The roasters at Up Coffee Roasters take our coffee’s roast degree very seriously. Here is a description of what we strive for in our roasting.
City Roast is our lightest roast. A bean’s acidity is unalienated and at the forefront of the cup. The natural, more subtle nuances are most perceptible, and the coffee’s body and sweetness have yet to be maximized.
Full City Roast
Slightly touching the “second crack,” less acidity and more sweetness is apparent in our Full City Roast as the natural sugars begin to caramelize. You may still consider this a “light roast,” approaching medium. This is Up’s recommended roast degree for many coffees.
The beans begin to break down at this degree as the “second crack” continues. The coffee has lost most of its acidity with Vienna Roast, and been replaced by sweetness. The cup becomes fuller bodied. A roast flavor begins here to mask those from the bean’s inherent flavors.
As the second crack is dwindling to sporadic cracks, much of the coffee’s gentler nuances and aromatics are burned away, and the remaining profile is typically that of caramels, chocolates, dark fruits and carbons. French Roast is the darkest we recommend; a hearty, bold brew of more limited dimension.
Very few coffees can handle this roast degree without tasting ashy. With Italian Roast, the beans have become very dark brown and could now be considered burnt. To some this is desirable, however we think it should be achieved sparingly at most. The flavor solely highlights the roast.
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