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More local coffee shops offering white coffee

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  More and more local coffee shops are advertising "white coffee." So we wanted to know, what is it??

"White Coffee" is similar to regular coffee- except that it has a milder, nutty taste and twice the caffeine.   It comes from the coffee bean but isn't roasted as long, so it's lighter in color, the beans are harder, and it has more caffeine.  The longer coffee beans are roasted, the more caffeine they lose, which is why the barely roasted white coffee offers so much perk in one cup.  Because the beans are harder, you may need to get a special coffee grinder if you plan to grind white coffee; it has been known to break regular ones.

Espresso World in Kennewick says they've been serving white coffee for a few months and it's really catching on.  They say some customers who don't like traditional coffee love white coffee and regular coffee drinkers often like it for a change.  They also say white coffee gives a good flavor to some specialty drinks.  Katie Ellis, a barista at Espresso World, explains, "We have what we call the White Angel or we have different drinks we normally put it with- white chocolate or coconut or something kind of nutty and customers usually really like that."