Our Roast Profiles Part 2: The City+ Roast
Last week we talked about the City Roast, that would indicate that the only logical thing to do this week is to continue the series and talk about the distinctly different City+ roast. The slight difference between City & City+ roast contributes why I struggle answering the common question, "What is my best 'light' roast coffee." These are both on the lighter side of the roasting process and yet have a very different flavor profile. City+ is a very versatile roast level and a ton of coffees have great flavor at this level. However, within the 3rd wave community, it is considered a medium roast. That goes back to what I talked about in my City Roast post as it relates to the super light roasted coffees that are popular. They tend to be more sour / 'baked' and have a bitter flavor that more people do not enjoy at first. If you are newer to fresh roasted, 3rd wave coffee, I would start with City+ roasts because the Maillard reaction has developed more caramelization within the been. Unless of course your coffee comes from that hugely popular coffee shop with the green logo, then you're used to burned coffee and may need something a little darker. As I said before, this is a versatile roast level, but not always optimal. Meaning that a lot of coffees taste good this way, but not all coffees are at their best with a City+ roast. At this level you lose some of the sour / 'baked' light roast flavors. If done right, you haven't yet lost some of the uniqueness of the cup and get the local flavors that we try to develop in the beans. We use all 5 senses to determine the roast level. Sight : Slight splotchiness with white stripe in crack Sound : 10-60 seconds after the first crack. Taste : Bright, sweet and juicy, less sour than City. Smell : Sweet, Floral depending on bean Touch : Still uneven, no shininess at all.
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