The Coke vs. Coffee Caffeine Argument

During the course of the day, there is nothing better than to have a nice drink. Now I am not referring to any intoxicating or alcoholic drink, but rather to beverages that are a whole lot more wholesome and enjoyable than that. Most of us do have our own favorite drinks and actually could not go through a day without having a cup or two of their favorite beverage, be it coffee, tea, or any other kind of drink.

Without a question, some of the most popular drinks are coffee and sodas. They are known all over the world, with millions of consumers consuming the two distinct drinks every day. Both have those who favor them and really do love to drink them whenever they feel like it. Each one also has multiple brands that manufacture different flavors and varieties, and also provides for a very wide array of choices for each drink.

In my case, I love both coffee and soda. When it comes to coffee I really don’t have any particular brand or flavor, but when it comes to sodas I definitely prefer Coke, which is probably the same with so many others. Now when I really think about it, I probably prefer coffee a little bit more than I do Coke. I drink coffee in the mornings and even in the afternoons, when others might be consuming tea or something else.

Probably the biggest reason that I favor both coffee and Coke is that both drinks really contain caffeine. As is common knowledge by know, caffeine is a stimulant that is naturally occurring in fruits, seeds, and leaves of many different plants, although it could also be manufactured by man. And I need the push that both coffee and Coke provides, to perk me up in the mornings to get up sand while I am at work. I do want to know which contains more caffeine, though.

The Caffeine Debate

I would like to know the comparative caffeine contents of coffee and Coke out of curiosity and added knowledge and information. My interest also stems from the fact that caffeine actually adds some flavor to the drink that contains it, and it is no different for coffee and Coke. So the Coke vs. caffeine argument should be settled by facts that are according to research and study.

It is said that the content of caffeine in coffee could vary greatly, and it could depend on the method and length of brewing time. Other factors include the grind and type of the coffee beans. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrient Database states that a 12 ounce cup of coffee that has been brewed from grounds has been found to contain about 142 mg of caffeine.

When it comes to Coke and other sodas, the caffeine content is said to be at 34 mg for Coke and about 42 mg for Dr Pepper for 12 ounces of the said beverages. The figures are according to the USDA Nutrient Database as well. It is important to keep in mind that people should take both coffee and sodas moderately, even though both had been deemed by the USDA as “Generally Recognized as Safe”, in order to avoid any side effects of excessive consumption such as anxiety or headaches.