Roast terminology tends to differ, depending on the region and the roaster. At Alternative Grounds, each roast is tailored to enhance the particular characteristics of the bean being roasted, highlighting the unique flavours and body inherent in each bean. We offer single origin beans as well as a wide variety of our own signature blends.
- Medium: This is our lightest roast, and it is used to bring out the full body and brightness in the bean.
Full City: Slighty darker, our full city roast is pulled at the beginning of the second crack to enhance the sweetness inherent in the bean.
Dark Roast: While there are many terms to describe this roast, for us, the end result is a deep dark brown bean in which the sugars have caramelized and acidity has tempered. Our dark roast does not equal black and oily coffee. We roast everyday to order, this means that the oils in the coffee will not start to come to the surface of the beans for at least one or two days.
- Espresso: Is NOT a roast but a method of preparing coffee. At Alternative Grounds, we have carefully crafted our signature blends to incorporate two or more different roast styles and a variety of beans chosen for their unique contribution to the overall taste and texture profile of a solid espresso shot/serving.
P.S. It's indeed true that darker roasts tend to have less caffeine! Other factors affecting the amount of caffeine in your cup include the method of brewing and whether or not you are using strictly Arabica beans. The other species of coffee, known as Robusta, tend to be found in commercial blends and contain up to 30% more caffeine!! Rest assured that at Alternative Grounds we roast only Fairtrade and Organic Arabica beans.