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What is the difference between light and dark roast coffee?

Asked by Austin K.

Topics: roast profiles, dark coffee, light coffee
In general, light roast coffees tend to emphasize more of the inherent flavors of the bean, while darker roasts tend to carry more of the taste of the roasting process. Lighter coffees often highlight floral, fruity, or tea-like tastes, depending on the type of bean, while darker roasts conjure up adjectives like toasty and smoky. While many people confuse the darkness of the roast with the strength of the brew, there's generally an agreement that darker roasts provoke stronger, more aggressive overall sensations in the cup.

If you're interested in classic light roast, we highly recommend Kuma Coffee, whose coffees occasionally taste like white wine. For super dark coffees, explore the dark world of Fundamental Coffee.

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