Everyone has different tastes when it comes to coffee beans and how they like their coffee prepared, so naming a particular type of coffee bean as “the best coffee beans” would be subjective. The most effective way to determine which coffee beans are the best is to sample as many different coffee varietals as possible. If that seems like an impossible task, take heart: There aren’t that many different types of coffee beans, and even if there were, coffee tasting is almost as fun as wine tasting–and you can safely get behind the wheel of a car afterwards! (As a matter of fact, some people assert that coffee consumption improves driver safety. )
So my point is this: Finding the best coffee beans should be viewed as an enjoyable journey of discovery. Wondering where to start the journey? Visit the Daily Grind’s online coffee store and buy a bag of what some people consider the best coffee beans in the world. I’m talking about coffee varietals like Ethiopian coffee beans (Ethiopian Yirgacheffe), Guatemalan coffee beans, Sumatra Mandheling, Costa Rican Tarrazu, El Salvador coffee beans, Indian Monsooned Malabar, and much more. The Daily Grind also offers a lightly roasted Espresso blend you might like, too.
Why should you start your search for the best coffee beans at the Daily Grind’s website? Well, they’re a family-owned coffee retailing business that’s been roasting their own coffee beans on the premises of their Albany, NY, cafe since 1976. They’ve been offering their customers carefully roasted, choice coffee beans for sale for decades, and they care about important things like quality, service, and customer satisfaction. Check out their coffee website and see, first hand, whether they have the best coffee beans you’ve every tasted. Enjoy the journey!
What are the benefits of coffee? Without rambling on for too long, I’ve attempted to answer that question at the Daily Grind’s new coffee blog. Check it out when you get a chance!
Wondering about how much caffeine there is in a cup of coffee? If so, you’re not alone.
There are thousands of coffee drinkers who are interested in or concerned about caffeine content in coffee. I think some people want to know about caffeine content so they can gauge how much they should drink to be alert and energized. Other people may be concerned about the potentially adverse affects of caffeine on their physical or mental health. In an attempt to put the risks vs benefits debate in perspective, I wanted to mention the conclusions of Harvard researchers who have stated that “the overall balance of risks and benefits [of coffee consumption] are on the side of benefits.” If you’re interested in specific information about how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee, I’ve included some numbers on caffeine content below, as well as links to other websites. There are a lot of variables that would determine how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee, but the figures I’ve dug up on caffeine content in coffee should give you a general idea of how much you’re consuming.
Based on my personal experience as a coffee drinker and the online research I’ve been doing on the subject of the benefits vs drawbacks of coffee consumption, here are some facts I’ve gathered–and observations I’ve made–about how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee and caveats to be aware of.
- Keeping in mind that everyone’s tolerance for caffeine is different, The Mayo Clinic suggests that 500 milligrams of caffeine a day is the maximum amount one should consume on any given day–especially if you’re at all sensitive to caffeine or have ever experienced any negative effects from it. (I’m paraphrasing, so check out the actual article on caffeine content for specifics.) While some people can guzzle coffee throughout the day without having any problems, others may suffer from a variety of less-than-desirable effects including anxiety, headaches, and jittery nerves. My personal opinion about coffee caffeine is that you should pay attention to what your body tells you and listen to it. If you have high blood pressure or are pregnant, caffeine is probably something you want to limit or avoid. There are other physical or mental conditions that could be potentially exacerbated (ooh, that’s a big word!) by excessive caffeine consumption, so if you have any concerns, ask your physician! It’s also better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your personal health and well being.
- The above-referenced threshold of 500 milligrams of caffeine a day does not apply to children or adolescents. My research tells me it’s much lower for them. The American Academy of Pediatrics says maximum caffeine intake for adolescents should be around 100 milligrams a day, which is roughly the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee. I say “roughly” because different varietals and brands of coffee beans have varying concentrations of caffeine. How coffee is prepared also has an impact on how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee. Caffeine content can be affected by a number of factors including the ratio of coffee to water that’s used in the brewing process. The fineness or courseness of the coffee grounds can also influence coffee caffeine content and, of course, the overall strength of the coffee. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about caffeine content:
- Q: How much caffeine is in a brewed cup of coffee? Answer: 80 to 135 milligrams.
- Q: What’s the caffeine content in a cup of coffee made with a drip coffee maker? Answer: 115 to 175 milligrams.
- Q: How about a cup of espresso coffee? Answer: 100 milligrams
- Q: Does decaffeinated coffee contain any caffeine? Answer: Yes, it may still contain some caffeine. Decaf coffee is usually not devoid of caffeine–although the caffeine content should be substantially lower than a regular cup of coffee. According to a chart on the Mayo Clinic website, decaf coffee caffeine content is in the neighborhood of zero to 25 milligrams in a cup of coffee.
By the way, I got those coffee caffeine content numbers from an exhaustive coffee article on Wikipedia (I was exhausted after reading it). They referenced the Journal of the American Dietetic Association as their source for of information on caffeine in a 7-oz cup of coffee. The article includes some helpful information about caffeine in a cup of coffee, but it also tells you virtually everything you could possibly want to know about the history and economical impact of coffee, as well as the health benefits of coffee and the potential health risks of caffeine and coffee.
Getting back to the main question you may have on your mind about how much caffeine in coffee, a good source of specific information is the Mayo Clinic article I mentioned earlier. It includes charts on caffeine content for coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, and other products. It also lists specific coffee caffeine content for things like for espresso restaurant-style coffee, Starbucks lattes, Starbucks Pike Place brewed coffee (330 mgs in a 16-oz cup of coffee!?), McDonald’s Mocha Frappe, generic instant, and a few others. To access those coffee caffeine charts, you need to click on the links next to that green graphic that says “Mayo Clinic Diet”. Another website that lists caffeine content for a variety of coffee beverages and soft drinks is http://wilstar.com. The caffeine levels it lists for different beverages vary from the information I found, but its sources of information, which include the National Soft Drink Association and the US Food and Drug Administration, appear to be authoritative. If you know of any other reliable sources of online information about how much caffeine in a cup of coffee, feel free to post a comment.
Where to Buy Good Coffee Online
In closing, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention one of the best places to buy coffee beans online: The Daily Grind. They’ve been roasting coffee beans on the premises of their Albany, NY, cafe since 1976, and they offer a great selection of some of the best tasting coffee beans in the world. Whether you’re interested in buying Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Sumatra Mandheling, or good old-fashioned Columbian coffee, The Daily Grind can prepare a fresh roasted bag of quality coffee beans for you and deliver them right to your front door. They also carry coffee from El Salvador, Guatemalan coffee, Costa Rican Tarrazu, and coffee beans from a few other choice locations around the globe–India, for example.
What gives me confidence in them as an online coffee store is the fact that they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, which assures that you’ll get a no-hassle refund if you’re not satisfied with the quality of their coffee beans. They’ve been online coffee retailers for almost as long as the Internet has existed–at least in the form that we know it today, so they’re experienced in providing good customer service and efficient delivery of coffee beans and loose tea leaves to your home or office. Visit their coffee website to check out their offerings. Their newly redesigned online coffee store will give you a good flavor, so to speak, of the kind of quality-oriented coffee business they operate.
by Joel Sussman
Depending on how seriously you take it, gift buying can be a challenging activity. It’s sometimes difficult to know what a particular person would enjoy receiving as a gift, and nobody wants to waste money on a gift that will just end up collecting dust on a shelf, or even worse–get re-gifted! I suppose that’s a way to avoid having the gift be entirely wasted, but when a gift has been re-gifted, it seems like the ultimate confirmation that your gift was considered a “dud”. Of course most of the time, gift givers have no idea that their gift was given away to someone else–unless the gift was accidentally given back to the original gift giver. That probably qualifies as one of the more awkward situations you could potentially find yourself in.
Gifts for Coffee Lovers
Coffee lovers–a group that I consider myself to a member of–are theoretically easier to buy gifts for than other groups. To make sure the gift is a success though, it’s helpful to know a few details about the recipient. For example, if the coffee lover you’re shopping for already own two coffee grinders–one for home and one for the office–then they probably won’t enjoy receiving a third one. On the other hand, if the intended recipient of your coffee lover gift does not own a coffee grinder–or the one they do own needs to be replaced–then a coffee grinder, such as a Baratza coffee grinder–might be the perfect gift for coffee lovers on your list. At the Daily Grind’s website, it’s priced at $129.00 (as of 3/6/13).
Coffee Lovers Gifts for Those on a Budget
If you’re looking to spend a lot less on a gift for a coffee lover, but still want to get a coffee maker that has a good reputation for quality, consider a 10-cup Chemex glass coffee maker. It’s been recognized for its artistic design and its ability to make a virtually perfect cup of coffee every time. At $37.90 plus the cost of an $8.50 box of Chemex bonded filters, it’s one of the lower-priced coffee lovers gifts that is almost sure to be appreciated by any serious coffee lover.
Whether you decide to buy a Chemex glass coffee maker or a Baratza coffee grinder, a good way to round out any gift for coffee lovers is by including a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans from The Daily Grind. They sell a wide variety of coffee from some of the premier coffee bean locations in the world, including Bolivia, Columbia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Africa, Mexico, and Sumatra. Visit their online coffee store to check out their full selection of good coffee beans, coffee makers, coffee bean grinders, cappuccino machines, loose tea leaves, and much more! http://dailygrind.com.
Other gift ideas for coffee lovers include coffee mugs, a coffee lover gift basket, a coffee-themed t-shirt, a coffee gift card, a coffee travel mug, or coffee-themed poster, art print, or sign. You may think that coffee lover gifts are few and far between, but one you make a concerted effort to find them–either online or off line–you’ll be pleasantly surprised how readily available and varied gifts for coffee lovers are.