rml Senior Member Joined: 25 Mar 2011 Posts: 1 Location: VA Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Mon Mar 28, 2011, 4:55pm Subject: caffeine content in espresso
Ok, coffee geeks, I need some ideas. I'm a coffee/espresso lover. Hubby and I have an Alex Duetto 2 that we use every day. We found out recently that I am 6 weeks pregnant (yay!), so now comes 9 months of controlling my caffeine intake. My doctor says I can have between 150-300 mg of caffeine per day. I have heard espresso has less caffeine than coffee, and also read the opposite. SO, assuming that my morning coffee or espresso is my only source of caffeine, how much espresso am I able to drink? Any types of drinks you recommend? Thanks!
To expand on this - both things you read are correct. Per ml (or oz) espresso has more caffeine than drip but since you typically don't drink 16oz of espresso, drip or press has more caffeine per drink due to increased volume.
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Posted Tue Mar 29, 2011, 6:52am Subject: Re: caffeine content in espresso
Caffeine is dependent on contact time in the brew process. So, drink for drink espresso is less, as has been said, you don't typically drink 12 oz of espresso. Well most don't anyway, I drink 10 oz every morning but that is another topic!
Have you thought about decaf? I have made some very nice shots with decaf coffee and unless I told you it was decaf, you wouldn't know any different.
OH, BTW, Congrats on the new kid in the oven!
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I also limit my caffeine intake, but only because too much affects my trigger finger for target shooting! (I also can't sleep at night, either, with caffeine.) Anyway, currently, my best cup has actually been a decaf. In fact, my top two best shots have been decafs. They're out there, but you've got to turn over a few rocks to find the right roaster. You might contact Jeff at Red Bird Coffee and give it a shot. Who knows, you might end up liking it better and using it exclusively in the long run,... after your delivery.
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