Instant Coffee vs. Energy Drinks

With today's fast-paced lifestyle, consumers are looking for quicker and easier ways to enjoy their favorite caffeine kick to gain more energy. 

For the busiest person, caffeine could be a daily routine to fuel the body and keep yourself moving and working. With all the coffee and energy drinks, you might be thinking which is healthier and better? We’re here to talk about the caffeine content in coffee vs. energy drinks and the various benefits or negatives of each, so you can make the best decision for yourself!

Caffeine in Instant Coffee

drinking coffee and energy drink at the same time

The amount of caffeine in your favorite instant coffee brand is depending on the brand and the types of beans used to make the instant coffee (Arabica or Robusta). Caffeine content can also vary depending on suggested instant coffee to water ratio and how much the consumer actually chooses to add. The more instant coffee crystals added, the stronger your coffee will be and the higher caffeine it will contain. 

According to the USDA, instant coffee generally contains about 7.75 mg of caffeine per ounce. This means instant coffee, on average, will contain 62 mg of caffeine per 8 ounce cup. This is slightly lower than the average of brewed coffee, which is 100 mg per 8 ounce cup. Waka Coffee has about 70mg of caffeine per 8 oz of serving.

Caffeine in Energy Drinks

Energy Drinks Vs Coffee

Just like instant coffee, the amount of caffeine found in energy drinks can vary depending on the brand and the size of the bottle or can it is sold in. However, unlike instant coffee, it is harder to identify the actual caffeine content in a can of energy drink because energy drinks vary a lot by size of bottle, with some being only two ounces and others being as large as 16 ounces. Due to this, the caffeine content between brands varies significantly. 

Generally, an energy drink contains about 9 mg of caffeine per ounce. This means it has about 71.9 mg of caffeine per 8 ounce bottle. While this may seem like only slightly higher than instant coffee, the reality is that some energy drinks can have as little as 9 mg per 8 ounce and as much as 316 mg of caffeine in an 8 ounce bottle. This large difference in caffeine content means it is hard to distinguish how much caffeine you are actually drinking if you don’t do your research beforehand.

What is Healthier: Energy Drinks or Instant Coffee?

should you drink instant coffee or energy drinks

Instant Coffee

Instant coffee is essentially coffee, but in a more convenient method. Just like any other black brewed coffee, it contains many health benefits such as antioxidants and nutrients. Unlike high calorie energy drinks, unsweetened instant coffee contains no significant amount of calories. Premium instant coffee is also easy to customize using natural sugars and creamers if wanted. There are many claimed health benefits to coffee, such as linkage to longer life span, it can help you burn fat, can make you feel happier and more.

Energy Drinks

While energy drinks can give you just as much or even more of a caffeine kick compared to instant coffee, its health benefits just do not measure up to coffee. Many energy drinks are high in sugar content and calories compared to instant coffee. When drinking energy drinks, you are forced to trade in a healthy diet in exchange for a boost of energy. In addition, there are many additives and unnatural ingredients found in energy drinks that may not be so great for your body. Another downfall to energy drinks is the lack of consistent caffeine content between brands.

As everyone’s tolerance for caffeine can vary, the inconsistency can easily also lead to someone experiencing side effects of drinking too much caffeine. Consuming too much caffeine can lead to difficulty sleeping, muscle tremors, irregular heart rate, dizziness, low blood pressure, nausea, and many other unpleasant side effects.

The Best Way to Drink Instant Coffee On-The-Go

how to take coffee with you on the go

While energy drinks can be an easy way to grab and go, the convenience of instant coffee along with the health concerns associated to energy drinks, make it a better coffee on the go option.

Instant coffee can be easily taken with you and made anywhere and anytime for a quick caffeine boost. For instance, Waka Coffee’s instant coffee comes in a box with small, lightweight, single-serving packets that are easy to just throw in your bag and take around.

To make it even easier to take on the go, use our coffee to go tumbler kit for your convenience! It comes with an insulated coffee tumbler to keep your drinks cold or hot for long periods of time, a bamboo stir spoon, a 3.5 oz coffee bag for your home coffee needs, and a box of instant coffee packets that you can take with you to go.

All you need is water, the insulated tumbler, and a Waka Coffee instant coffee packet to easily make or take your cup of coffee with you on the go.

Try the tastiest instant coffee here.


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