It’s a big decision, one that needs a lot of ‘you time’ and thought. You really need to find yourself in a world of coffee choosery.
You have to take the commitment seriously. But if it goes wrong you can always just say, “I’m so sorry, it’s not you; it’s me.”
Ok… I’m just kidding.
But the truth is, certain roasts or types of coffee beans may go better with certain kinds of coffee makers or brew methods.
You can always just try whatever coffee beans you enjoy with your favorite brew method. And hopefully it tastes great!
Sometimes it’s nice to try new things though: different coffee beans or try your favorites with a different brew method.
In this article I want to give you some guidelines that can maybe help you choose the best roast for your preferred brewing method.
Now remember, these are just guidelines, not rules!
It’s kind of like the pirate’s code from Pirates of the Caribbean, when captain Barbossa says, “The code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.” Remember that part? If not, here you go…
Without further ado or adon’t, here are some guidelines for different brew methods to help you choose the best coffee! And don’t worry, I won’t say dark roast for all of them.
Drip Coffee Machines
By far the most popular coffee brewing method, automatic drip coffee makers are pretty versatile in terms of what roast of coffee you can throw into them.
Medium roast is probably the best choice for drip machines. Although in my opinion, there is no wrong choice for drip machines.
The truth of the matter is that, in my opinion anyway, drip machines are usually a pretty average or mediocre way of making coffee. Unless you get a good one like this one.
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There definitely isn’t anything wrong with it though! But because of the nature of drip coffee machines, it doesn’t seem to matter too much to me which roast of coffee I use for one.
AeroPress brews a rich, strong cup of coffee.
Some experts say that light or medium roast coffee is best for AeroPress.
For me, I have used dark roast coffee for AeroPress many times. After all, it comes out close to an espresso shot, and we use dark roast for espresso.
Because I have tried all three roasts with AeroPress and love them all, I would say that any roast is great for AeroPress.
My preference is dark roast though. Whether you make it like espresso or American regular coffee, I think dark roast is quite fitting for AeroPress.
The clear, bright coffee yielded from pour over is good with many coffees and different roasts.
Pour over is a favorite for many baristas. Because of its bright, clean taste, medium to dark roast is usually best for pour over. That provides a nice contrast to the natural taste of pour over coffee.
The classic, delicious French Press provides a robust and acidic cup of coffee.
It’s a sophisticated taste. I think there’s some debate about which roast or roasts pairs best with French press.
I think that a medium dark roast is the best to use for French press.
It’s a bit acidic for me to say that light roast is best, but it’s not dark and strong enough to say that dark roast is best. Although this one is certainly up for debate!
All of them are of course, but French press is one where you really need to find your roast.
Moka Pot (Stovetop Espresso)
Moka Pot or stovetop espresso is a dark, strong, robust coffee.
It’s another one that’s close to espresso. But unlike AeroPress, you shouldn’t add water to it after to dilute it.
Because of its strong, concentrated nature and flavor profile, dark roast coffee is best for Moka Pot.
I’m not sure how much this one is up for debate or if other people prefer other roasts, but I can’t see any others working as quite as well as dark roast for Moka Pot.
Bringing It Home
For some of these brew methods, it’s good to have a coffee that provides a contrast to the ‘natural’ flavor of the brewing method, if you want to put it that way.
Here is a general overview of the natural yields from these different brew methods once again:
- Automatic drip machine – quite versatile and adapts to whatever coffee you use, although slightly muddled
- AeroPress – rich, strong and clean
- Pour over – clean, bright and clear
- French press – sophisticated, robust, and acidic
- Moka Pot – dark, strong, and robust
So if you’d like and you don’t already do these, you can give them a try and see what you think!
The question of the day is… what’s your favorite brew method and do you have a favorite roast or specific coffee you brew with it?
I hope you found this article helpful. I really want to help you brew the best coffee you can! So if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know and I’ll be happy to hear from you and help you more. Coffee cheers!