This Turbo-Charged Coffee Can Keep You Awake For 18 Hours Straight

Think you make strong coffee? Think again.

The baristas at Viscous Coffee in Adelaide, Australia, are mixing up a super-potent drink aptly called the “Asskicker.” The iced coffee drink has five grams of caffeine — about 80 times more than your average single-shot coffee, according to The Adelaide Advertiser. That’s also half of a potentially fatal dose, so consume with caution.

The drink contains four shots of espresso, four ice cubes (that are created from 48-hour brewed cold drip ice cubes) and 120 milliliters of 10-day brewed cold drip — then it’s topped off with four more cold drip ice cubes. In case you’re curious, each cube is equal to two shots of espresso. So, yep, the beverage contains a ton of caffeine.

If you get jittery from a cup or two of regular coffee — not to mention if you have high blood pressure or a heart condition — this is NOT the beverage for you.

How much caffeine does the average American consume per day? A mere 200 mg, according to the FDA.

Apparently, the Asskicker was first created for an emergency department nurse who had to stay awake, according to Mashable. The coffee drink was sipped over two days, and the nurse stayed up for three days.

Our question is: How long did she sleep after that shift?!

Afterward, the café’s owner, Steve Benington, said he “toned it down a little,” but, still — you’ve been warned.

The caffeine in this drink is released into your system slowly versus all at once, and is meant to be sipped over several hours. Unlike other coffee drinks, the Asskicker tastes like toffee versus coffee, and will “lift you up and keep you there instead of peaking through the roof and dumping you hard later,” Benington told Mashable.

We’re intrigued, but we’re going to take his word on this one, and pass on the Asskicker.


But Can Coffee Be Good For You?

But, if you’re already a huge coffee drinker, here’s some good news: greater consumption of coffee could lead to a longer life, according to two studies published recently.

One study surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries, making it the largest study to date on coffee and mortality, and found that drinking more coffee could significantly lower a person’s risk of mortality.

The second study was more novel, as it focused on non-white populations. After surveying over 185,000 African-Americans, Native Americans, Hawaiians, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and whites, the researchers found that coffee increases longevity across various races.

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People who drank two to four cups a day had an 18 percent lower risk of death compared with people who did not drink coffee, according to the study. These findings are consistent with previous studies that had looked at majority white populations, said Veronica Wendy Setiawan, associate professor of preventative medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, who led the study on nonwhite populations.

“Given these very diverse populations, all these people have different lifestyles. They have very different dietary habits and different susceptibilities — and we still find similar patterns,” Setiawan said.

The new study shows that there is a stronger biological possibility for the relationship between coffee and longevity and found that mortality was inversely related to coffee consumption for heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

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The study on European countries revealed an inverse association between coffee and liver disease, suicide in men, cancer in women, digestive diseases and circulatory diseases. Those who drank three or more cups a day had a lower risk for all-cause death than people who did not drink coffee.

Both studies were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“We looked at multiple countries across Europe, where the way the population drinks coffee and prepares coffee is quite different,” said Marc Gunter, reader in cancer epidemiology and prevention at Imperial College’s School of Public Health in the UK, who co-authored the European study.

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Written by Daniella Emanuel for CNN. 

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