Coffee Review: BuyWell’s French Roast

Coffee Review: BuyWell’s French Roast


Trying/reviewing another coffee today and it’s a double dark French Roast this time.

The grind smelled just as good as the Guatemalan Fuego, but for different reasons. Lots of strong, robust smokiness.

Oddly enough, when it started brewing, the house didn’t fill with as strong of an aroma as the Fuego. But I find that’s fairly typical and I think the Fuego was unique in that regard.

As I said in my previous review, dark roasts jump up and down on your palette, and I like that, but the mediocre dark roasts finish poorly, usually with a tangy, bitter bite.

However, this French Roast finishes extremely smoothly while still maintaining a strong, complex flavor. Because I got a little hint of sweetness in there.

Long story short, it’s obvious that the folks at BuyWell are expert roasters. This is a great cofee.

If you’re remember, I gave the Fuego a 9 out of 10. This French Roast gets the same 9 out of 10 and would probably be a 10 if I had a french press and brewed it the way it should be. Oh well. I’ve still got plenty left for another time. :-)

By the way, you may have noticed that BuyWell is running a special for readers of this blog. Just click on the ad at the top of the middle column and use the coupon code DONKLEPHANT to get a bag of coffee for free with any purchase. That’s a pretty incredible deal because it’s a $11 value and in times like these every little bit counts. So don’t miss out.

More reviews soon…

  • mw

    I may have to give this a try. My current favorite brew is a blend of my own concoction from a local roaster (not a chain) – 50% French Roast – 50% Costa Rica.

    I call it Costa Roasta.

  • kranky kritter

    Ok, so a 12 oz bag for $11 works out to $14.67 per pound. If I buy one 12 oz bag for $11 and get another bag free, and am charged $3.75 per bag for shipping, then I get 24 oz for $18.50, which is 12.33/lb. Neither counts as anything resembling a good deal in my world.

    If you are into gourmet coffee, you can get it for 7-10/lb. Trader Joe’s sells a very nice dark sumatra for $4.99 for a 12oz can, which i less than $7/lb. But unfortunately this coffee lacks the delicious sanctimony of the fair trade seal of approval.

    Of course, even the $12-$15/lb coffee is a bargain compared to buying it one cup at a time from Fourbucks. :-) But then maybe you should be supporting your local barista. Decisions, decisions, decisions. It can be pretty hard to navigate a day when politics infuses every choice, huh?