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How to Get Rid of Coffee Jitters

What is more blissful than having a hot (or cold) cup of coffee before going to work every morning? Not surprisingly, the aroma and deliciousness of coffee is not the…

What to Look for in a Good Cup of Coffee

When it comes to that perfect cup of coffee it’s entirely up to your personal preference what you need most. You want a cup that’s going to offer the perfect flavor and quality, after all. You also want something that you can brew easily and serve just the way you like it. But what exactly are you looking for?

Light Roast Coffee

Light roast coffee is actually a little bit toasted and quite a bit acidic. It actually retains most of the flavor because it’s not being roasted out over a long period of time. It also tends to have more of the caffeine because of this lack of roasting. It has a mellow body to it and it’s light in color with no oil on the beans themselves. If you want more acid and a bit more vibrancy to your coffee this is the way to go.

Medium Roast Coffee

Medium roast is generally a solid brown color, and it’s one of the more commonly known and recognized types of coffee. There’s still very little to no oil on the exterior of the beans and it’s only slightly less acidic than the light roast coffee. It also has a balanced flavor profile overall with a little bit more sweetness and darkness to the blend. You’ll still get a good amount of the actual notes to the coffee.

Dark Roast Coffee

Dark roast coffees are the ones that you’ve likely heard of being the strongest, but that’s not necessarily the case. This type of coffee is roasted quite long and therefore removes much (if not all) of the acidity. They have quite a bit of oil on the surface and they have a very deep and dark flavor to them rather than the brightness or the midtones that you get with light or medium roast. They have quite a heavy body to them as well.

French Roast Coffee

This isn’t the only other option, but it’s one of the most popular (winning out over espresso, New Orleans, Italian and Continental). French roast coffee is also extremely oily on the outside of the bean and extremely dark. This also lends itself to the flavor profile which is very dark and heavy, but with a flavor that’s completely different from the coffee beans themselves.

Just make sure you’re avoiding those coffee jitters and see which version of coffee is the perfect match for your taste buds and your morning pick-me-up.