Coffee 101

I’m not gonna lie – I LOVE to tell people something they don’t know, and any opportunity to incorporate coffee I just can’t turn down.  My most recent student was a friend who is also an avid coffee drinker, but like many java-lovers was unaware of this often unknown fact:  darker roasts actually have LESS caffeine than lighter roasts.  The reason? – darker coffee is roasted longer, hence the stronger flavor but thereby destroying some of the caffeine from being exposed to high heat for longer periods of time.  This is why morning brews are typically lighter – more caffeine to wake you up.  Dessert, or ‘after dinner’, coffees are darker with more flavor and less caffeine.  I always feel super smart when explaining this to someone because most often people assume the opposite.  Coffee 101 complete!