This brings up the question: can you impart good coffee flavor in a pale beer? I know that here in Indy, Sun King did a special version of their Cream Ale with a lightly roasted etheopean coffee infusion that was outstanding. Tasty coffee notes can be incorporated. I know they cold infused the beer. I wonder what enhances the process.
There are a few blonde or pale coffee beers around the country. I've had a couple and they are pretty good. You get lots of smooth coffee flavor without much of the roast. Of the two I have tried I know one is just adding beans post-fermentation and I believe that is the process on the other.