Unless you abstain from caffeine all together, you’ve probably found yourself in a foggy situation where you’ve decided a little extra caffeine probably wouldn’t kill you. You could be wrong though. Caffeine can kill you in extremely high doses – albeit very rarely and usually with extenuating circumstances. But if you’re looking to tempt fate, an Australian coffee shop is pushing the bounds of what is possible in terms of human caffeine consumption with their appropriately named Asskicker iced coffee.
Viscous Coffee, in the South Australia suburb of Christies Beach outside of Adelaide, serves up its Asskicker iced coffee concoction featuring five whole grams of caffeine. If that figure doesn’t mean much, keep in mind that caffeine content is usually measured in milligrams, not grams, with a single cup of coffee usually containing about 95 to 200 milligrams of the stimulant (that’s .095 to .2 grams for those of you who hate the metric system). All told, that means the Asskicker is the equivalent to somewhere between 25 and 50 cups of joe. At least one study even suggested that ingestion of “in excess of 5 g” is the point at which people can become at risk for a fatal caffeine overdose.