Deja Brew Cafe's offers all of their roasts by-the-pound, as well.


Get good coffee


Coffee is a personal thing. Still, there are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping around for coffee.


1. Earlier roast date vs. more recent roast date- Coffee isn't wine; the later/more recent the roast date, the better. This is the advantage to buying from local roasters. The Gainesville area has two: Sweetwater Organic Coffee Co. and Boomerang Roasters (the local coffee shops under the "Extra, extra!" section will carry one or the other). In addition to more recent roast dates, all Sweetwater and Boomerang roasts are organic and fair trade. However, they will run you around $15 for a pound.


Not wanting to spend that much? Visit the Coffee at Home with Sylvia link in the "Extra, extra!" section.


2. Ground vs. whole bean- Once coffee is ground, the oils, flavor and aroma are exposed to air and the flavor deteriorates at an increasingly rapid rate. Thus, whole bean coffee is considered superior to already-ground coffee. Don't want to get a grinder? Many specialty coffee retailers will grind-to-order.


3. Light vs. dark roasts- Becauses they have been roasted for a shorter period of time, light roasts have more caffeine than dark roasts. There are also medium roasts. To see what a "light roast" or a "dark roast" bean looks like, see the following article (the link will open up in a new window).


4. Regular vs. Decaffeinated- Decaffeinated coffee isn't caffeine free, it just has a significantly smaller amount of caffeine. However, keep in mind that the process of decaffeination significantly alters the chemistry of a coffee, and therefore the taste. However, if you insist upon going with decaf, beans decaffeinated via the Swiss Water Process are the least offensive.


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