Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Caffeine Content Guide

Dunkin Donuts CaffeineDunkin’ Donuts started as a donut bakery shop back in 1950 in Quincy, Massachusetts and since has become a worldwide franchise comprising more than 11,300 stores worldwide and  8,500 USA locations.

Over the last 20 years, Dunkin’ Donuts has strengthened its coffee brand significantly by introducing espresso-based drinks as well as cold coffee beverages such as their popular Coolatta. Their coffee tends to be more affordable than other coffee houses and they have become more popular for their coffee than they are for their 52 varieties of donuts.

Here’s how Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and other beverages break down according to caffeine content.

Caffeine Amounts in Dunkin Donuts Beverages

 

Beverage Small
(10 floz)
Medium
(14 floz)
Large
(20 floz)
Extra-Large
(24 floz)
Coffee (Brewed) 150mg 210mg 300mg 359mg
Decaf Coffee (Brewed) 7mg 10mg 15mg 18mg
Brewed Dark Roast 117mg 164mg 235mg 282mg
Espresso 118mg (single)
Americano 237mg 284mg 371mg
Latte 118mg 166mg 252mg n/a
Decaf Latte <5mg <5mg 7mg n/a
Cappuccino 118mg 166mg 252mg n/a
Macchiato 237mg 284mg 371mg
Espresso Hot Chocolate 127mg 131mg 136mg n/a
Dunkaccino 58mg 85mg 119mg 129mg
Hot Chocolate 9mg 13mg 18mg 19mg
Vanilla Chai 54mg 80mg 107mg n/a
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate 6mg 9mg 12mg 14mg
Oreo Hot Chocolate 4mg 6mg 8mg 9mg
Mint Hot Chocolate 8mg 12mg 16mg 20mg
Hot Tea 90mg 90mg 180mg n/a
Hot Green Tea 70mg 70mg 140mg n/a
Cold Brew 174mg 260mg 347mg
Energy Cold Brew 292mg 378mg 465mg
Iced Latte 118mg
(16 floz)
166mg
(24 floz)
252mg
(32 floz)
n/a
Iced Macchiato 237mg 284mg 371mg
Iced Coffee 198mg
(16 floz)
297mg
(24 floz)
396mg
(32 floz)
n/a
Decaf Iced Coffee 18mg
(16 floz)
 27mg
(24 floz)
 35mg
(32 floz)
 n/a
Iced Dark Roast 124mg
(16 floz)
186mg
(24 floz)
248mg
(32 floz)
 n/a
Frozen Coffee 196mg
(16 floz)
295mg
(24 floz)
393mg
(32 floz)
n/a
Frozen Chocolate <5mg 6mg 8mg
Iced Tea 45mg
(16 floz)
67mg
(24 floz)
90mg
(32 floz)
 n/a
Iced Green Tea 42mg
(16 floz)
64mg
(24 floz)
91mg
(32 floz)
 n/a
Bottled Iced Coffee 171mg
(13.7 floz)
A test conducted by BuzzFeed found Dunkin’ Donuts Brewed Coffee to average about 15.6 mg/ounce or 218 mg per 14 fluid ounces. This is just about 8 mg more than what Dunkin reports.

Caffeine Data Now on Dunkin’ Donuts’ Website

In 2017, Dunkin Donuts finally began listing the caffeine content of most of their beverages on their official website.  This is a benefit to the consumer and helps with brand transparency.

Flavors?

In addition to the above-listed beverages, Dunkin’ Donuts has several flavored versions of their brewed coffee and espresso-based coffee drinks. Some are available seasonally and others all year long.

The caffeine content of the flavored varieties would be the same as above, but would only depend on whether it is a brewed coffee beverage or an espresso-based flavored beverage.

Click here to find out how many cups of Dunkin’ it would take for you to overdose!

How Does Dunkin’ Compare?

The caffeine content in Dunkin’ Donuts coffee used to be less than other restaurants such as Starbucks, Peets, or Caribou coffee, but this has changed. Dunkin in the past used less ground coffee to make their brewed coffee and their espresso-based beverages also contained less caffeine. This was nice for consumers that didn’t want the huge caffeine hit brands like Starbucks were pushing.

This is no longer the case. Dunkin’ Donuts now has beverages that have just as much caffeine, if not more, than Starbucks. Many offerings are right around 400 mg of caffeine, which is the recommended safe daily dose of caffeine for the average adult. However, the recommended single dose of caffeine is just 200 mg.

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts Customer Service and the nutritional info on their website.

Written by Ted Kallmyer, last updated on July 16, 2019