Finding Your Perfect Coffee Roast at Portside Java 4

Coffee. It’s the liquid that fuels America. According to a recent statistic, more than 50 percent of Americans—that’s more than 150 million people—drink at least one gourmet coffee each day with the average coffee consumer downing 3.1 cups per day.

It comes as no surprise that many coffee connoisseurs prefer one coffee roast over another. Roasting determines the flavor of coffee by causing the green coffee beans to change in taste. At lighter roasts, the coffee will maintain the flavors of the bean itself which are created by its variety, processing, altitude, soil content and weather conditions in the location where it was grown. As the beans darken to a deep brown, the flavors created by the roasting process begin to overpower the origin flavors of the bean. At darker roasts, the roast flavor becomes the prominent flavor, often making the origin flavor of the beans quite difficult to detect.

With so many different roasts available, how do you go about choosing the perfect one for you? Several key factors to consider when making your selection include the coffee’s origin, variety, processing method, moisture content, bean density and desired flavor characteristics.

Or, you could head over to Portside Java on Walton Ferry Road! Portside Java offers several different single origin roasts—the bean comes from one specific place —as well as three house blends.

The key to making the perfect blended coffee, according to owner Scott Howard, is to “get the coffee as dark as possible without losing the individual flavors of the individual origins of the beans in it.”


This is what most coffee lovers would call a breakfast or an all-day blend. It is a medium-high roast with mild acidity and an enjoyably bold, sweet aftertaste. It doesn’t fall into either extreme of the coffee spectrum. The Regatta is comprised of 20 percent dark Arabica beans and 80 percent medium Arabica beans.

Dog Watch

This is a bold, dark blend. It consists of 100 percent Arabia beans, 43 percent of which are medium roast. While many folks enjoy this beverage any time of day, it is often consumed as an after-dinner coffee. It serves as an ideal blend for espresso.

Black Pearl

This is a unique roast made with blended green beans then roasted as a single roast. It is a dark roast, but it maintains the origin flavors of the beans. “It is bold, smooth and mellow with excellent mouthfeel and a wonderful follow through.”