How Much Caffeine Is In Death Wish Coffee – And Is It Too Much?


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For many people, drinking a cup of coffee in the morning isn’t only a ritual but the necessary kick-start to shake off the sleepiness from the night and get the physical and mental gears going.

Caffeine is a powerful stimulant, and whether you’re a fan of drinking your coffee black, with a splash of cream, making a fancy oat milk latte, or sipping a concentrated espresso, there are a nearly endless number of ways to get your caffeine jolt through coffee.

But, certain types of coffee contain more caffeine than others, depending not only on how you prepare your morning cup of Joe but on the type of coffee beans, how long the beans are roasted, and how long you brew the coffee, among other factors.

Death Wish Coffee is boasted to be the more heavily-caffeinated coffee. 

But how much caffeine is in Death Wish Coffee? How much more caffeine is in Death Wish Coffee compared to regular coffee? Is Death Wish Coffee dangerous based on its caffeine content?

In this article, we will discuss Death Wish Coffee caffeine contents and if Death Wish Coffee is dangerous to your health.

More specifically, we will answer all of the following questions: 

  • What Is Death Wish Coffee?
  • How Much Caffeine Is In Death Wish Coffee?
  • Is Drinking Coffee Bad for You?
  • Is Drinking Death Wish Coffee Dangerous For Your Health?
  • Is Drinking Death Wish Coffee Bad For You?

Let’s get started!

A person drinking coffee.

What Is Death Wish Coffee?

Death Wish Coffee is an ultra-caffeinated brand of coffee said to be the “world’s strongest coffee.” 

The company makes a variety of regular and seasonal flavors of their Death Wish Coffee roasts.

How Much Caffeine Is In Death Wish Coffee?

The company that manufactures Death Wish Coffee doesn’t readily release the caffeine content of their highly caffeinated coffee beans on their website, or this information seems to be well hidden for the regular consumer.

However, third-party test results have suggested that a 12-ounce cup (the size of a Starbucks “tall” drink) has a whopping 728 milligrams of caffeine.

For comparison, Starbucks’ dark roast has 193 mg of caffeine per 12-ounce cup, while the medium and blonde roasts have 235 and 270 mg, respectively. 

Although counterintuitive, darker beans typically contain less caffeine than lighter ones. 

A 12-ounce cup of McDonald’s coffee contains only 109 mg of caffeine. 

Therefore, drinking a cup of Death Wish Coffee is like drinking approximately 3 cups of Starbucks coffee or 6-7 cups of McDonald’s coffee.

A cup of black coffee.

Is Drinking Coffee Bad for You?

Although most people rarely give a second thought to how much coffee they are consuming, caffeine is indeed a drug and the psychoactive substance consumed most commonly worldwide.

Coffee is one of the most common natural sources of caffeine. Green tea, matcha tea, black tea, and many other types of tea are also caffeinated, and chocolate contains some natural caffeine.

Colas and certain soft drinks, energy drinks, pre-workout powders, and other ergogenic aids are also dietary sources of caffeine, but these products typically have caffeine added to them during the manufacturing process.

Caffeine in moderation is not dangerous for most people, and there can even be health benefits of drinking coffee, which contains caffeine.

Additionally, coffee is high in antioxidants, and research has shown that consuming a moderate amount of caffeine can be advantageous for your health.

A person smiling, drinking a cup of coffee in a to-go cup outside.

Furthermore, studies suggest that coffee actually provides more antioxidants in the typical Western diet than fruits and vegetables combined.

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily indicate that coffee contains more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables, but because fruit and vegetable consumption falls well below optimal levels for many people, getting antioxidants through coffee becomes even more valuable for overall health. 

Caffeine functions by blocking an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine. In doing so, caffeine increases brain activity and removes the “brakes“ that would otherwise be slowing you down and causing fatigue.

In addition to this stimulant activity, caffeine releases other stimulating neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine. The combined effects reduce fatigue, make you feel more alert, and can improve attention and focus.

There’s an overwhelming body of evidence that suggests that caffeine can cause a short-term improvement in cognitive function, reduce tiredness, decrease reaction time, improve mood, and heighten overall cognitive function.

A person smiling holding a cup of coffee.

Another health benefit of caffeine is that it can increase metabolic rate, with some studies suggesting a boost of about 3 to 11%

Caffeine is also a known ergogenic aid, increasing exercise performance by decreasing perceived exertion, increasing time to exhaustion, and improving endurance and stamina

For this reason, many sports performance supplements include caffeine, such as pre-workout powders, and caffeine may improve performance in endurance activities such as long-distance running, cycling, and triathlons.

Antioxidants have numerous health benefits, namely in their ability to combat free radicals, which otherwise cause oxidative damage to cells, proteins, and nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA.

Coffee is indeed packed with antioxidants, so sipping your favorite cup of coffee is not just giving you caffeine but also potentially supporting your health.

Four cups of coffee on a table and people grabbing for them.

Is Drinking Death Wish Coffee Bad For You?

Death Wish Coffee contains a ton of caffeine.

So, is Death Wish Coffee dangerous? Does Death Wish Coffee contain too much caffeine?

Like many drugs and psychoactive substances, one of the downsides of caffeine is that people develop a tolerance to it, which in turn reduces the potency of the stimulating effects.

Most people have experienced this in their own lives. Perhaps at first, a single cup of coffee left you so energized that you were almost jittery and rushing around as if operating in hyperdrive.

Over time, your body would adjust to the caffeine content you were consuming, and you would feel pleasantly uplifted, with a boost of energy, yet not overly jittery and buzzing.

Then, your single cup of coffee would have seemingly little to no effect on you, such that you might still feel tired and low energy after drinking your full cup.

A cup of black coffee.

This caffeine tolerance process is what often leads people to progressively drink more and more caffeine or seek more highly caffeinated products such as Death Wish Coffee or energy drinks.

In addition to building up a tolerance to caffeine, caffeine has been shown to be an addictive substance, and withdrawal symptoms can occur if you stop drinking it suddenly.

Every person has their own unique biochemistry, and caffeine may be metabolized at different rates, depending on your body size, caffeine sensitivity, and biochemistry.

There can be side effects to consuming too much caffeine, such as nervousness, jitteriness, anxiety, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, difficulty sleeping, irritability, tension, and even exacerbated panic attacks.

People who tend to be sensitive to caffeine or have a smaller body size should be more careful with their caffeine consumption, particularly in one city. Spreading out your caffeine into smaller doses rather than consuming it all at once will help your body metabolize it without overwhelming your system with the stimulant.

A cup of steaming coffee shows you how hot it is.

Is Drinking Death Wish Coffee Dangerous For Your Health?

So, how much caffeine is too much caffeine to drink in a day?

As mentioned, how much caffeine you can safely tolerate is somewhat dependent on your own caffeine sensitivity and how accustomed you are to consuming caffeine. 

Body size also plays a significant role in how much caffeine you can safely tolerate.

Additionally, people with certain health conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, other cardiovascular risk factors, and anxiety should speak with their healthcare provider about how much caffeine they can safely consume.

With all that said, most experts suggest that consuming 400–600 mg/day of caffeine is generally safe for most people.

A person drinking a cup of coffee.

This works out to about 4 cups of average coffee per day. However, if you look closely, you will notice that this range is well below the caffeine content of Death Wish Coffee.

For this reason, Death Wish Coffee may contain dangerously high levels of caffeine for the average consumer.

Most health experts say that you should not exceed 3 mg of caffeine per pound of body weight or about 6 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight per day.

This means that if you weigh about 243 pounds or more, one cup of Death Wish Coffee may be safe, but for anyone who is under that size, Death Wish Coffee likely contains too much caffeine and may be harmful.

If you do want to drink Death Wish Coffee, it is important to space out your dosing, sipping the coffee slowly over an extended period of time rather than guzzling the cup as soon as you brew it. This will allow the caffeine content to titrate more slowly into your bloodstream.

Now that we have the information about Death Wish Coffee caffeine contents, what about another coffee variation? Bulletproof Coffee. Check out our information on Bulletproof Coffee in our article: Bulletproof Coffee Recipe + Benefits and Drawbacks.

A person working with a cup of coffee next to them.
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Amber Sayer is a Fitness, Nutrition, and Wellness Writer and Editor, as well as a NASM-Certified Nutrition Coach and UESCA-certified running, endurance nutrition, and triathlon coach. She holds two Masters Degrees—one in Exercise Science and one in Prosthetics and Orthotics. As a Certified Personal Trainer and running coach for 12 years, Amber enjoys staying active and helping others do so as well. In her free time, she likes running, cycling, cooking, and tackling any type of puzzle.

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