Coffee Times March 2016
There is a trend among this new generation of roasters to emphasize lighter roasts. Dark roasted coffee is sometimes hard to find at these hipster roasting sites.
We conducted an experiment in this ‘light roasting” phenomena a few weeks ago at our roastery in Vero Beach. Cameron Hueneke, who we are training as our new roaster, took out samples of our Colombian coffee at 415 degrees Fahrenheit, 420F, 425F, 430F, 435F, and 440 degrees. Then our Rio Coco Café staff sampled each roast, which were unmarked and randomly arranged. Amazingly, our consensus for the most flavorful roast was cup #2, followed by cup #5. When we lifted them up to see the temperature on the bottom, I was not surprised to see that we all picked the beans dropped at 430 degrees and 435 degrees.
This is the target temperature for our Mile High Colombia coffee — 430-435 degrees. We all agreed that the lighter roasted coffee did not have the depth or quality of flavor of our medium roast. We also agreed that the 440 degree darker roast started to lose some of the cherry and nutty tones that we all love in the Colombia Mile High.
We began roasting coffee in 2007, and we had a famous roaster from Raleigh named Larry Larson who was our guru and taught us the “slow roasting” process. Since then we have experimented with each of our coffee to see what “drop” temperature works best. As a result, we have a light and dark roast Honduran Blue Mountain, because we like the bright lemon peppery tones of the light roast, and the deep chocolate tones of the dark roast. It’s the same with the coffee from Nicaragua. Light roasted brings out a sweet orange tone, and dark roasted has a prominent milk chocolate note.
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee is world famous for its light roasted flora, fruity, spicy tones, but we discovered a sweet mocha tone that appears at bout 435 degrees. That’s why we have a light and dark roast Ethiopian!
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