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How Much Caffeine Is in Folgers Coffee? Surprising Facts!

Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee Crystals, 8 Ounces

If you’re a fan of having a morning or afternoon cup of coffee then you’ve most likely heard of Folgers. As one of the most popular coffee brands in the United States, most coffee drinkers have given this brand a try at one point or another.

Like with any coffee you prepare at home, determining the levels of caffeine can be a bit difficult. This is due to the type of roast you use (Folgers has several), the amount of water used during brewing, the number of coffee grounds you use per pot, and of course, your preferred brewing process. According to research, most 8-ounce cups of at-home brewed Folgers coffee range between 56 mg of caffeine to 176 mg.1 Per their determination, 112 mg is the median and considered a high amount of caffeine per cup.

Let’s learn a bit more about the amount of caffeine in your cup of Folgers and how it compares to other popular coffee brands you may enjoy around your house.

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A Bit About Folgers Coffee

James Folger, the creator of Folgers Coffee, is considered a pioneer in the coffee industry. James was only 14 when he and his brothers traveled to San Francisco in search of gold and prosperity. Instead of following his brothers to the mines, however, James decided to work for The Pioneer Steam Coffee and Spice Mills.

During his time with the company, James climbed the ladder and became a full partner. It was after the Civil War and the resulting collapse of the economy that the company went bankrupt. With a bit of help from investors, James bought out the company and aptly renamed it J.A. Folger and Co.

James Folger is considered the first to believe in cup tasting and ensuring the coffee beans used in production offered a superior taste, not only a good appearance. With his dedication to taste quality, his son’s perseverance, and the help of a salesman by the name of Frank Atha, demand and the love for Folgers coffee began to grow.

woman having a cup of Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee Crystals

How Brewing Method Comes Into Play

As we mentioned above, several things come into play when brewing a cup of coffee and the amount of caffeine found inside each cup. One of the most important is the brewing method. For most, using an automatic drip coffee maker is their go-to when preparing a cup of coffee to enjoy. You’ll also find that making espressos, pour-overs, and even instant coffees are also quite popular. Here’s a look at how much caffeine you may find in a cup of coffee made from your preferred brewing method.

Regular brewed (8-ounce cup) 70 mg- 150 mg of caffeine (average of 95 mg)
Cold-brewed (8-ounce cup) 83 mg of caffeine
Pour over (8-ounce cup) 80 – 185 mg of caffeine
Espresso (1 – 1.75 ounce shot) 63 mg of caffeine
Instant (8-ounce cup) 30 mg – 90 mg of caffeine (average of 62 mg)

While Folgers may not be the brand of coffee everyone turns to for each of these brewing methods, it’s still important to see the difference in caffeine levels according to which brewing method you choose to use.

woman preparing folgers coffee

Folgers VS Other Coffee Brands

When it comes to buying a jar of coffee to have on hand at home, Folgers used to be everyone’s go-to. Over the years, however, new coffee brands have emerged and given the coffee giant a run for its money. With contenders such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and even Mcdonald’s as clear competitors, it is important to know how much caffeine is in a cup of these coffee giant’s brews as well. Let’s take a look at how the caffeine in a cup of Folgers coffee compares to other popular brands you may enjoy.

Folgers (8-ounce cup) 56 mg -176 mg of caffeine (average of 112 mg)
Starbucks (8-ounce cup) 155 mg of caffeine
McDonald’s McCafe (8-ounce cup) 72.5 mg of caffeine
Dunkin Donuts (10-ounce cup) 150 mg of caffeine
Maxwell House (8-ounce cup) 112 mg of caffeine

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Final Thoughts

If you’re a coffee-lover, you’ve most likely tasted Folgers coffee. Whether you’re a huge fan or have other preferences when it comes to what wakes you up each morning, it is important to know how much caffeine you’re consuming each day. For those who love Folgers, knowing that you’re receiving a hefty dose of caffeine with each cup can help you better determine how much coffee you’re allowed each morning before reaching the FDA’s recommended allowance of 400 mg of caffeine per day. This will help keep you healthier and allow you to enjoy coffee without additional worries.


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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