What Is Blonde Coffee The Brighter Side Of Coffee!

What Is Blonde Coffee? The Brighter Side Of Coffee!

Everyone loves a blonde! As the saying goes, blondes are more fun. This article addresses the question, what is blonde coffee? And details the subject of blonde coffee it’s flavor profile, caffeine content and touches on an espresso with a difference, a Blonde espresso roast.

As a whole hearted coffee lover and coffee enthusiast, I encourage you to try every type of coffee that there is from different beans to different roasts and, yes, different brewing methods.

Keep reading, as we crack on with this article about coffee from the lighter side of the roasting process.

What Is Blonde Coffee?

In simple terms, a blonde coffee, also known as a blonde roast, is a coffee that has been roasted to a lighter roast profile than other coffee beans.

A blonde roast is more acidic than other darker roasts and medium roasts. It is even more acidic than a light roast coffee bean.

The term “blonde coffee” and blonde roast was made popular by Starbucks and their customers over the years. This coffee roast style has a history that goes beyond Starbucks and is hundreds of years old, having been historically known as a cinnamon roast due to the shade of the coffee beans and the coffee produced by this type of roast.

It matches the color of cinnamon.

The name was changed from cinnamon roast to avoid confusion from coffee lovers who thought they would get a coffee with a taste of cinnamon.

Now, the term blonde roast is descriptive of a lighter roast, which unfortunately varies from brand to brand, as does what is defined and classed as a blonde roast.

Sadly, there is no organisation that regulates the roasting and definition of the different types and levels of roast by coffee roasters.

A fine example is Starbucks blonde roast. It is more like a medium roast coffee bean than what you would normally consider as a true blonde.

Something to be aware of are the terms half city roast and light city roast, which are not really blonde roasts (but often used as blonde coffee beans) are only a shade lighter than that of a regular medium roast.

This raises the question…

What Is Blonde Coffee?
Blonde coffee is rather tasty!

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Is A Blonde Roast A Light Roast?

Since we have touched on the topic, yes, a blonde roast is, by all means, the same as a light roast. A light roast is defined by the lower roasting temperatures and shorter roast times than darker roasts. The drink characterised by a lighter body and greater acidity.

The broad spectrum of lighter roasts includes more than just blonde roasts. It includes gold roast coffee and white coffee, all comes under the umbrella as a light roast.

Is A Blonde Roast A Light Roast
A blonde roast is a light roast

What Does Blonde Coffee Taste Like?

There is a distinct difference in taste between all the different roast profiles. A blonde coffee has a slightly sour taste due to the higher acidity and has citrus notes and tones.

A coffee connoisseur and lover of single origin coffee love blond roasts due to them having and maintaining more of the flavors of the origin.

Naturally,

the taste of each individual bean will vary from location to location and can have a considerable differences between them.

The brewing method will also influence your blonde roast coffee taste profile. By far, in my opinion, the best brewing technique to use is the French press, as this will help you to control all the variables and extract all the great flavors from the beans.

Another great brewing method is cold brew. The low brewing temperatures bring out a great refreshing taste. Better still, to amp up the taste and flavor you double brew your cold brew and use both the high and low brew temperatures to extract the high and low temperature flavor compounds.

Expect, floral notes and citrus like tones from a blonde roast. Don’t expect a traditional classic coffee taste that you are more familiar with.

Is Blonde Coffee Less Bitter?

Yes,

blonde roast has the tendency to be slightly less bitter than medium and darker roasts, but expect some sour citrus like tones due to the higher acidity.

Darker roasts are roasted at a higher temperature and burns the coffee bean more which results in a bitter, dark and robust flavor.

Blond Coffee Vs Regular Coffee

A regular coffee creates a bold, intense taste and lingering flavor while a blond is a lighter, brighter, less intense taste which highlights the beans natural sweetness with a creamy and very smooth body with citrus and floral notes.

Each roast profile is different. As you move up the roasting scale, your cup of coffee is going to develop a deeper, heavier body and bolder, smokier taste as you get beyond the medium roasts to the medium dark and dark roasts.

Blond Coffee Vs Regular Coffee
Each roast profile and coffee has a unique flavor profile.

Blonde Coffee Caffeine Content

When it comes to the level of caffeine and the amounts of caffeine in your coffee, you will find that a blonde coffee, a blonde roast, has a greater caffeine content than a double espresso at Starbucks.

It’s not even close!

A tall blonde roast caffeine levels rock in at 270 mg while a double espresso has 150 mg of caffeine.

If it is a great tasting cup of coffee that you are looking for and an ample caffeine boost, cast your eyes to a blonde coffee.

Does Blonde Coffee Have Less Caffeine?

No,

while it is difficult to measure levels of caffeine exactly based on the level of roast as, usually different beans are taken to different roast levels.

To make a direct apples with apples and oranges with oranges comparison, we must take the same amount of coffee beans by both weight and number and roast them to different roast levels and then measure the caffeine content of the beans when brewing several different coffee drinks with different brewing methods and then measure the levels of caffeine content.

From my own experience and based on a number of guides and sources, I say with confidence that a blonde coffee does not have less caffeine, they, blonde roasts, have more caffeine.

Does Blonde Coffee Have Less Caffeine?
Blonde coffee does not have less caffeine.

What Is Blonde Espresso?

A blonde espresso, is an espresso made with light roasted coffee beans instead of dark roasted coffee beans. You will often hear a blonde espresso being referred to as or called a blonde espresso roast or a light espresso.

The name is in reference to the roast level of the beans used to make the espresso shot. It is a very different tasting espresso, more on this in a moment. If you have a home espresso machine, I advise you to try making and enjoying a shot of espresso with blonde roasted beans.

If any of your family or friends don’t like coffee you can have them try milk based espresso drinks like a cortado, a flat white, latte, mocha, cappuccino brewed with blonde roasted beans.

The result is a lighter and milkier taste that doesn’t quite cut through the milk like a dark roast does.

What Does Starbucks Blonde Espresso Taste Like?

A Starbucks blonde espresso taste is quite fantastic with notes and tones of orange, lemon and caramel. A very smooth body with a bright citrus notes.

The beans used to make Starbucks blonde espresso are a blend of lightly roasted East African and Latin American coffee beans and is certainly something you must try at least once.

What Does Starbucks Blonde Espresso Taste Like?
Starbucks blonde espresso tastes amazing

Is Blonde Espresso Sweet?

A blonde espresso has a sweet and mellow taste when compared to a regular dark roast espresso. It lacks the bitterness and packs a very different flavor profile.

I would say that a blonde espresso is sweet per say as you will probably need a touch of sugar, just less than you normally would for a regular coffee.

Is Blonde Coffee Stronger Than Espresso?

Yes, in terms of caffeine content, a blonde espresso shot has a greater amount of caffeine than a dark roast espresso and thus can be said to be stronger.

In terms of flavor, it is much weaker, lighter and brighter.

Final Thoughts, Frappé-Ing It All Up – What Is Blonde Coffee?

A blonde espresso is a fabulous light, bright citrus and slightly sour and acidic tasting espresso brewed with lightly roasted coffee beans. It is certainly something to try and enjoy as it makes a lovely difference and change to the regular run-of-the-mill dark roasted coffee beans.

Now you know what a blonde espresso is go try one!

Coffee is love, it's more than love — it's a passion of mine. I've had the luck to have travelled and enjoyed the most exotic of coffee's and unique flavors, brewing methods and techniques of making the perfect coffee from Thai hill tribe coffee to Indonesian volcanic coffee, Malaysian coffee that comes in a tea bag and the array of flavors in Vietnam, from Vanilla to Orange to Coconut to Avocado to even salt coffee and the famous egg coffee. The best part of my coffee adventures is getting to mix with the locals over a nice brew and learning how they make it! I'm cited and referenced on Google Scholar for the topic of coffee.

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