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Types of Coffee Roasts

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Types of Coffee Roasts

Light Roast

  • A brewed cup will have more caffeine that dark if you scoop, less if you weigh
  • Retains the origin flavor better than darker roasts
  • Less body, but higher acidity (the good kind)
  • No oil on the beans
  • Typical names: Light City, Half City, Cinnamon Roast, New England Roast

Medium Roast

  • Often retains the origin flavor, but on the sweeter side
  • Fuller body with more bitterness
  • Still no oil on the beans
  • Standard names include Regular Roast, American Roast, City Roast, Breakfast Roast

Medium-Dark Roast

  • Beans become oilier
  • Roaster’s process influences taste
  • Thicker mouthfeel
  • Flavor is typically more bittersweet, even spicy
  • Arbitrarily named Full-City Roast, After Dinner Roast, or Vienna Roast

Dark Roast

  • Thickest body
  • The bulk of the flavor comes from the roasting process
  • Bitter, smoky
  • Great for making espresso due to the excess of oil on the beans
  • Often referred to as French Roast, Italian Roast, Continental Roast, Spanish Roast

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