Dark Roast Coffee Trio
Intriguing beans for sure, especially the around Robusta but roast level is definitely at a medium level in appearance and taste profile. Both the Hanoi (robusta) and Dalat (arabica) are light brown, dry and dust up readily when grinding. Saigon is a blend of the two. Packaging describes as “Bold Roast” which is misleading and more like a “Bright Roast” in flavor. Since robusta has less sugar & fat, I suspect it can’t be darkened further without burning. Not sure why the Dalat arabica is roasted medium level. Would be interesting to taste a blend of dark arabica and medium robusta. Within this group I find 16/1 ratio to be weak flavor with pour-over and a fuller body at 14/1. However the robusta 2x caffeine is really noticed at that concentration. Anyway, currently experimenting with blending in some dark roast beans and getting more satisfying deep flavor. A unique offering just the same. Onward!
I bought the Dark Roast Trio as a gift. Haven't heard back as to how much they like it.
I like Dalat the most from this trio. But all have great taste.
So far I've had the Dalat and the Hanoi. I love the Dalat; it is every bit as good as Arabica varieties I've had, but I'd still like my coffees to taste even darker. My favorite styles are French and Italian roasts, and I'm hoping Saigon will reflect that a little bit more.