As much as you may think you know your coffee, you may just find…you don’t know beans. Here’s a little coffee cup trivia to sip on.

The Scoop

Let’s see how you measure up on this one. Did you know that medium roasted coffee beans are higher in caffeine than those classified as bold? That’s right. And, light roasted beans have more caffeine than medium or dark, per scoop, that is. The darker a coffee bean, the longer it was roasted. Dark roasted beans lose caffeine in the process and drop in mass as well. That means that ounce-per-ounce, scoop-by-scoop, a lighter bean yields more caffeine, mostly due to the bulk weight.

Just How Bold Are You?

What’s in your cup? While many of us die hard coffee drinkers swear by “the bolder the better”, some experts tend to disagree and say we are in the dark about…the dark.

The chemical make-up of a coffee determines its taste. The climate, geographical location and the roasting level of the beans all play a part in comprising the chemical properties. One will be chocolaty and another may have a hint of lemon.

Because dark beans roast longer, it is only natural that many of the more subtle flavors such as floral, fruit, berry or citrus tones are overshadowed in the process as caramelization occurs and renders a dark, rich, maybe even slightly charred taste. On the flip side, light roast coffees tend to be difficult to balance and often turn out with one dominant flavor such as fruity or nutty. According to those “in the know”, a medium or medium-dark roast may be just the ticket for the perfect pick to perk.

What’s in a Name?

You most likely know enough about coffee names to be able to successfully order your favorite blend, but do you know why they are called what they are called?

Expresso spouts from the Italian word “expresso” which means “to force out”. Expresso is made by forcing extremely hot water through coffee grounds under very high pressure so it is appropriately named, for sure.

Cappuccino is a bit trickier. Made from a double espresso coupled with hot milk or cream, usually prepared using an expresso machine, then a topping of foamy milk, cappuccinos take on a distinct color. At the time of cappuccino’s naming, the color of the beverage just happened to be the exact same as that of Capuchin friar habits and thus, the name was born.

Keeping Score

So, how’d you do? If you didn’t measure up, relax and have another cup, of coffee, that is. According to recent research, drinking 3 to 5 cups of java a day promotes cognitive functions and can cut your chances of developing Alzheimer’s and/or dementia by 65 percent. And that’s…a fact!

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