Coffee roast levels: Which one is best?

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Non-Chron-Coffee-RoastBack when I started drinking coffee as a kid, I didn’t know that there were different coffee roast levels. Calm down. I only drank it on the weekends. Actually, I didn’t know about roasts until I was well into adulthood. I just thought some places had good coffee and some places had crap. It never dawned on my that beans could be roasted to different levels.

When did I start figuring it out? I was at a pretentious breakfast house (not a restaurant a breakfast house) and I asked for a cup of coffee.

“What kind would you like?” asked the server.

“Uh…what?” I arched my brow at the seemingly odd question.

“We have…blah, blah, or blah.”

“What’s the difference?” I asked politely so she wouldn’t spit in my coffee whenever it finally arrived.

“Well, blah is blah. Blah is blah blah, and blah is blah, blah, blah.”

Somewhere in there I think I heard the words strong and dark. Keywords I know mean good coffee in my book, so I chose that one. Did I mention this place also didn’t have ketchup? Apparently, that was too bourgeoisie for their breakfast house.

Eventually, I figured out that there is a spectrum of coffee roast levels ranging from dark to light. I was at a Starbucks a few years ago and they had run out of both dark and medium roasts. All they had left was their Blonde roast. Since I was on my way to work, I didn’t want to wait the 5 to 10 minutes it would take to get one of the other two coffees, so I opted for what they had.

By the time I got to the office, I dumped out the coffee. It was just gross to me. That’s when I realized I can’t drink anything but dark or medium roasts.

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Dark roasts are usually less acidic, which is probably why I like them. Dark roasts also have less caffeine than lighter roasts. None of that really matters because it comes down to a taste preference.

If you aren’t a fan of coffee, it may be that you just haven’t found the roast you like. Luckily, you can buy variety packs for Keurig and taste test. Of course, they have the flavored coffees too. From what I can tell, these are usually medium to lighter roasts.

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Irish Cream flavored coffee. I remember going to Safeway and wanting to get the little brick of Irish Cream flavored coffee for Christmas. I can still smell it’s sweet, heady aroma. It reminds me of cozy times with my family as a kid. Sadly, I can’t find that flavor anywhere in the grocery store.  It’s not a hip flavor like hazelnut, I guess. I can’t stand hazelnut. It smells & tastes like a headache.

Honestly, there isn’t a BEST roast. It’s all a matter of taste. Some coffee snobs will vehemently argue that light is best or dark is best, but it’s really not that simple. Tastes vary from person to person. Plus, there’s how the coffee is brewed as well as how freshly the beans have been roasted.

Which roast of coffee do you prefer?

5 thoughts on “Coffee roast levels: Which one is best?

  1. Debra@AModernTranslation

    It’s 5:30 am here and your thumbnail of coffee definitely got my attention. 🙂 I used to be a coffee “lightweight” having made the move from tea drinker to coffee drinker in my early 30s. Now I have moved from light-roast to medium-roast, but I have ventured out to try darker roasts. My coffee of choice now is Green Mountain Three-Continent. Visiting from SITS. Have a great Sunday!


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