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Mar 6, 2013 08:34 PM

Does anyone else but me prefer, or even insist on, light roast coffee?

It seems like dark roast coffee has taken over the world, maybe it's the Starbucks effect but if feels like people have this (misbegotten?) notion that dark is always better than light.

That's just not true.

If you're working with quality, single-origin beans you'll more likely pick up on the subtle nuances of the terroir from light roasting than roasting the hell out of that sucker.

In fact, if one wants to hide the flatness of mediocre beans the best way to do it is probably to roast and burn all the flavor dimensions (good and bad) out of that bean.

Anyone with me?

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  1. Well, since Starbucks themselves have been emphasizing first their medium-roast Pike Place Blend (which is actually a perfectly fine cup of coffee) and now their new lighter Blonde Roasts (which I haven't tried yet because on those rare occasions that I go to Starbucks, I just stick with the PP, which I know I like), I'd say that you're far from alone!

    I tend to prefer medium-roast beans in general myself, as far as that goes.

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    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

      I can't have caffeine so I have ordered the decaf blonde. They make that on the Clover. I still taste burned flavors. Maybe that's a carryover from whatever else they put through the Clover. I am part of a group whose weekly meeting is at Starbucks.....I have yet to find anything there that I enjoy drinking.

      Though I like light roasts like Eight-o-clock and Dunkin Donuts, I do brew my coffee strong. Trader Joe's now has decaf 100% arabica beans in medium roast. The roast gave me pause but I bought it, and LOVE it. I just use the regular amount rather than the extra half scoop per mug that I have been doing with other decafs.

      1. re: greygarious

        There is a difference between dark roast and brewing your coffee strong.

        You can get light roasted beans and brew them as strong as you want.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Apparently I did not make it clear that I know that and brew accordingly.

          1. re: greygarious

            I didn't mean to suggest you didn't.

            I was just saying it to throw it out there.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            I prefer a light or medium city roast in the morning but I brew it strong. French roast coffee is for after dinner or in the evening.

      2. I hate dark roast coffee. At least if Starbucks had good coffee it would just be the roast that I didn't like, but mediocre quality + lack of light roasts (most of the time) means no Starbucks for me. Thankfully I live in an area where I can get lots of different single-origin beans roasted many different ways. I've gone so far as packing my beans and grinder on trips with me when necessary.

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        1. re: la2tokyo

          When we are staying in the country we always take coffee and grinder. So much better to have fresh ground.

        2. I prefer to taste the essence of the bean rather than charcoal.


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          1. re: Jerseygirl111

            Dark roast coffee for me is like well-done steak.

            If I have some prime sirloin, I want it medium rare. Same with coffee beans. If I have some high quality SHG single-origin beans, don't burn them.

          2. Ipse, I loves the blondes. I like my coffee black, so I tend to prefer coffee that isn't overpoweringly bitter to begin with.

            1. Mocha Java when avail was always my preferred med roast. Since I drink coffee black how it tastes straight up is key. But, unfortunately true Mocha Java is hard to find now.

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              1. re: HillJ

                Mocha Java Is probably available at a small specialty roaster. Check one out. Supermarket not doing it.