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Coffee vs. Energy Drinks: Why Coffee Is Better

It’s 2 pm, your to-do list is endless, and you have just a few minutes before your next meeting. You know you need an energy kick to make it to the evening, but you find yourself torn between that alluring can of energy drink and a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Which should you choose? 

Decisions, decisions. Life is full of them. This one, though, we can make easier for you. That’s because when it comes to jumpstarting a natural, sustained energy boost, coffee is a clear winner. In this article, we’ll look at why. So, grab your favorite mug, pour a cup, and let’s find out why coffee has the edge over energy drinks.  

The Battle of the Buzz

Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world. In fact, studies reveal that 93 percent of us consume it daily—and 75 percent of us indulge more than once. And we consume caffeine in various ways, from coffee (68 percent) to soda (42 percent), tea (29 percent) and energy drinks (29 percent). Yes, those numbers add up to more than 100 percent, because so many of us go back to the well more than once daily.  

Which is more popular? Both coffee and energy drinks have captured the attention—and tastebuds—of millions of people around the world. Energy drink companies certainly know how to do marketing right, using vibrant packaging and bold campaigns based on promises of enhanced performance to capture consumers’ hearts, minds, and dollars. In part, it’s why the global energy drink market is projected to reach $86 billion by 2026. 

But with its rich aroma and comforting appeal, coffee can hold its own. A coffee break is an opportunity for relaxation and socialization that just so happens to also power productivity. 

So, why choose coffee over energy drinks? Energy drinks may be packed with caffeine, but coffee provides a more sustained energy boost without the crash that can come after chugging an energy drink. Coffee’s slow caffeine release fuels a gradual and steady rise in alertness and can help to keep fatigue at bay throughout the day. 

What’s more, coffee comes with health benefits. It includes natural antioxidants, which work to combat free radicals, enhance overall well-being, and invigorate both body and mind. 

Coffee is also a clear winner when it comes to your wallet. Buying energy drinks, even in bulk, can quickly add up. Yes, we know—so can purchasing your cup of joe on the way to work. Brewing your own coffee at work or home is the cost-effective way to go, as a bag of quality coffee provides multiple servings of your favorite brew at a fraction of the cost of energy drinks or ordering out. 

The Health Benefits of Coffee

It’s not just its antioxidants that make coffee a healthier alternative to energy drinks. Numerous studies have highlighted the positive effects of coffee on human health. For example, research suggests that moderate coffee consumption may boost cognitive function, enhance focus, and improve mental performance. Coffee may also reduce the risk of liver diseases such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Studies have even found potential connections between coffee consumption and a lower risk of certain conditions including Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. 

Of course, it’s important to consume anything—even coffee—in moderation. Excessive caffeine intake can cause jitters, insomnia, and an increased heart rate. So, sip mindfully, find a moment of relaxation amid the stress of everyday life and overstuffed schedules, but remember to listen to your body and consume caffeine in moderation.

Coffee Goes with (Almost) Everything

No article about coffee’s superiority would be complete without a quick mention of all the delicious things that can accompany your cup of coffee, from your morning bagel to a slice of coffee cake or apple pie, to providing something to savor at the end of a fancy restaurant meal. We can’t imagine that a Monster Energy Drink in White Pineapple will taste as good. But maybe that’s just us.

Sustainable Sipping

When done responsibly, coffee production is often more sustainable. Coffee cultivation focuses on the natural growth of coffee beans, and many growers and producers focus on eco-friendly practices. Energy drink manufacturing, on the other hand, can include excessive packaging and processing, as well as include a variety of synthetic ingredients that have an environmental cost. As you reach for that cup of coffee, you’re making a conscious choice to sip a sustainable beverage.  

All right, now that we’ve laid it out for you, it’s decision time: energy drink or coffee? Come on over—Team Coffee is happy to have you. 

About Stewarts Coffee

Stewarts Coffee was established in 1913 by William A. Stewart on Chicago’s West Side—and for 100+ years has made some of America’s best coffee as the city’s oldest family-owned coffee company. This tradition dates back to the 1930s when Stewarts Private Blend Coffee was chosen as the “Official World’s Fair Coffee” during the Century of Progress World’s Fair held in Chicago. Today Stewarts’ passion to serve fine coffees and teas has employees traveling the world to bring customers the very best. Learn more at