Is there a low-caffeine coffee?

In this text, we will provide the answer to the query: “Is there a low-caffeine coffee?”. In addition, we will compare the regular coffee with decaffeinated coffees. We will also discuss the difference in the amount of caffeine between an espresso and a brewed coffee

Is there a low-caffeine coffee?

Yes, there is coffee with low-caffeine content. The least caffeinated coffee available is decaffeinated coffee, which contains at least 97% less caffeine than a regular coffee. But there are some other coffees that contain low caffeine content in the beans, somewhere around 50% less caffeine than a normal bean.

Since 2018, World Brewers Cup champion Emi Fukahori has been marketing the “laurina” variety and making it even more popular.

There is currently a growing interest in coffee varieties that are naturally high quality and low in caffeine.

Why are low caffeine varieties becoming more popular?

The greater demand for higher quality coffee and lower caffeine content is widely attributed to millennials and because of that low caffeine coffee varieties are becoming more popular. In the United States, people aged between 18 and 24 years were the biggest consumers of decaffeinated coffee, representing about 19% of all consumption of this type of coffee.

This is likely driven by this audience’s habit of drinking coffee throughout the day rather than just in the morning or early afternoon.

There is still some stigma about the health effects of decaffeinated coffee. In addition, there is a loss of acidity and sweetness, in addition to an increase in astringency. This contributes to the growing demand for low caffeine varieties.

What is the difference between low caffeine and decaf coffee?

Low-caffeine coffee has 50% more caffeine than regular Arabica coffee beans, but that still doesn’t mean that the coffee is decaffeinated, it just has a lower caffeine content than standard coffee.

Thanks to their highly desirable flavors and aromas, there is great potential for low caffeine coffees in the specialty coffee sector.

However, their low caffeine levels seem to hamper their growth and make them expensive to grow. Furthermore, with a comparatively small market, this means that there is little incentive for farmers.

Meanwhile, decaffeinated coffee remains the cheapest and accepted by people who want to consume low levels of caffeine, as it is cheap, popular and easy to find.

Espresso or coffee brewed in a strainer: which coffee has more caffeine?

Espresso coffee has more caffeine than brewed coffee. A machine brewed espresso has 126 mg of caffeine in a 30ml serving. But if it’s extracted in an Italian coffee maker, the caffeine will range between 65 mg and 73 mg. Filtered or brewed coffee, on the other hand, has an average of 95 to 165 mg of caffeine per 230 ml of coffee.

Due to the pressure at the time of preparation, the espresso is creamier, presenting that characteristic foam of espresso coffee. It is a very aromatic coffee and has a stronger and more concentrated flavor.

The brewed coffee also has a pleasant aroma and flavors on the palate. Its taste remains strong for longer than espresso, which is recommended to be ingested right after its preparation.

What are other sources of caffeine besides coffee?

There are several other sources of caffeine besides coffee and here we will name some and their respective amount of caffeine.

Mate tea

Mate tea does not have more caffeine than coffee, because 240 ml of mate tea has about 27 to 35 mg of caffeine, well below the caffeine present in coffee, especially when compared to espresso which can have up to 13 times more caffeine than mate tea.

Energetic drinks

Energy drinks are popular these days and these drinks can have a high amount of caffeine per serving.

  • Burn: A measure of 250 milliliters has about 36 mg of caffeine
  • Monster: The 250 milliliter measure contains about 90 mg of caffeine
  • Red Bull: The 250 milliliter measure has about 75 to 80 mg of caffeine


Chocolate is the darling of the world and everyone loves it! Did you know that chocolate is also a source of caffeine? Cocoa beans are excellent sources of caffeine too.

  • Milk chocolate (100 g): 3 to 30 mg of caffeine
  • Dark chocolate (100 g): 15 to 70 mg of caffeine
  • Cocoa powder (100 g): 3 to 50 mg of caffeine


In this text, we provided the answer to the query: “Is there a low-caffeine coffee?”. In addition, we compared the regular coffee with decaffeinated coffees. We also discussed the difference in the amount of caffeine between an espresso and a brewed coffee


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.