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Visualizing Coffee: Sweet Espresso


Have you ever wondered why people always say that a blonde roast can make a sweet espresso? And does that mean a dark roast can't? That used to bother me as well. Let's dive into the world of coffee roasting and uncover the truth behind this caffeinated mystery ~  And, let's make it simple!

First off, when you hear the first crack sound while roasting, to be exact, right before you hear the first crack sound (approximately at 400℉, or 205℃), that's where you get the light roast. At this point the bean is beautifully lightly browned, and the most complex and versatile aromas are being contained within.

Isn't that sweet? Of course! 😊

 Coffee Roast Degree, showing coffee bean's color changes at different temperature while roasting

✻The coffee bean starts to turn brown at the 1st crack.


That to say, the coffee berry's fruit like acidity emerges when the berry being roasted in a lower temperature and shorter duration, typically 9-11 minutes. The fresh, bright and sometimes crispy acidic flavor highlights the sweetness of it.  


🌟 What's the Buzz About Blonde Roast for Espresso?

Blonde espresso is known to have a flavor that is sweet, lemony and slightly floral.

So, here's the deal - when it comes to espresso, the roast level of the coffee beans make a big difference in the flavor profile just like other brew method. A blonde roast, also known as a light roast, is roasted for a shorter amount of time, which helps preserve the natural sweetness and acidity of the beans. This results in a more delicate and nuanced flavor that can translate into a sweeter espresso shot.

🌟 What About Dark Roast?

Dark roast coffee definitely has its own charm. The longer roasting process brings out bold, full body, and more chocolaty flavors in the beans. However, the extended roasting time can sometimes lead to a more bitter taste, which may not always pair well with the rich, sweet notes.

🌟🌈  The Sweet Spot

At the end of the day, whether you go for a blonde roast or a dark roast for your espresso, I couldn't stress it more😊---the most important thing is to enjoy the process and savor every sip. Just go ahead experiment with different roasts, and enjoy your own sweet spot in the world of espresso!


                                                                                                Café la Maison J.
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