Instant Coffee

Caffeine Level
57mg
Serving Size
fl. oz cup
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With instant coffee, caffeine measurements are based on the amount of the instant coffee powder used to make the drink.

Here's how some popular instant coffees compare

The caffeine content of coffee itself varies enormously. According to the USDA*, 1 rounded teaspoon of instant coffee (1.8 grams in weight) contains 57 mg of caffeine. No matter how much water, milk, or creamer you add to the coffee - the amount of caffeine will remain the same. Barone and Roberts* quote a value of 40-108 mg per 150 ml.

This shows that people vary the amount of coffee powder they use for their drink. The strength and flavor are greatly influenced by the amount of water mixed with the coffee powder.

Instant coffee is made by roasting and grinding the coffee bean and then extracting the flavor. This is done by placing the coffee in a solution of water and then dehydrating the solution (by freeze drying).

Some instant coffee brands are using micro-ground coffee to boost flavor and caffeine. This is the process Starbucks Via uses. 

Where To Buy Instant Coffee

Mount Hagen Organic Freeze Dried Instant Coffee, 3.53 oz

Price: $12.49 $12.47Available from Amazon / Mount Hagen


Nescafe Taster's Choice House Blend Instant Coffee, 7 Ounce (Pack of 2)

Price: $17.00 $16.74Available from Amazon / Nescafé


Maxwell House Original Blend Instant Coffee, Medium Roast, 3 Count, 24 Ounce

Price: $25.48 $14.49Available from Amazon / MAXWELL HOUSE


Anthony's Organic Instant Coffee, Batch Tested Gluten Free, Ultra Fine (14oz)

Price: $13.99 $13.99Available from Amazon / Anthony's


Starbucks VIA Instant Pike Place Roast Medium Roast Coffee (1 box of 8 packets)

Price: $6.29 $5.62Available from Amazon / Starbucks


Ingredients in Coffee (Instant)

Freeze dried, arabica or robusta coffee beans

Sugar content: Contains no sugar.

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Caffeine Comparisons

Coffee (Instant) contains 7.12 mgs of caffeine per fluid ounce (24.09mg/100 ml).

Caffeine (mg) per Ounce
10090807060 5040302010 0 Coffee (Instant) 5 Hour Energy Coffee (Espresso) Coca-Cola Classic Spike Energy Drink
Total Caffeine (mg)
400360320280 24020016012080 400 Cup of Instant Coffee Can of Coca-Cola Classic Bottle of Redline Energy Drink Can of Monster Energy Drink Can of Red Bull
Data Sources: Refer to relevant sources here