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Does Dark Roast Coffee Have Less Caffeine?


At Fire Department Coffee, we can appreciate different varieties of coffee from different regions. We’ve spent years crafting the perfect blends using the best beans from all over the world. The focus is to highlight the different qualities in each bean we use.

Coffees can have different characteristics depending on how they were processed and roasted. In the case of most coffee beans from the Indonesian region, it is our humble opinion that they are best roasted dark.

We have had many requests to do a dark roast. When our FDC family speaks, we listen. For the last few months, we have been testing many coffees from Indonesia. With much pride, we are excited to share this coffee with you. It is a very special coffee from the Flores Island of Indonesia, called the Komodo Dragon. The island is home to the very exotic Komodo Dragon lizard.

This coffee is from an organic farm that is also Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade Certified. We make coffee for the working class. Our FDC family relies on us for their source of the easiest drinking coffee that will get them through their everyday hustle.

Many people have heard dark roast coffee has less caffeine. The truth is the roasting process has very little effect on the caffeine levels. Coffee, however does expand and gets lighter in weight the longer it’s roasted. If you measure your coffee with a scoop, you will have slightly less dark roast coffee beans or grinds in your scoop, meaning slightly less caffeine. If you are measuring by weight, you will have slightly more dark roasted coffee beans or grinds than you would have from a lighter roast. Meaning slightly more caffeine per weight.

If you are concerned about not getting the same amount caffeine in your dark roast, then worry no more. Caffeine will not change from the slightly longer roasting process. How you measure it is more important. If you're ever in doubt, remember, just drink more coffee.