How many coffee capsules is it safe to drink per day?

I’ll concentrate on Dolce Gusto capsules for the simple reason that that’s what I have at home (well, that, plus a Krups filter coffee machine, plus an Izzy traditional espresso machine, plus my one-time favorite Bialetti brikka). The results for Nespresso et. al. should be similar.

dolce-gusto-capsules

Do note that I’m only considering caffeine content; but that’s not always the only factor. E.g. if you drink anything near 400 cups Lungo decaffeinato in a single day, you will have non-caffeine related problems (WC attendance comes readily to mind ! 😊).

So, straight from Nestle’s faq:

How much caffeine is in each of the drinks?

Specialty Coffee :
– Cappuccino : 107 Mg Caffeine
– Cappuccino Skinny : 90 Mg Caffeine
– Latte Macchiato : 85 Mg Caffeine
– Vanilla Latte Macchiato : 83 Mg Caffeine
– Caramel Latte Macchiato : 83 Mg Caffeine
– Latte Macchito Skinny : 83 Mg Caffeine
– Mocha : 45 Mg Caffeine
– Cappuccino Ice : 35 Mg Caffeine

Coffee Drinks :
– Caffe Grande Intenso : 130 Mg Caffeine
– Espresso Intenso : 115 Mg Caffeine
– Grande Mild : 106 Mg Caffeine
– Light Roast : 106 Mg Caffeine
– Medium Roast : 103 Mg Caffeine
– Café au Lait : 92 Mg Caffeine
– Lungo : 89 Mg Caffeine
– Espresso : 80 Mg Caffeine
– Lungo decaffeinato : 1 Mg Caffeine

Non-Coffee Drinks
– Chai Tea Latte : 34 Mg Caffeine
– Nestea Peach Iced Tea : 9 Mg Caffeine

The usual number that’s given as “safe” caffeine per day for adults is 400 Mg (eg. see “Caffeine: How much is too much?” from Mayo Clinic here). So this amounts to:

Mg caffeine per capsule Max capsules per day
Max. caffeine per day: 400
Specialty Coffee :
Cappuccino 107 4
Cappuccino Skinny 90 4
Latte Macchiato 85 5
Vanilla Latte Macchiato 83 5
Caramel Latte Macchiato 83 5
Latte Macchito Skinny 83 5
Mocha 45 9
Cappuccino Ice 35 11
Coffee Drinks :
Caffe Grande Intenso 130 3
Espresso Intenso 115 3
Grande Mild 106 4
Light Roast 106 4
Medium Roast 103 4
Café au Lait 92 4
Lungo 89 4
Espresso 80 5
Lungo decaffeinato 1 400
Non-Coffee Drinks
Chai Tea Latte 34 12
Nestea Peach Iced Tea 9 44

Spreadsheet is here if you want to play with the numbers (you can also comment on it). I’ve rounded to closest integer because nobody makes 3 cups of coffee and then decides to have another 0.8 😊

Enjoy !

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