We want to share with you why our cold brew coffees are awesome and unique from the rest, and...
There aren’t many people who say, “I want your lightest roast…” but why is that? What do we want in our coffee, and what are we looking for in the different roast profiles?
There’s a myth that the darker the bean, the higher the caffeine, and vice versa. There is also a proposition that the longer the bean is roasted, the less caffeine it will have. So here is what is actually happening with your beans during the roasting process.
The Darker the Bean, the Higher the Caffeine:
The color or darkness of the bean will determine whether or not your bean is a bit more bitter or not. The longer the bean is roasted, aka the darker the bean is, the more bitter it will be. But, darkness has very little to do with caffeine content. It is all about flavors, and whether or not you are looking for a more tea-like brew with a lighter roast, or bolder and more bitter flavors in a dark roast. Flavor does not determine the amount of caffeine, which is what most may think. “I want your boldest, darkest roast because I want more caffeine.” Not the case. We roast our beans to a point where they provide you with the most flavors.
The Longer the Roast, the Less Caffeine:
That brings me to the next myth of, the longer the bean is roasted, the less caffeine it will have. Yes, the bean will lose some of its caffeine during the roast process, however, it will lose so little that it would be a waste of time to try to measure it. Therefore, the darker beans will still have pretty much the same caffeine content as the lighter roasts.
The Brewing Process:
With all else aside, no matter how dark your beans are roasted, it is the brewing process that can determine the amount of caffeine you have. It is dependent on your ratio of coffee-to-water. Obviously the more coffee you have the stronger your cup will be, both flavor and caffeine, and vice versa. So it is your job to find what ratio you like the best for your favorite brewing method! Cold brew coffee actually holds the most caffeine content because of the large ratio, and the long brewing process. This is followed by drip, and espresso.
Here’s what you need to do:
1) Get your Peak Roasters Coffee Co. beans!
2) Read the blog post titled “Brewing Methods & Tips” to read about and try new methods!
3) Use the recommended ratios to find what you like best. (Try the cold brew!)
4) Let us know what you find! We love to hear about it.