Posted on May 11, 2017
Emile Haddad Seattle Coffee Expert Debunks Common Coffee Myths
Emile Haddad Seattle Coffee Lover: Top 3 Myths About Coffee Debunked
Hey there, welcome! My name is Emile Haddad. Seattle, as some of you may know, has been at the center of a growing coffee industry since coffee shop chains sprouted up around the world more than three decades ago. In fact, locals of Emerald City consume coffee more than any other city in the country, and are very proud of Seattle’s coffee craft and culture. Having grown up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee all my life, I admit we take our coffee pretty seriously over here at Seattle. That said, I thought of writing down a short list of common coffee myths people ought to stop believing:
1. Dark roasts have more caffeine than light roasts – I admit to believing this one until I seriously got into coffee—finally regarding it as more than just a causal hobby. In a nutshell, a darker roast doesn’t necessarily mean more caffeine content compared to a light roast—in no way at all does color affect the caffeine level. So the next time someone tells you they exclusively drink dark roasts for its high caffeine content, tell them that between dark and light roasts, there’s actually little variance in the caffeine content. As coffee lovers, I’m sure they would appreciate learning a thing or two about their favorite cuppa!
2. Pregnant women should avoid drinking coffee – We know caffeine does all sorts of funny things to us. We feel jittery or our heart may begin to race. We may suddenly feel anxious or agitated, or just plain restless as the caffeine courses through our bloodstream. This shouldn’t be any different for pregnant women, right? Well, yes and no. For starters, pregnant women can certainly still have their morning cuppa and not have to worry about their baby’s safety. However, they should also lay off on the refills as these could laready have adverse effects on their baby.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, expectant mothers should limit their caffeine to fewer than 200 milligrams (mg) per day, or the amount of caffeine in a 10 oz cup. Skirting this rule by drinking decaf isn’t advisable as well. Apart from the fact that decaf still contains caffeine albeit in small amounts, there aren’t enough studies on decaf and its effects on pregnant mothers, so it’s best to err on the side of safety.
3. You need sophisticated coffee equipment to make a great cuppa – Time and time again, I’ve come across folks who shell out thousands of dollars on the latest coffee equipment in the market only to show that they fail to understand the basic tenets of making a great cuppa. Fancy, sophisticated coffee equipment is fine and even necessary for some like coffee shops, for instance, but before you purchase that fancy equipment, why not tread in shallow waters first? There is already an abundance of coffee equipment under the $100 tag, which I’m confident will suit your needs.
Got a question about Seattle coffee or coffee in general you want to ask? Feel free to ask me anytime. This is Emile Haddad, your Seattle coffee expert signing out for now!