Confused by Roast Levels?

coffee beans and cup -Confused by Roast Levels? - Home Blend Coffee Roasters

Confused by roast levels? 


We've always been put under the impression by marketeers and brands that Dark Roast or a 'strong' cup is a sign of a seasoned palate - but we were nothing but completely wrong with that assumption! 


This misinformation was used to mask the low-quality musty flavour notes and defects in coffee!With specialty grade coffee, this isn't the case 


Let's navigate below through the world of specialty and understand why you wouldn't pick up that bag of Extra Dark, French or Italian Roast coffee again!

light roast coffee - Confused by Roast Levels? - Home Blend Coffee Roasters

Suggest For Manual Brews & Americanos (Black) 


Light Roast 


Light brown colour with visible silver skin (silver line of chaff in the centre of the bean) 


A light roast produces no oil on the surface of the beans & typically has a crisp acidity, a mellow body, and bright flavours


As long as the beans were well grown, processed, and roasted, they can produce a very wide variety of flavours, aromas, aftertastes and beyond


The beans are roasted light in order to preserve the unique characteristics and inherent flavour notes of the bean


We love roasting our specialty coffee light, for its ability to bring more vibrant, unique flavours out of the coffees & highlight the unique characteristics of a coffee's origin more than any other roast style 


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medium roast coffee Confused by Roast Levels? - Home Blend Coffee Roasters

Suggested For Manual Brews, Espressos & Americanos (Black)


Medium Roast 


Medium roast coffee is a brown colour and rarely has an oily surface


Roasting to this level also preserves many of the unique flavours of the coffee's origin, but it also begins to reach into the deep caramel sweetness of a longer roast. As a result, these coffees are balanced, well rounded, and slightly darker and sweeter


Some of the brightest notes of a light roast may be eliminated, but it's a trade-off for extra balance 


We love medium roasts because they are more approachable than light roasts to the average coffee drinker 


They're less acidic and intense, but still can showcase a coffee's natural flavour profile 


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Dark Roast Coffee -Confused by Roast Levels? - Home Blend Coffee Roasters

Suggested For Strong, Dark Black Coffee or Espresso Based Milk Drinks (Cappuccinos, Lattes, Flat Whites) 


Dark Roast 


Coffees roasted to this level tend to not have many of their origin characteristics left, but that doesn't mean that these are bland and boring. Some coffees really lend themselves to a dark roast because they thrive with chocolate-y, nutty and caramel flavours



Dark roast coffee has long reigned king, largely because coffee quality wasn't great in the past. Roasters would 'roast away' the less desirable flavours of low grade coffee to find deeper, more uniform, and more approachable ones 


This was an understandable way to combat low quality coffee, but it's no longer needed. Now, the goal of a specialty roaster isn't to roast away bad flavours, but lean into deeper, darker pleasant ones if a particular coffee calls for it 


The difference between light and dark roast coffee is quite dramatic. We highly suggest trying a light and a dark coffee side-by-side to really taste the difference 


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At Home Blend Coffee Roasters: 


The specialty variants we serve currently are Mysore Nuggets Extra Bold, Monsooned Malabar ‘AA’ and Mandheling Grade 1 - Triple Picked. Along with these, we also offer Custom Roast which is a blend of Mysore Nuggets (80%) and Robusta Cherry ‘AAA’ (20%).


For our B2B clients, we offer customised roasting and blending options, along with curating menus and experimenting with specific and exclusive roasting profiles that we store on our softwares to maintain consistency and exclusivity.



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I have tried the following varieties of coffee like Nescafe gold(rich and smooth, Tchibo instant , Davidoff, bru instant, ripple freeze-dried and narasu pure instant but taste bud is still not 100 per cent satisfied thus I want to try your coffee with medium roasted flavours from your coffee range what will you recommend for me, from your range.

nadeeth hamza

At present we are buying a kilo of coffee powder every month from Leo coffee chennai. They send by DTDC courier every month by we pay 4900 rupees for 10 months and they send 2 months free and we renew each year by paying that amount online. But the chikhmagalur coffee I have tasted in Bangalore and it is fine. Do you provide the same taste. I stay in Faridabad. We are from chennai and used to leo coffee taste. Do you have equipment Kalmunai. We like that taste.

Ramamurthy Ramanathan

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