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Dark Roast Vs. Medium Roast Coffee - What You Need to know?

Dark Roast Vs. Medium Roast Coffee - What You Need to know?

October 28, 2021

When someone asks what kind of coffee you prefer, you might think that the only right response is "the one that has caffeine." However, we know that different varieties of coffee, such as light, medium, and dark roasts, appeal to different people. What you may not realize is that sticking to a single roast coffee may mean you're missing out on a world of flavors you were previously unaware of.

While making the perfect cup of coffee makes sense, you're overlooking one of the most important aspects that impacts taste: the roasting process. Roasting brings out the scents and flavors of the coffee bean, and how the beans are roasted determines both the genuine taste and caffeine level to a certain extent. 

Let's start with the fundamentals: Coffee beans are not, in fact, beans at all. They're seeds, rather: green, hard, and barely fragrant. The roasting process creates coffee beans, which are dark, delicate, and full of powerful, intriguing aromas.

Medium Roast

You get medium roast beans if you keep heating the beans and take them out, right at the second crack. The additional heat exposure gives the beans a browner tint. 

It's not as acidic as a light roast, but it still has some acidity (we define acidity as the experience of enjoying a freshly cut apple on your palette. The majority of individuals describe medium roast as "balanced." It has a flavor, fragrance, and acidity that are all well-balanced. But don't be fooled by it. When roasted properly, the medium roast has a complex flavor. 

Right in the first sip, you will notice delicate notes. In the next, hints of sweetness come through. And the finish? Delicious, smooth cup of coffee.

Medium roast is ideal for drip coffee brewing, Aeropress, V60, or Pour Over, where the longer brew time allows additional flavor notes to emerge.

Dark Roast

Dark roast coffee beans are roasted beyond the first crack. This takes skill because if you roast your coffee for too long, it will taste like charcoal. As you might have guessed, the beans are dark brown (nearly black) in hue. Dark roast coffee has the most body and the least acidity of all coffee roasts. Dark roast coffee is full-bodied, rich, and strong.

Dark Roast is ideal for espressos, thanks to its high-pressure extraction. You can also brew the perfect coffee of dark roast beans in a Moka Pot, Turkish Brewer, and French Press since these methods bring out the natural flavors of the coffee, without interfering with its taste with other external material (like a paper filter).

The Secret Of Good Coffee Roasting

When you think about coffee, the chances are that the very first thing that pops into your mind is “beans.” And while it's true they do come from a plant when they're in green form; beans are anything but appealing.

The roasting process helps to change raw or green coffee beans into something we call “coffee.” Through this process, the green beans are roasted at high temperatures, and they removed the moisture, which also changes their color, aroma, and flavor to something you'd want to make a nice drink.

Coffee roasters are artists. They carefully determine the temperature to roast coffee beans to achieve the desired results in a cup of coffee. Coffee roasting is essential because it affects all aspects of flavor profile, aroma, appearance, and texture.

Dark Roast Vs. Medium Roast Coffee - What to choose?

The choice between dark roast vs. medium roast is about your preferences for coffee flavor and acidity. If you prefer a more subtle taste with the character of each bean preserved, go with medium. But if you want intense flavors that fill out every crevice in your mouth as traditional true-blue coffee does, choose dark.

In the end, it comes down to personal preference. While there’s no difference in caffeine content between dark roast and medium roast coffee beans, you may tend to enjoy one or the other based on their taste preferences. You may prefer a strong flavor with a darker roasted coffee, while others may like something smoother for more of an everyday drinker that can be enjoyed at any time of day. If you're looking for a strong, bold flavor that's full of robust nuttiness then try dark roast. If fruity taste buds are what tickle your palate in the morning and keep things interesting throughout each sip- go with medium roasted coffee!

You can't tell if you prefer dark roast or medium roast coffee until you try it! So, why not pick up a bag of our new Doraikanal (Dark Roast Coffee) or Poabs Organic-Medium Roast Coffee? Or, get one of each and do your own taste test.