Half a resolution.

As I wrote last New Year's Eve on Facebook, resolve to drink better coffee in the new year. But many are health conscious (or at least for the first week of the year) and even though coffee has been proven to provide excellent health benefits, one area you might consider cutting back on is caffeine. This is particularly important for those that enjoy a cup later in the day. Here are some suggestions to consider:

Choose darker roasts
As we mentioned in an earlier post, the darker the roast, typically the less caffeine - a bit of a misconception among many casual drinkers. The lighter the roast, the less caffeine has been "burned off" during the roast.

Choose espresso over drip or pour-overs
Again, as mentioned before, the longer water sits in coffee during brewing the more caffeine in the final product. That's why cold brew is so high in caffeine and espresso, much to the surprise of many, has a relatively low amount of it.

Try a half-caff blend
We here at House Cup are working on a half-caff blend that you can enjoy that has a reduced amount of caffeine but without sacrificing the taste. Look for it in the store in the coming weeks.

Give "it" a try
When I say "it" I mean decaffeinated coffee. If done right, decaf coffee from a speciality coffee roaster such as House Cup can provide a great cup of coffee without the caffeine. We like the Honduras Decaf and recently got excited about the Brazil Decaf. Look for one of these in our online store.

One more suggestion
Many of you like to put heavy cream and/or sugar in your coffee. As you begin to buy better, speciality coffee from places like House Cup, try drinking it black. You'll begin to enjoy different tastes and aromas while cutting out the sugar and fats. Much like wine, over time your pallet becomes more mature and you begin to enjoy varietals that you didn't before.

Some Coffee Geek Talk
Specialty coffee roasters have two choices in decaffeinated coffee - Swiss Water Process and Mountain Water Process. Swiss Water, despite its name, is actually done in Canada. Mountain Water Process is done in Mexico. According to Imbibe, "the two water processes involve similar steps, beginning with green coffee beans being either steamed or soaked in hot water to expand the coffee’s pores, making the caffeine more easily extractable. From there, the beans are soaked in water and a proprietary blend of coffee solids, which, over time removes the caffeine while leaving the original flavor oils intact. That water is then moved to a separate tank and the caffeine is filtered out. The beans are dried and shipped to roasters around the world."

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