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Dive into the Dark Side: Regular vs. Dark Roast

Pour over coffee

Hey, coffee lovers! It’s Brian, your friendly neighborhood coffee aficionado and blogger. Today, I’m going to dive into the dark side of coffee and explore the differences between regular and dark roast. If you’re curious about how roasting affects the flavor, aroma, and caffeine content of your favorite brew, then this article is for you. Let’s get started!

Demystifying Roast Differences

Coffee beans

First of all, what exactly is roasting and why does it matter? Roasting is the process of heating green coffee beans to transform them into the brown, fragrant, and crunchy beans that we grind and brew. Roasting brings out the natural flavors and aromas of the beans, as well as creates new ones through chemical reactions. Roasting also reduces the moisture and density of the beans, making them more porous and soluble.

The degree of roasting determines the color, flavor, and aroma of the coffee beans. Generally speaking, there are four main categories of roast levels: light, medium, medium-dark, and dark. The longer the beans are roasted, the darker they become. The roasting time also affects the amount of oils on the surface of the beans, which contribute to the body and mouthfeel of the coffee.

Here’s a quick overview of the characteristics of each roast level:

Roast Level Color Surface Oil Flavor Acidity Body
Light Light brown Dry Toasty, grainy, fruity, floral High Light
Medium Medium brown Slightly oily Balanced, nutty, caramel, chocolate Medium Medium
Medium-dark Dark brown Moderately oily Rich, bittersweet, spicy, smoky Low Full
Dark Very dark brown to black Very oily Bold, bitter, burnt, earthy Very low Heavy

Note that these are general descriptions and may vary depending on the type and origin of the beans, as well as the roasting method and equipment.

Flavor Profiles and Preferences

Coffee beans coming out of roaster

Now that you have a basic idea of how roasting affects the coffee beans, let’s talk about how it affects your taste buds. Coffee flavor is a complex and subjective matter that depends on many factors, such as your personal preference, brewing method, water quality, and even your mood. However, there are some general guidelines that can help you choose the roast level that suits your palate.

If you prefer a bright, crisp, and acidic coffee with floral and fruity notes, you might want to try a light roast. Light roasts preserve more of the original flavors of the beans and highlight their terroir (the environmental factors that influence their growth). Light roasts are also more caffeinated than darker roasts because they retain more moisture and mass.

If you like a balanced, smooth, and sweet coffee with nutty and caramel notes, you might enjoy a medium roast. Medium roasts are the most popular and versatile roast level because they offer a good balance between acidity and body. They also have a moderate caffeine content that can give you a nice boost without making you jittery.

If you love a rich, bold, and bitter coffee with spicy and smoky notes, you might go for a dark roast. Dark roasts have a full body and a low acidity that can mask some of the defects or inconsistencies of lower quality beans. They also have less caffeine than lighter roasts because they lose more moisture and mass during roasting.

Of course, these are not hard-and-fast rules. You might find exceptions or variations depending on the specific beans or blends that you use. The best way to find out what you like is to experiment with different roast levels and taste them side by side. You might be surprised by what you discover!

Aerial Resupply Coffee: Regular vs. Dark Roast

If you’re looking for some high-quality coffee beans to try out different roast levels, look no further than Aerial Resupply Coffee. This veteran-owned coffee brand offers premium roasted coffee that is sourced from ethical and sustainable farms around the world. Whether you’re into regular or dark roast (or both), they have something for everyone.

Here are some of their best-selling roasts that you can order online:

You can also check out their other roasts and products on their website. Plus, you can get 10% off your first order with the code WELCOME10. Don’t miss this opportunity to support a veteran-owned business and enjoy some delicious coffee!


I hope this article has helped you understand the differences between regular and dark roast coffee and how they affect the flavor, aroma, and caffeine content of your brew. Remember, there’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing your roast level. It all depends on your personal preference and what you’re in the mood for.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a bag of Aerial Resupply Coffee and dive into the dark side (or the light side) of coffee. You might find a new favorite or rediscover an old one. And don’t forget to share your thoughts and experiences with me in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time, keep brewing and keep enjoying! Cheers!


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