How Much Coffee In A Shot? An Australian Guide

By Ivan Bezbradica | Updated 23 March 2022

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When you order a latte from your local cafe or make one with your coffee machine do you ever wonder how much coffee is in your shot? In this guide we will answer this question. Read on to find out how much caffeine is in a standard shot of coffee and other cafe drinks.

How Much Coffee In A Shot?

A shot of coffee is typically around 30ml. This means that a double shot of coffee is 60ml.

How much caffeine in an espresso shot?

A single shot of espresso has around 145mg of caffeine according to Australian government guides. However, this can vary depending on the type of bean used, the roast, and how the coffee is brewed. For example, a light roast coffee will have less caffeine than a dark roast coffee. 

How much caffeine is in a double shot of coffee?

A double shot of coffee has around 290mg of caffeine. 

How much caffeine is in a decaf coffee shot?

A decaf coffee has around 0-15mg of caffeine. Yes that's right, even though its decaf there is still a bit of caffeine left over. But its barely enough to affect you at all.

How many grams of coffee are in a single shot?

Most cafes in Australia don't do single shots but rather double shots. So you find single shots are more often made at home with a good home coffee grinder. If you use one at home you should grind 7 grams of coffee to extract 14 grams of espresso out with water. 

How many grams of coffee are in a double shot of espresso?

Here in Australia, the majority of cafes extract double shots of coffee due to the volume of orders. The normal recipe is to grind out 20-22 grams of coffee to extract 40-44 grams of espresso for a double shot.

A single shot cup of coffee.

What Is Caffeine?

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It works by blocking adenosine receptors in the brain, which helps to improve alertness and wakefulness. Caffeine is found naturally in coffee beans, tea leaves, and chocolate. It's also added to energy drinks, sodas, and some over-the-counter medications.

Caffeine can also improve our mood and increase our focus. However, too much caffeine can lead to side effects like anxiety, jitteriness, and insomnia. So it's important to moderate our intake and only have a few cups of coffee per day.

How much caffeine should I have per day?

Most health authorities recommend limiting caffeine intake to 400 mg per day. This is equivalent to about four cups of coffee. However, everyone metabolizes caffeine differently so it's important to listen to your body and see how you feel after drinking caffeinated beverages. If you experience side effects like anxiety or insomnia, you may want to cut back on your intake.

Do you have any questions about how much coffee is in a shot? Leave us a comment below! We'll be happy to answer any of your questions.