The pick-me-up

"The powers of a man's mind are directly proportioned to the quantity of coffee he drinks". Many people are familiar with the feeling that the famous lawyer and politician Sir James Mackintosh describes. Without coffee, waking up in the morning and the burst of creativity in the afternoon are inconceivable or at least only half as attractive.

Coffee draws on many sources for its revitalizing effect. The best known and most important: caffeine. And yet "coffee doesn't wake you up; it temporarily prevents you from feeling tired", according to Gerhard Bytof, Coffee Scientist. Our attention and powers of concentration increase – and it only takes one to one and a half cups.

The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee varies, depending on the coffee bean, roast and preparation. Robusta beans contain more coffee than Arabica beans and the preparation of a typical espresso only dissolves around 80% of the caffeine out of the coffee. Natural caffeine occurs in other plants apart from coffee, such as tea, cocoa, maté and guaraná. Other sources of caffeine are soft drinks, energy drinks and certain medications; the caffeine for these is mainly produced synthetically.

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Caffeine in Qbo Coffees

Our Qbo Coffees as diverse as the regions they are cultivated in. Individually roasted and grinded by our experts, they contain different amounts of caffeine. The overview shows how much caffeine is contained in Baba Budan, for example, compared with Volcanes Antigua (*1). Whether they are high or low in caffeine, all of them are a true pleasure.

By the way, we also have a decaffeinated espresso in our range, so you can enjoy the fullest aroma without caffeine too.

A personal matter

People have been enjoying coffee for at least a thousand years. They generally find out for themselves the level that does them good. 400 mg caffeine a day, which equals around four to five 150 ml cups of coffee, are considered to be no problem for health by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for healthy adults. For pregnant women or breast-feeding mothers, the recommended daily maximum quantity of caffeine is 200mg (*2). Decaffeinated coffees are a good alternative here.

At the same time, the EFSA points out that in some countries many people regularly consume far more caffeine – and that this is not automatically a danger to health (*2). Germany is also one of the top coffee-drinking nations. Almost half of all Germans state that they drink four or more cups of coffee a day (*3). However, it is the Finns who are the world champion coffee drinkers; they consume almost twice as much per capita as the Germans (*3).

If you have a You-Rista, you can monitor how much caffeine you have had from Qbo coffees today and the last few days through the statistics in the Qbo App. All you need is a Qbo profile.


We'd like to point out the importance of a varied, balanced diet.

(*1) For the espressos, the caffeine contents are given for preparation as a 40 ml espresso and for the caffès for preparation as a 125 ml caffè. Here you can find nutritional values of our Qbo Coffees.

(*2) EFSA NDA Panel (EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies). 2015. 'Scientific Opinion on the safety of caffeine', EFSA Journal, 13: 4102.

(*3) Shown statistic: Average daily consumption of coffee in Germany by coffee drinkers in cups. Kaffee in Zahlen, Tchibo GmbH, Ed. 2016, brand eins Wissen & statista: Hamburg.