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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Some research has suggested that caffeine may stimulate thermogenesis - a scientific name for the way your body generates heat and energy from the calories in your food; but nutrition experts say that this effect probably isn't enough to produce significant weight-loss. Caffeine may also reduce your desire to eat for a brief time, but again, there's no good evidence over the long-term that this effect leads to weight-loss. To date, no conclusive clinical studies have been done to determine the long-term effect of caffeine on weight loss, and the smaller studies that have been done show a lot of variability in the outcomes.
Want to hear something shocking?
Having your caffeine fix first thing in the morning will NOT perk you up.
But the good news is, you no longer need to make that sluggish early morning trip to the coffee-maker daily, nor join that long rush hour queue in your go-to café.
If you’re wondering whether we’re pulling some sick April Fool’s joke in the middle of August, there’s actually scientific evidence to all of this.
If you’re trying to lose weight (or at least not gain a few extra pounds), then the best thing to do is eat healthy and go to the gym more religiously, right?
But if you’ve been going at it for a while now and haven’t been seeing much progress, then you may want to look into something else.
Like your coffee consumption.
Now you may ask: what does an innocent cup of joe have to do with weight gain?
Let me tell you.
It’s not as innocent as it seem.
That cup of coffee you buy on your way to work? It may be sneaking in a few extra calories (more than you’d like and expect). And if you buy more than one cup a day, you may be racking up a few calories from a “dessert” that disguises itself as your go-to caffeine fix.