Even if you’re a coffee aficionado — maybe even a self-described coffee addict — you may not know much about the process that turns the fruit from coffee plants into the delicious beverage you can’t live without. One of the steps in this process that most affects the flavor and aroma of the final product is roasting. Here’s what you ought to know about it:
- What Roasting Does
Roasting is what brings out the flavor and aroma of coffee beans. Before they’re roasted, in fact, coffee beans have almost no flavor whatsoever. The darkness of the roast, along with the type of bean, determines its overall taste. You might be used to ordering light, medium or dark roasts, but the problem is that the industry isn’t standardized as to what those mean. So you might be better off asking for the flavor profile you prefer (nutty, full-bodied, crisp, etc.) and letting someone familiar with the roasts available choose for you.
- Coffee Roaster Parts
Machines all differ slightly based on the manufacturer, but there are a few basic coffee roaster parts that contribute to a proper roasting method. Generally, the beans are contained in a cylinder that tumbles them above a heat source. Other roasters force hot hair through a screen such that the beans are lifted off the screen and moved around as they roast.
- Commercial Coffee Roaster Machines Vs. Artisan Coffee Roaster
Often, “artisan” is simply used to refer to a small coffee roaster, rather than an industrial one. But the size of the batch doesn’t matter as much as the quality of the roasting process. The other factor that might surprise you is how important the location of a roasting business is — not because some places roast better coffee, but because coffee beans rapidly lose quality after being roasted. The faster the succession between a bean being roasted, ground and brewed, the better the resulting cup of coffee will be. So buying your beans from a local roaster (or a coffee shop that is supplied by a local roaster) will probably lead to your getting more flavorful coffee.
How much do you know about how your coffee is roasted? Do you think you’ll pay more attention to roast in the future?
More research here: coffeecrafters.com