Our "light roast" profile is also known as a New England Roast. This roast is generally lighter than the traditional Amermican Norm roast with the expection of the Northeastern United States. This roast profile produces a higher acidity and can produce a grain-like flavor. Althought very few coffee are able to handle such a light roast those that can have a very unique and distinct flavor.
Examples: Decaf Costa Rica Reserve Coffee, Organic Central American Beneficio Coffee
Medium-Light Roast Profile
Light to medium roasts are typically called "American Roasts" because this has become the standard for American coffee. This type of roast is more popular in the Eastern United States and progressively lowers as you reach the Northwest. The color is a light brown and the coffee is roasted to the point where the sugars begin to carmelize, which imparts a "nutty" flavor.
Examples: Brazil Santos, Cafe Blend, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, Guatemala Antigua, Papua New Guinea
Medium Roast Profile
A medium roast is commonly referred to as a "city roast". The roasting temperature in a medium roast is slightly higher than a light-medium roast. The medium roast is typically found in the Western United States. At this roast level the sugars in the coffee beans are fully carmelized and the coffee will have a subtly flavor of caramel and cocoa. The color of the coffee beans can be described as rich milk chocolate.
Examples: Columbia Supremo, Costa Rica Reserve, Decaf Kenya AA, Espresso Gold, India Malabar Monsoon Voyage, Kenya AA
Medium-Dark Roast Profile
Due to the popularity of this degree of roast in the specialty coffee industry it is known by a number of names: European Roast, Viennese Roast, Continential Roast, and Espresso Roast. Because the beans a roasted a little longer the acidity begins to diminish and the carmelized sugars take on a bittersweet flaovr reminiscent of dark chocolate. Small droplets of oil form on the surface of the coffee beans once this level is achieved.
Examples: Decaf Sumatra Mandheling, Gourmet House Blend, Organic Gourmet House Blend
Dark Roast Profile
This is a very dark brown, almost black coffee bean. Most French, Italian, and After Dinner coffees are classified as a dark roast. Many describe this roast as having a "bold" flavor. This type of roast becomes smoky and tends to loose most of its acidity. The surface of the beans are covered with natural oils, which cause them to glimmer.
Examples: After Dinner Blend, Espresso Verdi, French Roast, Italian Roast, Sumatra Black Satin