What type of roast should I choose?

A big question we get asked a lot is, “What type of roast do I need?” You’re probably familiar with the basics: light roast, medium roast, and dark roast. If you’re more familiar with the roasting process, you’ll know that there are specific stages in roast development, and each stage has specific qualities in color, acidity, and sugar development.

If you’re exploring the difference between different roast development stages, then you might want to choose a coffee subscription that gives you a variety.

But for most people, we recommend that you choose the correct roast for your brewing method. Use lighter roasts for filtered coffee and light to medium roasts for espresso. Most alternative brewing methods, such as the V60 or Kalita Pour-Over, also require lighter roasts. This is because dark roasts tend to destroy the complexity of high-quality coffee, which can leave you with nothing more than a “burnt toast” taste.

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