Why drink caffeinated water?
Some folks like to use caffeinated water as an alternative energy drink before a workout, since it has little or no calories.
Other folks tell us that caffeinated water helped them kick a soda or coffee habit. And caffeinated water doesn’t stain your teeth like other caffeinated drinks can.
How does the caffeine in caffeinated water stack up against other caffeinated drinks? Here is a chart with some rough estimates:
Of course, the amount of caffeine varies from brand to brand. For the biggest caffeine jolt, we would recommend Cafeina. It came in tops in our blind taste tests. And yes, this one has a large amount of caffeine: 100 mg per 16.9 ounce bottle. That is about the same as a cup of coffee (a Starbucks Frappuccino has a similar amount of caffeine in a 16 ounce cup).
What We Liked
• No after taste.
• Tastes like water.
• Good replacement for soda or coffee.
• Bottles are 100% recycled plastic.
• Includes electrolytes.
What Needs Work
• A few testers said it had a slight bitter taste. We should note that some folks are more sensitive to caffeine than others. While the majority of tasters said this water was tasteless, a minority noted the potassium bicarbonate gave it a slight bitter flavor.