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Amp Up the Caffeine in Your Day

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Late nights. Early mornings. Some days require more caffeine than others. On these occasions, you need the strongest cup of coffee you can get. These simple tips can help you amp up the caffeine in your cup, and give you the extra boost you need to take on the day:

"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. A regular 8-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 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 there is more caffeine per ounce.

The upshot: When you consider coffee vs. espresso, if you’re talking about caffeine per ounce, espresso is the clear winner.

We recommend: To make great espresso at home, consider a Mr. Coffee espresso maker like the Mr. Coffee Café Barista espresso and cappuccino maker.

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.

The upshot: pay attention to which method you’re using to measure your coffee, and buy the kind of roast that will give you the greatest amount of caffeine per cup.

We recommend: The Mr. Coffee Easy Measure 12 Cup Coffeemaker will help you measure your coffee grounds precisely.

3. Drink Smaller, Stronger Cups

When choosing the size of your beverage, your first instinct might be to pick the largest cup. However, larger cups of coffee not only contain more coffee, they also contain more water. 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.

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

We recommend: To make just the amount of coffee you want/need, up to 12 oz., try the Mr. Coffee Hot Cup Single Serve/Pod Free Coffee Maker

4. Drink the First Cup Right Away

If you're brewing for multiple people, make sure you’re the one who gets the very first cup. Most of the caffeine will be at the top of the carafe when all of the coffee has been brewed.

The upshot: Don't be shy—serve yourself first!

We recommend: If you’re brewing for a crowd, you can up the variety of coffee types you’re serving with the Mr. Coffee Occasions Coffee Maker

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.

Butter coffee, traditionally made by blending, coffee, butter, and coconut oil (or a related oil), can help your body increase the absorption of caffeine, and is said to also help increase brain function. There is a higher level of fat in coffee with butter, and fat increases the absorption of caffeine.

The upshot: Butter in coffee, coconut oil in coffee, and other power mix-ins are an evolving trend. Be on the lookout for new ways to make stronger coffee.

We recommend: Try making butter coffee at home! Blend together 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee, and jumpstart your day.