How much caffeine is in a cup of McDonalds coffee?

Caffeine content of McDonalds coffee

Large       24 oz      180 mg

McCafe Mcdonalds Coffee
McCafe Mcdonalds Coffee

Medium   16 oz      145 mg

Small       12 oz      109 mg

The amount of caffeine in a cup of McDonalds coffee can vary from a cup of Starbucks coffee. Caffeine content depends greatly on whose coffee you are drinking.  How much caffeine in a cup of coffee is determined by the beans used, the processing methods, and the brewing process.

As you can see, there are more milligrams of caffeine in a 16 oz cup of Dunkin Donuts than mg of caffeine in a large 16 oz. cup of McDonalds coffee. Click here for caffeine content of  Starbucks coffee.

Here is a list of the caffeine content of McDonalds and other popular coffees*:

Coffeemg Caffeine
McDonalds Medium 16 oz coffee145
McDonalds small 12 oz coffee109
McDonalds Large 24 oz coffee180
Dunkin Donuts Large 16 oz300
Einstein Bros Espresso 1 oz75
Instant Generic 8 oz27-173
Generic small 8 oz102-200
McDonalds Latte small71
McDonalds Latte medium142
McDonalds Latte large178
McDonalds Decaf small coffee8
McDonalds Decaf medium coffee11
McDonalds Decaf large coffee14
Generic Tea Brewed 8 oz40-120

Check out this link for more nutrition information on McDonalds Coffee and other foods.

Caffeine (trimethylxanthine) has recently been called “Bodybuilding’s Best Drug” by Flex Magazine. And rightly so! Everyone is very familiar with caffeine, as most Americans consume multiple cups of coffee each day. But did you know that it is also a potent bodybuilders supplement?

Look on the labels of almost any pre- workout supplement or energy drink and you will find it contains anywhere from 50 to 200 mg of caffeine. It may be listed as caffeine anhydrous, which simply means that all the water or moisture has been removed.

What exactly is Caffeine?

Caffeine is actually a psychoactive drug that works in the nervous system to block the signals of adenosine, which makes you feel tired. With the effects of adenosine being minimized, your brain is more alert, helping you to stay awake when tired, but also to help you feel more energized when you are not tired!

What other effects does caffeine have?

Here is a short list:

  • Helps release fat into the bloodstream to be used for fuel (fat loss)
  • Boosts your body’s metabolism, which causes even more fat to be burned (more fat
  • It expands the airways in your lungs, increasing flow of oxygen to your muscles
    during cardio and aerobic activity (even more fat loss!)
  • Improves mental focus, helping to increase intensity during weight training.

How much caffeine should I take? What is the right dose?

To improve workout performance, take the following caffeine dose on training days:

200-400 mg one hour before training
200-400 mg right after training

To aid in fat loss, take this dose every day:

​200-400 mg in the morning
200-400 mg before as well as after training

What is the best way to get the right amount of caffeine?

Caffeine can be found in lots of popular drinks, coffee being the most obvious. This is how most people get caffeine on a daily basis. However, most people have no idea how much they consume on any given day.

Taking a caffeine supplement in pill form would be the easiest and most economical way to get the right dose.

Use the guide on this page to see how much caffeine is in your favorite cup of McDonalds coffee!


*These are estimates based on web research.