Types of Coffee Roasts & Coffee Flavor Profiles

Marlena S.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Updated March 03, 2023

Determine Your Preferred Coffee Roast Level

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Light Roast:

Light roast coffee beans are light brown in color and are a preferred roast for more mild-bodied coffees. Light roast coffee should not have any oil on the surface of the coffee beans. If you prefer light, fragrant, floral or fruity coffee notes - you'll enjoy a light roast coffee.

AKA: Light City, Half City, Cinnamon, New England

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Medium Roast:

Medium roast coffee is medium brown in color with a non-oily surface. Traditionally, a medium roast is the most preferred type of coffee roast in America. If you prefer a flavorful, traditional cup of coffee you'll enjoy a medium roast.

AKA: City, American, Breakfast

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Medium-Dark Roast:

Medium-dark roast coffee beans are a rich, dark brown color with a semi-oily surface. This type of roast produces a modest bittersweet aftertaste. If you prefer slight bittersweet notes and deep flavors, you'll enjoy a medium-dark roast.

AKA: Full City

Dark Roast

Dark Roast:

Dark roast coffee beans are nearly black, oily and produce a noticeable bitterness. The darker the coffee bean, the less acidity will be present in the coffee. If you prefer a heavy mouthfeel and strong flavor, you'll enjoy a dark roast coffee.

AKA: High, Continental, New Orleans, European, Espresso, Viennese, Italian, French

Determine Your Preferred Coffee Flavor Profile


Coffee with a mild body is not sharp, pungent or strong. Many light roast coffees normally possess a mild flavor profile.


Coffee with a bold body has a strong and noticeable flavor. Coffees from medium to dark roast levels normally possess a bold flavor profile.

Extra Bold:

Coffee with an extra bold body has flavors that are extremely strong and pronounced. Dark roast coffees normally possess an extra bold flavor profile.


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    Kathy Hume

    I have a friend that lives in Tennessee. Do you ship to Tennessee? Thank you, Kathy Hume

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    Team FRC

    Of course we ship to Tennessee! We ship to all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam… In the contiguous US (that’s the lower 48 states) orders over $35 ship FREE if you select standard shipping. Expedited costs extra.

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    Charles R. Williams

    Do you put a “roasted on” date on the coffee? What is the usual time between roasting and delivery (Massachusetts)? Thanks.

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    Sure do! You’ll see a small sticker on every bag of Fresh Roasted Coffee that shows the roast date. It may look something like 22-001. That translates as year 2022, day 1 (January 1st). 22-035 would be February 4th, 22-036 would be February 5th, all the way to 22-365 - December 31st…you get the idea.

    As far as the time between roasting and delivery, that depends a little bit on your delivery person but for the most part, orders received before 2:00 PM Sunday through Thursday get roasted the same night and shipped the next day. Coffee pods can take a little longer since the coffee has to de-gas before we can put it in the cups (nobody like an exploding coffee pod!) but particularly here on the east coast / mid-Atlantic, the carriers are getting our packages to you in 2-3 days. So in your case, an order placed on Monday morning could potentially be in your hands by Thursday - weather delays, etc. notwithstanding.

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    Ed G

    We’re planning to start a business in Las Vegas and roasting coffee is one of them. We’re interested on your products. Is there a sampler pack raw coffee beans available for us to try?

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    Sure do! Check out the unroasted variety packs we have available right now!

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    Steve Sylvester

    Hi, I was recently in Costa Rica and had the most amazing coffee in Tamarindo . It was like drinking velvet . Was it Tarrazu ?

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    Team FRC

    Well, we’re honestly not sure as Costa Rica has a number of growing regions but we know we love the smooth, silky taste of our Tarrazu!

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    Thank you so much

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    Cindy Castelazo

    Hi, I just came across your website and I’m excited to try something out! I have heard that shade grown coffee is less acidic. I would like something organic and shade grown but that still retains some acidity as I have tried some low acid coffees that ended up tasting flat to me. Any recommendations? Thanks!

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    Team FRC

    There’s no actual certification for shade grown coffee and, in fact, many farms are a combination of shade and sun. However, if you’re looking for organic, low-acid coffees, check out the volcanic-soil-grown varieties from the Indo-Pacific region. Our selections from Bali, Sumatra, Flores, Java, and Timor all fit the bill!

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