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The coffee roaster's vocabulary is somewhat vague when it comes to pin-pointing 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 Roast (Also Called: Cinnamon Roast, Half City Roast, New England Roast)

Light Roasts

 Cinnamon

 Half City

 Light

 New England


Medium-Light Roast (Also Called: Light American Roast, Light City Roast, West Coast Roast)

Medium Roasts

 Light American

 Light City

 West Coast


Medium Roast (Also Called: American Roast, Breakfast Roast, Brown Roast, City Roast)

Medium Roasts

 American

 Breakfast

 Brown

 City

 Medium


Medium-Dark Roast (Also Called: Full City Roast, Light French Roast, Viennese Roast)

Medium-Dark to Dark Roasts

 Full City

 Light French

 Viennese


Dark Roast (Also Called: After Dinner Roast, Continental Roast, European Roast, French Roast, Italian Roast, New Orleans Roast)

Dark/High Roasts

 After Dinner

 Continental

 European

 French

 Italian

 New Orleans


Very Dark Roast (Also Called: Dark French Roast, Heavy Roast)

Very Dark Roasts

 Dark French

 Heavy

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