Best Dark Roast Coffee

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Full-Bodied, Rich-Tasting Brew

Seasoned coffee drinkers often have their favorite coffee roast, but: have you ever wondered what the taste difference is between light, medium and dark roast coffees? Darker roast coffee beans go through the greatest change during the roasting process, soaking in the heat, delivering a flavor profile that’s often rich, thick and full of body. Darker roast beans also have a lower caffeine content than light and medium roasts. The longer roasting process strips away some of the bean’s natural caffeine.

The Perfect Coffee Beans

The beans selected for dark roast coffees are somewhat different than those used in light roasts or medium roasts. Beans grown at higher altitudes are often hardier, allowing them to withstand the roasting process, and not burn or char. Our Arabica beans are born in regions where quality coffee beans thrive, including the following locations around the world:

  • Colombia
  • The Island of Sumatra
  • Kenya
  • Various countries located in Central America
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The Roasting Process

Dark roast coffee beans change the most during the roasting process: from raw, green coffee bean to dark, cracked coffee ready for brewing. The roasting process creates physical and chemical changes in the bean, and it takes a great amount of work to get the perfect roast level. In fact, if you’ve ever had a cup of dark roast coffee that tasted burnt or ashy, chances are it was over-roasted.

So, how do you get these green coffee beans to become the best dark roast?

  • The roasting process begins by bringing the green coffee beans to very high temperatures until they are nearly 428°F internally.
  • Oils start to appear on the roasted beans the longer they have roasted, and the higher the temperature. Dark roast coffee should have an oily surface. If not, it’s likely been over-roasted.
  • During the roasting process, the beans crack once they hit a certain temperature causing them to grow larger. Dark roasts often crack several times during the process.

Flavor Profile and Qualities of Dark Roast Coffee

If you love a little dairy with your coffee, a darker roast coffee blend is probably for you. Dark roast coffees have a smoother, less acidic flavor, blending well with cream. Some of the most popular flavors found in dark roast blends include:

  • Caramel
  • Chocolate
  • Maple

One of the biggest fallacies is that dark roast coffee contains more caffeine than lighter roasts. In fact, it’s the opposite: light roast coffee contains more caffeine while medium roasts sit in the middle.

  • Low acidity
  • Lower caffeine content
  • Rich brewed color
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Brewing Methods

As an avid coffee drinker, you might be brewing your coffee the same way with the same method every day - and that’s okay! However, to get the most quality coffee flavor out of your cup of joe you might want to follow these methods and tips:

  • Pour Over Brewing Method: Use finer coffee grounds like table salt for smaller pour-over cones/brewers and sea salt sized grounds for larger brewers like Chemex. Pour-over brewing methods make it easier to experiment to really get the subtle flavors out of each brew.
  • French Press Brewing Method: Coffee from a French Press is made by letting grounds soak in hot water for 4-5 minutes. When done correctly, this causes a stronger, bolder cup of coffee. Break out your coffee grinder and try it out!
  • Automatic Drip Brewing Method: This is your standard, easy-to-use coffee maker. You’ll want to use medium-fine grounds when brewing your morning coffee in one of these. Also, watch the amount of water you’re using so you aren’t weakening your it and missing out on the delicious coffee flavor.

Ready to find the best dark roast coffee?

Get your balanced, perfect cup of coffee from Caruso’s Coffee. You can find your new go-to cup of joe with our robust range of dark roast coffee blends. By using beans from all over the world and roasting them until we get the right amount of flavor from each crack, Caruso’s Coffee makes the best dark roast coffee.