The roast level of coffee refers to the degree to which the coffee beans have been roasted. The roast level can range from light to medium to dark, and it can significantly impact the coffee's flavor, aroma, and body.
Here are some of the most common roast levels of coffee:
- Light roast: Light roast coffee beans are roasted for a shorter period of time at a lower temperature. They have a light brown color and a dry surface and retain more of their original flavor characteristics. Light roast coffee has a light body and a bright, acidic flavor, with notes of fruit and citrus.
- Medium roast: Medium roast coffee beans are roasted for a slightly longer period of time at a higher temperature. They have a medium brown color, a slightly oily surface, and a balanced flavor profile. Medium roast coffee has a medium body and a smooth, well-rounded flavor, with notes of chocolate and nuts.
Our Boston Marathon Breakfast Blend & New York Finisher Donut Shop brands are Medium Roast Coffees.
- Dark roast: Dark roast coffee beans are roasted for a longer period of time at a higher temperature. They have a dark brown color and a shiny, oily surface, and they have a bold, intense flavor. Dark roast coffee has a full body and a strong, smoky flavor with notes of caramel and chocolate.
Our Chicago Finisher Colombian & our Unicorn Chaser Extra-Caffeinated coffee are Dark Roasts.
These are the three primary roast levels of coffee, but many other variations and blends fall between these categories. The roast level of coffee is a matter of personal preference, and the best roast level for you will depend on your taste and your desired flavor profile. Experiment with different roast levels and find the one that produces the perfect coffee cup.
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