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.
So how do they get a single drink to pack that much of a caffeine punch? According to the Adelaide Advertiser, “The Asskicker is a complex concoction made of quad espresso (four shots), four 48-hour brewed cold drip ice cubes, 120ml of 10-day brewed cold drip and is finished with four more 48-hour brewed cold drip ice cubes.” The beverage also comes with a health warning drafted with help from a doctor and two paramedics.
Owner Steve Benington says the drink isn’t intended to be downed in one gulp; instead, people in need of a serious caffeine kick are advised to drink it over the course of three to four hours. “Some people love it and some are broken by it but it’s all in the name of fun,” he told The Advertiser. “Fun,” you know, assuming you survive.
Possibly The Advertiser’s biggest revelation, however, was that the Asskicker may actual taste good. “I thought it was going to taste really harsh, seeing how many different types of coffee went into it, but it still had a really lovely flavour and just tasted like a good, strong coffee,” one customer was quoted as saying. Hm… Australia is pretty far away, but maybe if they turn it into a K-cup I would give it a go.