What’s the cheapest way to get the most wired?

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You can’t afford to sleep; it’s final exam season. You can barely afford your phone bill.  

When you’re on a tight budget but you need a quick caffeine fix, what’s the best way to get it?

We examined some of the caffeinated options on Langara’s campus to figure out the cheapest way to get the most wired.

You may have noticed the mountain of energy drinks recently brought into the cafeteria, but you might want to take a look at this infographic before you buy in. As it turns out, an old-fashioned cup of joe still trumps the newest energy drinks in terms of caffeine dosage per dollar. 

These values are based off of prices from vending machines and retailers on Langara’s campus, as well as nutritional information from Starbucks.com, TimHortons.com and Caffeine Informer.
These values are based on prices from vending machines and retailers at Langara, as well as nutritional information from Starbucks.com, TimHortons.com and Caffeine Informer. Click to enlarge.

Best options:

  • Any size regular drip coffee (104.5 to 168.4 mg/$)
  • Starbucks venti cafe americano (92.3 mg/$)
  • Tim Hortons XL caffeinated tea (86.7 mg/$)

Worst options:

  • Hot chocolate (10.9 to 17.1 mg/$)
  • Nestea (13.6 mg/$)
  • Starbucks tall mocha frappuccino (17.1 mg/$)

If you’re interested in looking at some of the numbers for drinks not included in the coffee meter above, take a look at the raw data here:

Coffee numbers
Prices do not include tax.

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