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How to Get the Most Caffeine Out of Coffee

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We've all had that feeling before: Your eyes are glazed over, your thoughts are fading and your body is getting increasingly weak. You're beyond exhausted, but there are so many more hours in the day. Some days, you just need caffeine, and that's totally understandable. No ordinary cup of joe will do, though. You need as much caffeine as possible. Luckily, there are ways to make sure you're utilizing every sip.

Choose light beans for more caffeine.Choose light beans for more caffeine.

Choose a Light Roast
The lighter the bean, the more caffeine it has. That's because as a bean is roasted and gets darker in color, the energy-boosting substance is burnt off. When deciding between a dark, sweet roast and a light one, choose the latter. 

Opt for Finely Ground
A greater amount of caffeine is extracted from beans the more they're ground. Take the extra few minutes it takes to grind your own beans and make sure to chop them as finely as possible to give you the greatest energy boost. Plus, you'll get a fresher cup of java. It's a win-win!

Know the Ratios
When brewing a single serve cup of coffee, you can get more caffeine out of it by pushing the right buttons. Your first instinct might be to select the largest size available, but try to control yourself. That will give you a bigger cup of coffee, but it will also include more water than a smaller cup. Instead, brew two smaller cups and drink those. You'll get a better pick-me-up.

Go ahead - pour yourself a cup of java.Go ahead - pour yourself a cup of java.

Serve Yourself First
When brewing a large pot of coffee, like you would with the Mr. Coffee® Smart Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Wemo®, the most caffeine typically ends up on the top. Pour yourself the first cup of coffee for the greatest jolt of energy. It may be against your manners, but when it comes to staying alert and focused, you need to be a little selfish.

Get Some Espresso
There's a reason why baristas sometimes add a shot or two of espresso into their coffee. Espresso has a high caffeine volume, so whip up a batch of it and either drink it by itself or - if you dare - add it to your regular coffee. Throw in some sugar and sweet milk and you're sure to perk up in no time.