Roasted Fresh Guide

The coffee roaster's vocabulary is somewhat vague when it comes to pinpointing a degree of roast or color classification for a particular coffee. Here, we list the most common terms used to describe each roast level – taking some of the mystery out of the jargon used to describe how a particular coffee is roasted.

Roast Color Classifications & Vocabulary

Light Roasts

  • Cinnamon
  • Half City
  • Light
  • New England

Medium Roasts

  • Light American
  • Light City
  • West Coast

Medium Roasts

  • American
  • Breakfast
  • Brown
  • City
  • Medium

Medium-Dark to Dark Roasts

  • Full City
  • Light French
  • Viennese

Dark/High Roasts

  • After Dinner
  • Continental
  • European
  • French
  • Italian
  • New Orleans

Very Dark Roasts

  • Dark French
  • Heavy