What is Omni-Roasting?
Just like the name suggests, omni-roasting/omni-grind means that the coffee beans have been roasted in a way that will work with any and every way you’re making coffee. Whether you’re having an Aeropress or you’re having an espresso, an omni-roast caters to both methods.
This method of roasting embraces the belief that no matter how you brew your coffee, it will produce a delicious cup. However, if you’re using one roast to be used in all coffee gadgets the omni-roasting process potentially can overlook unique traits hidden in your Single Origin beans.
Alternatively, coffee beans are roasted either for filter or, for espresso and not both at the same time.
What is espresso roasting?
Roasters consider the temperature the coffee grinds will experience, the extraction method that will be used and whether the espresso will be served with milk. These elements play an important role in determining the roasting approach.
Most espresso poured will be served with milk rather than black. If you want to be able to taste the coffee in your flat white or cappuccino you want the beans to have more body to cut through the milk. This is achieved by roasting for a longer period of time than what is done for filter coffee beans.
What is a filter roast?
When purchasing coffee beans for filter brewing i.e. Aeropress, Moccamaster, CCD, you’ll want to select a bag of coffee that’s been specifically roasted for your gadget. Coffee beans roasted for filter brewing are typically in the roaster for a shorter period of time to hit the point where the beans display brighter and juicier flavours.
“After the first crack, we’re developing the depth of the coffee. For espresso, we roast longer to achieve more caramelised flavours and build more body. For Singles, we roast shorter and lighter to let those high notes shine through. We treat individual Single Origin beans differently, looking for sweetness, body and keeping in mind what Origin that particular bean comes from.”
– Savannah, Karvan Coffee QC.
What we do
“When we are roasting it’s not just about flavour it’s about everything – the body, sweetness, after taste, balance etc. The highest point we’re chasing is a balanced, sweet cup with a mouth-watering body.”
There are some fantastic flavours in Single Origin beans that require you to adjust your process. Omni roasting can miss out on hitting those flavour points because it relies on roasting in a way to suit them all. However, omni roasting is an efficient method for roasteries who would like to reach the broader consumer.
“Omni roasting can be good to make your beans accessible to everyone regardless of the brewing method. The drawback is you might miss out on reaching some real exciting flavours.”
– Marte, Karvan Coffee Head Roaster.
Karvan coffee doesn’t strictly follow omni-roasting to roast coffee beans. We let the beans decide how we roast so we can bring out their best potential. When you visit our store you’ll notice we have coffee beans we recommend for espresso and others we recommend for filter. In the end, coffee is subjective so some may prefer particular brewing methods over others.
If you’re unsure about what to purchase, ask us! We’re always happy to help and we love talking about anything (even slightly) coffee related.
Marte and Savannah are in charge of all of the roasting here at Leaf Bean Machine. They seek to offer the best product to the end drinker.
“We consistently cup and quality control our work to strive to bring out the very best that each bean has to offer.”
What matters most is that you have a delicious coffee in one hand and perhaps a slice of cake in the other 😉
Enjoy, and happy brewing!
Leaf Bean Machine team