Types of Coffee Roast

The Importance of Coffee Roasting

The chemical and physical qualities of green coffee beans are transformed into coffee products when they are roasted. By causing the green coffee beans to change in taste, the roasting process generates the distinctive flavor of coffee.

Light

Have the most caffeine and the most acidity. Acidity in light roasts is often accompanied by a citrus or lemon tone

Medium

Have a little bit more body than a light roast and less acidity. Considered to have balanced flavors

Medium Dark

Shows the oils on the beans’ surface. Have a richer, fuller flavor, more body, and less acidity

Dark

Have sweeter flavors because the sugars in the coffee beans have time to caramelize. Richer flavor and full body. Have the least acidity and caffeine of all coffee roasts.

NOTE: The longer a bean is roasted the more the heat pulls out the caffeine and the acidity.