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Amp Up the Caffeine in Your Day

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You know the feeling - you didn't sleep well, and no amount of sunshine and lemon water is going to help you wake up. No matter what your daily itinerary looks like, you're going to require some assistance in the stimulant department. You need coffee with high caffeine content - stat.

How do you amp up the caffeine in your day to get the most out of every cup you're drinking? Follow these tips to ensure that your next cup of coffee is the right flavor and caffeine level without having to resort to anything drastic:

"If you consider the caffeine per ounce, espresso is the clear winner."

1. Pick the Right Drink

This may seem obvious, but it pays to take a look at the way your coffee is brewed and choose the method that will give you the most jolt for your buck, so to speak. A regular eight-ounce cup of coffee contains about 60 to 100 milligrams of caffeine, depending on brew time, how you brew it, how you grind it and a host of other factors. A shot of espresso, on the other hand, only contains 30 to 50 milligrams of caffeine - but this is in a smaller amount, so if you consider the caffeine per ounce, espresso is the clear winner.

2. Choose Your Roast Wisely

There is a specific science behind what kind of roast will have more caffeine. During the roasting process, coffee beans lose about 90 percent of their water content. Darker beans lose more of their mass when roasted, so that means light roast coffee will have greater mass. Therefore, a light roast coffee will have more caffeine if you measure it by the scoop; however, if you measure it by its mass, dark roast coffee will have more caffeine, since it will have lost more of its water content.

This is all to say - pay attention to which method you are using to measure your coffee and buy the kind of roast that will give you the greatest amount of caffeine per cup.

3. Drink Smaller, Stronger Cups

When choosing the size of your beverage, the automatic desire might be to pick the largest cup and down it all. However, larger cups of coffee not only contain more of the good stuff - they contain more water, as well. Therefore, it might be better to brew two smaller cups with a larger amount of coffee grounds as opposed to one huge mug.

Smaller cups and espresso shots are the way to go when you're brewing your own coffee for maximum caffeine content.Smaller cups and espresso shots are the way to go when you're brewing your own coffee for maximum caffeine content.

4. Drink the First Cup Right Away

If you're brewing for multiple people, make sure you are the one who gets the very first cup. The reason is that if you're using a coffee maker like the Mr. Coffee® Smart Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Wemo®, most of the caffeine will be at the top of the carafe when all 10 cups have brewed. So don't be shy - serve yourself first!

5. Pair Your Coffee With the Right Fuel

Much of the impact of caffeine depends on how you metabolize it. Making sure you're taking in the right foods with your coffee is critical for absorption, so pairing it with something like grapefruit might make a difference. Grapefruit contains a compound called narangin, which helps caffeine stay in your bloodstream longer if you eat a small piece in the morning with your favorite morning beverage.

The combination of nutrients with caffeine is one of the reasons Bulletproof Coffee - which is traditionally made with one or two tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter, is said to increase brain function so well. There is a higher level of fat in this drink, because of all the butter you're putting in it - and fat increases the absorption of caffeine.

These are only some of the ways to inject the right amount of caffeine into your day. If you play your cards - and your coffee beans - right, you'll be buzzing right along and ready to tackle anything your day throws your way, no matter how little sleep you may have gotten the night before.