Great post and it is timely.
We drink espresso either as a black or as a latte. However, I also brew every day either a V60 or a clever — if I want a long steep.
My family isn’t a fan of fruity notes. They prefer medium dark, if not darker roasts. I love light and medium light. It’s difficult to strike a balance.
I grab a bag and if I find it as medium dark, I always freeze them mostly for family use (ex: Chocolate Point, Bom Jesus and most of Extract Coffee roasts).
Increasingly, I am staying clear of roasts , which are meant for espresso. I find them too dark (medium dark) to my taste buds.
These days, I call the roasters and ask for medium light or light. Otherwise, I will only buy if the bag mentions both espresso and filter.
My question is, are not filter roasts fit for espresso? The roasters always discourage this. My view is they are relatively on the lighter side and is also good for espresso , if that’s what we are after. Any views?