chill" about its coffee. Caffeine Informer revealed that their regular-sized brewed coffee contains around 333 mg of caffeine. That’s definitely one of the highest in this list!
Starbucks is probably the most popular brand in the lot. Just walking around the city you'll find the whole rush hour labeled Starbucks - that green logo is in the hands of almost everyone heading to the workplace.
But which drink is the best to ask for from the barista?
Here are some tips:
If you want a full summary of the brands we've covered, here's an infographic for you:
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Is there a big difference between synthetic and natural caffeine? Which gives a stronger jolt? Does it even matter?
Natural caffeine in coffee, tea, and chocolate is much less common than the synthetic caffeine found in so many other products.
Caffeine is found in plant species such as the more popular ones like Coffea arabica and Coffea robusta, as well as tea leaves, kola nuts, cacao beans, Yerba mate and guarana berries.
Not only does naturally-occurring caffeine from said plants keep your cognitive functions at their peak, but it also contains antioxidants that help you fight illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Caffeine is NOT addictive, but it sure is habit-forming. You don’t hear about coffee addicts robbing stores and hijacking motorists to get money for a fix. That’s because while caffeine does cause dependence, it isn’t in the same category as opiates or alcohol.