david By: david

Caffeine vs Calories

How much will your Double Frozen FrapMochaChino add to your bulge and your buzz?


Inspired by data from the Guardian Datastore



Hi-res A4 PDF here



source: Guardian Datablog, Starbucks.co.uk, Calorie Count

additional illustration: Jez Burrows



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  • Cennydd Bowles 6y

    These infovisualisations are very good. You should do a book or something.
  • Mike McCune 6y

    cool chart!
  • easton201 6y

    How does an Americano have 6X the caffeine of an espresso shot? The only difference is added water. I see that it's a large, but c'mon. Is it a sextuple shot?
    Also, an iced coffee would have far less caffeine than a brewed coffee. Especially if it's real iced coffee and cold-brewed.

    This chart is total BS. It's a nice idea but the execution is wrong, to the point of not be useful.
  • Ben Rollman 6y

    I apparently either need to lay off the mochas or just eat Big Macs for breakfast.
  • Tiger Pixel 6y

    Awesome infographic!
  • Gregorio Espadas 6y

    I really love this chart :-)
  • thewalkingcamera 6y

    Awesome chart!
  • Derek Wuersch 6y

    Um, how is a can of coke have Faaaar more caffeine than a 1 liter bottle of coke? Anyone?
  • Brian Moore 6y

    Wow flickr couldn't hold up to the digg effect that happened with this info-graphic today. You could get to the rest of your graphics with no problem.


    Great info-graphic! keep it up!
  • Ben Scherrey 6y

    Hmm... my understanding is that Dr Pepper had one of the lowest caffeine contents where-as Coca Cola had one of the highest (2nd only to Mountain Dew) of the "normal" colas. I reference the issue of Computer Language magazine that did such a study and subsequently started the tradition of the Jolt Cola awards (which is NOT a normal cola). Us programmers gotta know these things... :-)
  • Coulter Sunderman 6y

    I like the execution and readability of information. However, I think your data needs to be stronger. There are many errors with the caffeine/calorie counts of some of the espresso and coffee beverages at the bottom. Also, there is no standard set for what constitutes a 'large' and 'small' cup size.
  • Awesome Awesome 6y

  • Ashley Wood 6y

    What the heck kind of dark chocolate are you eating that has 600 calories? You would have to eat 4-5 Hershey's Special Dark bars to equal that.
  • karakorak 6y

    What is the point of pretty graphics when the data are weak?

    That renders the charts WORSE THAN useless because they are misleading, to put it kindly.

    Your data is criticised widely across various websites I visited where your graphics are displayed.

    You have strong graphic skill and your idea is a good one, but you need to learn how to perform rigorous research for your work to be meaningful and credible.
  • See-ming Lee 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called SML Information Design, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    fyi found this here:

  • Hosung Son 5y

    Coffee and calories, you can see at once ~ It's wonderful poster using information visualization would be fine.
  • Gigafrost 3y

    Nice infographic. Very informative and colorful.
    Beer vs Coffee Infographic
    Who will win? You Decide!

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