What are some typical roast levels?
Some names in the market, from lightest to darkest, are:
- City Roast
- Full City
- French Roast
- Italian Roast
- Spanish Roast
- Turkish coffee roast (charred).
How many coffees can I get out of 1 kilo (2.2 lbs) of coffee?
It depends on how many grams used per coffee, but we can estimate 130-140 expressos.
The different colors of roasted coffee
Roasting basically means cooking coffee. The lighter the toast, the less time it has been “cooked”. The lighter-colored coffee has usually been roasted for 3 minutes, and the darkest 15-16 minutes. They start to crack at around 6 minutes. When coffee beans have been highly-roasted, the coffee has a sweeter taste due to the oils and caramels released. Many wrongfully confuse this as a very tasteful coffee, because of the sugars.
What is better for a high quality coffee? Lightly-roasted coffee or dark-coffee?
It all depends on your palate. If you wish to taste the coffee bean and savor its earthly flavors, better lightly or médium roasted. If you are looking for a more caramely flavor, then darkly-roasted coffee.