What features does a breakfast or a morning blend have that other roasts or varieties don't have?

Is it always the similar or does it vary by distributor?

Is there any difference between breakfast and morning blend?

  • That was quick! We'll see if the coffee-blends tag sticks. I liked your tags before the create-and-switch also, so I hope you don't mind that I put them back in. Welcome to Coffee!
    – hoc_age
    Jun 3, 2015 at 13:17

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Breakfast or morning blends are generally a lighter roast, but there is no industry standard for how light of a roast.

As for differences between breakfast and morning blends, the key is in the word "blend". It is entirely up to the producer to blend different beans and different roasts and call it what they want.

Edit: There are some differences in caffeine levels, but a lot of contradictory information out there. I found a great explanation of why the caffeine levels can differ between roasts here, but let me summarize from the post:

If you measure your coffee by scoops, light roasted coffee will have more caffeine. Since the beans are denser than a darker roast. However if you weigh out your scoops, darker roasts will have more caffeine, because there is less mass.

@ChrisAK is correct, the roasting process does not burn or destroy caffeine, but the level of roast will impact the weight of each bean.

  • Wow that's awesome info, I had no idea lighter roasts had more caffeine! Jun 3, 2015 at 13:14
  • @PeterTurner - Indeed! See also this related (er, opposite?) question about caffeine content of roasts.
    – hoc_age
    Jun 3, 2015 at 13:21
  • I'll state again, caffeine level in a bean does not vary by roast. Caffeine has a very high melting point as is not destroyed in the roast process. However, since bean density and weight varies by roast level, depending on how you are measuring caffeine levels will vary. By weight, lightly roasted coffee has less caffeine. Jun 3, 2015 at 17:21

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