How To Choose Coffee 2/6

How To Choose Coffee

With the ever-growing number of roasters and coffees available with a world of information to sort through for the discerning buyer, the question invariably is, ‘where do I start?’

In this second of a series of 6 How To Choose Coffee guides, I walk you through some key factors to take into consideration when you are next making that important choice.

Conrad at Woodhouse Coffee Co

Brewing Method

The coffee you buy should be considered by the brew method, Espresso roast vs Filter roast. As the descriptions suggest, coffees proudly displaying these tags have been roasted with specific brewing equipment in mind. An espresso roast coffee has been developed in the roaster further increasing caramelisation and body, which suits being prepared on an espresso machine. A filter roasted coffee has been less developed in order to retain more of the sparkling acidity that a filtered cup of coffee can bring. If your coffee is being prepared manually via a pourover or an immersion brewer like a Clever Coffee Dripper or Aeropress, then you should be looking for coffee with a filter roasted label on them.

More often or not, the roaster will describe the degree of roast. 

LIGHT ROAST

This typically highlights the natural characteristics of the coffee. You can expect high acidity and to experience some of the most unique flavours found in coffee. This is best brewed as a filter.

MEDIUM ROAST

This degree of roast brings balance of acidity and body. You’ll be able to taste the original flavour of the coffee which will be complemented with the fuller body introduced by the roast. Try as either espresso or filter.

DARK ROAST

Dark roasts are known for their bold, rich chocolatey notes. Most of the flavours you experience with a dark roast come from the roast. Best brewed as an espresso and drunk with milk.