The world's strongest coffee, dubbed Black Insomnia, went on sale in the United States this week. Beans and capsules can now be ordered online. Those who wish to try it though, should consider the amount of caffeine that the coffee contains.
More Than 700 Milligrams Of Caffeine In 12 Ounces Of Black Insomnia Coffee
The coffee's brand founder Sean Kristafor claimed that just 12 ounces of the Black Insomnia Coffee contains 702 milligrams of caffeine and this does not include the caffeine naturally present in the beans. For comparison, a 12-ounce cup of dark roast from Starbucks contains just 195 milligrams of caffeine.
It isn't just Black Insomnia eyeing the prestige of being known as the world's strongest coffee. Other brands also make similar claim so the makers of Black Insomnia sent samples to a Swiss-based laboratory to scientifically support their claim.
Tests made via liquid chromatography revealed that the coffee topped all other brands that were reviewed in terms of caffeine content with 17.5 grams of caffeine per kilogram.
The SGS Laboratories found that the previous titleholder, Death Wish Coffee, only have 13.2 grams per kilogram while WodFee, another high-caffeine blend which claims to be the "World's Strongest Coffee Blend with Added Caffeine" was found to only have 13.8 grams per kilogram.
Dangers Of Too Much Caffeine
The amount of caffeine present in Black Insomnia is far higher than the daily limit of 400 milligrams that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends. Caffeine may have its benefits when taken in small doses but too much can also be dangerous as this can lead to a range of symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, muscle tremors, irritability, and rapid heartbeat.
"Caffeine overdose is dangerous and can kill you. FDA knows of a 19 year old college student who died after taking an overdose of caffeine tablets to stay awake. A caffeine tablet contains as much caffeine as one to three 5-ounce cups of coffee," the FDA warned.
The coffee's caffeine level actually borders on narcotics but the company behind the concoction acknowledged that their beverage isn't exactly something for a healthy lifestyle.
"It is not the roast, we haven't burned our beans or made a really dark coffee. Nor have we made our coffee less soluble. No, how we measure the strength of our coffee is simply by the caffeine content — dangerously high levels of caffeine." the Black Insomnia website reads.
Since most healthy adults appear capable of handling 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, which is about four 6-ounce cups of brewed coffee, those who would want to try Black Insomnia should get just one 6-ounce cup of the coffee as this amount would get close to the recommended maximum caffeine intake per day.
To those who drink more than this amount though, the effects may vary, experts say, depending on how a sensitive person is to caffeine.
Beside those with arrhythmias, individuals who should be wary about drinking the Black Insomnia coffee are those suffering from migraines, anxiety disorders, pregnant woman, and those who take drugs that can stimulate the heart.