Light vs Dark: what does it mean?

“Which roast would you like” The barista asks.

Your mind races. You always hear dark roast is more superior. But light roast has a certain je ne sais quoi sound to it. You ask which they would recommend, to which of course they reply with “both are delicious I hear,” or something of the sort.

In a few seconds you have to decide between two types of coffee you kn0w nothing about.

Well my friend, I am here to tell you about the difference between the two. No more roast dilemmas for you.

LIGHT ROAST

The length of roasting time determines the if the roast is light or dark. Although light roast is “lighter” it actually has more caffeine. The reason for this is that more of the actual bean is burned the longer is roasts, so it also loses caffeine.

“Usually a light roast has a more acidic flavor as apposed to the darker roasts which if brewed correctly usually have a more chocolaty taste. sometimes we confuse this acidic taste to strong caffeinated coffee.” (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/364047)

DARK ROAST

Roasting the beans longer gives them a smoother flavor, but too long leads to a burnt flavor. Dark roast simply means that the coffee bean has been roasted to a higher temperature and typically for a longer period of time. This causes all of the flavor molecules stored within the coffee beans—both the good and bad flavors—to be burnt away. By roasting so dark, the end consumer (you) can’t tell whether it’s a good bean or a bad bean because all the natural flavors have been turned to charcoal. (http://www.ineedcoffee.com/06/darkroast/)

Here is a chart describing the different coffee roasts and their flavor results:

chart courtesy of http://www.roastmagazine.com/roasting101/leaving/leaving.html

Published in: on March 27, 2010 at 3:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Know your coffee drinks

Ever wonder what all those weird names are?

well here is your quick start guide to the types of coffee beverages!

Americano: A single shot of espresso with about 7 ounces of hot water added to the mix. The name for this coffee drink stemmed from an insult to ‘uncouth’ Americans who weren’t up to drinking full espressos. (http://www.talkaboutcoffee.com/types-of-coffee-coffee-varieties.html)

Cappuccino: made of strong coffee espresso, steamed milk and frothed milk in equal parts: espresso at the bottom, steamed milk and frothy milk at the top. (http://food.qandas.com/coffee/what-is-a-cappuccino.html)

Espresso: A 1-2 ounce drink made in by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans.  Typically, espresso beans are darkly roasted but this is not a requirement. (http://www.namastecafe.com/coffee_names.htm)

Latte:A drink of coffee made from espresso and steamed milk, generally topped with foam (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/latte)

Mocha: This popular drink is basically a Cappuccino or Latte with chocolate syrup added to the mix. Sweeter, not as intense in coffee flavor, and a good ‘gateway’ coffee for those who don’t usually do the caffeine thing.(http://www.talkaboutcoffee.com/types-of-coffee-coffee-varieties-ii.html)

I hope this helps in your coffee drinking endeavors!

Published in: on March 6, 2010 at 4:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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