How Much Caffeine Is in Dutch Bros Coffee Americano? 2023 Breakdown

It’s unsurprising to coffee fanatics that coffee is one of the world’s most consumed beverages. For example, in 2020, nearly 22 million pounds of coffee were consumed worldwide. In the United States, 3 out of every 4 adults drink at least 1 cup of coffee daily, and nearly 80% drink 2+ cups daily.

One of the most popular coffee brands in the U.S. is Dutch Bros. How popular?  Surprisingly, Dutch Bros. is more popular than Starbucks and Dunkin. Are you wondering how much caffeine is in Dutch Bros Coffee Americano? In both the 12-ounce and 16-ounce servings, there are 94 milligrams. We’ll compare Dutch Bros. to other leading brands to give you an idea of how it stacks up.

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How Much Caffeine Does Coffee Contain?

Generally, you’ll find between 80 and 100 milligrams per cup. Of course, most coffee drinks aren’t served by the cup these days, with coffee sellers content to sell 12-ounce, 16-ounce, and 20-ounce servings instead.

Dutch Bros. serves all three of these popular coffee drink sizes, but the amount of caffeine in each varies significantly depending on the specific drink being ordered. For example, the company’s 12-ounce Dutch Espresso contains about 47 milligrams of caffeine, but the same drink in 20 ounces has 140 milligrams. Why? Because a 12-ounce Dutch Espresso has 1 shot of espresso while a 20-ounce contains 3 shots.

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Caffeine Content of Dutch Bros. Products

Below we’ve listed the drinks Dutch Bros. sells and their respective caffeine content based on 16 fluid ounces. Please note that, where necessary, we’ve rounded up to the nearest whole number. Because they can be blended, the caffeine content can be slightly more or less per drink.

Dutch Bros. Drink16 oz
Coffee Americano94 mg
Cafe Au Lait94 mg
Dutch Espresso94 mg
Dutch Mocha102 mg
Cappuccino94 mg
Breve94 mg
Chi Latte49 mg
Double Torture130 mg
911 Breve281 mg
Iced Dutch Latte94 mg
Iced Dutch Mocha102 mg
Freeze94 mg
Iced Double Torture130 mg
Double Torture Freeze130 mg
Iced 911281 mg
911 Freeze281 mg
Dutch Cold Brew293 mg
Iced Chai Latte57 mg
Blended Chai Latte41 mg

Caffeine Content of Dutch Bros. vs Other Popular Coffee Chains

Below we’ve listed the caffeine content of a regular 16-ounce cup of coffee at some of the most popular coffee chains in the United States. Notice that, even though the amount of drink is the same in ounces, the caffeine content varies significantly.

Coffee Chain16 oz Coffee
Dutch Bros. Coffee Americano94 mg
Starbucks Grande Coffee330 mg
Caribou Brewed Coffee305 mg
Costa Coffee291 mg
Peet’s Brewed Coffee267 mg
Dunkin Medium Coffee (14 oz)210 mg
Panera Bread Coffee189 mg
Tim Horton’s Brewed Coffee160 mg
McDonalds Coffee145 mg
Caffe Nero Coffee80 mg

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All About Brewed Coffee

Brewing is the method of choice for most people when making coffee. The brewing process extracts the soluble materials in roasted, ground coffee beans, extracting various compounds, including caffeine. Several brewing methods can be used, including the following:


The immersion method involves submerging coffee grounds in hot water and waiting for the soluble compounds to be extracted. The most popular form of immersion brewing is the French press, but there are several other methods.


If you’ve ever seen or owned a Mr. Coffee machine, you’ve seen percolation brewing in action. Percolation is when hot water flows constantly over the coffee grounds and drips down through a paper filter into the coffee pot.

pouring coffee from percolator
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While espresso is a form of percolation, the big difference is that it’s made by forcing hot water through the coffee grounds under high pressure. Also, the brew ratio of the espresso is higher because the process is more efficient.

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Fun Facts About Coffee

Coffee Beans Aren’t Beans

They’re actually seeds found in coffee cherries, a fruit.

The Most Expensive Coffee in the World Has Been Digested First

The coffee cherries are eaten by the Asian Palm Civet, which poops out the coffee beans before they’re roasted and ground like regular coffee beans.

cropped farmer harvesting coffee cherries
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Finland Drinks the Most Coffee

The average Finnish person drinks nearly 28 pounds worth of coffee per year.

Coffee Was Discovered Around 800 AD

Goat herders at the time noticed that their goats were very happy after eating coffee cherries, likely due to the caffeine.

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Final Thoughts

Dutch Bros. coffee is a widely known and beloved brand in the United States, and the chain’s Coffee Americano is one of their most popular drinks. With 94 milligrams of caffeine, it’s not the most or least caffeinated of the brand’s coffee drinks. However, Dutch Bros brewed coffee has a rather low amount of caffeine compared to other brands.

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