McCafe Coffee Caffeine Content

mccafe caffeine guide
McCafe restaurants are located within McDonalds and offer espresso based beverages as well as McDonalds’ standard brewed coffee.

Here are the caffeine amounts for the most common McCafe beverages.

McCafe Coffee and Tea Caffeine

(12 oz)
(16 oz)
(21-24 oz)
(32 oz)
Coffee (Brewed)109mg145mg180mg
Decaf Coffee (Brewed)8mg11mg14mg
Espresso71mg (single)142mg (double)
Latte (all flavors)71mg142mg178mg
Mocha (all flavors)86mg167mg200mg
Iced Coffee133mg200mg320mg
Mocha Frappe100mg125mg180mg
Frappe (other flavors)75mg90mg130mg100mg
Iced Latte71mg142mg178mg
Iced Mocha86mg167mg200mg
Iced Sweet Tea38mg50mg66mg100mg
Hot Tea42mg42mg42mg
Hot Chocolate7mg10mg12mg
A recent test conducted by BuzzFeed found McDonalds Brewed Coffee to average about 14.3 mg/ounce or 229 mg per 16 fluid ounces. This is about 84 mg more than what McDonalds last reported to us.

How Accurate Are These Amounts?

We obtained these caffeine amounts by communicating directly to McDonalds’ customer service. However, they stated:

” McDonald’s uses the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference to estimate the amount of caffeine in its coffee products. Not all of our McCafe products have been tested for caffeine content at this time.

We are in the process of gathering this data and will make it available on our website as soon as possible.”

Therefore, some of the above amounts are estimates and could vary from store to store depending on how each store prepares the beverages. We also noticed that cup sizes vary depending upon where in the world the McCafe is located.

Caffeine in coffee can vary (due to coffee origin and blend used) and may be more or less than the amounts shown.

McCafes are extensive in some parts of the world, offering a full line of beverages and pastries with hot beverages being served in ceramic cups.

In the USA, McCafes aren’t as elaborate and have limited options for the most part. Some McDonalds do not have true McCafe options at all.

McCafe has done well in other parts of the world by offering espresso based coffee at more affordable prices and it will be interesting to see how it continues to grow in the USA.

Do you prefer McCafe over more expensive places like Starbucks?

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  • Wolf

    Working at a McDonalds in the US I can tell you that McCafe isn’t truly coffee. It’s prepackaged junk. There is no discrepancies with how it’s prepared because unlike any real coffee store, it’s not made by hand. Cup down, press button, there you go. Finished.

  • ted

    That may be true in the USA but in other parts of the world McCafe uses actual espresso machines and real coffee. It’s a shame that USA stores don’t do the same.

  • polokath

    mcdonalds coffes give me a huge boost

  • dex

    What is up with the big bowl of beans on the machine then?

  • Nicole Cook

    the machine at Mcdonalds uses actual espresso its just a really easy to use machine I also work at mcdonalds in the US

  • christina

    Thank you for publishing caffeine contents. I’m pregnant and need to keep it limited so this really helped!

  • Ted

    you’re welcome, we are so glad it’s been useful.

  • Stef

    i went to a macdonalds recently and had asked the girl at the drive threw if the frappes contained any caffiene and she said no…i ended up being up all night spazzing out…i am pregnant and am limited to what i can consume and need to know the facts its a good thing they have these sites..because with employees like that something bad could happen to a customer

  • Ted

    wow, you’re right! That could be dangerous. Did you call the store manager? He really needs to educate his employees.

  • Godly1919

    You’re irresponsible for taking that risk anyway.

  • Samantha

    Drinking caffeine while pregnant does not make her irresponsible. All the books that I have read and doctors I have spoken to have said that under 250mg per day is fine. The frappes are not even close. It probably kept her up all night due to the fact that she hasn’t been consuming caffeine.

  • Godly1919

    Yes, it does. A risk is a risk. You can’t know for sure how much caffeine it takes to harm the fetus. If people need their caffeine, make it at home where you are confident with the brewing method, brand, etc.

  • Christy

    I think it’s ridiculous to say that she’s irrisponsible for taking that risk. It’s not like she’s shooting up or getting drunk. And, honestly, caffiene CAN increase the risk for miscarriage and other complications. Note the emphasis on the word “can”. She asked an employee of the establishment who was providing the product (which should have been a reliable source) before consuming. This actually makes her responsible. Also, I read “spazzing out” meaning up all night worrying about the small amount of caffiene she consumed harming the baby – which does not at all make her irresponsible, it makes her motherly.

  • Cam

    Spoken like someone who has never carried a child, or never had to work while carrying a child. I work a 40-hour week and I’m in my third trimester. The sleepless nights begin when you are pregnant, not after you give birth. An occasional small cup of McD’s coffee has literally kept me from passing out under my desk when I need to be present at my job.
    My OB said keep it under 200 mgs., and I do. Most of us pregnant women keep it way under that. Our babies are fine. I know that mine is. I see him on the monitor and I hear his heartbeat. My tests have all been normal. I eat healthy, I don’t smoke and I don’t drink. My British mother-in-law has consumed tea every day of her life, and my husband and brother-in-law came out without any problems. Coffee and tea have been my only vices, and I really could not give a damn what you or any other sanctimonious d-bag has to say about it. Bottoms up, ladies. x

  • Guest

    How rude. You never tell a mother who loves her child more than herself that she’s being irresponsible. What a harsh and false judgment. To not care or ask about the caffeine content at all might be irresponsible, but not what this lady did. Your name “Godly” does not fit you at all. Maybe try “Holier Than Thee.”

  • Guest

    This information is great to have & thanks for putting it out there. But I usually drank Diet coke from McDonalds. No coffee, tea, energy drinks. Just Diet coke. So I am interested in how much caffeine is in a large Diet coke from them. I tried to limit myself to just 1 a day. But would have more when I got home. So the canned amounts are helpful. Thanks again & I do hope you add the soda drinks from the fast your lists.

  • Ted

    Fast food Diet Coke is the same as the canned and bottled varieties as long as the restaurant is making it according to specs.

    You can customize the size accordingly.

  • me

    why would you trust a high school kid to give you that info. You should educate yourself or just skip it if your not sure.

  • todd

    Your defending a pregnant lady who took advice from a worker making minimum wage? Who goes to McDonalds during a pregnancy, and gets a frappĂ© from their cafe menu, then concludes that the worker must be telling her the truth?? No need to answer…

  • johnny

    No offense Diet coke drinker, but you are most likely slowly developing aspartame poisoning

Last Modified: May 23, 2017