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Why And How Coffee Is Roasted

The coffee plant produces a raw fruit or cherry that is harvested when ripe. Once the pulp is removed from the cherry a seed or bean is left which is then dried. This bean is called a green bean and must be roasted before consumers use it to brew coffee.

During the roasting process the natural sugars, fats and starches that are within the coffee beans are emulsified, caramelized and released when exposed to high temperatures. Roasting methods vary and help determine the flavor of the final brewed cup of coffee. But, it is important to know that the roast alone does NOT determine the overall coffee taste or quality. The origin and quality of the beans are the true factors that determine the characteristics of a particular coffee.

Our Roasting Process

Perfect coffee roasting is an art form that must be perfected over many years. There are many important variables that must be considered when roasting coffee including origin, moisture content, age of the green (unroasted) coffee bean, and even the weather! Even the slightest mistake can ruin the flavor of the delicate beans. Roastmasters use sound, sight and smell to determine when the beans are roasted to perfection. Timing is everything.

At Café Britt, we roast coffee beans in small batches, making sure that the beans are consistent in shape and size so that they roast evenly. First, the beans are placed in the roaster at a temperature above 400°F (204°C). A “POP!” sound indicates the beans are about to reach the ideal roasting and the process speeds up. They are constantly rotated inside the drum to achieve a consistent roast. The beans are checked every few seconds until our experts see that they are the perfect color, size, surface texture and smokiness depending on the type of roast we’re creating. When the desired result is achieved, the beans immediately travel to a cooling chamber to stop the process. The smell of the freshly roasted coffee is captivating!

After the coffee is cooled, it is taken into the cupping room where it is tasted to ensure that it meets our flavor profile. Once approved, the coffee is immediately packaged to protect it from oxygen, sunlight and water, all of which can alter the taste of the beans.

Different types of roasts are used to accentuate qualities in the beans or to prepare a bean for a certain type of drink, such as espresso. 

Dark Roasts

Coffee beans are roasted for 12-13 minutes to create a dark roast. At the end of the process, the beans are shiny and dark brown with an oily surface and heavier body. The dark roast produces a sweet, chocolaty flavor and acidity is muted as the natural sugars in the coffee beans caramelize and rise to the surface.

Espresso Roasts

The darkest of our roasts, espresso roast, is also known as Italian, Viennese or French roast. Espresso potential is maximized in roasting when you maximize the sweetness and aroma of the coffee while minimizing the bitterness and acidity. At this stage of roasting, a creamy caramel taste is dominant and the body and flavor are of strong tones. As its name implies, this roast is ideal for making espresso and cappuccino.

Cafe Britt offers gourmet coffee and exceptionally smooth hot cocoa directly from Costa Rica.

With great care and passion we grow and source the finest products and ship directly from country-of-origin to Australia.

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Disclaimer: Cafe Britt Australia is an independent Australian registered trading name. It currently has an exclusive agreement with Cafe Britt Costa Rica to import and distribute original and genuine coffee retail products within its designated region, being anywhere in Australia and New Zealand. Whilst Cafe Britt Australia may be responsible for the design, contents and marketing of all genuine products sourced and supplied by Cafe Britt Costa Rica in the designated region, it does so on its own accord. Cafe Britt Australia does not represent Cafe Britt Costa Rica in any manner and the two are separate and independent entities. The website is independent and not interrelated to the website and is in no way associated with that website. Any content, material, representations, warranties, advertising or views contained in this website are not to be associated with the website of Cafe Britt Costa Rica, in