For many parents, that cup of joe does just enough to round up the kids and get you through the morning rush. But what if some days, you want more? And what if we told you there's now a coffee that's about four times stronger than the average cup?
Well, thank the coffee gods because it's true. The race to produce the world's strongest coffee has reached a coffeever pitch, with Black Insomnia at the top. The coffee brand was introduced last year in South Africa and is now available in the U.S. You can even buy it in the comfort of your home on Amazon (they sure know how to appeal to moms).
Black Insomnia contains 702 milligrams of caffeine for every 12-ounce cup—and that's from what's already in the beans, no extra caffeine added. To compare, a regular 12-ounce cup of coffee has about 150 milligrams of caffeine. Even Starbucks' dark roast sits at 195 milligrams for the same volume.
Yeah, that's a latte caffeine packed into those tiny beans.
The company also isn't taking the title of "World's Strongest Coffee" lightly. Black Insomnia had some independent lab tests done and claims to have dethroned the previous champ, Death Wish Coffee (660 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce cup). Black Insomina says they could have gone stronger, buuuut they kind of don't want people to, well, die. Their press release even warns, "nor should any brand attempt to surpass this content in the interest of public health and safety."
Now the question you're really wondering is: Is this amount of caffeine even safe or will it brewin' your day (and health)?
The company admits this isn't the way to go if you're looking for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Even their website advises, "Don't come crying to us if you can't handle the kick." The daily limit, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Mayo Clinic, is up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day for healthy adults. That's about four 6-ounce cups of the average brewed coffee. So just one 6-ounce cup of Black Insomnia gets you almost to the daily recommended maximum. Go beyond that amount and you might experience irritability, headaches, upset stomach, muscles tremors, fast heartbeat and, well, insomnia. (We see you, name guru, we see you.)
If you're daring enough to give it a shot (pun intended), apparently Black Insomnia isn't all about caffeine. It supposedly also tastes kind of sweet and walnuty, and you shouldn't even taste a burnt and high acidic flavor. That actually sounds kind of good.
But uh, we'll let you be the judge of that. We've kind of bean hoping to live another day.