The Various Types Of Coffee Roasts

Do you feel overwhelmed or confused by the many types of coffee when you are at the coffee aisle of a grocery store or when you are ordering at a cafe? From light roast coffee to dark roast coffee, here’s a simple guide that introduces the many types of coffee roasts! Just like there are a variety of coffee beans, there are also different coffee roasting methods that give every cup a distinct aroma, appearance and flavour.

Light Coffee Roasts

Just like its name implies, light roasts are roasted for the least amount of time. Light roasts have the most caffeine and acidity because the longer the roasting time, the more caffeine and acidity the heat pulls out. Lightly roasted coffee beans have a lighter shade of brown, and there is no oil on the surface as they haven’t been roasted at a high enough temperature. 

Coffee enthusiasts who wish to enjoy the original flavour of coffee should opt for this roast — it retains most of its original coffee characteristics and has a ‘bright’ flavour profile. Light roasts combine caffeine and acidity, resulting in a fruity and herbal flavour that some people find pleasing to the palate — complex flavours with a delicate texture.

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Medium Coffee Roasts

Medium coffee roasts have a more balanced flavour, aroma and acidity — the best of both worlds of both light and dark coffee roasts. Coffee oil may be visible on the beans, resulting in a darker brown than a light roast.

If you like a rich, robust cup of coffee, medium coffee roasts are for you! levelsunoutstandinEvery sip lets you enjoy the taste of original coffee, complemented by a fuller body introduced by the roasting process. These roasting levels preserve the unique flavours of the coffee and are an outstanding balance between acidity and body.

Dark Coffee Roasts

Like a piece of chocolate shaped like a coffee bean, dark roast beans have a dark brown or near-black colour. Among the many roasting processes, dark coffee roasts take the longest roasting time — giving the coffee sweeter flavours because the sugars in the beans have adequate time to caramelise for a buttery finish.

Contrary to the brightness in light roasts, dark roasts possess a fuller body and a richer flavour. When drinking a dark roast, you’re almost exclusively tasting notes from the roast because the original coffee qualities are mostly lost at this level. They also have the slight acidity of all coffee roasts. 


Everyone loves a good cup of coffee to start their mornings or end their day with — NESCAFÉ Classic Dark Roast makes a rich and robust cup of coffee for stimulating your senses! Made with medium-dark roasted Robusta coffee beans, NESCAFÉ Classic Dark Roast is roasted with the right consistency to exhibit a more balanced aroma, flavour and acidity. Pair some creamer or milk with this bold and rich cup of coffee to make it the perfect morning pick-me-up!