The strongest coffee in the world was, until recently, Death Wish coffee. Developed in 2012 by Mike Brown, founder of Death Wish Coffee Co. in Saratoga Springs, New York State, Death Wish coffee has a whopping 54.2mg of caffeine per fluid ounce. Compare that to a cup of Starbucks dark roast, which has 21.25 mg per fluid ounce.
Now there is a new winner for the title of world’s strongest coffee, however. Black Insomnia, created by Sean Krista for from Cape Town, South Africa, has an even more sleep-defeating 58.5mg per fluid ounce. Marketed with the tagline #SleepingIsCheating, Black Insomnia is rated number one in the consumer information website Caffeine Informer’s list of ‘Most Dangerous Caffeinated Products’.
Why create such a strong brew? Well, according to the website of its creator: “It was time to offer something a little different – something stronger and darker, with an edge. It was time to create The World’s Strongest Coffee without a burnt and high acidic flavour.”
Has this latest brew reached the limit of caffeine content? Probably not, especially considering that its creator claims that his first efforts produced a roast with an even higher level of caffeine! From the website again: “With our first attempt at making the World’s Strongest Coffee, we completely overshot the mark set by the world’s now second strongest coffee. Eventually, we brought the strength down to a safer level and settled on 702mg per 12 fl oz cup. This way we ensure that we created The World’s Strongest Coffee and still have a nice walnut and almost sweet taste profile.
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So is that level of caffeine safe? While there is no official recommended limit of caffeine in take, in America the FDA recommends a daily limit of 400mg. So a single standard 12 fluid ounce (340ml) cup of Black Insomnia coffee contains almost double that. One to be consumed with caution!