The 12+ Deadliest (Strongest) Coffee Brands

Beware the worlds strongest coffee

There’s a new trend when it comes to brewed coffee and that trend is to make the most caffeinated cup imaginable.

The trend began in 2013 when Death Wish Coffee, began sourcing better-tasting highly caffeinated robusta coffee beans and using them in their dark roast coffee.

The coffee that most are accustomed to is made from arabica beans which typically have better flavor but a lower caffeine concentration.

Today these highly caffeinated coffee brands are popping up everywhere and even competing for the title of “world’s strongest cup of coffee.” However, it is important to note that a “strong tasting” coffee doesn’t necessarily mean more caffeine. Bean Poet does a great job of explaining the difference here.

For this article, strongest = highest in caffeine.

Use our Coffee Dosage Calculator to determine how much of these coffees is safe for you.

12+ Extremely Caffeinated Coffee Brands

black label coffee

Black Label – Devil Mountain Coffee Company

Caffeine: 1555 mg per 12 fluid ounces brewed

Bean type: Not Listed

Black Label just may be the world’s most dangerous cup and has blown the competition out of the water with its blend of highly caffeinated beans. People need to be extremely cautious when drinking this one and not only be highly tolerant to caffeine but also have a low sensitivity to the caffeine molecule. This organic coffee is available from Devil Mountain Coffee’s website.

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Very Strong Coffee – Great British Trading

Caffeine: 1350 mg per 12 fluid ounces (340 ml) brewed

Bean type: 100% Robusta

Very Strong Coffee is the most dangerous cup in the UK and offers a big dose of caffeine for those who just don’t get a lift from regular coffee anymore. This strong coffee is available from Very Strong Coffee’s website.

See our review here.

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High Voltage Coffee

Caffeine: 1150 mg per 12 fluid ounces brewed

Bean type: Not Listed

This Australian brand is the strongest coffee in Australia according to their recent lab report from Australia’s National Measurement Institute. They also claim to use a bean blend that doesn’t taste bitter like some of the highly caffeinated coffees do. High Voltage Coffee is available on their website

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Black Insomnia

Caffeine: 1105 mg per 12 fluid ounces brewed

Bean type: 80% Robusta 20% Arabica

Black Insomnia originated in South Africa but has since made its way around the world thanks to Prior versions of Black Insomnia had less caffeine than their 2018 formulation.

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Maximum Charge- Cannonball Coffee

Caffeine: 1101 mg per 12 fluid ounces brewed

Bean type: Robusta

Maximum Charge takes the prize for the most caffeinated UK coffee and it also is close to the world’s most dangerous cup. This coffee is available from The Cannonball Coffee Company’s website here.

biohazard coffee


Caffeine: 928 mg per 12 fluid ounces brewed

Bean type: Robusta

Biohazard coffee is available on Amazon. They recently had their coffee tested and sent us the lab report. Biohazard is the third most dangerous coffee we’ve encountered.

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Death Wish

Caffeine: 728 mg per 12 fluid ounces brewed

Bean type: Robusta

Death Wish sparked the “world’s strongest coffee” trend with its Super Bowl ad a few years ago but has since conjured up a lot of competition. We’ve learned recently that the caffeine amount reported to us by Death Wish in a 2015 lab analysis is currently being contested.

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Sons of Amazon

Caffeine: 660 mg per 12 fluid ounces brewed

Bean type: Not listed

Sons of Amazon is available in the UK. It’s made using a blend of ethically sourced coffee beans from the Amazon region.

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Killer Coffee

Caffeine: 645 mg per 12 fluid ounces brewed

Bean type: Arabica

Killer Coffee is Australia’s deadliest brew. It’s interesting that they get such high amounts from Arabica coffee beans.

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Gunpowder Coffee

Caffeine: 644 mg per 12 fluid ounces brewed

Bean type: Unknown

Gunpowder Coffee claims to have the “best tasting” world’s strongest coffee.

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Fire Department Coffee

Caffeine: 500 mg per 12 fluid ounces brewed

Fire Department Coffee was started by a group of veterans and firefighters. They offer several different roasts and blends but their strong coffee is called Stipe Miocic. It has 2x the caffeine of regular coffee. 10% of all proceeds support first responders.

Check out Stipe Miocic here.

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Banned Coffee

Caffeine: 474 mg per 12 fluid ounces brewed

Bean type: Arabica and Robusta

Banned Coffee uses a blend of beans in hopes of improving the flavor profile of their “world’s strongest coffee.”

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Shock Coffee

Caffeine: No specific amount but claims to be 50% stronger than regular brewed coffee.

Bean type: Arabica and Robusta

Shock Coffee has been around for a long time and many would argue that it is the “original” strongest coffee brand. They used to make canned coffee beverages but have since discontinued those. You can learn more about shock coffee here.


Bone’s Coffee High Voltage

Caffeine: No specific amount but claims to 2x the caffeine of regular brewed coffee

Bean type: Not listed

Bones Coffee is available through their website.

atomic coffee

Atomic Coffee

Caffeine: No specific amount listed but claims to be 50% stronger than regular brewed coffee.

Bean type: Arabica

Atomic Coffee is available on their website and on Amazon.

bomb coffee

Bomb Coffee

Caffeine: No specific amount listed but claims to be “super” caffeinated.

Bean type: Robusta

This military-inspired brand is for sale on their website.

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Perk Up Coffee

Caffeine: They list 408 mg per 12 fluid ounces for brewed and 262 mg per 12 fluid ounces for drip (filter) coffee.

Bean type: Not listed

Perk Up is available from Gold Star Coffee.

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Double Tap Coffee

Caffeine: They say double the caffeine but then also say 4x the caffeine of a standard cup?

Bean type: Not listed

This brand is for sale by the Patriot Depot.

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Red Goat Coffee

Caffeine: 3x the caffeine of standard coffee but a more precise amount isn’t listed.

Bean type: Not listed

Red Goat Coffee also claims to be “the world’s strongest” but we weren’t able to find a definitive caffeine amount.

Preparation Method

With all of these coffees, the highest caffeine is found with the brewed coffee method. This is a method in which water stays in contact with the ground coffee for an extended period of time.

Drip/filter, Keurig, and even espresso methods won’t produce the highest caffeine amounts. Only one brand above, Perk Up, made this clear in their advertising.

Is This Type of Coffee Really Deadly?

Just about all of these brands will deliver more caffeine in one serving than is recommended by Caffeine Informer and the leading health organizations as a daily safe dose. For the average adult, this is 400 mg.

Use our coffee calculator to determine your safe daily dose of any kind of coffee.

This type of coffee usually appeals to those who have built up a high tolerance to caffeine (serious caffeine addicts) or those who have a naturally low sensitivity to the caffeine molecule.

Anyone else who consumes these ultra-caffeinated coffees could experience overdose symptoms and even severe reactions if they exceed more than one serving.

Caffeine is a drug and there are serious consequences that result from consuming too much. People have died from caffeine overdose and thousands more have sought help from emergency rooms after overdosing.

We recommend that these products be avoided unless you are 100% certain that your body can tolerate the extreme amount of caffeine that they are delivering.


Written by Ted Kallmyer, last updated on January 27, 2021