What Are the Four Types of Coffee Beans?

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By Erin Marissa Russell

Ready to learn all about the four main types of coffee beans? It seems like the more you delve into the world of coffee, the more there is to learn. From different levels of roast to different preparation methods, there’s a whole world of information that can get you closer to the perfect cup. Here’s a guide to the four main types of coffee beans out there to help you choose the coffee you’re going to enjoy drinking the most.

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Is Espresso Stronger Than Coffee?

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QUESTION: Is expresso stronger than coffee? My friend says that coffee is actually stronger, but I thought espresso was. — Jerry S

ANSWER: Turns out your friend is correct. A cup of coffee has more caffeine than a shot of espresso. But there’s a lot more to answering this question. Whether you are a student who is staying up all night to cram for an important test, or new parents trying desperately to stay up later than your baby so you can have a little time to yourself, getting the right amount of caffeine is not something you want to leave up to guess work. You need a good burst of energy from caffeine and you need it quickly. We are here to help. 

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Third Wave Coffee vs. True Italian, Compared

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If you’ve taken any trips to Italy in the last five years and you’re a third wave coffee snob who insists on high end coffee and carefully curated beans, then you were probably surprised to find that third wave style high end coffee and espressos are barely available there at all, and mostly only cater to tourists!

Part of the problem is the Italian government itself. The government insists that espresso should be affordable to the average Italian, so it’s not possible to sell a lot of high end drinks at a price of around 1 euro. Low prices have left Italian coffee shops where they are almost frozen in time. Of course it’s great to enjoy a traditional experience when you visit Italy, and the coffee definitely isn’t terrible there! In fact, there plenty of people who would argue that a traditional Italian shot of espresso is simply the best tasting coffee you can get, period.

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Sttoke Ceramic Coated Steel Coffee Cup Review

stoke ceramic coated steel coffee cup

I recently purchased the 8 oz sized Sttoke (also commonly misspelled as Stoke) coffee cup, after seeing a Facebook ad.

The ad and web site makes it seem as if the cup is made of unbreakable ceramic, but what you actually get is a steel cup with a ceramic coating made by the German coating company Greblon. This is probably better, since steel really is unbreakable. But I was expecting something actually made of ceramic, even though I was wondering at the same time how it would be unbreakable if it was really ceramic.

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List of Coffee Exporting Countries

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When you look at this list of top coffee exporting countries, it’s a little confusing. Why do European countries rank so highly in the list when no one grows coffee in these countries? The answer is that many of these countries have major coffee manufacturing brands and they bring in beans from all over the world, and then export the packaged coffee to other countries.

This list of coffee exporting companies is organized in the order of the amount of coffee exported, which means that Brazil exports the most coffee from this list, and Costa Rica exports the least.

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