Light Roast Gourmet Coffee Beans
The roasting process not only alters the physical properties of gourmet coffee beans (color, density, oils) but it also transforms them chemically. The flavor and aroma of each type of coffee bean is primarily determined by the growing conditions (including soil, climate, altitude and shading, etc.) however, the coffee roasting process further enhances the natural aroma and taste characteristics of gourmet coffee beans.
Characteristics of Light Roast Coffees
Caffeine is naturally burned off in the roasting process so light roasted coffees tend to have more caffeine. Light roast coffees also have more pronounced acidic levels because the natural sugars, fats and starches are less caramelized in lighter roast coffees.
That said, depending on the gourmet coffee bean's origin and inherent characteristics, some gourmet coffees are simply better as a light roast coffee, while others fair better roasted somewhat darker.
Our selection of light roasted gourmet coffee beans include:
GOURMET LIGHT ROAST COFFEE
One of Africa's best mountain grown coffees by far, and also one of the world's most sought after gourmet coffees.
Yemen Arabian Mocca
These are high mountain-grown (over 4500 feet) gourmet coffee beans with a distinctively chocolaty, fruity flavor.
Brazil Moreninha Formosa
These hand-picked, mountain grown gourmet coffee beans have a well balanced acidity and a rich, earthy taste.
These are natural dry-processed gourmet coffee beans with a deliciously sweet fruity flavor.
Mexican Spirit of the Aztec
Enjoy the savory smooth finish and aromatic bouquet of this "Altura Pluma" coffee, Mexico's highest designation for gourmet coffee.
Panama Taylor Estate
Shade grown in soil rich in volcanic ash, this gourmet coffee has a rich flavor with elevated acidic levels.
Papua New Guinea
Sweetly acidic, yet with a mild fruity flavor, these gourmet coffee beans are hand-picked and sorted.
FAIR TRADE LIGHT ROAST COFFEE
Bolivian Caranavi Natural Organic Gourmet Coffee Beans
High mountain grown in elevations up to 5800 feet delivering one of the most intriguing and delicious tasting fair trade coffees.
DECAF LIGHT ROAST COFFEE
Decaf Mexico Spirit of the Aztec
Designated "Altura Pluma", Mexico's highest gourmet coffee designation, these gourmet coffee beans have a delicate acidity with an aromatic bouquet.