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Types of Roasts: Light, Medium, Dark

What is the difference between light, medium and dark roast coffee?

In general, lighter the roast profile higher the caffein content, flavor and health benefits. Here at Hog Heaven Coffee we offer medium roast. Read on for details and why we chose medium roast, at least for now.

Light Roast coffee is a light brown color and has no oil on the surface of the beans. These coffees typically have a crisp acidity, a mellow body, and bright flavors. They highlight the unique characteristics of a coffee’s origin with high acidity and toasted grain taste.

Medium Roast coffee is a brown color and rarely has an oily surface. These coffees have a medium acidity and body, as well as a rounded flavor profile. They’re less acidic and intense, and showcases a coffee’s natural flavor profile. 

Health benefits: both light and medium roast are potent in the polyphenol chlorogenic acid, a powerful antioxidant that gives coffee its natural health-boosting benefits such as reducing inflammation, repairing cell damage, lowering cholesterol, improving your complexion, and boosting energy level and immunity.

Dark Roast coffee is a dark brown color and often has an oily surface. These coffees have a low acidity, heavy body, and tend to reveal deeper, darker flavors. Dark roast coffee has long reigned king, largely because coffee quality wasn’t great in the past. To combat low quality, roasters would “roast away” the less desirable flavors of low-grade coffee. This was an understandable way to combat low quality coffee, but now, specialty roasters can delve into deeper, darker pleasant roasts if a particular coffee calls for it.

Health benefits: may boost antioxidants and can restore red blood cells.

Caveat: Please note that coffee quality matters! Conventional coffee brands can be rife with mold, toxins and pesticides which quickly negates the benefits of coffee. So, choose quality coffee to reap all the benefits of your brew!