What Is Dark Roast Coffee?

Dark roast coffee is perfect for those who love a dark, rich flavor. This type of roast is typically very oily, bitter, and lower in perceived acid.

Dark Roast Coffee Flavor & Tasting Notes

Choosing a coffee roaster you trust is important and even more so when it comes to dark roast coffees. That is because some roasters simply dark roast as a way to cover up undesirable flavors in the beans. 

At Lucky Goat, we develop custom roast profiles that enhance the beans natural flavors rather than overpower them. Our dark roast coffees have very complex and nuanced profiles. 

Common tasting notes include: chocolatey, cola, maple syrup, nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted almonds, and pralines. 

How To Brew Dark Roast Coffee

Dark roasts are quite versatile and will stand up to almost any brewing method, but they are the perfect (and frankly only) choice for the Espresso method. 

You should always be mindful of the size of your grind, but it's particularly important with dark roasts. Avoid over grinding beans for long contact methods like french roast or pour over. 

Dark Roast vs Light Roast

Light roast coffee beans lack any oil on their surface. These coffees are known for their delicate floral and fruity notes with a tangy acidity and a tea-like body. For those who love dark roast coffee, light roast may be a challenge to appreciate but it can be rewarding for those who are curious about its unique flavor profile.

Dark Roast vs Medium Roast

If you love the dark roast flavor of coffee, but want to experience more of the natural flavor of the coffee bean, you may want to experiment with medium roast. It has a lighter body and more of the distinct origin flavors, while still delivering smooth and toasty coffee flavors. However, if you are the type of person who seeks out bitterness all day everyday, then you'll want to stick with dark roasts. 

Dark Roast Coffee FAQs

Does Dark Roast Coffee Have More Caffeine?

In a very technical sense dark roasts have less caffeine per volume than lighter roast, but the truth is that it makes very little actual impact. How the coffee is brewed matters more than how the coffee was roasted. 

Are Dark Roasts Considered “Low-Acid”?

Yes! Dark roast coffees have less perceived acid than lighter roasts. 

What Foods Pair Best With Dark Roast Coffees?

The deep flavors of dark roasts are the absolute perfect compliment to rich desserts and sweets. Some of our favorites are brownies, cheesecakes, and chocolate cakes. 

Is Iced Dark Roast Coffee Good?

Dark roasts coffees were built with hot brewing in mind, but that doesn't mean they can't be served or brewed cold. Be adventurous and find what works for you!

Is Dark Roast Coffee Stronger Than Other Roasts?

It is definitely bolder than lighter roasts and that is usually what people mean when they say "stronger". So yes, dark roast is perceived to be stronger than others.
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