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My Favorite Bold Coffee #2 – Italian Roast

Italian Roast is strong. It’s a big, flavorful mouthful of smoky sweetness that demonstrates the art of dark roasting. When you look at the beans, their shiny oils are fully on display. They seem to sweat aroma and flavor.

But the amazing part is how this blend of high altitude Latin American coffees stands up to the roast process while delivering a sweet, clean, medium-body experience.

The trick is having the right beans, ones that can take a darker roast, and the right roasting level, to impart the sweet smokiness. Our roast masters are the best at finding the balance between roast and flavor.

A few years ago I enjoyed many coffees in Bellagio, Italy, with Vespas whizzing by the outdoor cafes. While the setting was memorable, the coffee was not. The coffee was dark-roasted like our Italian Roast but not as sweet. Needless to say, I prefer our version of the recipe and roast profile.

I like to enjoy my Italian Roast brewed in a pour-over or coffee press for maximum flavor delivery. For me, Italian Roast is best after dinner as the last impression of a scrumptious meal. For those who prefer it this way, this coffee really stands up to added cream. The body of the cream compliments the dark roast sweetness of the coffee, and the two come together in a beautiful way.

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    • wilde96
    • 2/27/2012 11:13 AM

    Why aren't all you coffees fair trade?

    • jeffodean
    • 3/8/2012 7:43 AM

    Yes it too is one of my favorites. But I have found that while adding cream and sugar to a coffee may make it more enjoyable to some, the best was to appreciate a fine cup of coffee is "bare naked" it is only then that one can experience all that is has to offer like a fine wine. I often say to some when they try a new coffee "you wouldn't add cream and sugar to your Pinot Noir or fine Cabernet Sauvignon would you?".................. raise a cup.......and enjoy!

    • GreatscottHunter
    • 8/7/2013 9:40 AM

    I agree the Italian roast is a fine afternoon tradition to enjoy with a friend, add cream and sugar, and the experience is truly an Epicurean.

    • jfliang
    • 8/8/2013 5:19 PM

    Teast great

    • angeliquecastellanos
    • 8/13/2013 12:51 PM
    • Hienle12
    • 9/19/2013 6:59 AM

    Great coffee glavor!

    • ozone
    • 9/19/2013 8:43 AM

    Italian roast has been a favorite of mine for years. Although, I must say that it changed ever so slightly in flavor when it became the new Fair Trade coffee. Not in a bad way, but just slightly less intense. It is still a bold and flavorful coffee. A little smokey, a little sweet. A lot of delicious!

    • davkam
    • 9/19/2013 5:00 PM

    jeffodean is right on. 40 years ago I ruined coffee with sugar and cream and one day I spilled the coffee on a new suit and ruined it. I have enjoyed "naked" coffee ever since. Would not think of hiding the bold taste of your coffee with anything.

    • Trichards23
    • 9/20/2013 11:45 AM
    • RandyCastro
    • 9/21/2013 7:02 AM

    Really wonderful. Smooth yet still dark enough to give me that full bodied taste without acidic aftertaste. Fantastic!

    • 9/22/2013 9:23 AM

    I do not think cream ruins any cup of coffee, it just mellows the acid

    • 67cam69
    • 9/22/2013 10:59 PM

    Agree that Italian is a great coffee, black, thank you...
    Great alternative to Anniversary when it is not available!

    • erincronin
    • 9/23/2013 11:11 AM

    I love a strong dark roast and fair trade.

    • Lergraphics
    • 10/3/2013 4:50 PM

    Good flavor with a bold taste.

    • 10/4/2013 10:44 AM

    I lov it so yummy

    • 10/15/2013 2:43 PM

    We brew this at home 48 weeks out of the year. If it's not this one, we're brewing Anniversary Blend, Casi Cielo, or Christmas Blend. This is one FANTASTIC dark coffee: caramelly sweet and oh-so-roasty!

    • jsimm001
    • 10/16/2013 7:18 PM

    This is the best coffee to wake up in the morning

    • maryl2498
    • 3/7/2014 4:08 PM

    Some say safety first, I say COFFEE first !

    • 3/19/2014 2:59 PM

    Love my coffee

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