Caffeine Champion: Coffee Vs. Latte


A lot of us savor over the thought of drinking that cup of coffee in the morning to kick start our day, surrounded by the aroma and warmth of that first drink, reminding us of that exhale of comfort, similar to laying down in a jacuzzi at first touch, warm but soothing to the soul. Some drink lattes or swift shots of espresso with the intentions of jacking our brain cells and energy levels to kick us into action as we prepare for our day, ignoring the unavoidable bitter and sometimes enjoyable taste of deep, refined and dark coffee roasted beans.

Now, some say coffee has the most caffeine, others argue that espresso, in a latte, proportionate in size has the more heavily dense and concentrated caffeine, the taste says it all! Well, we are here to find out who reigns champion, Coffee Vs. Latte, condensed espresso vs refined, course light beans.

Coffee, in its simplicity, is water. Hot water filters through coffee grinds, course or fine as preference. When the hot water filters through, it is able to grab all the oil with it, in which is dark in color. The oil is what we call coffee. The oil from coffee beans contains caffeine, varying in strength. The lighter the roast, more caffeine, the darker the roast, the less amount of caffeine. Reasoning behind this is that the darker the roast, the more the bean is cooked, and when something is cooked longer, or darker in this case, the more the moisture evaporates and is removed from the bean, meaning there is less caffeine or oil present. Once the hot water filters through the beans, we are left with a final product of coffee. Very simple. We can say now that light roasted beans have the most caffeine, as compared to dark which has less. If you are still confused, read this next paragraph for further explanation. If you got it, jolly! Skip the next paragraph!

So, we shall continue. Now, if you are still questioning, "So, how does this dark and light thing work? It doesn't make sense! Dark tastes so much stronger, I feel so alert!!". Now, it is false to say dark has NO caffeine, just a lot less. Some say that the bitter taste of dark plays a placebo on the mind in terms of alertness and caffeine content. But let me give you an example. Eggs. When they are cooked, to the prime, light method of sunny side up, you are left with an abundantly nutritional meal, simple and sustainable in terms of taste. Now say we burn the
eggs, we are left with a black form that has little nutritional value, and the darkest and bitterest of taste. I hope you got it now! :)

OK. Lattes are the most delicious form of caffeine packed beverage. Lattes, in their most blandest understanding, is Espresso (condensed dark coffee) mixed in with milk, which can vary in fat content. The fatter the milk, the more smooth and silky the latte will taste. Now, don't go drinking half/half latte's (I'm looking at you Keto dietors). One could say that due to the Espresso content in the Latte's, Latte's are more caffeine packed which is true in one form.

 

 Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20049372

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20049372

Now, which one wins? Which has more caffeine? And the answer is, it depends. Yes, it depends what you are drinking and how your drink was made. It depends on the ratio of your coffee-to-water, as well as the amount espresso-to-water. We could say that, with a standard of 16oz latte which traditionally contains 2 shots of espresso, and a 16oz coffee with a standard ratio of 1.5 cups of water for each tablespoon of coffee, it is said that the cup of coffee contains more caffeine. Yes, in proportional industry standards of brew ratio and espresso content, a cup ofcoffee has more caffeine.

 

Top 3 Coffee & Tea Equipment

Yimmies Coffee Tea Top 3

       

     Old coffee equipment is the bane of our existence. Every morning we use the same old coffee & tea brewer that has been tortured for the past 5 years, slugging along at that good old cup of Joe. But, what if I told you that, your good old cup of Joe, is actually a bad cup of Michael (Joe's great uncle). You'd be furious! How could your eyes have been deceived?! I must find Joe, and I need a good old cup of Joe!

All jokes aside, who doesn't love a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea, that just starts your day off right. There are others ways that some might find their new favorite way of brewing their roast or leaves! Below, we rank our top 3 favorite home coffee equipment.


1. ChemEx

 Source: https://www.stumptowncoffee.com/brew-guides/chemex

Source: https://www.stumptowncoffee.com/brew-guides/chemex

The ChemEx is commonly used for a pour over, or simply, a single-cup brew. The ChemEx is the most organic way to produce a hot cup of coffee and the process is simple. Take your coffee filter, put it on the top of the ChemEx, then simply scoop in your desired amount of coffee into the ChemEx. Next, you poor hot water over the coffee and wait for the coffee to drop into the ChemEx glass base. Most ChemEx equipment come with a wooden glass divider so that when the user is ready to drink the coffee, he/she may dispose of the filter & grinds and pour from the wooden grip, so that you do not burn themselves. Simple, clean and the closest you can get to a fully organic brew, ChemEx is a beautiful selection to add to your library of coffee and tea equipment.


2. Moka Pot

 Source: www.homegrounds.co/best-coffee-for-moka-pots/

Source: www.homegrounds.co/best-coffee-for-moka-pots/

     The Moka Pot is our personal favorite. Such a beautiful and deep process that truly utilizes science. A Moka Pot is usually made of solid steel, with 3 separate pieces that make up the Moka Pot. First, is the base, or the, 'Bottom Chamber', where the reservoir of water is. Second, is the, 'Tube & Basket', or the, 'Funnel & Filter' as we like to call it. The tube & basket holds the coffee, tea or espresso, and is fitted into the bottom chamber. Combined, makes one whole piece. Water is poured into the bottom chamber, then the tube & basket is inserted into the water, then the grinds are poured into the basket. Next, is the 'Top Chamber', which contains a filter at the bottom. The filter's purpose is to prevent any grinds from entering the top chamber, where the beverage ends up.

Now that you understand the pieces, the process works at follows. Once the water is on the bottom chamber, the tube & basket is inserted into the bottom chamber, and the top chamber is screwed onto the bottom chamber, you simply put it over a stove around medium heat.

The brew is created when the heat vaporizes the water, and the heat causes the water to rise, through the tube into the basket, moistening the grinds in the basket. Once the heat continues to build up, the vapor shoots up the tube, into the basket, through the filter and onto the top chamber! Science! The process ends once no more vaporization appears, usually the bottom chamber is empty. The top chamber fits the same amount of liquid at the bottom chamber.


3. Samovar

 Source: www.marigoldhouseware.com/kitchen/persian-samovars/mulex-germany-2-ltr-persian-samovar-electric-tea-machine.html

Source: www.marigoldhouseware.com/kitchen/persian-samovars/mulex-germany-2-ltr-persian-samovar-electric-tea-machine.html

     Ahh, the Samovar, or pronounced by some as, 'See-maw-ahr'. The ancient piece of beautiful equipment is commonly known throughout the Middle Eastern and European for it's fashionable ability to produce large amounts of tea or coffee (sorry espresso, you aren't welcomed here.) The Samovar is commonly used for larger parties as the quantity it produces is at large, and does not seem convenient for a single individual. As a matter of fact, Yimmies will be serving our tea in our Samovar that will be held within the store.

Samovar's where heated or brewed through coal & charcoal, but as convenience and technology meet the 2000's, the electric Samovar became the thing of the year. Some Samovar's have a built in tea bucket that holds large amounts of tea, others come directly with a removable tea kettle.

For built in tea baskets, water is heated through the middle chamber and once heated, it rises and filters through the tea basket and pours to the bottom of the chamber, which is connected to a spigot. There usually is a glass valve on the exterior that informs the user of the amount of tea left in the samovar.

For removeable tea kettles, the process is simple. The water is heated through the base, which can be accessed with a heat-proof spigot on the bottom of the container which dispenses hot water, then the individual can poor tea by handle of the tea kettle. Simple, clean, fast and can be used to serve amounts of people!

 

AND THAT'S IT! Our selection of Top 3 Coffee & Tea Equipment! Let us know what you think, send us a message on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram! Thanks for reading, stay tuned for the next blog and any big news that comes up. Coffee shop is opening soon.