What is White Coffee?

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What is White Coffee?

Our coffee drinkers have so many questions about the newest coffee trend; White Coffee. Some questions like ‘Does White Coffee have more caffeine than regular coffee?’, and ‘Is White Coffee better for you?’. Some people even want to know, ‘Is White Coffee really White?’, which is a valid question because most people know that coffee beans are green before they are roasted. Let’s get to the facts and help you understand ‘What is White Coffee?’. White Coffee is simply coffee beans roasted half of the way through and at a lower temperature, giving it a whitish color and nutty taste.


Where Does White Coffee Come From?

White Coffee comes from the same hard green coffee beans that regular coffee comes from. It can be Robusta or Arabica depending on the coffee bean blend. The quality of the coffee bean is extremely important and can affect the overall taste of coffee after it’s brewed.

Not to be confused with the Malaysian White Coffee which is a type of coffee drink made from roasting coffee beans with margarine that is mixed with sweetened condensed milk in a cup to create a delicious, creamy, sweet coffee treat. The White Coffee we are describing started in the United States and very recently became a sought-after coffee experience.


How Do You Make White Coffee?

White Coffee is made by roasting coffee beans at a lower temperature and for half of the time that regular coffee is roasted. White Coffee is half-baked! To be more specific, White Coffee is roasted to around 325 Degrees whereas fully roasted coffee is roasted to anywhere from 450 degrees to 480 degrees. Think of it as a really, really rare steak. You can roast White Coffee at home but unless you have the time and energy, it’s popular enough now that you can find it online easily.


Does White Coffee Have More Caffeine?

Yes, White Coffee contains more caffeine that fully-roasted coffee because of the low roasting temperatures and duration in which it is roasted. The caffeine in coffee is measured by it’s density which changes dependent upon how long the beans are roasted. The longer the beans are roasted, the less dense they become so per scoop of coffee grounds, you’re getting less caffeine. Based on this logic, Dark coffee beans have the least caffeine, followed by medium roast, and light roast. Light coffee has the mildest flavor because it is roasted for the shortest amount of time, but the highest caffeine content for the very same reason. White Coffee is barely roasted and therefore is the most dense and has the absolute highest amount of caffeine per scoop, nearly 50% more than fully-roasted coffee. If you weight your coffee out, verses using the scoop method, than your cup of Joe would have the same amount of caffeine despite the roasting duration or temperature.

What is the difference between regular coffee and white coffee?

The main differences are the roasting process, time of roasting, and the result/flavor. White coffee beans are roasted at lower temperatures (100 or so degrees less than your typical medium to dark roast), and they stay in the coffee roaster for more time, slow-roasted. The flavor is the most shocking difference between regular coffee and white coffee. Many customers purchase white coffee and find that the flavor is unique and because the beans are hard, white coffee does not brew the same as regular coffee in your home brewer; the result looks more translucent. However, if you do a second pour-over, you can get a more dense liquid. We also suggest adding one scoop of regular roasted coffee if you are used to the smokey, deep coffee aroma/flavors.

How Do You Brew White Coffee?

White Coffee comes out of the roaster much denser and harder than fully-roasted coffee. For this reason, it requires a much more powerful grinder than any home model. Most coffee roasters grind their White Coffee Beans for you so that you do not ruin your home coffee grinder. Once it arrives, White Coffee is brewed the same way regular coffee is brewed. At Poverty Bay, we grind it in a way that is suitable for Home Coffee Brewers, Espresso Machines, and Keurig Reusable Cups.

What Are the Benefits of Drinking White Coffee?

White Coffee has up 50% more caffeine than fully-roasted coffee. It has a very nutty flavor that blends well with all the same creamers and flavors that fully-roasted coffee does. Some people report that White Coffee has a bolder coffee flavor than black coffee. In addition to the ‘lift’ in caffeine, White Coffee is less acidic and retains more antioxidants. Coffee becomes acidic during the roasting process, and because White Coffee is roasted halfway, it holds onto the Chlorogenic acid, which is known to be a powerful antioxidant. At the same time, people say that White Coffee is smoother on their stomachs. Chlorogenic acid has been known to reduce the risk of diabetes, reduce blood pressure, and stimulate weight loss. We recommend that you do your research on the health benefits of White Coffee and Green Coffee as they both high in Chlorogenic acid. Other white coffee benefits include less teeth discoloration as it’s not nearly as dark as a traditional coffee.


Where Can I Buy White Coffee?

White coffee is here to stay, so the question is, where can you get the best White Coffee possible? The answer is right here from our locally-roasted coffee bean selection where you can get our White Tornado (below) and join the White Coffee revolution. All of our coffee beans here at Poverty Bay Coffee Company are Shade Grown, Direct Trade, and Sustainably produced. We pride ourselves on saving the Rainforest one cup of coffee at a time.


White Coffee Reviews

White Tornado - Our White Tornado Coffee is for the extreme coffee lovers who need something more than 5 hours of energy. Roasted to 325 degrees, White Tornado has almost double the caffeine of a fully-roasted coffee. Nutty and sweet with a light and mellow finish.  This roast only comes in one special grind because it’s so coarse that it will destroy any home coffee grinder. We use a high-torch professional machine to grind the white coffee beans before we deliver to you.