What is the Real Difference Between Light and Dark Roasts?
There are many thoughts on Light and Dark Roasts. We all have a preference, but what is the real difference between Light and Dark Roasts?
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Are you one of these people who avoid dark roasts like the plague?
“No, I will not be having any of that black death in my morning cup. I like something light and sweet.”
Or are you the opposite and prefer something tall, dark, and handsome to drink up in the morning? Hey, I don’t judge. But do you really know the difference between a light roast and dark roast and what they bring to the table?
Let’s talk facts…
- High acidity
- High brightness
- Toasted grain taste
- More caffeine
- Can taste origin flavor of beans, such as strong floral, berry, clove, or chocolate notes.
- No oil on the surface of beans.
- Common names: Light City, Half City, Cinnamon Roast, New England Roast
- Bitter, smoky, or burnt taste
- Fuller body
- Shiny appearance from oil on surface of beans (beans get oil on the surface at higher temperatures).
- Go bad faster, since more oils are released from beans as they sit.
- Less caffeine–Does this surprise you? Caffeine levels actually lower as the roast darkens.
- Lose origin flavor and take on flavor from roasting process.
- Common names: French Roast, Italian Roast, Espresso Roast, Continental Roast, New Orleans Roast, Spanish Roast
In the end, it all comes down to preference. If you like a bold roast with smooth, complex flavors and clean finishes, try roasts such as Lighthouse Roaster’s Choice, Keala’s Hapuna Espresso Blend, and Fundamental’s Stemwinder Blend. Prefer a sweeter coffee? Conduit’s Westlake Blend is a nice, medium-light roast with a milk chocolate roundness and taste of brown sugar. Either way, enjoy filling your cup to the top with some delicious Seattle coffee.
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