More To Coffee Than Just Beans

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli
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July 25, 2006

People all over wake-up to the rich smell of coffee brewing and depend on it for their caffeine fix.

"It gets them going in the morning, gets them awake. If they drink it throughout the day it gets them going," said Dave Fafara of Shenandoah Joe.

There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of coffee beans and even more blends to choose from, but if you're looking for the biggest kick:

"A lighter roasted coffee because the longer that you roast to coffee, the more you extract the caffeine from the coffee bean," said Fafara.

It has a lot to do with the time. The beans are roasted between 13 and 17 minutes depending on the bean.

"When we determine when the roast is done, based on our sight, our smell, our hearing, we'll pull it out through the door and then it comes into the cooling tray to cool down," said Fafara.

Once they are cool--these are the same beans you see at the grocery store.

A common myth is that espresso always has more caffeine than coffee-- but this is not always true. It just has a stronger taste.

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