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Black Roast or Blonde Roast – Understanding the Difference

If you’re like most Americans, waking up to a fresh cup of coffee is one of the best parts of your day. Whether you brew your coffee at home or visit a local coffee shop every day, learning what roasts you like best is an important part of making sure your beverage is perfect for your tastes no matter where you are.

Although there are certainly roasts that fall between black and blonde, this guide will specifically look at the differences between these two popular options. Blonde roasts become particularly trendy in the United States over the past few years, but lots of coffee drinkers don’t really understand how these roasts differ from bold, black choices. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about this topic, you’re in the right place.

Caffeine Content

Because darker coffees have bolder flavors, people often mistakenly assume they also have the highest caffeine content. In reality, though, blonde roasts are the most caffeinated. This has to do with the amount of time the coffee beans have to be roasted. Black roasts require the beans, which start as soft, green pods, to spend a great deal of time cooking; this reduces the amount of caffeine in them. Blonde roasts, on the other hand, are cooked for significantly less time, thereby retaining more caffeine.


Again, because of their intense flavors, coffee drinkers tend to assume that blacker roasts have higher acidity. This is not, however, the case. Due to their shorter roasting times, blond roasts actually contain higher levels of chlorogenic acid than darker beans. The acidity of coffee doesn’t concern some people, but others, particularly those with digestive issues, need to consider where their daily cups fall on the pH scale.


Perhaps the greatest disparity between black roasts and blonde roasts is also the most obvious; they have very different flavors.  If you like intense, bold coffee, you may not enjoy the lighter taste of a blonde style. If, though, you find that you struggle to get through a cup of black roast coffee, going a bit lighter might be the perfect solution for you. In the end, unless you have serious concerns about caffeine content or acidity, it really comes down to personal choice.

No matter what kind of coffee you like, we hope you’ll give our skilled baristas the chance to make you the ideal cup in the near future. We take pride in brewing incredible coffee and we know you’ll return once you give us a try.

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