What is white roasted coffee?

White roast coffee is a relatively new style of coffee roasting that is gaining popularity among coffee enthusiasts. Unlike regular coffee roasting processes that are done to develop rich and complex flavors, white roast coffee is roasted to maintain the original flavor profile of the coffee beans.

One of the key differences between white roast coffee and regular coffee roasting is the temperature and duration of the roasting process. Regular coffee roasting is typically done at higher temperatures, ranging from 400-450°F (204-232°C), for a longer duration of time, usually between 10-15 minutes. This extended roasting time results in the development of more complex flavors and aromas in the beans, including caramelization and the Maillard reaction.

By contrast, white roast coffee is roasted at a lower temperature for a shorter duration, typically between 325-375°F (163-191°C) for 6-8 minutes. This lower temperature and shorter duration helps to retain the original flavor notes of the beans while not developing the chocolatey, nutty or caramel notes characteristic from prolonged roasting.

Another significant difference between white roast coffee and regular coffee roasting is the appearance of the beans after roasting. White roast coffee beans have a pale or white color, unlike regular coffee beans, which are typically dark brown or black. This is because the beans are not roasted for as long as regular coffee, which leads to less caramelization and less development of color.