It’s more than just a cup of Joe.

“Hey wanna grab a cup of coffee sometime?” Some use it to ask someone on that ice breaking first date, others use it to wake up in the morning, and others are infatuated with it. Coffee!

Its pretty cool stuff, or wait its hot stuff. Coffee has done a number of things for us since it was first discovered. It’s mainly used to wake you up in the morning, but it’s transformed into more than just a black slug.

Lets look at types of coffee roasts, types of coffee drinks, and its health benefits, so when you take that special someone on that first date you can impress them with some knowledge.

roasts

There are about 4 basic types of roasts, light, medium, medium-dark, and dark. These different roasts types define flavor profiles, acidity levels, and caffeine levels.

light

Light roasts contain the most amount of caffeine and are usually more acidity that the other roasts. They are usually roasted till an internal temperature of 180C – 205C giving them a light brown color. This causes the beans to have no oil on the outside, because the bean is not heated enough to have the oil break through. These roasts have very mild flavors and include the following profiles, Light City, Half City, and Cinnamon.

medium

These beans a roasted slightly higher than lighter roasts, 210C – 220C. This gives the beans a bit more body than light roasts and a medium brown color. The flavors are a bit more balances versus the light roasts, but contain slightly less caffeine. Medium Roasts are usually classified as Breakfast Roast, American Roast, or City Roast.

medium-dark

Medium Roasts have a rich dark color compared to light and medium roasted, because they are roasted at 225C – 230C. They will also have more body than the other two roasts with a lot of the flavors and the aromas of the roasting process becoming more noticeable. These roasts are usually After Dinner Roast, Full-City Roast, and the Vienna Roast.

dark

Well obviously they are going to be dark. They are usually a chocolate color and can sometimes even be almost black. When roasted to this point the original flavor of the beans is lost and replaced with the flavors of the roasting process. They are usually roasted around 240C – 250C. Buying dark roasted can be difficult due to the multitude of names. Here are some of the more popular ones French Roast, Espresso Roast Spanish Roast, New Orleans Roast, Italian Roast, and Continental Roast.

types of coffee drinks

Espresso – A single shot of Espresso

Double Espresso (Doppio) – A double shot of Espresso

Short Macchiato – An espresso shot with a dollop of steamed milk

Long Macchiato – A double shot of espresso with a dollop of steamed milk

Americano – An espresso shot and hot water

Cafe Latte – A shot of espresso with steamed milk and small amount of foam

Cappuccino – A shot of espresso with steamed milk and a good amount foam

Flat White – An espresso shot with steamed milk and no foam

Mocha – A shot of espresso, chocolate powder, steamed milk, and a good amount of foam

Affogato (My Favorite) – A shot of espresso with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

health benefits of coffee

So caffeine is more than just a boost of energy! There are some benefits to drinking it as well, in moderation. Caffeine can help you burn fat by boosting your metabolic burn rate by 4-9%. There are also strong ties that it is able to help you with physical performance, by helping breakdown fat calls releasing it into the blood steam which is a boost of energy. Coffee also carries with it a good amount of essential nutrients including Vitamins B2, B5, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Niacin. Drinking about 2-3 cups a day will provide you will a good amount of these vitamins and minerals. Coffee has some positive affects on your liver as well. It will help protect it against cirrhosis. Heck coffee can even help fight depression which will help you be happier. It has a high number of antioxidants as well, which is great for fighting free radicals and lowering your risk of certain types off cancer.

So grab yourself some coffee and a date! It’s healthy for your body and your relationships!

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