And five other strange ways to get your AM caffeine hit
The daily grind just got simpler.
Einstein Bros. Bagel, a Lakewood, CO-headquartered restaurant chain, today launched what it calls the world’s first caffeinated bagel. Each $2.09 bagel contains about 32 mg of caffeine, or just under what you’ll find in a 12-oz can of Coca-Cola. According to Fox News, which has tested the pastry, the Espresso Buzz Bagel tastes like a slightly sweetened plain bagel, though the acidic bitterness of an espresso soon takes over.
Einstein Bros. says that the bagel contains under 240 calories and 2.5mg of fat, making it a relatively healthy brunch option. The bagel maker says it was inspired to create the pastry after seeing millennials become increasingly interested in craft coffee and other artisanal goods. “We knew our culinary team could deliver that same premium, hand-crafted sensory experience…in our best-in-class, fresh-baked bagel,” says Kerry Coyne, a senior vice president at Einstein Bros.
— Einstein Bros. (@EinsteinBros) May 4, 2017
That’s not a major surprise. One of the bagel chain’s owners is JAB Holding Co., which also controls Intelligentsia Coffee and Stumptown Coffee, two coffee roasters beloved by caffeine heads. JAB also operates Keurig and Peet’s Coffee.
The espresso bagel debuts today in select Einstein Bros. locations and is pegged as a limited time item. However it’s not the only way you can get caffeine with drinking an espresso. Here are 5 other options.
1. Yes, you can get caffeine with your sundae. Bang!, a Wisconsin-based ice cream maker claims that it produces the world’s most caffeinated ice cream. Its Iced Latté-Da is a mix of espresso ice cream, fudge swirl and chocolate chunks. A 41 oz. scoop contains about 125 mg of caffeine, or approximately what you’d get from an eight oz. cup of joe.
2. It doesn’t need to be 5pm somewhere—you can now drink wine-infused coffee. The Molinari Private Reserve in northern California’s Napa Valley offers small-batch coffee beans that were soaked in wine before being dried and hand roasted. Your caffeine intake depends on how many beans you use, but they contain less than 0.01% alcohol content. The half-pound bags go for just under $20.
3. Thanks to ThinkGeek, you might be tempted to wash your mouth with soap. The Shower Shock is a peppermint-scented bar of caffeinated soap, with each four oz.-bar being good for about 12 showers. ThinkGeek says that the caffeine is absorbed through the skin into the body—each use releases about 200 mg of caffeine. Lather up!
4. Water Joe is a 21-year-old product consisting of—as its name suggests—water and caffeine. The Wisconsin-based company touts its namesake product as a pick-me-up for office workers who sometimes feel they need a caffeine IV drip. A 20 oz. bottle contains 80 mg of caffeine, similar to a small black cup of coffee.
5. You can now get caffeine to go with your kale salad. CaffeinAll resembles a salt shaker, but it’s really a way to sprinkle caffeine powder all over your lunch. A 100mg shake drops about 33mg of caffeine over your food. The only downside is that you may come across as having a rather severe cocaine addiction.
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