The answer depends on how much you drink! When you wake up to heavy eyes and a sleepy mind, you might try to get powered up by drinking few sips of espresso instead of your daily glass of coffee. The intense smell and taste of the brew can help your brain to kick start for rest of the day.
But the question is, does espresso have more quantity of caffeine than a glass of regular brew?
Calculating the Caffeine
To know the answer to this question we need to understand how much you are having of both. There are 63 milligrams of caffeine in one shot of espresso. Department of Agriculture Nutrition Data says there are almost 12-16 milligrams of caffeine in every shot of coffee.
So, if we compare shot by shot, espresso has more caffeine. But we all know we don’t take a shot of regular coffee. We at least make one glass which is at least 8 times more than espresso which is roughly 95-120 milligrams of caffeine.
But it’s not it, the effect of caffeine can change in homebrew or espresso. It depends on the brand, the different types of beans used, how they were roasted, the amount used to make a glass of coffee, and how it was made (French press, espresso machine, cold brewed, etc.)
For example, A shot of espresso served at Starbucks has 75 milligrams of caffeine whereas a cup of pike place (medium roasted beans) containing around 8 shots have 155 milligrams of caffeine.
But still, why though the amount of caffeine is more in a regular coffee sometimes, espresso feels more sparkling?
So, according to the vice president/ head of specialty coffee at Lacas/Dallis Bros. coffee, Stephen Schulman says, it depends on how quickly we consume the drink. An espresso is smaller in quantity which you consume faster compared to a cup of regular brew.
So, espresso can be a good option for you if you want to lower consumption of caffeine in your day until you limit yourself to one cup. But if you like to sip on your drink for a longer period, may be while walking, you can get yourself an espresso-based drink like latte or cappuccino. Or you can just hang on to the same classic espresso shot.