Every coffee roaster is unique. That goes for the machine being used and for the person operating things. In addition to that, coffee roasting levels can have several names. For example, Medium Roast, Breakfast Roast, and City Roast are all basically the same roast level. In short roasting levels can be interpreted quite differently.
We hope to make finding your perfect roast easier by outlining how we roast and what our roast levels actually mean.
Light brown in color, these beans have been roasted to a temperature less than 405 degrees Fahrenheit and haven't started their first crack yet. This roasting level can taste somewhat vegetal and should be used only in certain situations.
Other names for this roasting level are New England Roast, Light/Half City Roast, or Blonde Roast.
You can view all of Light Roasted Coffee here.
Light/medium brown in color, these beans have been roasted to a temperature between 405 and 410 degrees Fahrenheit, which means they have started their first crack but haven't completed it. This roast level removes most, but not all, of the vegetal taste.
Other names for this roast are Half City+ Roast, and Cinnamon Roast.
You can view all of our Light/Medium Roasted Coffee here.
The beans are solid medium brown in color and have been roasted to a temperature between 410 and 430 degrees Fahrenheit. This means the roast has been allowed to finish its first crack, but hasn't been allowed to enter its second crack.
This is roast allows you to taste the true nature and flavor of the beans while not being eclipsed by the actual taste of the roast (aka roasty flavor).
Other names for this roast are City/City+ Roast, Breakfast Roast, and Regular Roast.
You can view all of our Medium Roasted Coffee here.
The beans are dark brown and will show a light or spotty oil on the surface. These beans have been roasted to a temperature between 430 and 445 degrees Fahrenheit. This means the beans have started their second crack and have gone up to the middle of second crack.
With this roast you will notice a heavier body and can be a bit spicy.
Other names for this roast include Full City/Full City+ and Vienna Roast.
You can view all of our Medium/Dark Roasted Coffee here.
The beans will be very dark brown or black in color. The beans will have a heavy oil on the surface and will be slick to the touch. This means the beans have been roasted until their second crack has finished. These beans will have been roasted from 445 to about 475 degrees Fahrenheit. If roasted a t temp higher than 475 degrees Fahrenheit, 25% of the bean becomes charcoal and will taste extremely burnt.
You will find we offer very few coffees with a dark roast. For example, the Layne's Dark Roast and Layne's House Single Origin Espresso are roasted to approximately 455 degrees Fahrenheit, and would be considered a French Roast.
Other names for this roast include French Roast, Italian Roast, Spanish Roast, or simply Dark Roast.
You can view all of our Dark Roasted Coffee here.