We’ve talked about coffee bars, coffee art, and even coffee plants. But we haven’t talked about the different types of coffee you can drink! Let’s fix that!
Hello again! I am honestly surprised with myself. After all my professing that coffee is my one true love (behind baseball that is) I have not done a post on the wonderfulness that is java! So, I had to rectify that ASAP. We’ve had a couple coffee related posts here at FurnishMyWay, such as coffee art, coffee bars, great coffee recipes, rainbow lattes, and even coffee plants. However, I realized after I wrote my benefits of tea post, and went over all the different types of tea, that we don’t have one like that for coffee. Well, today I am fixing that. There are so many awesome kinds of coffee you can make, and there are even some benefits of drinking coffee you might not know about. Let’s take a few minutes and go over the different types of coffee, and some cool benefits of coffee. Are you ready to talk java? Scroll down if you are!
First, I had to share this wonderful graphic. This goes over nearly every type of coffee you can order at your typical coffee shop, or make at home. Pretty cool, right? Of course, there are tons of different types of coffee. It depends on the country you’re in, and the coffee shop you’re at. Some shops have exclusive coffee drinks, and some countries have coffee made a certain way that you can’t get at most shops (Turkish or Cuban coffee, anyone?). But, these here are typical ones that are common at most shops around the world. You can order an espresso or a latte almost anywhere!
Next I have to talk about the coffee plant. I mentioned it in my tree post here, but wanted to give another brief overview. There are several varieties of coffee plants, Arabica being the most popular. It loves indirect sunlight, and can grow well indoors. The flowers that bloom after a few years smell a lot like jasmine and orange blossom. When you start to see green coffee cherries, you know you’re about to have coffee! As soon as the cherries turn a deep red color, you can pick them! Then, pop the coffee bean from the cherry and dry it out for roasting. You can also eat the cherries; they’re supposed to be good!
c/o Piotr Miazga
Brewing coffee is not as simple as me telling you how to brew tea. There are tons of gadgets out there, and in all honesty, it depends on the type of drink you want. However, this graphic here goes over some of the more common methods and how to make the best cup o’ joe. Popular methods are with a standard coffee maker, French press, espresso coffee maker, or cold brewing methods. Other types of coffee machines can include Turkish, drip, vacuum, and many, many more. Again, it all depends on what type of coffee you want.
There are different roasts of coffee beans as well. As you can see, there are tons of different shades of color on these beans here. You can see everything from green coffee beans, which aren’t ready, to dark roast. I myself prefer dark roast coffee for a bold flavor that’s less acidic, but if you don’t know what you like, here is a handy guide to help you figure out what roast is best for you! There are also different types of coffee beans, but most coffee brands use Arabica.
Another thing to consider is the various grinds of coffee you can buy or make. You’ll want to pick your grind based on the type of coffee you want to make. For instance, most drip coffee makers make better coffee when you use coarser grounds, but it depends on the coffee maker. You’ll need to check and see what grind is best for your machine, and the type of coffee you want. If you want to grind it yourself, you’ll need to get a good coffee grinder. Also, espresso makers will need a fine grind to make the best espresso. If you are a fan of Turkish coffee, which is super fun to make, you’ll pretty much want a powder fine grind so it dissolves.
One thing I’m sure you are all wondering is what is the caffeine content of coffee? Typically, the average cup of joe has about 95 mg of caffeine. Now, that’s all going to depend on the brand of coffee. There’s some you can buy on Amazon called Death Wish that has 650 mg of caffeine per 12 oz cup. That’s an almost alarming amount when you compare it to a typical bag of Starbucks Pike Place, which has about 310 mg of caffeine per 16 oz cup. Yeah, even caffeine addicted me balks at the amount of caffeine in Death Wish coffee. Still want to try it, though, because why not? This lovely graph here can help you figure out what type of coffee will give you the caffeine content you want. Though, always check the brand of coffee. A latte made with Starbucks Pike Place versus one made with Death Wish Coffee is going to have a very, very different level of caffeine.
Interesting benefits of coffee include things you might have expected and others you probably didn’t. Due to the caffeine, you can feel less tired and have higher energy levels. Most types of black coffee can boost your metabolic rates, for a short time at least. Black coffee can also help reduce the risk of Type II Diabetes, and even help lower your risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, certain types of cancers, and even Parkinson’s. It can also lower your risk of stroke, which seems odd because caffeine raises your blood pressure, but that goes away if you are a regular coffee drinker. Coffee is also full of antioxidants, which is good news for the avid coffee lover! However, all of these benefits change due to what sorts of additives you put in your coffee. Black coffee is best, and coffee with a bit of milk is the next best thing. But, don’t let me deter you from drinking coffee however you like. All coffee is good coffee in my book!
Well, there you have it, folks! A great post on the benefits of coffee and types of coffee drinks you can get almost anywhere. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it! What are your favorite coffee types? Favorite roast? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this post with your family and friends! As always, stay creative, my friends.
**Featured image via Sawada Coffee