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How Much Caffeine Is In Seattle’s Best Coffee? Surprising Facts!

cups of Seattle's Best Coffee

Caffeine (serving: 12 fl oz)
260 mg
Caffeine (mg / fl oz)
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Seattle’s Best Coffee was formed in 1970 as an ice cream and coffee shop in Seattle. The founder, Jim Stewart, bought green coffee beans and roasted them for sale in his Wet Whisker coffee bar. Following the sale of The Wet Whisker two years later, Stewart founded another coffee shop and, by 1983, Stewart and his brother had opened three more shops and changed the name of the company to Seattle’s Best Coffee after winning an award for serving Seattle’s best coffee.

The company has undergone various purchases and acquisitions, eventually being bought by Starbucks in 2003. Seattle’s Best is less expensive than Starbucks and the coffees are sold in coffee shops and grocery sub-stores in 20 states across the US. A 12-ounce cup of Seattle’s Best coffee contains 260 milligrams of caffeine. Keep reading to learn more!

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Seattle’s Best Coffee Caffeine Levels

There are various different coffee and espresso-based drinks for sale in the Seattle’s Best stores, and caffeine levels do vary according to the drink chosen, but the company’s brewed coffee contains 260mg of caffeine in a standard 12oz serving, and its drinks have the same caffeine content as their parent company Starbucks, offers in their drinks. Coffee beans and ground coffee bearing the Seattle’s Best name are available across the country and while caffeine levels will differ according to brewing method, drink size, and the weight of beans or grounds used to make a drink, they are generally the same as those from the company’s coffee shops.

Below, we look at how much caffeine is in these drinks and compare them to other, similar coffee products.

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Caffeine In Seattle’s Best Coffee Drinks

Seattle’s Best does offer a range of coffee and espresso-based drinks, although the selection tends to be much smaller than is available in Starbucks’ shops. Below are five of the most popular drinks, including their caffeine levels.

Brewed Coffee (per 12oz): 260mg
Espresso (per shot): 75mg
Latte (per 12oz): 75mg
Mocha (per 12oz): 80mg
Cappuccino (per 12oz): 75mg

Compared To Other Coffee Chains

Seattle’s Best is one of a large number of coffee chains that operate in the US. The market is dominated by Seattle’s Best’s parent company, Starbucks, and the drinks served by the two chains have the same caffeine content. Below we compare Seattle’s Best to other coffee shops, comparing the brewed coffee from each. Although Caribou Coffee appears to have a higher caffeine content, that is for a 16 fluid-ounce serving, compared to Seattle’s Best 12 fluid ounces. Seattle’s Best works out to be 21.7mg of caffeine per fluid ounce, which is still more than Caribou’s 19mg per fluid ounce.

Seattle’s Best (per 12oz): 260mg
Dunkin Donuts (per 14oz): 210mg
McCafe (per 16oz): 229mg
Chick-Fil-A (per 12oz): 160mg
Caribou (per 16oz): 305mg

Seattle’s Best K-Cups

The caffeine content for most K-cup pods is not published, but they are between 70mg and 100mg of caffeine per cup.

Seattle’s Best vs Starbucks

Seattle’s Best is owned by the same company as Starbucks and the caffeine content of both companies’ drinks are the same. Therefore, there is no point comparing these two brands.


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Seattle’s Best is a coffee shop chain that is no longer constrained to the city of Seattle and can be found in 20 states across the country. Owned by Starbucks, its coffees are high in caffeine content, with its brewed coffee posting figures higher than those of other coffee shop chains, regardless of the type of coffee or espresso drink you choose.

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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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