Dark Coffee

Dark Coffee

Dark roast coffee beans are like the bad boys of the coffee world—they’ve seen some things. These beans are roasted at high temperatures, usually between 465°F to 480°F, until they reach a dark brown colour, almost like chocolate. This intense roasting process brings out deep flavours, often described as smoky, rich, or even slightly bitter. If you’re someone who loves the rich taste of dark chocolate or the bite of a smoky barbecue, dark roast might just be your perfect match.

The Roasting Process: A Transformation Journey

Imagine a coffee bean going through a boot camp. The roasting process for dark roast coffee is rigorous. Starting as green, unassuming beans, they are heated until they undergo a chemical metamorphosis. This journey is where the magic happens:

  1. Drying Stage: The beans lose moisture, making them ready for the heatwave.
  2. Browning Stage: Sugars caramelise, and the beans start to brown. This stage builds the body and complexity of the coffee.
  3. First Crack: The beans expand and crack open, releasing their rich aromas.
  4. Second Crack: Here’s where dark roast really steps into its own. The oils move to the surface, and the beans get darker and shinier. They also develop that signature smoky flavour.

The Dark Side: Downsides of Dark Roast Coffee

As much as we love the boldness of dark roast, it does have its quirks. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Bitterness: Dark roast coffee can be a bit of an acquired taste. The intense roasting process can sometimes lead to a bitter flavour, which might be off-putting for some.

  2. Less Caffeine: Surprise! Despite its intense flavour, dark roast actually has less caffeine than its lighter counterparts. The prolonged roasting breaks down some of the caffeine content. So, if you’re looking for a jolt of energy, you might want to opt for a lighter roast.

  3. Lost Nuances: The heavy roasting can mask the unique flavour's and nuances of the coffee bean's origin. If you’re a coffee connoisseur who loves to taste the terroir, a light or medium roast might be more up your alley.

Despite its downsides, dark roast coffee still has its place. Sometimes, when you're just pining for the caffeine taste, dark roasted coffee has your back.

Back to blog