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Like many people, I rely on coffee in the morning to really get me going for the day. I always use more than the directions require to get more caffeine for that extra morning jolt.

How much ground coffee should I use to reach caffeine critical mass in my brew? Is there a formula for volume of grounds per unit of water that I can use so I can get the maximum caffeine experience without wasting coffee?

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"How can I maximize the caffeine content of my coffee?" Chew it longer. :-) –  Greg Nov 30 '10 at 3:11
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Don't drink coffee on the days you don't really need it or skip coffee for a couple of days. This should get you off the more caffeine buzz and you'll get more effect of the coffee that you do drink. (I don't drink coffee in the weekends to get up quite easily on Mondays with a cup) –  Barfieldmv Nov 30 '10 at 11:21
    
@Barfieldmv, you could end up with weekend headaches though. –  Benjol Dec 6 '10 at 14:10
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Use lighter roast coffee: caffeine burns off as the roast darkens. All other things equal, though, the stronger the cup of coffee, the more caffeine will be in it. You aren't going to reach caffeine saturation just by brewing (even very) strong coffee. So brew coffee with lighter roasted beans to your maximum desired strength.

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I had no idea this was the case. –  Frank Pierce Nov 30 '10 at 14:28
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If all you are after is caffine I'd just buy some caffine pills, you can get 16 packs here in the UK. If it must be in coffee then dissolve a couple in a normal brew.

However I must say I wouldnt recommend it - overdosing on caffine is bad - especially on a regular basis.

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I don't think that caffeine pills will dissolve in coffee. (They don't in orange juice) –  jjnguy Nov 30 '10 at 22:03
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If you want to take in twice the amount of caffeine, why can't you just drink twice the amount of coffee? If you start messing with the ratio of bean to water, or trying other tricks, you're likely to just get bad tasting coffee.

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  1. Start with a bean with more naturally-occurring caffeine.

    Colombia Excelso 1.37%
    Colombia Supremo 1.37%
    Indian Mysore 1.37%

  2. Prepare the coffee in a manner that produces the most caffeine.

    drip: 1 cup (7 oz, 207 ml) = 115–175 mg.
    brewed: 1 cup (7 oz, 207 ml) = 80–135 mg.
    espresso: 1 shot (1.5–2 oz, 45–60 ml) = 100 mg

Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee

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Starting with Robusta would be even better - something like 2.7% caffeine by weight. –  user5561 Apr 1 at 1:59
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Buy cheap robusta coffee instead of expensive arabica coffee. Robusta has about twice as much caffeine as arabica. If you're only drinking coffee for the caffeine then buying arabica is a waste of money.

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I will look into this. I always believed I should I use Arabica since it's believed to taste better. –  Frank Pierce Nov 30 '10 at 14:27
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There is liquid caffeine you can add if you're just in it for the caffeine jolt. A capful of 5150 juice is 83mg and is comparatively extremely cheap when weighed against pre-made energy drinks and 5 hour energy.

You can add it directly to the coffee, which will make the coffee much more bitter, or you can take a shot of it and then drink your coffee as normal.

I can say from experience that although I am finding myself more and more immune to coffee, soda, and 5-hour energy, 5150 still works (and works well, and fast). Perhaps it's because so much of the caffeine is absorbed in the mouth.

Without wanting to preach, I wanted to say, as NBenatar mentioned: no matter what route you go, be careful. I also know from experience that caffeine addiction is very bad, and actually makes you significantly more tired. Over time you need the morning caffeine just to reach energy levels that normal people experience without any caffeine. From the second article:

The millions of people who depend on a shot of coffee to kickstart their day are no more alert than those who are not regular coffee drinkers, say researchers.

A cup of coffee, suggests a study, only counteracts the effects of caffeine withdrawal that has built up overnight.

I can say with all honesty, the first week of drastically cutting back my caffeine really sucked, but now I'm more alert in the morning than my colleagues who drink coffee like it's their job...though, we're programmers, so I guess it kind of is their job :)

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Be careful. This stuff is very dangerous and can kill you EASILY. –  Michael Pryor Nov 29 '10 at 23:31
    
I really don't want to add anything extra to my coffee, especially if death is a symptom! –  Frank Pierce Nov 30 '10 at 14:32
    
Well...kill is a bit strong, it would take 21 bottles to kill me and I'm pretty thin - energyfiend.com/death-by-caffeine However, I do FULLY agree, be VERY careful if you do buy 5150 (or caffeine pills, anything like that)! Caffeine addiction is no joke, and from experience I can say that the symptoms of even a mild "overdose" are no fun at all. –  stephennmcdonald Nov 30 '10 at 19:49
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Have you try Yerba Mate tea? It has similar effect as coffee and it is way healthier for you. You could drink more than a cup a day too!

It is believe to have cholesterol lowering properties (along with antiobesity properties) and contains minerals as well.

Having different flavors keeps it interesting too!

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being an Argentinian, and a heavy consumer of yerba mate (as most people in my country) I feel obliged to comment on this one. The presence of caffeine as the active substance in yerba mate was long disputed, because it was reported that another similar substance ("mateine") was there. Now it's [almost] settled and accepted that yerba mate does contain caffeine. The arguments took a long time to ripen just because caffeine is not a well chemically defined substance, but a family of chemical compounds. Also, a main effect of yerba mate is diuretic (mild) and not "antiobesity". –  belisarius Nov 30 '10 at 1:55
    
I'm not much of a tea drinker but I will investigate. –  Frank Pierce Nov 30 '10 at 14:34
    
@belisarius Ohhh okay, I have heard of mateine in yerba mate-- although I thought that mateine is "like" caffeine. Maybe I am mistaken-- But thank you for the correction, It's always nice to have other people's inputs! –  konamiwa Dec 1 '10 at 1:10
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To get the best coffee (and therefore caffeine) ratio to water drink Espresso.

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