That bold, hit-you-in-the-face, wake-you-right-up flavor of dark roasts is deceiving. Turns out you might actually be getting more caffeine from that fruity, citrusy light-roasted coffee!

When coffee beans get roasted, the heat damages their physical structure, releasing gases and acids trapped inside the molecules. Caffeine is one of the elements that suffers. The roasting process breaks it down, so the longer (darker) a coffee is roasted, the less caffeine it has.

It doesn’t make a huge difference, and there are lots of other factors that influence how much caffeine is in your coffee (varietal, brewing method, dose, etc). All other factors the same, a darker roast of one type of bean would have less caffeine than it’s more lightly roasted version. Still though – those citrusy, light roasted origins will perk you UP.


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  1. Is anybody else looking for Monday Motivation? Can we just say, without offending the rest of the country, “Go, Villanova, The entire Philadelphia area believes in you!” Sorry, but, it would be unfavorable luck, not to say it. Thanks, LC.

  2. I think the URNEX website (about us section) says something like ( please don’t take it verbatim) 800 factors that they need to account for in their work for coffee as opposed to something close to 200 for their wine accounts. I thought that was so interesting and wanted to share it, even though LC already knows 🙂 .

  3. Perhaps you, too, have chosen a French Roast over a Breakfast Blend because the one pound bag is larger, seeming like a better value. Well, that’s not entirely the case, because since the French Roast is roasted way darker than the Breakfast Blend, the beans have expanded in size. Yet, one pound still equals one pound, of course.

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