The images below show the basic levels of roasting coffee beans. Please, read the description of each level and think about what is your preferred one!
There are several other levels in between these but, as I mentioned before, I do not want to complicate your life. My preferred levels are City Roast and Vienna Roast depending on the type and size of the beans and how you will drink the coffee.
Green Coffee Beans - These are the beans ready to be roasted. This is how we buy them. As soon as you make your order we will take our green coffee beans and roast the to the desired level.
Yellow Tan - These beans have been in the roaster for approximately 8 minutes. Most of the moisture is gone. They are starting to roast at a faster rate. These beans are not ready to be used for brewing coffee.
Light Roast - These beans are starting to "crack." Yes, just like pop corn! At this stage the coffee roasting process could be stopped and the coffee could be brewed. It will generate a very light brew, not very tasteful. It will be just like brewing "coffee tea."
French Roast- This is the most common espresso roast level. This roasting level occurs about a approximately 3 minutes after the second crack starts. The roast master got to be very careful at this point because the beans are getting too hot and could be spoiled very easy. It is very good level to brew flavored and/or iced coffee. It has a very strong but simple flavor. Personally, I don't like it that much but if you like iced or any flavored coffee I fully recommend it.
Now enjoy your coffee!