HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT KIND OF COFFEE BEANS FOR A RECIPE?
Because coffee bean flavor profiles can lend themselves to different food and beverage applications, the right kind of coffee bean to choose for a recipe will depend on the specific taste you’d like to achieve.
The different flavor profiles of each coffee bean can be used for many recipes, including desserts, marinades, dry rubs, baked goods and more. A helpful way to think about different flavor profiles when choosing coffee beans is to consider how the three main types of roasts—light, medium and dark—affect the original flavor notes of the bean.
Light Roasts: Due to a shorter roasting time, light roasts retain more of the original flavor of the coffee bean. Light roasts tend to have fruity or citrus notes and a higher acidity, along with higher caffeine content. Choose light roast coffee beans of the Arabica or Excelsa varieties to emphasize the bean’s original flavor in your recipes or brewed as a bright way to start your morning.
Medium Roasts: As roast temperature increases, the coffee beans begin to lose their acidity. Medium roasts are a common choice for brewed coffee due to their balanced flavor profiles, pairing well with beans of the Arabica and Excelsa varieties.
Dark Roasts: Dark roasts are a great option for delivering intense, rich flavor to recipes, pairing well with beans of the Arabica variety. Dark roasts are also a popular choice for brewed coffee like espresso or as an ingredient in baked goods, rubs and other recipes, making bitter beans like Robusta or Liberica more palatable.