The caffeine contents of non-alcoholic beverages

Food Chem Toxicol. 1989 Jan;27(1):49-51. doi: 10.1016/0278-6915(89)90092-6.


The caffeine content of a number of non-alcoholic beverages was determined using HPLC. It was found that Diet Coke had a greater caffeine content than Coke (4.15 compared with 3.13 mg/fl oz), Tab is virtually caffeine free, and Lucozade, sold as a tonic, contains more caffeine than any of the other carbonated beverages tested (5.17 mg/fl oz). The pure instant coffee tested contained much more caffeine than the coffee/chicory mixtures (12.61 compared with 3.18 mg/fl oz). The caffeine content of Ceylon tea blends increases with the time the tea is allowed to draw (from about 8 mg/fl oz after 1 min to about 12 mg/fl oz after 20 min). Tea that has been allowed to draw for 20 min has a caffeine content similar to that of pure coffee.

MeSH terms

  • Beverages / analysis*
  • Caffeine / analysis*
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Coffee / chemistry
  • Tea / chemistry


  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Caffeine