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Caffeine in cocoa

The The Bakers Dozen: Caffeine in cocoa
By byytor on Thursday, April 20, 2000 - 05:42 pm: Edit

Since theres caffeine in chocolate is there still caffeine in cocoa or is it processed out?

Is there less or more than Tea,coffee?


By Nicz (Nicz) on Tuesday, April 25, 2000 - 03:23 pm: Edit

I'll have to look it up to be sure and I'm not near any of my sources at the moment, but I do believe there is caffeine in cocoa. I believe that most of the caffeine in chocolate resides in the chocolate liquor which is why white chocolate is caffeine free - in white chocolate, the liquor is extracted. I will look it up to be sure and get back to you.


By W.DeBord on Tuesday, April 25, 2000 - 09:08 pm: Edit

According to a very old article I read, chocolate has about 6 milligrams per oz. of caffiene. A cup of coffee has around 100 per cup. Chocolate also has a compound called theobromine, which is also a stimulator.

By Hans (Hans) on Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 08:44 pm: Edit

Another suggestion is that craving for chocolate is related to psychoactive ingredients. Chocolate does contain theobromine but this is a relatively weak central nervous system stimulant which does not have strong subjective effects. Chocolate also contains caffeine but compared with tea and coffee it is an insignificant dietary source.


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By Nicz (Nicz) on Thursday, May 11, 2000 - 12:52 pm: Edit

I checked my sources and yes cocoa does have caffeine. It doesn't have as much as block chocolate though. Cocoa is actually chocolate liquor that has been pressed to form a dust. Block chocolate is basically chocolate liquor with cocoa butter added. However, I don't know the relationship to coffee or tea, unfortunately. I can tell you though that the only caffeine that I put into my body is from chocolate occasionally and it's never enough for me to feel any affects.

By CountryBaker on Friday, May 12, 2000 - 12:38 am: Edit

Coffee has the most caffeine, followed by tea and then cocoa.

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