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Do coffee roasts have different levels of caffeine?

Caffeine Levels: Do They Vary by Roast Type?

As coffee drinkers, we often joke around that we need a jolt of caffeine or need to wake up a bit. Over the years, we have heard folks say that they prefer a dark roast, not just because of the bolder taste, but because it has more caffeine. We aren't sure where that rumor started, but let's dive into the different roasts of coffee and how caffeine is effected.

Unveiling Caffeine in Coffee

Caffeine, the cherished stimulant found in coffee, varies based on factors like bean type, roast level, brewing method, and serving size. On average, an 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee contains about 95 milligrams of caffeine, but this number can fluctuate. So which roast has the most caffeine?

Shedding Light on Light Roasts

Contrary to popular belief, light roast coffee boasts more caffeine than its darker counterparts. Light roasts undergo a shorter roasting process, preserving the bean's natural caffeine content. Offering a bright and acidic flavor profile, light roasts deliver a lively caffeine kick to start your day on the right note.

Check out Just Brew Coffee's Renegade for a great light roast!

Medium Roasts: Finding the Perfect Balance

Medium roast coffee strikes a delightful balance between flavor and caffeine content. Roasted slightly longer than light roasts, medium roasts maintain a moderate caffeine level while showcasing a fuller body and more nuanced flavor profile. Ideal for those seeking a middle ground between boldness and smoothness.

Check out Just Brew Coffee's Blue Moon (Bali) for a great medium roast!

Embracing the Darkness of Dark Roasts

Dark roast enthusiasts revel in the deep, smoky flavors of their brew, though they sacrifice some caffeine in the process. The prolonged roasting duration of dark roasts diminishes the caffeine content, resulting in a brew with intense flavor but a milder caffeine punch. Despite its lower caffeine content, dark roast coffee remains a favorite for its robust taste and aromatic allure.

Check out Just Brew Coffee's Wingman for a great dark roast!

Brewing Methods: Another Piece of the Puzzle

Beyond roast level, brewing method also plays a significant role in caffeine extraction. Espresso, for instance, delivers a concentrated caffeine jolt due to its high-pressure extraction process, despite typically using darker roasts. Conversely, cold brew, which involves steeping coarsely ground coffee in cold water for an extended period, yields a smoother brew with slightly lower caffeine content.

Savoring the Diversity of Caffeine

In the world of coffee, caffeine content is as varied as the flavors and aromas it offers. Whether you favor the bright, lively notes of a light roast or the bold richness of a dark roast, Just Brew Coffee encourages you to explore the spectrum of caffeine content and find the perfect brew for your palate and energy needs.

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