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Which Country Brews The Strongest Coffee?

Monday, January 05, 2015

Coffee is undoubtedly one of the most popular drinks in the world.

From the torrid rainforests of South America to the urban jungle of upstate New York, from the wilderness of the Australian outback to the frozen tundras of Antarctica, wherever you go you will inevitably find people enjoying a cup of coffee.

Indeed, statistics show that around one third of the world’s population drink coffee!

To cope with this demand, it is estimated that around seven million tonnes of coffee is produced each year.

But from all of this coffee, do you know which country officially brews the strongest cuppa?

Is it Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer?

Vietnam, Columbia?

Perhaps European countries such as Italy, France and Germany, who are all famed for their love of a good coffee, boast the strongest blends?


Well, if you guessed any of these you are in fact incorrect!

Believe it or not, the country which is home to the strongest brews in the world is in fact Scotland!

Specifically, Glasgow, according to recent findings, is the place to go if you like your coffee as strong as can be.

Indeed, cups of coffee in Glasgow were the strongest out of all the countries tested, with caffeine levels in the city’s espressos ranging from 72mg to 212mg and the caffeine content of cappuccinos bought in Scotland varying from 101-275mg per cup.

Explaining their findings, the researchers who conducted this recent report said that coffee in Scotland usually used more heavily roasted beans and the serving sizes were larger, which accounts for the strength.

Track your caffeine intake!

This research has shown that caffeine levels in places such as Glasgow can vary dramatically from shop to shop.

For example, in Glasgow, in some cases, espressos vary from 50mg to 300mg, which, at the top end, actually breaches the 200mg recommended safe limit for pregnant women.

As such, scientists have warned coffee lovers that simply counting cups is not an accurate guide to how much caffeine they are consuming.

Health experts say up to 300mg a day for an adult is a safe amount, with over-consumption leading to health complications such as restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, a rapid heartbeat and muscle tremors.

Over to you

What do you think of these findings – is Scotland home to the strongest coffee you have ever tasted?

Or have you tasted stronger coffee elsewhere across the globe?

Remember to get in touch with us here at the Cafe2U Blog – we love hearing what our readers and customers have to say!

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