Top 7 Most Caffeinated K-Cups Reviewed
Coffee drinkers know that you build up a tolerance over time, and you no longer get the expected boost of energy.
We can all agree that sometimes there are situations where you have to get a caffeine buzz, whether it’s to wake up earlier than usual or stay awake for longer.
So what are your options? Drinking more of the same coffee or opting for something with a bigger kick?
We vote for the bigger kick.
Let’s look at our Top-7 best high caffeine K-Cup!
7 Most Caffeinated K-Cups You Can Buy in 2021
In case you’re wondering if it’s OK to use off-brand K-Cups, don’t worry. Keurig’s main patent for the K-Cup design expired in 2012, so any coffee company can market their pods as K-Cup compatible. Keep in mind though, that if you’re using a Keurig brewer, the use of off-brand cups may result in a service fee if it’s determined that a faulty non-Keurig brand cup was the cause for the damage/malfunction.
In 2012 Keurig's main patent on its K-Cup pods expired, leading to new product launches, including brewer models that only accept pods from Keurig brands.
Please keep in mind that caffeine may be dangerous in large doses. Don’t overdo it.
Death Wish Coffee K-Cups
- Compatible with Keurig 1.0, Keurig 2.0, Breville, Cuisinart, and Mr. Coffee machines
- 2x stronger than regular coffee
- Recyclable pods
- Pricy see price comparison below
- Some people are saying that the new Death Cups are of worse quality
Death Wish Coffee is a dark-roasted blend that’s marketed as the “world’s strongest coffee” and has a high caffeine K Cup (original and Odin blend). While the “world’s strongest” part may be an overstatement, coffee lovers who have tried it say it really gets you going!
They come in 10, 20 and 50 packs of cups, with each cup containing a whopping 12 g of coffee. This is about average, but the company advertises its coffee is 2x stronger than your regular coffee.
Side note: Death Wish Coffee is also available in whole beans, ground, and cold brew.
Apart from the regular Death Cups, the company recently released Odin Cups, which supposedly have the “Strength of the Gods.” Enter Valhalla with a caffeine boost and a smile,
All Death Wish K-Cups are compatible with Keurig 1.0, Keurig 2.0, Breville, Cuisinart, and Mr. Coffee machines. The single serve pods produce coffee with an intense bold flavor that’s smooth, with a subtle cherry and chocolate flavor.
Death Wish K-Cups are recyclable and the coffee is made from high-quality USDA-certified organic and fair trade beans.
Wake The Hell Up K-Cups Coffee
- Compatible with Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 brewers, Breville, Cuisinart, and Mr. Coffee machines
- Price is reasonable
- Complaints of leaky pods
- Some people say these cups don’t work with Keurig 2.0 brewers
Wake the hell up!
If you’ve been sleeping on these high caffeine K Cups, get ready to jump out of bed! These Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 compatible cups brew smooth coffee with a pleasant aroma.
Wake The Hell Up coffee is a medium-dark roast that coffee lovers will enjoy. The imported coffee beans are handpicked, and only the highest quality beans are then roasted in the company’s roasting facility in New York. Each cup contains 12 g of roasted coffee and up to 50% more caffeine. Wake The Hell Up cups come in 12, 24 and 50 cup packs.
The brand also offers an Adirondack Blend Dark Roast K-Cup, a Limited Edition Headless Horseman Pumpkin Flavored K-Cup, and Caffeinated Dark Hot Cocoa.
Black Rifle Coffee Company CAF K-Cups
- High-quality Braziliand and Colombian coffee beans
- One of the highest caffeine K Cups
- Compatible with Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 brewers
- May be some issues with certain brewers according to reviews.
Black Rifle Coffee Company was founded by US Military Veterans and produces some of the best coffee in the world. They have eight types of K-Cups, ranging from light to dark roast, so you can choose the cup that matches your mood to meet your energy needs.
CAF, or Caffeinated As F*ck, is a blend that packs a massive caffeine punch — up to 2x more caffeine than your regular coffee. CAF coffee has an aggressive profile, much like the heroes that serve the US.
While Death Wish claims they have the “world’s strongest coffee,” Black Rifle says theirs is the “world’s best single serve coffee.” And Black Rifle might be right about that. The variety they offer is unmatched, and their Brazilian and Colombian beans produce a smooth coffee.
These coffee pods are Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 compatible and are available in 12, 32 and 50 cup packs.
One important thing to note is that Black Rifle Coffee Company donates part of its proceeds to causes that help veterans, first responders and law enforcement officers. So, they make great coffee and stand for great causes
Shock K-Cups Coffee
- High caffeine content
- Available in 144 cup packs
- Socially responsible company
- Reasonable priced
- Only negative reviews we saw were regarding the taste, but you know, everyone has different tastes
Shock is another brand with a strong feeling about social responsibility. They donate part of their proceeds to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, which gives kids with cancer a chance to become part of a local or national sports team.
Their coffee comes in Original, Espresso and Extra Strength K-Cups. The company sources only the best coffee beans and prepares small batches of roasted coffee. There’s no added caffeine, it’s all-natural and has a smooth, bold flavor.
Shock K-Cups come in 12, 24, 36, 72 and 144 cup packs, the biggest pack we’ve seen. These high caffeine coffee K Cups are compatible with all Keurig brewers, and from the reviews, it’s clear that the quality and taste are uncompromised.
This brand is popular among US troops and is served on 350+ U.S. military bases worldwide.
Extra Caffeine Extra Bold K-Cups Coffee
- Large selection of different coffee pod brands
- Different flavors and roasts
- Compatible with all Keurig K-Cup brewers
- Authentic coffee pods
- Inconsistencies with the selection of pods
- Not all K-cups are high in caffeine
Claiming to have some of the strongest K Cup caffeine cups, this company offers a killer variety pack. The “high caffeine” coffee pods include Shock, Red Eye, Revved, Double Donut and Guy Fieri.
Please note that many reviews state that not all of the 30 cups in the pack are high caffeine, but some do have 2x the caffeine.
The pods range in flavor profiles and roast. Choose from a variety of flavored coffees, aromatic blends of arabica and robusta, and some of the strongest caffeine pods.
People who have reviewed this product also offer their advice on why not to buy it, comparing it to buying a pack of baseball cards. It seems that like in variety packs of candy, you get less of what you really want and more of the filler brands.
However, this pack could work as a gift for someone who isn’t a coffee snob or someone who likes to mix it up on a daily basis. A 30 pack of these coffee pods is exactly what you need to make your next month a coffee delight.
Wild Jo Extra Strong Organic K-Cups
- Environmentally responsible company
- Reasonably priced
- Compatible with Keurig 1.0 and 2.0, Cuisinart, Breville, Mr. Coffee and Bunn brewers
- Made with high-quality 100% Arabica beans
- Some complaints of quality issues
- Recent reviews highlight possible changes to the taste of the coffee
The Jo coffee brand started as a specialty coffee brand, offering their products exclusively on Amazon. They don’t advertise as having “K Cups with most caffeine,” but Jo products are unique.How exactly?
Well, first off, the cup isn’t made of plastic. But don’t worry, the freshness of the coffee is preserved thanks to an inner storage container that’s resealable! The coffee is 100% Arabica, USDA-certified organic as well as Fair Trade and Kosher certified. And Jo single serve pods are compatible with Keurig 1.0 and 2.0, Cuisinart, Breville, Mr. Coffee and Bunn brewers.
The French Roast pods are advertised as having a dark cocoa and brown sugar flavor profile, coupled with an intense, bold flavor.
This is all we do. We are proud members of the professional Roaster's Guild (2016 Roaster's Challenge Winning Team) and the Specialty Coffee Association.
Jo also offers New York Jo, medium/dark roast and Morning Jo, medium roast pods. Packs come in 12, 36 and 72 cups. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Jo comes from joe, as in a cup of joe.
REVV – Strong Coffee, Strong K-Cups
- Great tasting dark-roast coffee
- Reasonably priced
- Compatible with Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 brewers
- Three blends of dark roast, high-caffeine coffee
- Not a con necessarily, but it’s unclear if the coffee is organic and fair trade
REVV is a Keurig-brand of coffee pods. They’re marketed as having more caffeine than the average coffee, and in this case, user reviews match the hype. REVV gives you a big boost of energy in a small package.
Available in 24, 72 and 96 cup packs, REVV coffee has an intense, bold flavor. There are three types of pods: No Surrender, Afterburner and Turbocharger. All three blends are dark-roasted and promise to give you electrifyingly supersonic battle-ready energy.
Unlike most caffeine K Cups REVV pods will 100% work with your Keurig because Keurig makes REVV pods.
There’s some conflicting information about the caffeine content in REVV pods. You’ll find some sources stating as much as 159 mg per cup, while others state 127 mg. Our opinion is, if the official manufacturer doesn’t have it anywhere on the packaging or their website, it’s probably bunk.
Things To Consider Before Buying
The most important thing to remember when shopping around for the most caffeinated K Cups is — you may not get as much of a caffeine buzz as you’re expecting. And the reason is that individual tolerance and sensitivity varieties. Plus, brewing time and the model of single serve coffee machines make a huge difference.
K Cup Caffeine Content
According to the FDA, the average 8 oz cup of brewed coffee contains about 100 mg of caffeine, and up to 400 mg (about 4 cups) appears to be safe for most healthy adults. Remember that every individual reacts differently to caffeine, so these numbers are not absolute and only reflect the average.
Origin Of (Coffee) Species
Not all companies list the exact origin of their beans. Check the label before buying for USDA-organic certified and fair trade certified (and other certifications like Kosher-certified) if that’s a concern for you. And While robusta beans are considered to have more caffeine than arabica, you’ll notice many high-caffeine pods have 100$ pure arabica.
Accounting For Taste
You’d think that the highest caffeine K Cup would taste worse than regular-caffeinated, but judging by the reviews for most of the K-Cups on our list, the taste is bold and delivers an intense coffee flavor.
Sustainability And Community Credentials
All brands embrace environmental responsibility. If this is something you feel passionate about, check out Jo Coffee pods (the cups aren’t made of plastic). Remember to follow the recycling instructions on the package, as most brands state that you have to separate the plastic, foil and paper filter/coffee ground parts.
You’ll get the best price if you buy bulk packs. Prices range from about $1 per cup to $3.30 per cup. Make sure to cross-check prices on the official website with Amazon or wherever you’re buying. For example, Black Rifle CAF cups are $3.30 per cup on Amazon, while they’re $1.16 on the official website.
How much caffeine in a K Cup?The amount of caffeine widely varies. There are decaf K Cups and super strong K cups like the Death Wish Coffee brand pods.
Which Keurig K-Cup has the most caffeine?Death Wish Coffee claims the top spot with the “world’s strongest coffee.” However, they claim that their coffee is 2x stronger, which other brands also claim. So, there’s no way to know without trying it.
Why does K-Cup cappuccino have less caffeine?An authentic cappuccino can’t be replicated using a K-Cup. We would assume the decreased caffeine is a result of the extra fillers: powdered milk, flavoring, etc.