Coffee Grind and Color

Before You Buy

Understanding coffee is something we hope more and more consumers take an interest in. With the growth of the Internet as a tool for shopping as well as educating, we've seen a marked increase in the knowledge base of customers.


Choosing the right grind for the brewing method is crucial to getting the best possible results. We recommend that people interested in variety invest in a conical burr grinder to get the best all around result as well as the ability to experiment and find what best suits your preferences. Most retailers provide grinders in the aisles that are able to grind quite precisely.

1. Extra Course Grinds - Used in Cold Press/ Cold Brew systems to make concentrates and Iced Coffees.
2. Course Grinds - Used in French Press and Perk brewers.
3. Medium Course Grind - Used in a Cafe Solo Brewer or Chemex Brewer.
4. Medium Grind - Most popular grind, used in drip brewers (All Delima ground products are medium grind, meant for use in Drip Pots and standard brewers)
5. Fine Grind- Used for Espresso and Aeropress (forced water methods)
6. Extra Fine Grind - Turkish Coffee

Roast Color

Roast colors determine a number of things about your cup from flavor to caffeine content. There is no official roast standardization in the coffee industry, at least not one that has taken hold. Use this as a general guide when looking for new coffees.

Light Roasts

Light brown in color. This roast is generally preferred for milder coffee varieties. There will be no oil on the surface of these beans, because they are not roasted long enough for the oils to break through the surface. This type of roast can be referred to as, Light City Roast, Half City Roast, or Cinnamon Roast. Our products that match this light roast profile include Breakfast Blend and Sunburst.

Medium Roasts

Medium brown in color with a stronger flavor, and a non-oily surface, this roast is often referred to as the American roast because it is generally preferred in the United States. These types of roasts are sometimes referred as City Roast, American Roast, Breakfast Roast, or Donut Shop Roast. Our products that match this medium roast profile include Classic, Colombian Supremo, 100% Colombian Fractional, and Prestige.

Medium Dark

Rich, slightly dark color with some oil on the surface and with a slight bittersweet aftertaste it is sometimes called a dark roast for simplicity. This roast profile is sometimes referred as Full City Roast. Our products that match this roast profile are Prestige Dark, 100% Colombian Dark, and Pacas Bourbon.

Dark Roasts

These are Shiny black beans with an oily surface and a pronounced flavor. The darker the roast, the less acidity will be found in the coffee beverage. Dark roast coffees run from slightly dark to charred and the names are often used interchangeably, which can be very confusing. This type of roast if sometimes referred as High Roast, Continental Roast, New Orleans Roast, European Roast, Espresso Roast, Viennese Roast, Italian Roast, or French Roast. Our Products with this roast profile include French Roast, Midnight Blend, Pangae, Johari, Indonesian Sumatra, Kenya AA, and Espresso 2lb Bean.

It's worth noting here that caffeine burns off in the roasting process so that lighter roasted coffees actually have higher caffeine content. Espresso coffees and other high caffeine content dark coffees are created using high caffeine varieties of coffee bean such as low land Robusta.