Wet- Process versus Dry-Process, Light Roast versus Dark Roast.

Wet- Process versus Dry-Process, Light Roast versus Dark Roast.
This weeks roasted coffee is a dramatic comparison of wet process (Ethiopia) verus dry process coffee, but also of roast level. The Ethiopia is a light body, clean, bright coffee and is well suited to the light City roast level I did on these batches. And the Brazil is more about body and chocolate roast tone, so the darker Full City roast plays to the strong suit of this coffee. I think you’ll find these two offerings quite different, and might help you and your household clarify your preferences. Do you like light roasted, bright, high-toned, lively, acidic coffee like the Ethiopia? Or do you prefer the more rustic, slightly fruity, low acid, tenor-to-bass note flavors of the darker roast Brazil? Hopefully you will find pleasure in both -Tom

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4 Responses to “Wet- Process versus Dry-Process, Light Roast versus Dark Roast.”


  1. 1 Russell

    Dry-processed Idido Misty Valley is the benchmark. I’m very much a casual roaster because it’s fun (been purchasing beens from SM for many years) and really not too discriminating about taste, but when I tasted IMV for the first time, I was hooked. So I enjoy light-roasted DP Ethiopian. I’m always hoping each year will bring a batch of IMV-like greatness!

    Keep up the great service at Sweet Marias! We love you and the fun of roasting!

  2. 2 Mike

    I started roasting at the beginning of this year and have bought several batches of green coffee from SM. I’ve learned a lot from the various postings and blogs. Thanks for these updates.

  3. 3 Greg

    I also have been buying from SM for may years. I still use the same hot air popper, works great! As for coffee, my tastes have really narrowed over the past few years. I almost always buy wet processed beans from Ethiopia or Costa Rica, and I roast them to full city plus, just before the oil breaks through. This goes well in a French press. For the past 6 months or so I have noticed a slight decline in bean quality, but I think it is just a seasonal issue. SM is great.

  4. 4 dave (papawow.com)

    Wow, I can’t believe all the information here! I just ordered my second batch from SM’s and can’t wait for it to come. I love all coffee, I don’t have any favorites, but I wonder if my tastes will narrow more over time.

    I also love roasting it myself. Sometimes when I’m in a jam I will buy the pre-ground coffee from the supermarket but there’s nothing like the freshness of a batch you roasted the day before.

    Thanks for turning me on Sweet Maria!

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