Understanding Coffee Roast Levels: A Comprehensive Guide with a Focus on Biarte Guatemalan Coffee

Understanding Coffee Roast Levels: A Comprehensive Guide with a Focus on Biarte Guatemalan Coffee

    As a coffee enthusiast, understanding the intricacies of roast levels is essential to unlocking the true potential of your cup of joe. From the vibrant and fruity notes of light roast to the bold and intense flavors of dark roast, each level offers a distinct taste experience. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore coffee roast levels and their specific impact on the flavors, aromas, and unique characteristics of our Biarte Guatemalan coffee.

      Light Roast: Preserving the Essence of Guatemalan Coffee

Light roast coffee allows the inherent flavors and nuances of Guatemalan coffee beans to shine through. A light roast accentuates these qualities of Guatemalan coffee, known for its bright acidity and vibrant flavors. Expect a cup filled with lively citrus notes, delicate floral hints, and a pronounced acidity that dances on your palate. Light roast highlights the unique characteristics of Guatemalan coffee, making it a popular choice among coffee enthusiasts looking for a clean and refreshing brew.

      Medium (signature) Roast: Striking a Harmonious Balance

Medium roast strikes a perfect balance between preserving the origin characteristics of Guatemalan coffee beans and developing flavors during the roasting process. The medium roast intensifies the flavor profile of Guatemalan coffee, and it creates a well-rounded flavor profile. It maintains a pleasant acidity while introducing a more profound sweetness with hints of dark chocolate, toasted nuts, and a slightly bold undertone. This roast level allows the rich body and distinct flavors of Guatemalan coffee to harmonize, providing a complex and satisfying cup with a full-bodied brew creating a cup that showcases the country's coffee-growing heritage.

      Dark Roast: Embracing Robustness

Dark-roasted Guatemalan coffee unveils a bold and robust character. While darker roasts tend to diminish some origin flavors, Guatemalan coffee in the dark roast range still presents distinct traits. Dark roasting intensifies the smoky, earthy elements of Guatemalan coffee, resulting in a cup with deep, bittersweet flavors and a velvety mouthfeel. This roast level accentuates the inherent richness and body of Guatemalan coffee, appealing to those who prefer a more intense and indulgent coffee experience.

      French Roast: Exploring the Darkest Depths

At Biarte, we don't do a French roast because we believe that this roast, characterized by its shiny black beans and an oily surface, masks the best flavor characteristics of the bean. The drinker tastes charred notes and a bittersweet taste that many feel gives them acidity. For these reasons, we do not go as dark as a French roast with our beans. 


The roast level of Guatemalan coffee plays a significant role in shaping its flavors, aromas, and overall character. At Biarte, our light roast (Two Oceans), medium roast (First Love), and dark roast (Tradition) were carefully created to provide the best flavors from our beans. We worked on the roast curve and time for each of them so you can enjoy the vibrant and bright notes of light roast to the robust intensity of our dark roast. 

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