There are many different types of K-Cup® coffee pods available from flavored to decaffeinated to dark roast. But, perhaps the most misunderstood are light roast K-Cup® pods. Light roast K-Cup® coffees are often thought of as weak, watered down, and wimpy. I am here to tell you that the case is quite the opposite. Light roast K-Cup® pods are actually some of the highest quality, most flavor distinctive coffees available.
First, let's start by exploring what deems a coffee a light roast. Since the word roast appears in the description, as you might guess, that is precisely where the distinction occurs. During the coffee roasting process, raw beans are heated to different levels for varying intervals of time. Light roast K-cup® coffees in their virgin form, are heated to about 375 degrees or just before the famous first crack. There are two well-known cracks during the roasting process. A bean heated to the first crack is often labeled a medium roast. If a bean is left long enough to reach the second crack, you have a dark roast.
As beans are heated, changes in chemical composition occur establishing unique characteristics for each level. Light roast K-Cup® coffees are relieved of the heat early, allowing for the retention of key coffee attributes. In fact, light roast coffees are often used in professional cuppings as they allow all of the original, subtle nuances to shine through. In other words, the flavor details have not been lost by a long roasting. This is thought of as one of the most important steps in determining the taste of the final coffee product.
In addition, different origins are distinguishable with light roast coffees. A wonderful treat if you love Guatamalen for example, you will surely be able to detect every flavor note with a light roast. However, that can be a bit overpowering for some and is the reason for light roasts to often be presented as a blend.
Light coffees are bright and acidic. This is where the first misnomer occurs. Often those looking for a low acid coffee avoid the darks roasts and turn to a lighter version, when in fact, the opposite should be their pursuit. Second on the list of misconceptions is caffeine content. You have probably heard people talk about how "strong" their dark coffee is. When the truth is, light roast coffees contain slightly more caffeine than those that have sustained a two crack roasting.
There are a variety of light roast K-Cup® pods available, all from famous makers, including signature blends or single origins:
- Green Mountain Colombian
- Donut House
- Gevalia Signature Blend
- Green Mountain Breakfast Blend
- Krispy Kreme Smooth
- Starbucks Veranda
The most popular light roast K-Cup® pods are the amazing lineup of flavored options:
- Donut House Chocolate Glazed Donut
- Green Mountain Caramel Vanilla Cream
- Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll
- Green Mountian Cinnamon Sugar Cookie
- Gloria Jeans Butter Toffee
- Gloria Jeans French Vanilla Supreme
- Gloria Jeans Hazelnut
- Gloria Jeans Mudslide
- Green Mountain French Vanilla
- Green Mountain Hazelnut
- Green Mountain Mocha Nut Fudge
- Van Houtte Rasberry Chocolate Swirl
- Green Mountain Southern Pecan
- Green Mountain Toasted Marshmallow Mocha
- Green Mountain Wild Mountain Blueberry
And last but, certainly not least, decaf:
- Gevalia Signature Blend decaf
- Green Mountain French Vanilla decaf
- Green Mountain Breakfast Blend decaf
- Green Mountain Hazelnut decaf
- Krispy Kreme decaf
- Van Houtte Vanilla Hazelnut decaf
The variety of light roast K-Cup® coffee pods is so large because they are simply popular. Generally, light roast K-Cups® will satisfy the greatest range of coffee drinkers. I assure you, light roast K-Cup® pods are lively and fresh. I often think of light roast K-Cups® as the creme de la creme as far as quality because there is nothing to hide the coffee tastes. The beans have to spot on in their perfection or you will taste the defect almost immediately. Those other roasts get to hide behind smoke and mirrors.
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