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Caffeine in Monster vs Coffee: A Look at The Differences

monster energy drink vs coffee

Coffee has long been used to wake us up in the mornings and provide that jolt of energy to get through the rest of the day as the afternoon begins to wane.

At one time, coffee was the only option in town if you wanted an afternoon pick-me-up. However, that is no longer true, as there are several products and energy drinks today that give you a much-needed jolt.

However, which is better, coffee or energy drinks? Which one has more caffeine? By how much? We will compare the caffeine in Monster vs. coffee in this guide. By the end, you’ll know whether you’ll be better off popping the top on a Monster energy drink or just brewing a pot of coffee to settle in for that all-night study session.

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A Quick Look Caffeine Content: Monster vs. Coffee

Monster Coffee
160 mg per 16 oz 95 mg per cup

How Much Caffeine in Monster?

Monster energy drinks have 160 mg of caffeine per 16-ounce can. If you drink 16 ounces of brewed coffee, then you would have consumed 180 mg of caffeine.

Monster energy drinks come in over 50 varieties, and a few have different caffeine amounts. For example, the Java Monster has over 300 mg of caffeine per can. But, of course, that’s on the high end, and then there’s the Monster Unleaded which has much less, at 20 mg of caffeine per can.

However, as previously stated, most of the brand’s 16-ounce cans contain 160 mg of caffeine. The biggest problem with Monster that we’ve seen is that the caffeine is possibly synthetically made, and of course, natural caffeine is better for your health.

In a later section, we’ll talk more about where the caffeine content in Monster comes from.

Mega Monster Energy Drink

How Much Caffeine in Coffee?

Now, what about coffee? While our table states that each cup of coffee contains 95 mg of caffeine per cup, that’s not as definitive as you would think. Just as there are different varieties in Monster, there are also different varieties of coffee, and you also have to examine how the coffee was made and the coffee-to-water ratio.

For example, if you are a fan of strong coffee, you’ll use more coffee beans, which increases your caffeine content per cup. By the same token, if you make espresso, you’re upping the caffeine level by an ounce once again.

A single coffee bean contains 6 mg of caffeine, an 8-ounce cup of coffee has 95 mg, whereas a shot of espresso has a whopping 64 mg per shot.

a white ceramic cup with coffee
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Where Does the Caffeine Come from in Monster & Coffee?

Now that we know the caffeine content of the two beverages, we’ll discuss exactly where the caffeine comes from in the section below.

Where Does the Caffeine in Monster Come From?

While there’s nothing on the label that points to where the caffeine in Monster comes from, we suspect that it’s synthetic caffeine. Most energy drinks contain synthetic caffeine, and Monster is probably no exception.

While natural caffeine and synthetic caffeine are almost chemically identical, the synthetic version goes through several steps to get to a form where it can be added to energy drinks. In contrast, natural caffeine does not require as much processing.

Monster Energy Drink vs Coffee
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Where Does the Caffeine in Coffee Come From?

The caffeine in coffee is natural caffeine. However, it’s actually the process of grinding the beans and brewing the coffee that activates the caffeine in your favorite morning cup of Joe.

Also, since you’re extracting the caffeine from the coffee bean, instead of just eating it whole, you’ll end up with less caffeine in your cup when you’re finished.

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The Bottom Line

So which one has more caffeine, Monster energy drinks or that morning cup of coffee? It seems that Monster has the most caffeine at 160 mg per 16-ounce can since a single cup of coffee only contains 95 mg. However, if you look at the brewing process and more, it gets a little bit cloudier.

The amount of caffeine is determined by the kind of coffee you drink, the brewing method you choose, and the size of the Monster you buy, so in reality, how much caffeine you consume from either is entirely up to you. However, the bottom line is that coffee is tastier and gives you your caffeine jolt naturally, so that’s the best way to go, in our opinion.

Featured Image Credit: Left – Gkgraphix 53, Unsplash | Right – Di Bella Coffee, Pexels


Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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