Know Your Roasts: Identifying Types of Coffee Roasts
For milder coffee varieties, light roasts are generally preferred. They are characteristically light brown in color, and there is no oil on the surface of these beans. In a light roast, the difference between different origins is at its most distinct, and the unique qualities of each bean (Ethiopian vs. Guatemalan vs. Indonesian, etc.) are most evident. Light roasts have a toasted grain taste and pronounced acidity.
The light roasts that fall into this category are Light City, Half City, Cinnamon, and New England roasts.
Typically preferred in the United States, the medium roasts are medium brown in color and have a stronger flavor than the light roasts. Unlike the light roasts, some of the coffee’s oils may be visible on the beans. At this roast level, the coffee’s qualities create a balance of bitterness, acidity, and fullness. The common medium roasts are called City, American, and Breakfast.
Medium-dark roasts have a rich, dark color with some oil on the surface, and have a slight bittersweet aftertaste. The most common type of medium-dark roast is called FullCity.
Dark roasts are very dark brown, almost chocolate in color, and oils are clearly visible on the beans. The darker the roasts, the less acidity will be in the coffee. There are several common roasts that fall into this category—High, Continental, New Orleans, European, Espresso, Viennese, Italian, and French.CoffeeAM has all types of roasts to satisfy your personal taste.