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For a given type of bean, do different brewing processes and temperatures (drip, French press, Mocha, espresso, cold brew, etc.) produce coffee with different caffeine content?

It would seem temperature isn't a factor because, according to this answer, "caffeine is chemically stable even when passed through its boiling point (evaporation temperature) of 312°C (593.6°F)".

The brewing method, however, would seem to matter. Mocha, espresso machines would seem to extract the most caffeine because they require finer grounds and use higher temperatures (steam) and pressure.

  • Welcome! Yes, they differ and I think we have a Q/A or more on that somewhere... – Stephie Dec 17 '19 at 5:22
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Short answer: No

Slightly longer answer: The temperature, pressure and method of brewing barely impact the amount of caffeine extracted from the bean.

Because caffeine dissolves so readily in hot water, the single most important factor in determining the amount of caffeine in the cup is the amount of coffee used to prepare said cup. Arabica beans contain about 0.8-1.4% of caffeine by weight, depending on the variety. So if you were to brew an espresso (15g in 30g out) or a pour over (15g in 250g out), you would have the same amount of caffeine in each beverage.

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