Caffeine-crazy Capetonian creates 'world’s strongest coffee'

By Kim Abrahams
03 April 2017

Black Insomnia is supposedly the world’s strongest coffee – so potent, experts are warning the dark drink should be consumed with caution.

A caffeine-crazy Capetonian has created the world’s strongest coffee – so potent, experts are warning the dark drink should be consumed with caution.

Black Insomnia is the creation of coffee enthusiast Sean Kristafor, who started the company after retiring from a corporate job. After buying a top coffee roaster online, he created Black Insomnia last June and sold it to local cafés in Cape Town. He soon started advertising the coffee online and by October, he was selling his product to coffee-lovers in 22 countries. The company now sells between five and six tonnes of coffee a month. It was through "passion, ingenuity, skill and the ultimate craving for that perfect cup of coffee to kick you into action and life", Sean created a coffee that "defies competition, borders on narcotic, is blissfully delicious", the company said in a press release.

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But what inspired Sean to create a drink those in the know are labelling ‘dangerous’? Read more: Three cups of coffee a day keeps dementia away "If you want to stand out, you need to be the 'est' -- the biggest, smartest, strongest, or cheapest," Sean told CNN. "So when we wanted to compete in coffee, as a caffeine product, we had to be the strongest, but obviously, we don't exceed the world guidelines."

They recommend a limit of 400mg of caffeine per day, while Black Insomnia contains a whopping 702mg of caffeine per 304g mug.

The drink, which apparently boasts a ‘sweet nutty taste’, knocks former number one, Deathwish, off its top spot by 6,35%.

According to Sean, however, the strength of their coffee is at a safer level now than the one they initially created.

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“With our first attempt at making the World’s Strongest Coffee, we completely overshot the mark set by the world’s now second strongest coffee. Eventually, we brought the strength down to a safer level and settle on 702 mg per 304g cup. This way we ensure that we created The World’s Strongest Coffee and still have a nice walnut and almost sweet taste profile.”

Before you decide to give this cuppa a go, Mary Sweeney, a caffeine researcher at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has a stern warning.

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“Effects can range from mild to severe, for example, jitteriness, nervousness, restlessness and trouble sleeping. The most serious effect would be cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat),” Sweeney told CNN.

In case you’re keen on trying the ‘Most Dangerous Caffeinated Product’, according to information website Caffeine Informer) you can click here to get your hands on some.


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