‘Ass Kicker’ Coffee Contains Near Lethal Dose Of Caffeine And Comes With A Health Warning

One cup of Ass Kicker iced coffee from Viscous Coffee in Adelaide, Australia reportedly has 80 times more caffeine than a shot of espresso and 50 times more than a cup of regular coffee. According to Adelaide Now, that amount is half the lethal dose. A large serving of “Ass Kicking” is intended to be consumed over 12-18 hours of “up time”.

The USDA says there’s 64 mg of caffeine in a fluid ounce of espresso and 95 mg of caffeine in an 8-ounce cup of coffee. I’ve read that this Ass Kicker drink apparently has 5 GRAMS of caffeine, however, if my calculations are correct, it’s probably closer to 1.5 – 2 grams. Still. The handcuffs are on standby to arrest your heart.

The drink first came about when an ER nurse needed to stay awake for an unexpected night shift, so she drank the concoction over two days and ended up staying awake for almost three days.

One commenter on the original article, going by John T., noted:

“This must be stopped; caffeine is a drug, and it is easy to overdose. Years ago I used to chain drink mugs of instant coffee, 12 per day. The result resembled major heart trouble, and very luckily I’m still alive.”

And he was brutally burned by “Michelle”, possibly his ex-wife:

“@John T Nobody forced you to drink 12 cups of coffee a day. Maybe you should have exercised come self control.”

The coffee shop warns:

“Seriously, if you suffer from high or low blood pressure and/heart conditions, we suggest one of their other amazing styles!”

The warning’s also on their menu in-store.

So, what’s in it?

  • Four (4) espresso shots
  • Four (4) 48-hour brewed cold drip ice cubes
  • 120ml of 10-day brewed cold drip
  • Four (4) more 48-hour brewed cold drip ice cubes

Shop owner Steve Benington explained that “Each cold drip ice cube is approximately equivalent of a bit more than two shots of espresso in caffeine.”

If my math is correct, that’s 4 + (4 x 2 = 8) + (4 x 2 = 8) = 20+ shots of espresso. If that’s to be consumer over 12-18 hours of “UP TIME”, that’s more than a shot of espresso per hour. If Jason Statham ever decides to do Crank 3, the Ass Kicker could be his co-star.

Via BoingBoing, Oddity Central, Adelaide Now

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