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A Guide to Coffee Roasts

Nov 23, 2022 (Updated on Mar 21, 2023)

A Guide to Coffee Roasts: What is your Taste?

Coffee roasts are a crucial aspect of coffee flavor. There is a range of definitions for the color of each roast, and our Coffee Roast Chart will help you understand these three parts of the coffee roasting process. After reading this information, you'll understand how light and dark each roast is and how it influences the taste. Each roast also has a unique smell that you will pick up on.

Know Your Coffee Beans?

The beans you buy in the store might all look the same, but they don't taste the same. The roasted coffee beans have a different flavor, all because of their roasting process. What are you drinking now? Is it dark or light? You'll have to drink way more of that lighter roast to get the same amount of caffeine as you would with a darker roast. So what's your favorite kind? You can always experiment and see what tastes best to you.

Over time, the roasting process has become more consistent, but it still takes skill to pull off an excellent roast. A coffee roaster must balance variables such as bean origin and freshness, ambient temperature, and roasting temperature. These factors are at work in every roasting session. This document introduces these mysterious interactions and the resulting flavors that occur between the beans and their environment during this process.