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Coffee Roast Styles PDF Print E-mail
Written by c0ff33   
May 28, 2011 at 01:50 AM

This list should help as a beginning point but it must be pointed out that every roasting company has a slightly different perspective of where they draw the lines. Some roasters also use different names instead of these common names.

  • 1. Light Cinnamon Very light brown, dry , tastes like toasted grain with distinct sour tones, baked, bready
  • 2. Cinnamon Light brown and dry, still toasted grain with distinct sour acidy tones
  • 3. New England Moderate light brown , still sour but not bready, the norm for cheap Eastern U.S. coffee
  • 4. American or Light Medium light brown, the traditional norm for the Eastern U.S .
  • 5. City, or Medium Medium brown, the norm for most of the Western US, good to taste varietal character of a bean.
  • 6. Full City Medium dark brown may have some slight oily drops, good for varietal character with a little bittersweet.
  • 7. Light French Moderate dark brown with oily drops, light surface oil, more bittersweet, caramelly flavor, acidity muted.
  • 8. French Dark brown oily, shiny with oil, also popular for espresso; burned undertones, acidity diminished
  • 9. Italian or Dark French Very dark brown very shiny, burned tones become more distinct, acidity almost gone.
  • 10. Spanish Very dark brown, nearly black and very shiny, charcoal tones dominate, flat.

Espresso roast
Espresso roast as such really doesn't have much of a meaning. Or put another way it has so many meanings that the term is difficult to give a definitive definition. Typically espresso roast refers to a dark roast blend that is blended to produce a produce a rounded cup perfect for espresso. Having said this there is not anything wrong wit making other forms of coffee with "espresso blend" coffee. Typically espresso roast will vary between Full City and Italian roast in darkness. It should also be pointed out that depending on whether someone is making milk based drinks or drinking straight shots makes difference in choice of espresso blends. A slightly more pungent espresso blend is appropriate for mild based drinks since the coffee will need to cut through the milk while a blend designed for straight shots will try to accentuate the sweetness of properly made espresso. Espresso is the only place that robusta is typically used in specialty coffee.


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Last Updated ( Jul 04, 2013 at 10:55 AM )

If you enjoy the taste of fresh ground, home made coffee there is certain equipment that you will need to make this well. One of the key parts of the home coffee makers equipment is the espresso grinder and this is basically used to reduce coffee beans to the grounds that are used in an espresso machine.

There are a couple of advantages to owning an espresso coffee grinder. Firstly it can be more cost effective than buying pre-packed grounds and although you have the initial outlay of buying the espresso coffee nmachine this should be paid back in time with the cost saving from grinding your own beans. The second advantage is freshness. Generally it is agreed that the sooner after grinding espresso beans that you brew the coffee, the better the coffee will taste. Pre-packed coffee beans can sit on the shelf for a long time before use and therefore the best way to ensure the freshness and quality of the grounds you use is to make your own with an espresso coffee grinder.

If you are considering purchasing an espresso grinder there are a couple of types available on the market. These comprise grinders with a blade and those with a burr. The blade espresso grinder typically has a fan shaped blade that chops up the beans and these tend to be the less expensive type. However the blade type can produce grounds of inconsistent sized grains. If you are looking for more consistent grounds, which is typically said to make better tasting coffee, the espresso burr coffee grinder can be a better choice and this crushes the beans between a stationary surface and a grinding wheel.

Prices for coffee grinders which are suitable for home use can vary between £40 at the more affordable end of the market up to around £600 for the more professional style of grinder. For commercial espresso grinders the price can go up as high as £1000 to £2000 for top grade equipment.

Some of the companies that manufacture coffee grinders include Cimbali, Capresso and Rancilio. Examples of the espresso grinders on the market include The Iberital MC2 At around £130 to purchase this is considered to be one of the best budget grinders available. It has conical steel burrs which provide high precision grinding and has 16 settings allowing extra fine to coarse grinding. It also has a timer which can be set between 5 and 60 seconds and this allows you to work to an accurate grinding time. The Rancilio Rocky Burr Grinder with Doser is considered to be another good grinder and this retails for around £245. This is a medium duty grinder which is good for the home or small business. The grinding wheels are made of high quality hardened, tempered steel which provides a consistent grind and pulling the dosing handle will dispense around 7 grams of ground coffee each time.

To make the best possible home made coffee an espresso grinder can be an essential piece of equipment. It ensures you have the freshest grounds possible to make your daily espresso and this will help you make a great tasting cup of coffee every time.