How to Get the Most out of Your Dark Roast Coffee

Dark roast coffee is beloved for its bold flavors and rich aromas. Whether you’re a coffee aficionado or just starting to explore different coffee varieties, maximizing your experience with dark roasting can elevate your daily coffee ritual to new heights. Mike Romagnino is here with some tips to help you get the best dark roast coffee you can.

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Best Practices for Dark Roast Coffee

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First, start by sourcing quality green coffee. Choose offerings that translate well to a longer duration roast and take on heat well. I have always had success with washed offerings from Peru and Colombia.

Roasting/Flavor Profile

Dark roasting involves a more extended duration, development time, and end temperature. Depending on your approach and roasting style, this may include reaching second crack and beyond. Think about heat application with a longer duration roast. Be mindful throughout the development phase and focus on momentum with gentle heat application. This will keep as much sweetness in the cup as possible.

Known for their full body, low acidity, and bold taste, dark roasts mask the specific flavors of the coffee’s origin, resulting in a more uniform, intense taste. Common cupping notes include chocolate, caramel, nuttiness, and smokey notes.

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Grind Fresh

Grind your coffee just before brewing. This ensures that flavors are preserved and coffee tastes its freshest. For the best dark roasted coffee, a coarse grind is generally preferred to prevent over-extraction and bitterness.

Water Quality

Water quality matters. Use filtered water or water with a balanced mineral content to brew your coffee. Avoid using distilled water as it can lead to a flat-tasting brew.

Brewing Parameters

Compared to lighter roasts, dark roast coffee can be more forgiving in terms of brewing parameters. Experiment with different brew methods to find what suits your version of the best dark roast coffee. Adjust variables like water temperature, brew time, and coffee to water ratio to achieve your desired strength and flavor profile.

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Brewing Temperature

A brewing temperature range between 195°F to 205°F is ideal. This range helps extract the flavors without scalding the coffee.

Enjoy Freshly Brewed

Coffee tastes best when freshly brewed. Aim to drink your dark roast shortly after brewing to enjoy the full spectrum of flavors and aromas. Dark roasted coffee works exceptionally well in milk-based drinks. If you are an avid coffee drinker who prefers to add milk, leaning toward a dark roasted coffee will translate best.


Finally, store your dark roast coffee in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Avoid keeping it in the refrigerator or freezer as coffee can absorb moisture and odors.

Final Thoughts

Following these steps outlined above will ensure you are getting the best out of your dark roast coffee. If you have any questions about dialing in your roast profile and figuring out how to get your dark roast to taste the way you want, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re always here to help you with any of your green coffee or roasting needs.

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