Dark Roast Coffee Beans vs Light Roast Coffee Beans – How to Choose?

Dark roast vs light roast

Today we dive into the exciting world of choosing between dark roast and light roast coffee beans. As an artisanal specialty coffee roaster, we are passionate about bringing out the unique flavors and aromas that come with each bean and origin. We therefore only burn from light to medium and never dark or extra dark. For espresso coffees we prefer medium roast beans.

Why? Because we believe that this roasting brings out the true essence of the coffee bean. We never dark roast our beans because we want you to experience the subtleties and complexities of each bean. Let's discover together why light or medium roast is the way to coffee enjoyment!

Differences between Dark Roast and Light Roast coffee beans

An important difference between dark roasted and light roasted coffee beans is the taste. Dark roasted beans generally have a stronger, more bitter flavor than their light roasted counterparts. This is because the longer roasting time caramelizes the sugars in the bean more and brings the oils to the surface.

Lightly roasted beans, on the other hand, retain the unique flavors of their origin, giving you a fresher, more vibrant coffee. You taste more of the original flavors of the bean and less of the influence of the roasting process. This is one of the reasons why we prefer light and medium roasting at our roastery.

Understanding the roasting process is essential to truly appreciate the flavor differences between dark and light roasted beans. This blog post from Zwarte Roes explains the roasting process in detail and gives you more insight into how the taste of your coffee is influenced by the roasting.

Flavor profiles: contrasting flavors and aromas of Dark Roast and Light Roast coffee beans

Dark roasted coffee beans deliver a strong, robust flavor that some associate with the classic coffee taste. But this intense flavor can also mask the bean's unique characteristics. On the other hand, lightly roasted coffee beans, although more subtle, allow the natural flavors of the bean to shine through. These fresh, vibrant flavors reveal the nuances of the bean and the region from which they come.

At Zwarte Roes we embrace this complexity and variation in taste, which is why we often choose light to medium roasted beans. We want you to taste the journey of the bean, from the plantation to your cup. But we also need to understand the role of the roasting process, which plays a crucial role in the final flavor profile of the coffee. It's a delicate balance between accentuating the bean's natural characteristics and adding flavor through the roasting process.

When tasting coffee, it is important to pay attention to the different flavor notes and aromas. This can help you determine your taste preference and choose the best coffee for you. Every cup of coffee has its own story and at Zwarte Roes we want you to taste that story in every sip. That's why we attach great importance to the roasting process and strive to create the best coffee experience for you.

Freshly roasted coffee beans

Acidity and Body

When evaluating a cup of coffee, acidity and body are two essential aspects that determine the overall flavor profile. Acidity refers to the acidic, bright qualities that help balance the heavy flavors in coffee. High acidity is often associated with fruity or winey flavors, while low acidity results in a softer, milder flavor.

On the other hand, the 'body' of a coffee refers to how the coffee feels in the mouth. This can vary from light and delicate to full and creamy. Dark roasted beans usually have a fuller body than light roasted beans. The roasting process breaks down the cell structure of the bean, releasing the oils that contribute to a fuller body.

At Zwarte Roes, we carefully consider these elements when roasting our beans. The origin of the bean, the processing method and other factors also influence the roast level and roast profile. We generally strive to find a balance between acidity and body, creating a coffee that is both complex and flavorful. By using different roast profiles we are able to achieve a wide range of flavors, offering something for everyone. Ultimately, what we care about is that you enjoy every cup of coffee and that you taste the passion we put into our roasting process.

Caffeine content

The caffeine content in a cup of coffee can vary greatly depending on factors such as the type of bean, the roasting process and the preparation method. Robusta beans, for example, contain about twice as much caffeine as Arabica beans. In addition, it can be assumed that a darker roasted bean contains less caffeine than a lighter roasted bean, because caffeine decreases during the roasting process. But opinions still differ on this.

At Zwarte Roes we are aware of these variables and aim to offer a range that suits all caffeine preferences. Whether you prefer a strong espresso to start your morning, or a milder cup of coffee for a quiet afternoon, we have the perfect blend for you. Our coffee is more than just a drink, it is an experience, a moment of pleasure in your day. And we strive to ensure that every sip gives you a smile and makes your day just a little bit better.

Brewing methods


When choosing the right coffee for your brewing method, it is important to pay attention to the roast level. For espresso-based brewing methods, we generally prefer a fuller roasted coffee, such as a medium roast. The reason for this is that the intense pressure of the espresso machine can accentuate the deep, robust flavors of a medium roast, giving you a rich, full-bodied cup of coffee.

On the other hand, for a pour over coffee, we recommend opting for a lighter roasted coffee. With this brewing method, the coffee is in contact with water for longer, which allows the bean's more subtle, complex flavors to emerge. A lighter roast coffee often has more fruitiness and acidity, which can result in a livelier, brighter cup of coffee in a pour over.

At Zwarte Roes we always strive to find the perfect balance between bean and roast profile for every brewing method. We understand that everyone is different and has different preferences when it comes to their coffee. That's why we offer a wide range, from medium roasts for your espresso to lightly roasted coffee for your pour over. The goal is always to offer you the perfect cup of coffee that contributes to a moment of pure pleasure in your day.


At Zwarte Roes it's all about the perfect balance between bean and roast profile to offer the ultimate coffee experience. Whether you prefer the rich depth of a medium roast for your espresso or want to reveal the subtle complexity of a light roast for your pour over, we have a wide range of options to meet your unique preferences. Our goal is to make every cup of coffee a moment of pure pleasure, to put a smile on your face and make your day just that little bit better. Because at Zwarte Roes, coffee is not just about taste, it is also about the experience.

If you would rather opt for an (extra) dark roast coffee, then unfortunately you have not come to the right place. Because of the high-quality green beans that we purchase, we think it would be a shame to burn them.