MOVE OVER, DARK ROAST: Blonde Roast (Coffee) is in!
A growing number of coffee brands like Starbucks are rolling out light-roast brews. Labeled “blonde,” the beans have spent less time in the roaster to coax out flavors more gently and make a lighter, less bitter-tasting drink with the same amount of caffeine. The companies claim that the beans’ natural sweetness nixes the need for milk and sugar. The verdict of our own blind tasting? Testers were pleasantly surprised by the smooth, mellow flavor, noting zero bitter bite and the same rich mouthfeel as darker coffee. Full disclosure, though: Many still craved a splash of dairy.
From our July/August Issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray
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