Dev Tidbits #001: How much caffeine do developers consume?

This is the first post in our new “Dev Tidbits” series, which looks at interesting, quirky and fun facts about developers in their professional and personal lives.

How much caffeine do developers consume?

Between writing code and scripts, testing, fixing bugs, keeping projects on schedule, late-night deployments, learning new languages and frameworks, fixing more bugs, refactoring and waiting for the compiler (or any of the other tasks that chew up a programmer’s day) there are a lot of demands on a software developer’s time. How do devs stay alert and on task throughout a long day (or night) of coding?

The answer is pretty simple: CAFFEINE.

In a recent informal poll, we asked 1,117 CodeProject members to tell us how much caffeine they consume each day and here’s what we found.

How much caffeine do devs consume?

Apparently developers really like their caffeine! Sure, there’s a segment of developers (about 16 percent of  those surveyed) that won’t ever touch a drop of caffeine-laden beverages, but the average developer consumes the equivalent of anywhere from one to five cups of coffee a day. There’s even a small, yet dedicated group of addicts enthusiasts that drink in excess of 10 espressos a day!

So, next time you’re planning a conference or event with developers be sure to stockpile plenty of coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, and maybe even some liquid caffeine for good measure.

It will come in handy. I promise.

Editorial note: For the purposes of this poll we defined an 8oz brewed coffee or a 2oz espresso as having about 100mg of caffeine, a cup of Tea about 50mg of caffeine, and a can of Coke as 35mg of caffeine. More caffeine measurements can be found here and here.

8 Responses to “Dev Tidbits #001: How much caffeine do developers consume?”

  1. I wonder how the guys who don’t drink coffee make it through a long stressful day. Please can they share their secret.

    • Shed Dweller

      I can never find anybody willing to get up early enough to chase me…
      Besides, I’d probably spill my tea.

  2. Br.Bill

    pro•gram•mer : n. a device used to convert coffee into magic and urine

    • chris

      tidbit vs titbit:

      In American and Canadian English, tidbit is the preferred spelling of the noun referring to (1) a choice morsel or (2) a pleasing bit of something. Titbit is preferred everywhere else. Neither spelling is right or wrong. Titbit is older, but tidbit is etymologically justifiable (the first syllable likely comes from the archaic colloquialism tid, meaning tender). And tidbit is not so new itself; it was well established in American English by the early 1800s.

      Given that Kevin’s Canadian we’ll use this as the excuse. As an Australian I’ll try and remember to use “titbit” if there’s a need.


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