By Valorie King, Owner & Coffee Maven
In the near future, I will share about our ongoing giving back to the coffee producing women of the Hingkawa Cooperative in Rwanda. For the month of March, I am inviting you to help get girls as young as 2 years of age and older out of dangerous situations. About 5 years ago, Roastmaster Jeff and I made a trip to Tanzania with a group of friends on a missions tip. We met Peter & Mary Street, who have the vision and boots on the ground to build House of Hope. One evening, Mary drove Jeff and I around Moshi, Tanzania and showed us the "red light district" where women are trafficked. The next day they took us out to the shell of House of Hope. Being a parents of girls, and now a grandparents of girls, the plight of these precious souls struck a very deep place in our hearts.
The House of Hope is a shell and desperately needs finished. That is where we come in! Now you can help girls who are taken advantage of and unprotected AND you can enjoy coffee too! Plus the first 25 people who purchase coffee will receive a beautiful note card created from paintings of Peter Street, co-founder of House of Hope, as a way for us to say "Thank you.". These cards are so beautiful, they are frame worthy!
According to the Streets, "In Tanzania there are many mixed orphanages but limited resources for just young girls that have been through severe abusive situations. Our aim is to help young girls aged 2 yrs and up that have been orphaned, abandoned, severely abused, disabled, unwanted or sex-trafficked.
"Our vision is to help restore hearts and to find, unlock and release life’s purpose and the destiny within each child. We want to provide a safe, loving place and to create a home environment along with the opportunity to go to school and receive an education. As the children grow older we will aim to teach life skills and give other opportunities to start small businesses and more. Our mandate is to care and to love the unloved, it is to provide a better than average secure place for the children to feel safe and call home while unlocking the potential inside of each one of them. "
Here is how you will be helping with current needs to complete the building:
You can read more about House of Hope at www.houseofhopetz.org or on Facebook at House of Hope TZ. This offering, promotion and project really connects with the values and behavior of Lamppost Coffee Roasters as we intersect you and your story with the stories of these girls in Moshi, Tanzania. Together, you and Lamppost can be startlingly generous!
Thank you for joining us on the adventure and journey into helping disadvantaged and unprotected girls!
Jeff King, Roastmaster
Lamppost Coffee Roasters Mythbuster: Dark roasts have more caffeine than light roasts OR light roasts have more caffeine than dark roasts
We get questions about caffeine content all the time. Some just about how much caffeine is in coffee, and sometimes about if a dark or light roast has more caffeine. I’ll toss in a quick table to roughly answer the first question, although how much caffeine is in some of the drinks depends on how strong you make them.
A little surprise in this chart is that a shot of espresso has less caffeine than a “normal” cup of coffee. This is because the amount of caffeine extraction is related to how long the water is in contact with the coffee, and espresso is extracted in 20-30 seconds (ideally), and brewed coffee takes a few minutes. That was just an aside. On to the questions at hand…
Myth 1 – Dark coffee (or bold) has more caffeine than lighter coffee
This is derived from the fact that dark roasted coffee is more acrid or bitter, which is what caffeine actually tastes like. But, this flavor is actually caused by the carbon of the deeper roast and not by caffeine.
Myth 2 –Light coffee (or even green or white coffee) has more caffeine than dark coffee
This belief is common and can be found all over the internet. It is assumed that roasting burns off some of the caffeine. The reality is that the caffeine molecule is pretty much impervious to heat and there is a negligible loss of caffeine in the bean during the roasting process.
A coffee bean has nearly the same amount of caffeine in its green state as after it is roasted, to any drinkable level. If coffee is measured by volume before brewing, lighter roasts can have more caffeine as beans get larger during roasting. If coffee is measured by weight, the darker roasted beans weigh a little less than the lighter beans, so the dark roast could have more caffeine.
So, enjoy your coffee! Drink up! The roast level isn’t affecting your caffeine intake. Find the level you really like, and if you need to control your caffeine amount, consume less, or brew with less coffee, brew with a method that minimizes contact time between the water and coffee.