What Is Medium Roast Coffee?

Medium roasts are the most common type of coffee roast in America, yet don't often receive the same acclaim as light or dark roasts do. Which is a shame! These beans have been taken to a roast degree between 412 and 420 degrees fahrenheit.

Medium roast coffees are sweeter than light roast coffees, less bitter than dark roasts and with a body and an acidity that is balanced between the two.

Medium Roast Flavor & Tasting Notes

A perfect medium roast provides the best of both worlds. It gives the distinct and exciting natural flavors of the bean a chance to shine, while still providing the sweetness and boldness that occurs when your roast benas a little darker. . 

How To Brew Medium Roast Coffee

Easily the most versatile choice, medium roast coffees are the perfect choice for the pour over method and drip coffee machines. 

You really can't go wrong here...just be sure to use the proper grind size and water temperature for whatever method you end up choosing.

Medium Roast vs Light Roast

If you’re looking for a more balanced cup of coffee, go for a medium roast. You’ll still find delicate flavors present in the coffee, with a more balanced, rounded flavor and heavier body in the cup. Medium roasts are extremely versatile to brew but can lack the dynamic flavors of a light roast. You will generally experience more sweetness, and less acidity than a light roast.

Medium Roast vs Dark Roast

Dark roasts are roasted to a higher roast degree, and the internal temperature of the beans exceed 430 degrees fahrenheit, resulting in a darker bean color and an oily surface. These coffees tend to be rich, smoky, and have heavy bodies. . Which is better is purely a personal preference but go with medium roast if you dislike bitter flavors.

Medium Roast Coffee FAQs

Does Medium Roast Coffee Have Much Caffeine?

The internet is a misleading place and it sure gets a lot wrong when talking about the caffeine levels in coffee. The honest truth is that caffeine levels are not impacted much by the type of roast, and medium roast coffees have just as much (or little) as any other type. To be clear, the roast process does have a very small impact on the caffeine levels on a per volume basis, but it is so small that it doesn't matter.

Is Medium Roast Coffee High or Low Acid?

As the name medium suggests, they are right in the middle of the road in terms of perceived acid level.

What Foods Pair Best With Medium Roast Coffee?

Medium roasts are often considered the best breakfast style coffees. They pair well with sweet options like pastries or pancakes and also savory choices like quiche or biscuits and gravy.

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