Caribou Coffee: The Complete Caffeine Guide

Caribou Coffee Caffeine amounts
The caffeine in Caribou Coffee can vary greatly depending on the type of beverage and size chosen.

Here we list most of their coffee and tea based beverages and the caffeine each contains by size.

Caffeine Amounts in Caribou Drinks

  • Hot
  • Cold
  • Teas
Brewed Coffee230mg305mg385mg
Coffee with Steamed Milk153mg192mg230mg
Brewed Decaf Coffee4mg5mg6mg
Caffè Latte & Lite180mg180mg270mg
Caffè Mocha190mg195mg290mg
Caffè Americano180mg270mg360mg
Depth Charge (coffee + espresso)290mg370mg445mg
Caramel High Rise180mg180mg270mg
Mint Condition190mg195mg290mg
White Berry Mocha185mg185mg275mg
Turtle Mocha190mg195mg290mg
Vanilla White Mocha185mg185mg275mg
Campfire Mocha190mg195mg290mg
Hot Chocolate10mg15mg20mg
White Hot Chocolate0mg0mg0mg
Coffee Cooler125mg155mg185mg
Espresso Cooler190mg221mg252mg
Cold Press Iced Coffee190mg230mg270mg
Iced Latte180mg270mg360mg
Iced Mocha190mg*285mg*380mg*
Iced Americano270mg360mg450mg
Iced Caramel High Rise180mg270mg360mg
Iced Mint Condition190mg*285mg*380mg*
Iced White Berry Mocha185mg*275mg*365mg*
Iced Turtle Mocha190mg*285mg*380mg*
Iced Vanilla White Mocha185mg*275mg*365mg*
Iced Campfire Mocha190mg*285mg*380mg*
Caramel High Rise Cooler110mg125mg145mg
Turtle Mocha Cooler115mg*135mg*160mg*
Mint Condition Cooler115mg*135mg*160mg*
Berry White Mocha Cooler110mg125mg145mg
Campfire Mocha Cooler115mg*135mg*160mg*
Vanilla White Mocha110mg125mg145mg
Caramel Cooler110mg125mg145mg
Chocolate Cooler115mg*135mg*160mg*
Vanilla Cooler110mg125mg145mg
Lite Coffee Cooler135mg170mg200mg
Lite Caramel Cooler120mg150mg175mg
Lite Chocolate Cooler100mg120mg135mg
Lite Vanilla Cooler120mg150mg175mg
Green Tea Sparkling Lemonade30mg45mg60mg
Peach Black Sparkling Tea20mg35mg45mg
Mango Black Tea85mg85mg170mg
Citron Green Tea45mg45mg90mg
Chai Latte50mg70mg85mg
Mint Verbena Tea0mg0mg0mg
Iced Chai Tea Latte65mg85mg100mg
Pomegranate Vanilla Tea Latte100mg155mg205mg
Iced Pomegranate Vanilla Tea Latte155mg205mg255mg
Earl Grey85mg85mg170mg
Hot Cinnamon Spice85mg85mg170mg
Pomegranate Oolong65mg65mg130mg
Iced Classic Black Tea95mg195mg290mg
Iced Mango Black95mg195mg290mg
Iced Tropical Green75mg150mg220mg
Iced Pomegranate Oolong50mg100mg155mg
Lite Green Tea Sparkling Lemonade15mg25mg30mg
Lite Peach Black Sparkling Tea10mg20mg30mg

*Estimated caffeine content based on the additional cocoa used in the beverage.

Unless noted, Northern Lite Beverages have the same caffeine content as their full calorie counterparts.

Caribou also produces a line of bottled coffee beverages. Here’s how they measure up caffeine-wise.

Caribou Bottled Coffee Drinks

Beverage(12 floz)
Caribou plus Espresso159mg
Caribou (regular)149mg
Caribou plus Vanilla124.4mg
Caffeine in coffee can vary (due to coffee origin and blend used) and may be more or less than the amounts shown above.

Caribou Coffee’s Surprising Caffeine Levels

  • Some of the caffeine amounts posted by Caribou are pretty surprising. Here are a few of the ones that stand out.
  • The “Depth Charge” has a whopping 445mg of caffeine in a large, while the Iced Americano  has 450mg. This could be dangerous for some!
  • Some of their iced tea beverages are surprisingly high in caffeine. Many would expect tea to have less caffeine than coffee but their large Classic Black Iced Tea has a whopping 290mg of caffeine and their Pomegranate Vanilla Iced Latte has 255mg. This could catch some folks off guard.
  • Their espresso shot isn’t standard. Caribou’s espresso shots are more than double what would be typical at other coffee shops. (i.e. Starbucks)

Caribou Coffee began in 1992 after it’s founders made a trek to Alaska and were inspired to start the business.

Caribou started in Minneapolis, but is now in 16 states with almost 500 company owned locations.

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Source: Caribou Coffee Nutrition Info.

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  • Tim

    I’ve had the…experience…of sampling these products in their bottled form. Here’s the nutritional info:

    Iced Coffee + Espresso 12oz
    100 calories
    .5g fat
    5mg cholesterol
    200mg sodium
    20g sugar
    2g protein
    Assuming this is the bottled version of the “Depth Charge,” coffee with espresso, this would contain 291mg caffeine.

    Regular Iced Coffee 12oz
    120 calories
    1.5g fat
    5mg cholesterol
    210mg sodium
    24g sugar
    2g protein
    Assuming this is the bottled version of “Cold Press Iced Coffee,” the caffeine content would be 192mg.

    Vanilla Iced Coffee 12oz
    120 calories
    1.5g fat
    5mg cholesterol
    210mg sodium
    24g sugar
    2g protein
    There seems to be no comparable served product, but there’s no reason to believe the caffeine would be much different than the regular iced coffee. So about 192mg caffeine.

    I’ll do the mocha when I find it.

    As far as taste goes on these, they’re alright. The espresso is only for true coffee lovers though, it’s pretty strong.

  • ted

    Thanks for the info Tim! To bad they don’t list the actual caffeine content..We’ll see if we can nail the actual amount down.

  • ben

    Yea I wouldn’t assume it’s the same caffeine amount for the bottled coffee. But isn’t 230mg really high for brewed 12oz? I thought 8oz was averaged to 100mg.

  • ted

    nah, not really for a coffee house as they make a pretty strong brew i.e. Starbucks 12oz has 260mg. I usually have to put milk in it because it’s a tad too strong for me and I like it strong..

  • Mike

    I enjoy the taste of Caribou far more than any other chain (Yeah, I’m looking at you, Barsucks), and I’ve always enjoyed the depth charge. Sometimes, I’ll even get an extra shot of espresso. Considering it has a nearly a half a gram of caffeine, no calories, and costs less than three dollars, it is the best way to get your buzz on without breaking the bank. I will have to give the Cafe Americano a whirl next time I’m in one though. I figured everything else just quaked in the shadow of the depth charge’s caffeine content.

  • Tramp

    I haven’t had the pleasure of trying Caribou since I live in California, but my friends from other states say it’s the best.. Still I’ve grown used to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (helps that I get it for free). And I’m not a hundred percent sure what was up , but the last time I had It’s A Grind not only was I completely satisfied with the coffee, but I felt like it gave me quite a buzz for normal coffee.

  • Gilly

    Never been a fan of coffee. Bad flavor, bad breath, yellow teeth. ; )

    But I admire it all for the caffeine and the smooth effects. Caribou is one of my favorite places here in town. (and their french toast muffins are a must-have).

  • Evan

    I’m in Maryland and I have still never seen a Caribou coffee place, but the bottled Iced Coffee + Espresso is pretty good. You should make a Dunkin’ Donuts chart. I drink massive amounts of their coffee.

  • ted

    Good idea Evan, I’ll have a look.

  • KarlieMildraed

    Website seems pretty slick. That’s about it.

  • John

    I am from Vermont but have lived in Minneapolis for about 8-9 months carribou is everywhere… i like it for a chain… but i still prefer the black coffees from the smaller shops as well as thier deapthcharges.. and i like coffee black to get the full flavor and jolt.. so caribou is good but Dunn Bros. for a chain is superior in my book but still prefer spyhouse or the Beat in uptown Minneapolis MN. THanks for the chart great info by the way

  • Grace

    the large cold drinks are actually 24 ounces so the graph is a little off.
    hot drinks come in 12, 16, and 20 ounces – cold drinks come in 12, 16, 20, and 24 ounces.

  • Paul

    Complete guide? Afraid not… Dont see your Keurig cups anywhere in sight. As a matter of fact I cant find anywhere that lists the caffeine content.

  • ted

    We have K-cups listed here. they are pretty standard across brands give or take a few milligrams.

  • Hooga

    There’s a Caribou in Hunt Valley, MD. I love their coffee.

  • Michele Claudio

    Charbucks sucks anymore. Switching to Caribou where I can get REAL iced coffee… Less acid so I can actually tolerate it, and less caff. than the other leading chainstore!

  • Matthew Buckta

    How about caffeine content for bagged coffee. I drink lacuna and daybreak. Can’t find a mg. anywhere.

  • Ted

    Coffee you make yourself would fall under the generic listing

  • Jennifer Pollastro

    I generally can’t sleep after having caffine but after 1/2 bottle Vanilla iced coffee 14 oz. I slept fine. It does not list caffine content. Wondering if I’m finally less reactive to caffine. Usually one cup of coffee keeps me awake 16 hours.

Last Modified: September 11, 2014