What are some typical roast levels?

Some names in the market, from lightest to darkest, are:

  • City Roast
  • Full City
  • Vienna,
  • 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.