A Recap of Caffeine Crawl 2017! by Steve Willingham

Yesterday, we got to participate in our second Caffeine Crawl! You can read about last year's crawl here. We had a blast teaching people a couple of aeropress recipes, one for black coffee and one for an "espresso" for an iced honey lavender latte

We wanted to show that making a good coffee is about having simple repeatable routines, even if you aren't ready to spend money on the nicest equipment. With this in mind, we eliminated the scales, fancy kettles, etc. Here's the recipe:


  1. Bring water to a boil and set it aside
  2. Place filter in the filter holder
  3. Screw the filter holder into the aeropress
  4. Pour some hot water through the filter to rinse
  5. Set your aeropress on your favorite mug
  6. Pour 16g (or one heaping scoop) ground coffee into the aeropress
  7. Pour 225g water (or fill between the 3 and 4 markings) into the aeropress
  8. After 1 minute, put the plunger into the aeropress and gently press
  9. Unscrew the filter holder and press the coffee into the trash for easy cleanup
  10. Drink some coffee

To make our espresso-like coffee, we used half the water, filling only to the number two, which allowed us to create a syrupy, concentrated shot that can stand up in milk and balance out the honey lavender syrup for a delicious iced latte. 

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They're so easy to use, and this is only one of a million recipes to make awesome coffee with an aeropress. It can be as easy or as challenging as you'd like. We definitely believe that the more precise you can be, the better and more consistent your coffee will be, so if you're interested in the tools to perfect your recipe, check out our shop.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Crawl. Can't wait to do it again next year!

Does a dark roast coffee have more caffeine? by Steve Willingham

Someone asked me the other day, "is it true that dark roast coffees have less caffeine than light roast coffees? Or is it the other way around?"

The answer isn't as straightforward as you might like. Either way, the answer can be yes. 


When raw coffee is introduced into the roaster, you've got about ten minutes of chemical and physical changes that turn a rock-hard, tasteless seed into the soft, aromatic, and delicious beans we know and love. One of the physical changes is simply evaporation. Not just water though. Caffeine evaporates too.

During the roasting process, coffee is going to lose 10-25% of its weight. Most of that is water because it evaporates at a low temperature compared to the other natural chemicals in the coffee, and that weight directly corresponds to the roast level. A light roast will lose relatively little weight. The darker the roasting goes, the more weight it will lose in the process.

That means dark roast coffees have less caffeine by bean, but light roast coffees have less caffeine by weight. When we make a cup of coffee in our shop, we weigh out 23g of coffee, rather than counting out 57 beans, so chances are, a darker roasted coffee will use more beans to fill 23g, and that's where you end up with more caffeine. 

How much of a difference does this make? A negligible amount. Really, variety will play a much bigger role than roast level, but does it matter? We always say the coffee with the most caffeine is the one you want to have a second cup of.

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TL;DR Sort of, yes, but there's not a big enough difference for you to notice. Just drink what you enjoy drinking.