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Coffee 201: How Much Do You Know About Coffee?

Last year, we covered the basics with Coffee 101. Now, let’s take a deeper dive into America’s favorite hot (or cold!) beverage.

How much do you know about coffee


While some people can’t imagine drinking coffee without the caffeine, others just like the flavor and enjoy drinking it decaffeinated. And as this blog has covered, people who have trouble getting at least seven hours of sleep should avoid or reduce caffeine, especially within six hours of their bedtimes. According to experts, caffeine occurs naturally in coffee beans, and roasters remove it from green, unroasted coffee beans, either with solvents (like methylene chloride or ethyl acetate) or without. The solvent-free decaffeination method, also called the Swiss water method, takes longer but may maintain more of the bean’s original flavor. Note that even decaf coffee is not 100 percent caffeine-free; a study out of the University of Florida found that even coffees labeled as decaffeinated contained small amounts of caffeine.

Brew styles

  • The most common brewing method, both in offices and homes, is automatic drip. An automatic drip coffeemaker heats water to the boiling point and then slowly drips it over ground coffee beans. It is convenient, but it may make a weaker brew than some other methods.
  • For a stronger, more flavorful brew, try a French press. A French press requires a bit more manual labor: pouring boiling water into a pot of grounds, letting it brew, and then pressing the grounds down to leave only coffee. Because there’s no filter, the flavor is stronger (and some say better).
  • For the ultimate in convenience and customization, it’s hard to beat single-serve coffeemakers. First popularized by Keurig, single-serve coffee machines pour hot water through a pod—or “k-cup”—to create a variety of hot beverages, including coffee, tea, and cocoa. Coffee from single-serve machines tends to be weaker because it doesn’t steep or brew for very long. However, the flip side of the short brew time… is the short brew time; your coffee is ready in less than a minute, as opposed to the 10 minutes required for automatic and French press coffee. Single-serve machines are also a great choice for small offices where different team members have differing tastes in hot beverages; instead of brewing whole pots of coffee that may go to waste, single-serve machines allow everyone to brew his/her own drink to order.
  • For all the flavor without the bitterness, try cold brewing your coffee this summer. Like a slow-motion French press, cold brewing involves steeping ground coffee in cold water for 24 hours or more, then filtering out the grounds.


Thirsty for more? Check out USConnect’s full line of Route 66 custom-roasted coffees!

Take a Tour of Route 66 Coffees!

Travel down Route 66 and discover flavorful coffees from all over the country with USConnect’s custom-roasted,  American heritage coffee line.
route 66 coffee

From the sunny shores of California to the Sonoran Desert to the heights of the Rocky Mountains to the Lone Star State, our Route 66 coffees will magically transport you from your desk to some of the most notable places of our great nation.

Take a tour down Route 66 every day, stopping to savor each of the distinctive flavors along the way. Route 66 offers four unique blends:

California Blonde

A light, sun-kissed roast

California Blonde is a light and lively, perfectly balanced cup that you can drink all day. Mild in flavor, with a light body and lively finish, California Blonde is as mellow as a day in the California sun.

Rocky Mountain Blend

The peak of flavor ­­– 100% Columbian

Flavor erupts from our Rocky Mountain Blend, a rare cup encompassing all of the qualities that first made Columbian coffee famous. Just like the heights of the Rockies, this blend is fresh and heady. You’ll have a 10,000-foot view of your day with this clean, mellow flavor balanced with a pleasant finish and distinctive aroma.

Lone Star Select Roast

An estate blend with the big, bold taste of Texas

Put some kick into your day with our Lone Star Select Roast. This 100% pure estate-grown coffee is as rich in flavor as the Texas soil. You’ll be transported to the ranch with the complex, pleasant aroma rising from your mug.

Sonoran Desert Decaf

A panoramic flavor experience

Take a trip to the Southwest with this seductive blend of our most flavorful coffees, where you’ll find a unique, rich flavor without the caffeine. We start with the finest Columbian and Central American coffees, then gently decaffeinate, blend, and roast them to perfection. You can enjoy this one all day long!

So take a coffee break and take a tour down Route 66.