Which Coffee Roast is Best for My Brewing Method

13 January 2021

There are three main categories of coffee bean roasts – light, medium, and dark. The description will usually be found on your coffee bag label. Besides their colours, each roast presents varying taste notes, and shopping for the right type of roast for your brewing method makes a big difference.

Here’s a complete guide on coffee roasts and their flavour profile.

The next step is matching the ideal roast with the right brewing method to bring out its optimum flavour. Whether it’s light, medium, or dark, here’s a general guide to which roast is best for the most common brewing methods.

Drip – Medium Roast

pouring water into a drip coffee machine
Use medium roasts for the classic drip coffee makers. Featuring the De’Longhi Active Line. Photo from De’Longhi.

Drip coffee makers are a classic when it comes to coffee brewing. They are known for producing robust, flavour-intensive coffee.

Learn how to make the perfect cup of coffee with a drip coffee maker.

Drip coffee relies on gravity to extract the flavours from the coffee grounds. That is why medium roasts are recommended as light roasts prevent optimal extraction, and dark roasts can easily lead to over-extraction.

Is your coffee bitter? It might be due to over-extraction. Here’s how to prevent it.

French Press – Light or Medium Roast

A common mistake that people make with a French Press is over-extraction. This comes down to a lack of technique as well as the wrong choice of roast.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on using the French Press.

Flavours and compounds of the coffee grounds are extracted aggressively in a French Press due to their constant infusion in hot water. A light to medium roast is a foolproof choice as the resulting brew is not overpowering.

Pour Over – Medium or Dark Roast

pouring hot water into a coffee pour over
Use medium to dark roasts for the pour over method. Photo from Emma Smith.

Unlike most brewing methods, pour over coffee is made by continuously pouring water over the coffee grounds. This means a shorter infusion time.

That is why medium to dark roasts are recommended as their flavours are extracted more efficiently with the pour over method. The resulting brew is a clean-tasting yet vibrant brew that is packed with flavours and aroma.

Aeropress – Light or Medium Roast

The Aeropress is becoming a hit amongst those who are always on the move. It has been designed to maximise the extraction of flavours in a short amount of time. As a result, an Aeropress makes your coffee taste more robust than it is meant to be.

A light to medium roast will ensure that your coffee is adequately rich and smooth, paired with convenience and ease of use.

Coffee Machine – Light, Medium, or Dark Roast

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With a smart coffee machine, you can personalise your coffee to suit your taste buds. Featuring the De’Longhi Maestosa Fully Automatic Coffee Machine. Photo from De’Longhi.

Do you have a reliable and smart coffee machine at home? It’s time to get creative! Any roast, from light to dark, can be used.

De’Longhi’s technology-driven coffee machines such as the La Specialista and Maestosa allow you to personalise your favourite beverages to your desired aroma, strength, and quality.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the various roasts and decide which suits your taste preferences. Each roast has its unique characteristics, with the lighter roast having a mild taste and the darker roast carrying a robust yet pleasant note.

With a smart coffee machine for your home, enter the coffee world of possibilities and imagination any day, any time. Browse the De’Longhi e-shop now.

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