Instant Coffee

Caffeine Level
Serving Size
fl. oz cup
Caffeine Strength
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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. 

Caffeine Per Instant Coffee Brand

Brand Caffeine per 8 fl oz
Waka Columbian 70 mg
Waka Indian 70 mg
Starbucks Via  135 mg
Tasters Choice 98 mg
Moccona (Douwe Egberts) 60 mg
Nescafe 61 mg
Alpine Start 120 mg

Where To Buy Instant Coffee

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

Available from Amazon / Nescafe Taster's Choice

Nescafe original Instant Coffee,7 Ounce (Pack of 2)

Available from Amazon / Nescafé

Ingredients in Coffee (Instant)

Freeze dried, arabica or robusta coffee beans

Sugar content: Contains no sugar.

Compare sugar levels of other drinks

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 Espresso Shot 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