French roast, Italian roast, and espresso roast are all popular names for coffees, but what does that mean in terms of taste? Dark roast coffee is left to smolder for longer periods of time at higher temperatures, which lowers the density of the bean, reduces the overall acidity, and makes for a less complex, more single-note flavor. The slight reduction also accounts for a dip in the caffeine content per bean, allowing you to drink more of that warm refreshment you love while prolonging the onset of jitters. The end result is a cup of brew that’s mellow, deep, and great to pair with milk and sugar.
Here’s a list of our favorite dark roast coffees to get delivered to our doorsteps.
For a family-owned and -operated touch, go for these dark roast coffee beans from Koffee Kult. Roasted in Hollywood, Florida, these 100 percent Arabica beans are sourced from Guatemala, Colombia, and Sumatra and carry flavor notes that include cinnamon and cocoa. The package is fully resealable, so feel free to take your sweet time with the supply.
This full-bodied roast carries hints of vanilla and was developed partially in tribute to the founder of Mayorga Organics’ childhood experiences in Latin America. The beans are certified non-GMO, sourced directly from the growers, and produced without pesticides and fertilizers. The slow roasting process ensures a smoky flavor and a smooth finish.
This roast comes from Olde Brooklyn Coffee, a company that roasts their beans in small batches in New York. The dark, flavorful beans are moderately acidic and oily—perfect for throwing in your French press. If you’re stocking up for a party, have houseguests coming, or are just addicted to coffee, consider picking up a bulk five-pound bag.
Whether you’re always late and can’t be bothered to grind beans in the morning, or you’re so addicted to caffeine that you keep running out of ingredients, you’d be better off keeping some of this instant coffee on hand to guarantee yourself a tasty dark cup of joe anytime. The freeze-dried crystals dissolve right into hot or cold water to deliver a smooth “brew” to your stomach in seconds flat.