Light Roast vs. Dark Roast Coffee: What's the Difference?
Matthew Berk • March 31, 2021
Are you someone who avoids dark roast coffees like the plague, or do you prefer a brew that's so dark it'll make your spoon stand on end in the morning?
Light Roast vs. Dark Roast Coffee
- They have generally higher acidity, as in flavor peak.
- They have a higher brightness (flavors that stand out).
- They're slightly more caffeinated.
- They allow you to taste more of the original flavor of the beans.
- There's very little oil on the surface of the beans.
- They have names like Light City, Half City, Cinnamon Roast, and New England Roast.
- Dark coffee has stronger, smokier, or earthier tastes.
- Dark roasts have a fuller body, especially when it comes to adding milk and/or sugar.
- They have shiny appearances from oil on surface of their beans.
- Dark coffee tends to spoil faster since more oils are released from beans as they sit, causing them to oxidize.
- Dark roasts have slightly less caffeine.
- They lose some of the original flavors as they take on flavor from the roasting process.
- Dark coffees have names like French Roast, Italian Roast, Espresso Roast, Continental Roast, New Orleans Roast, and Spanish Roast.
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