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How Much Caffeine Is in Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Drinks? Surprising Facts

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Caffeine (serving: 12 fl oz)
333 mg
Caffeine (mg / fl oz)
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Visiting our favorite coffee shops has become a ritual for coffee lovers around the globe. Having the ability to brew our coffee at home is beside the point, it’s the thrill of trying something new and the excitement of meeting up with other coffee lovers that truly sends us out to sample these coffee shops. Oh, and of course, the convenience of it all. Who doesn’t love grabbing a coffee while you’re out running errands?

One coffee shop that is gaining in popularity is Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, or CBTL. While CBTL has been around since the 60s, the company truly took off thanks to its hand-roasted beans and ice blended coffees. With CBTL having bags of hand-roasted beans available for purchase, their line of in-home single-serve brewers, and the long list of menu items available in their coffee shops around the country, it’s understandable for CBTL to be on the top of everyone’s list of great cups of coffee. But like other coffee chains, it’s important to know exactly how much caffeine is in those yummy drinks being served up at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Let’s take a look.

A 16-ounce cup of brewed coffee from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf contains 333 milligrams of caffeine, far more than you’ll find at many other coffee chains.

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Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Regular Brewed Coffee

For hardcore coffee drinkers, nothing but a cup of traditionally brewed black coffee will do. Luckily, the team at CBTL isn’t forcing you to try one of their iced blends or begging you to add cream or flavor to your coffee. On the contrary, their regular brewed coffee is one of their crowning achievements. It’s also quite high in caffeine content. One 16 oz cup of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s regular roast coffee packs a punch. The caffeine in one of these servings weighs in at 333 milligrams per serving and is considered on the extreme side.

Like with most things in our lives, the key to drinking this caffeine-packed coffee is moderation. If you stop by your local Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shop and spend several hours drinking cup after cup, you’re going to rake in the caffeine. When that’s combined with the other foods and drinks you take in throughout the day you can easily go over the FDA’s recommended daily caffeine intake of 400 milligrams.

Here’s a look at how Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s regular brewed coffee stacks up against other popular coffee brands and their caffeine content in a 16-ounce serving.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf 333 milligrams
Starbucks 330 milligrams
Dunkin Donuts Medium Brew 302 milligrams
Peet’s Brewed Coffee 267 milligrams
The Coffee Beanery 200–300 milligrams
Tim Horton’s (14 ounces) 205 milligrams
McDonald’s McCafe 145 milligrams
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Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Iced Coffee

As we mentioned above, CBTL is quite famous for its iced coffees. These cool, refreshing coffee drinks have been gaining popularity around the world thanks to the sweet taste and change from traditionally brewed coffee. While Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf may be at the top of the ranks when it comes to their traditionally brewed coffee, things are a bit different when you enter the world of iced coffee. In a 16 ounce cup of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s iced coffee, you’ll find 200 milligrams of caffeine.

Let’s see where they measure up in comparison to the other popular iced coffee blends out there. Here’s a look at the caffeine amount in other 16-ounce iced coffees available in your favorite shops.

Dunkin Donuts 297 milligrams
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf 200 milligrams
Caribou 190 milligrams
Tim Horton’s 170 milligrams
Starbuck’s 165 milligrams
Peet’s Coffee 150 milligrams
McDonald’s Iced Coffee 133 milligrams

The Dangers of Too Much Caffeine

If you’re a coffee-lover, you most likely know what caffeine is and understand how it keeps you going throughout the day. This natural stimulant is found in coffee, tea, soda, and even chocolate. Above we mentioned the FDA’s recommendations on how much caffeine an adult should ingest per day. While many go above these daily guidelines, according to Healthline, there are dangers if you go too far and push your limits of caffeine intake. Let’s take a look at them.

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive Issues
  • Muscle Breakdown
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Addiction
  • Fatigue
  • Increased Urination and Urgency

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Final Thoughts

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s caffeine content is a bit high, especially if you’re a fan of their brewed coffee. While a hot cup of their coffee may be the perfect thing to get you through your day, remember that moderation is key. You may be a hardcore caffeine lover, but it’s still possible to have too much of a good thing. Keep this in mind when you reach for your 3rd or 4th cup of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee on your next visit. Perhaps you’d be better suited to make the next one an iced coffee to counter the hefty caffeine content in a freshly brewed cup of their delicious coffee.

Looking for more? Try: How Much Caffeine Is in Tim Hortons Coffee?

Featured Image Credit: Emre, Unsplash


Melissa Gunter

Melissa has been a fan of coffee since the first sip she stole from her Granny's cup when she was just a girl. Now, she spends each morning writing with a hot cup of coffee at her side. With a love of sweet and creamy bliss, Melissa and her daughter, Amber, stop by and try out every local coffee shop they see. Neither are afraid to try something new and have a long list of favorite coffee beverages they simply can't do without. When she's not freelance writing about her 2 passions, coffee, and pets, Melissa spends her time with her husband, 2 kids, and 5 fur babies. She also loves diving into the fiction world under her pen name, Rena Marin. If she isn't at the laptop or with the family, Melissa is out enjoying the mountains of East Tennessee she calls home.

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