From Light to Dark: All You Need to Know About Coffee Roasting

Getting the Most From Your Coffee’s Roast

Coffee takes a long journey from the green, spongy coffee bean seed to the dark, aromatic beans we know and love – until it becomes the perfect cup of coffee you couldn’t get through the day without.

As a coffee lover, you have no doubt contemplated from time to time what the steps may be while the bean is on that journey. To some, coffee bean roasting is truly an art, and to others it’s a science, but to most of us it’s a means to an end—that delicious cup of coffee. For the curious and uninitiated, here’s all you need to know about the coffee roasting process.

Types of Coffee Roasts

There are four general varieties of roasts, going from light brown in color to a deep black. Lighter coffees are milder, while darker coffees tend to be more bitter. However, contrary to popular belief, the lighter roasts tend to have a higher concentration of caffeine.

Light Coffee Roasts

These include Light City, Half City, and Cinnamon. They are light brown in color, and there is no oil on the surface due to their short roasting time.

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