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Your Favorite Morning Drinks, Ranked from Least to Most Caffeinated

When you need a jolt in the morning, reach for one of these favorite caffeinated drinks.

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How much caffeine?

Whether you’re limiting your intake or finding the best remedy for your 3 p.m. slump, this list will guide you through how much caffeine is in different types of coffee and tea.

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Decaf coffee

If you’re not much of a caffeine drinker, a cup of decaf coffee may be all you need in the morning. A cup has about two to five milligrams of caffeine depending on the brand. That’s not much! Whatever your coffee order is, indulge in it at the best coffee shop in your state.

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Green tea

Known for its antioxidants and health benefits, green tea has a small amount of caffeine, just 25 milligrams per cup. Try steeping a cup in the afternoon for a little pick-me-up without the extra caffeine that could keep you up at night.

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Black tea

A cup of black tea has about 25 to 48 milligrams of caffeine depending on which variety you choose. Look for unsweetened tea and try adding a little milk if you need some creaminess. Here’s the final word on what’s better for you: coffee or tea.

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Instant coffee

Most coffee snobs would turn their noses up at a mug of instant coffee, but it works in a pinch. A cup has about 63 milligrams of caffeine. It’s a great hit of energy. Here’s the simplest answer to how much caffeine is in your cup of coffee.

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When you’re craving a midday treat, nothing satisfies like a creamy, icy coffee drink. It’s not the healthiest choice but go ahead and indulge in a Frappuccino once in a while! Even though there’s a range, a Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino from Starbucks has about 65 milligrams of caffeine. This is what most people don’t know about venti lattes at Starbucks.

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There’s nothing like a shot of espresso to get you going in the morning. One shot of espresso has about 75 milligrams of caffeine and is meant to be sipped slowly.

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Anyone else ever mix up all of the fancy types of coffee drinks when standing in line for their java? A cappuccino is a shot of espresso with a thick layer of foamy milk poured over it. A small cappuccino has about 75 milligrams of caffeine and extra protein and calcium from the milk. By the way, do you know why we call coffee “a cup of Joe”?

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When you order a macchiato, you’re getting a shot of espresso (or more depending on the size) with a small amount of steamed milk and foam. A small macchiato has about 75 milligrams of caffeine. Try adding a little vanilla syrup and caramel drizzle for a caramel macchiato to get you through even the longest day.

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The classic latte has anywhere from 63 to 126 milligrams of caffeine per serving and is a mixture of espresso, steamed milk and a thin layer of foam. If you’re avoiding dairy right now, try a latte with almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk for all the creaminess without the tummy ache. Learn why Starbucks’ grande and venti lattes have the same amount of caffeine.

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Iced coffee

Iced coffee is coffee that’s been brewed hot, then served chilled over ice. It’s a refreshing thirst quencher in the summer and packs about 120 milligrams of caffeine in a small size. Here’s the difference between iced coffee and cold brew coffee.

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Flat white

A flat white coffee drink is made with ristretto espresso, which is why it’s higher in caffeine. Ristretto is a short shot of espresso; it’s made with less water and is more concentrated. This gives it a sweeter, less bitter taste, as well as 130 milligrams of caffeine in a small drink.

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Cold brew

Cold brew coffee gets its smooth taste from being slow-steeped in cool water for hours. It also hangs onto more caffeine than iced coffee, with 155 milligrams in a small cold brew. Order one at your local coffee shop or stay home with your coffee maker. Or just pick up the best brand of cold brew coffee, according to a taste test!

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Drip coffee

A cup of brewed black coffee is as plain as you can get but it delivers in the caffeine department. One cup has about 165 milligrams of caffeine to wake you up. Enjoy it with a little skim milk or consider the healthiest way to have your coffee. But, heads up: Did you know that if you enjoy your coffee black, you might be a psychopath?!

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Nitro cold brew

One of the most powerful sources of caffeine is a nitro cold brew, a cold brew coffee that’s been infused with nitrogen to get a sweeter, creamier taste without the extra sugar and cream. A small nitro cold brew packs 215 milligrams of caffeine. Next, find out the best sources of caffeine, period.

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Carrie Madormo
Carrie Madormo is a business and wellness writer for internationally-recognized publications. Her writing has been featured in Working Mother, USA Today, and the Huffington Post. As a former nurse, Madormo loves to translate complex health studies into engaging content. She is passionate about empowering readers to live their best lives by taking control of their health.