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Coffee strength vs. roast.

Most people confuse coffee strength with coffee roast. A dark roast means increased coffee strength, right? Nope.  If you think you know all there is to know about coffee strength versus coffee roast, you may want to check out some little-known facts about coffee strength vs. roast.

1. A light coffee roast has more caffeine.

That’s right! Light roast coffee has more caffeine. Most people think the lighter colour and flavour means less caffeine, but that’s not the case. The longer a coffee is roasted to create a rich, robust flavour, the less caffeine it maintains. When coffee is dark roasted, the bean cracks twice, leaving it lighter and less dense. Light roasted coffee beans maintain more density and naturally occurring caffeine.

 2. A light coffee roast is more complex.

When coffee beans are roasted at a lower temperature for a shorter time, the coffee keeps more acidity and intense flavour that represents its country of origin. On the other hand, a darker roasted coffee boasts the roast profile rather than the true flavour of the bean. 

3. Strong coffee is created during brewing not during the coffee roast.

Coffee strength is determined by the ratio of coffee grinds to water during the brewing process, NOT during the roasting of the coffee. The person behind the coffee pot has the final say in whether the coffee will be strong or weak. It has absolutely nothing to do with the roasting of the coffee beans. Just because a dark roasted coffee may taste bitter, doesn’t mean it’s stronger.

 4. Espresso isn’t a coffee roast or variety of coffee bean.

Everyone knows Espresso coffee but it has nothing to do with the roast or the bean itself. Espresso gets its strength from the brewing process. Fine ground beans are used in the preparation of espresso, which is created using a high-pressure brewing method. It can be brewed with light, medium or dark roasted coffee. Any roast can create a delicious cup of espresso when made right.  om|pareny]���

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