When Does Coffee Become an Energy Drink? Science Behind Starbucks Doubleshot

Updated 3/26/2020 by Danielle Robertson Rath (the “GreenEyedGuide”)

Is Starbucks Doubleshot an energy drink?

Most people love coffee. Many people think energy drinks are dangerous and unhealthy. So what happens when a beloved coffee company makes a drink with energy drink ingredients? Starbucks Doubleshot Energy may not be as pure and healthy as a black cup of coffee, but is it as dangerous and unhealthy as a stereotypical energy drink?

Danielle Robertson Rath GreenEyedGuide speaking event

Hi there, I research energy drinks.

I’ve been passionate about the science behind energy drinks since 2003. After getting my degrees in biochemistry and food science, I wrote a book all about energy drink ingredients and safety concerns.

I’ve always been fascinated by caffeinated beverages, especially the ones that seem to blur the lines of different categories. Starbucks Doubleshot is one of those drinks.

An In-Depth Review of Starbucks Doubleshot Energy

For this month’s in-depth review, we’ll assess:

  • Starbucks Doubleshot Ingredients
  • A comparison between Starbucks Doubleshot and the stereotypical energy drink
  • A comparison between Starbucks Doubleshot and coffee-energy drink hybrids from Monster Energy and Rockstar
  • Whether Starbucks Doubleshot is safe
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GreenEyedGuide Caffeine Challenge Day 7/10 – Coffee vs Energy Drinks

Coffee VS Energy Drinks! For Day 7 of the GreenEyedGuide Caffeine Challenge we compare the health benefits of caffeine from ALL sources and the benefits of caffeine from COFFEE.

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Through this challenge, you’ll learn how to use the 5 Levels of Fatigue to reap the benefits of caffeine while avoiding addiction, dependence, tolerance, and toxicity. 

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