People have their own opinions when it comes to coffee and coffee-based beverages. They also have many questions. For example, you might be wondering if cappuccino has caffeine. The answer to this question is both simple and complex.
Is There Caffeine in a Cappuccino?
First of all, cappuccino does have caffeine but perhaps not as much as you might think. You need to consider what differentiates the cappuccino from other espresso based beverages. You also need to have something to compare it to, and in this article we’ll compare it to a cup of coffee.
The amount of caffeine in a typical cappuccino is about 80 mg. That is the same amount in a single shot of espresso, which is the base of a cappuccino. The rest of the beverage is steamed milk, which doesn’t add any caffeine.
If you were to compare a cappuccino to an 8-ounce cup of coffee, you would find that the 8-ounce cup of coffee has approximately twice as much caffeine.
When you drink a cup of brewed coffee, you are drinking a beverage that is entirely made from something that contains caffeine. You may add a minimum amount of cream and/or sugar to the coffee, but you aren’t likely diluting the caffeine content very much.
Most people think that they are getting a real blast of caffeine when they buy a cappuccino but in reality, it is “weak” compared to a cup of coffee.
That doesn’t mean, however, that espresso is weak. The single shot of espresso that goes into the cappuccino is approximately 1.5 ounces. A cup of coffee is 8 ounces; It would take a little more than five shots of espresso to get to 8 ounces. The result however would be an 8 ounce cup of espresso with over 400 mg of caffeine.
Something else to consider is the amount of coffee that you use when brewing a cup of Joe. If you were to continue to use the same grounds for five shots of espresso, it would be diluted and the caffeine content would be much lower.
The bottom line is, a cappuccino with a single shot of espresso has half of the caffeine compared to an 8-ounce cup of coffee. If you want to get the same kick from your cappuccino, you would need to use a double shot of espresso.
The Bean Type Does Matter
Another thing to consider is the type of bean that is used when brewing the espresso. This will make a difference in the caffeine content as well as the taste of the cappuccino.
The two basic types of coffee beans are arabica and robusta.
You are likely more familiar with the arabica coffee bean. It’s commonly found in coffees at the grocery store and in most coffee shops. The taste is milder and not as bitter as robusta.
Most espressos are made out of robusta beans. It produces a much stronger and darker coffee compared to Arabica beans and produces a bitter taste. It also results in a better crema on the espresso due to lower levels of fats and sugar.
The robusta bean produces a higher caffeine content than the Arabica bean. That being said, some espressos are made with a blend of arabica and robusta, so it’s difficult to pin down the exact caffeine content.
What About a Decaf Cappuccino?
Something that most people don’t realize about coffee (and espresso) is that the decaffeinated version will still contain caffeine.
You are getting far less caffeine in a decaffeinated cappuccino but you are still getting caffeine, nonetheless.
Typically, you get less than 3% of the caffeine than you would in a typical shot of espresso. Do the math and it is about 2.4 mg of caffeine per shot.
Choose Wisely and Drink Proudly
It’s also possible to adjust the caffeine content by choosing the proper drink. If cappuccino is what you prefer, that’s perfectly fine. Knowing the alternatives, however, can open up a new world of coffee for you.
If you are somebody who enjoys a stronger coffee taste but you don’t want to give up the foam, then order a macchiato. It usually comes in a smaller cup but it’s deliciously strong.
If you want your cappuccino to be milkier, order a latte. It is made with more steamed milk and a lot of foam.
Cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiatos all have the same caffeine content because they are made with a single shot of espresso. You can still double (or triple) shot any of these beverages.
A Word About Calories
Although we are not discussing calories directly, it’s a good idea to understand what’s in your beverage.
If you are looking for a low-calorie beverage, then the cappuccino may be off the menu. They are primarily made from milk, so the caloric profile is high.
If you drink coffee black or even with a little cream and sugar, you are looking at a fairly low-calorie beverage.
The answer to the question, does cappuccino have caffeine is simple. Yes, it does, around 80 mg.
As you can see, however, there are many other things to consider when it comes to the amount of caffeine you are actually getting.