Celsius VS Coffee | How They Differ And Which One Fits You?

John Newbranch
Post date 06.02.2023

A lot of people that used to rely on coffee for their caffein needs are switching to drinks like celsius instead.

But is this a smart move in terms of health and budget? 

TAKE AWAY : No, coffee is an overall a cheaper and healthier source of caffeine than celsius. However if you work out a lot Celsius could be a nice addition to your daily drink routine.


I decided to research this subject after an argument with my friends over the question of Celsius VS Coffee. She is an avid energy drinker and I have almost a decade as a barista, so you can see how our opinions might differ.

So I got in contact with my friend who is a licensed nutritionist to get his point of view on the matter. Then I examined the raw data as well as peoples experience with switching from coffee to energy drinks.


Coffee is the most common source of caffeine for people all over the world. Not surprising since it is also one of the most popular drinks over all.

But in recent years brands like Celsius have encroached more and more on coffee’s caffeine monopoly. Besides more caffeine, celsius claims to provide a lot of other benefits with the addition of vitamins and other nutrients.

But is celsius better or is it just a bunch of marketing BS? Continue reading to find out who wins the celsius vs coffee competition.


Nutritional Facts Celsius VS Coffee

Amount per Serving%Daily ValueAmount per Serving%Daily Value
COFFECOFFECELSIUSCELSIUS
Calories2.4kcal15 cal
CarbsN/AN/A2 g1 %
Riboflavin0.182 mg9 %1.7 mg 100 %
Niacin0.458 mg3 %20 mg100 %
Vitamin B6N/AN/A2 mg100 %
Vitamin B12N/AN/A6 mg100 %
Vitamin E0.024 mg0.16 %6 mg100 %
BiotinN/AN/A300 mg100 %
CalciumN/A N/A50 mg5 %
ChromiumN/AN/A50 mg41 %
CitrullineN/AN/A2 g25 %
Iron 0.024 mg0.3 %N/AN/A
Magnesium7.2 mg2 %N/AN/A
Phosphorus7.2 mg1 %N/AN/A
Potassium118 mg3 %N/AN/A
Sodium4.8 mg0.2 %N/AN/A
Zinc0.048 mg0.4 %N/AN/A
Copper0.005 mg0.5 %N/AN/A
Choline6.24 mg1 %N/AN/A
Thiamin0.034 mg3 %N/AN/A

Note: The % Daily Value is based on an average person and may differ from your own. You can see it more as a point of reference for a reasonable amount.


What are the ingredients in Celsius good for?

Unlike coffee (for the most part) the ingredients you see in celsius are intentionally added. So let’s look at the most important nutrients and see why you would want them in your drink.


Riboflavin:

Riboflavin can fight free radicals and may reduce or help prevent some of the damage they cause. Riboflavin is also needed to help the body change vitamin B6 and folate into forms it can use. (Mount Sinai)


Niacin

Niacin can lower cholesterol, ease arthritis, and boost brain function, among other benefits. However, it can also cause serious side effects if you take large doses. (healthline.com)

It is worth noting that the amount found in a can of Celsius is not considered dangerous.’


Vitamin B6

Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) is important for normal brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy. (Mayo Clinic)


Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps your body produce red blood cells, which are responsible for delivering oxygen to the muscles. (BodyLogicMD)


Vitamin E

Like vitamin C, vitamin E could help reduce the amount of cell damage caused by free radicals. (220 Triathlon)


Biotin

Biotin helps convert food into energy, which is crucial during workouts. Basically improved energy levels. (meetaila.com)


Chromium

It enhances the effect of insulin on our bodies and improves the uptake of glucose which improves our blood circulation and maintains our blood sugar levels. (muscleandstrength.com)


Citrulline

Several studies show that citrulline may help to improve your athletic performance. It can do this by increasing the amount of oxygen in your muscle tissue. (webmd.com)


This is just a quick overview of what each of these nutrients may do for your body. If you are interested in learning more about them be sure to read up on them online or consult with a nutrition expert.


So Is Celsius Better Than Coffee Then?

Well… It depends ( figures… ). As a general source of caffeine I would not say that replacing Coffee with Celsius is necessarily a good idea in terms of health and budget. 

As you can see in the table above coffee contains a lot of elements that are good for your body ( although in small amounts ) as well as caffeine, for a fraction of the price of Celsius.

However, If you are someone that works out a lot adding a Celsius to your daily routine might be an good idea. Especially if you are suffering from vitamin deficiency.

If nothing else, a Celsius might be the carrot you need to get yourself to the gym when you don’t want to…


Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that this is just my opinion and there are a lot of differing ones. As my nutritionist told me, you can actually get all the minerals and contents of a Celsius at a much lower price if you just source them individually. 

But he also said that it’s not really the point either. He sees Celsius more as a great tasting drink to buy now and then when you work out. It’s great for boosting morale and adding a few minerals into your system along with some caffeine.

So coffee is not going to beat celsius as a training supplement, and it isn’t supposed to. But in terms of general health and budget I would say that coffee beats Celsius in both fields. Coffee is both cheaper and contains all natural ingredients without the additives found int Celsius.

On top of that Coffee is a tremendous social drink with infinite variation. 


So who is the winner? Don’t let a biased coffee lover like myself make that choice for you. I just presented the facts as well as my opinion. Now it is up to you to do the research and make your own decision. 

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AUTHOR

John has been in the game of blending and brewing for years now. Originally from Sweden, he has worked as a barista at coffee shops in the US and as a bar manager at a smoothie and juice bar in Paris. Now he is the main editor for Blend Brew Enjoy where he puts all his passion and effort into helping people find their love for coffee and smoothies.

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