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To Caffeinate, or not to Caffeinate…

Caffeine — the college student’s best friend and the insomniac’s worst enemy. It can either ensure you get that last minute paper finished by 8AM or hinder your sleep at midnight. At Greenstreet, we take waking up and falling asleep seriously, and want to make sure you know just how much your daily dose of coffee impacts your sleeping patterns.

Coffee is naturally caffeinated and has about 115mg of caffeine in one 6 ounce cup. This means our 12oz and 16oz servings have more than enough to give you a pick-me-up that will carry you through the rest of your day.

Great! But, what if you don’t have to pull an all-nighter or drive for the next ten hours? In that case, you might want a cup of decaf coffee, a way to get the tastes and sensations of an excellent cup of Greenstreet coffee without getting the jitters before you fall asleep. Many people in the U.S. suffer from caffeine sensitivity, which can cause headaches and indigestion. Fortunately, at Greenstreet we have another option, including our newest decaf Ethiopian Kellensoo.

How does coffee go from 115 mg of caffeine per cup to less than 5 mg? There’s lots of different ways it can be done, with or without chemicals, but the standard process is three fold. First, the green beans are swelled with water or steam so the caffeine can be extracted. Then, water is used to extract the caffeine from the beans. Finally, the beans are dried back to their original moisture content.

Greenstreet is one of the most advanced decaf roasters in the area and we are committed to ensuring your coffee is free of the chemicals other roasters may use. According to John, our head roaster, most people in the coffee business view roasting decaf similarly to brewing non-alcoholic beer- pointless. That’s what makes Greenstreet the best place to get your decaf coffee; we put just as much care in our decaf as all of our single origin roasts. To purify them, we process them naturally, so you don’t have to worry about any chemical residue. Our decaf roasts have the same bright tastes as our other varieties.

No matter what time of the day it is, you can always have the aromas, tastes, and pleasures of a great cup at Greenstreet!

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