Koffee Kult Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee Review 2023

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Koffee Kult Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee Review

Recently, I delved into a bag of Koffee Kult Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee, intrigued by the allure of a reputed dark roast. This detailed review reflects my personal experience with this product, adhering strictly to my proprietary scoring framework, in which ratings are assigned on a 5-point scale.

1. True Roast: [1/5]

The heart of any dark roast coffee lies in its truthful representation of the ‘dark roast.’ In this case, Koffee Kult’s Dark Roast left much to be desired. Upon opening the bag, the first observation was the color of the beans. Instead of the deeply hued, almost black beans, you would expect in a dark roast, these were a distinct shade of brown, more indicative of a medium roast.

This discrepancy was disappointing, especially as it hinted at a lack of the boldness and depth that true dark roast enthusiasts seek out. I found myself reminiscing about the deep, smoky aroma and visually appealing beans that are characteristic of a quality dark roast, attributes that were sorely missed in this product. This aspect was a clear deviation from the manufacturer’s claim, and therefore, I can only award a score of 

2. Body: [2/5]

A major element that distinguishes different roasts is the body or the ‘mouthfeel’ of the coffee. In the case of Koffee Kult’s Dark Roast, the body was, unfortunately, closer to water than the expected syrupy consistency you’d typically find in a well-executed dark roast.

The coffee lacked the full-bodied mouthfeel that gives a dark roast its inherent charm, resulting in a coffee experience that felt thin and weak. Rather than embracing a luscious coffee that coats your palate, I found the coffee disappointingly thin, reminiscent more of a light roast than a dark one. The body was another area where this product fell short, warranting a score of 2.

3. Flavor: [3/5]

A high-quality dark roast brings forth a robust, well-rounded flavor profile that includes notes of chocolate, caramel, or even smoky nuances. When tasting Koffee Kult’s Dark Roast, the flavor was a far cry from this expectation.

Yes, there were hints of citrus that attempted to add complexity, but overall, the flavor profile was comparatively weak and unexciting. It seemed to present itself as a basic medium roast without the bold and deep flavors characteristic of a truly gratifying dark roast. Although not entirely unpleasant, it didn’t provide the flavor ride I had anticipated. Hence, the flavor receives a score of 3.

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4. Acidity: [2/5]

The balance of acidity in coffee plays a crucial role in defining its overall character. While light roasts typically have high acidity, which adds to their appeal, dark roasts like Koffee Kult’s should ideally have low acidity.

In this regard, the coffee adhered to the expectations of a dark roast with low acidity. However, given the mismatch in roast level (being more medium than dark), the low acidity felt somewhat out of place rather than being a positive attribute. So, in terms of acidity, this coffee earns a score of 2.

5. Aftertaste: [2/5]

The aftertaste of a coffee can make or break the overall drinking experience. It’s the final note, the closing statement, the lingering memory that stays with you long after you’ve finished your cup. A truly delightful coffee will leave you with an aftertaste that invites you back for more.

Unfortunately, Koffee Kult’s Dark Roast whole bean didn’t perform well in this department. The aftertaste faded quickly and lacked the pleasant lingering flavor that one would hope for after a satisfying sip. This led me to score the aftertaste a 2.

6. Price to Quality Ratio: [1/5]

At the cost of $1.00 per ounce, Koffee Kult’s Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee seemed to offer poor value when considered in conjunction with its quality. The underwhelming flavor profile, lack of true dark roast characteristics, and watery body resulted in a lackluster coffee experience.

When matched against the price, it simply did not deliver sufficient quality, making it difficult to justify the cost. As a result, the price to quality Ratio scored a 1.

Koffee Kult’s Dark Roast Coffee Final Score: [1.8/5]

In conclusion, Koffee Kult’s Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee fell short of its promise as a quality dark roast. It exhibited several shortcomings, such as inconsistency in roast level, a lackluster body, a mediocre flavor profile, unremarkable acidity, and a forgettable aftertaste. Furthermore, the value for money was not satisfactory, considering the product’s overall quality and performance against its price.

Coffee is a subjective experience shaped largely by personal preferences. Therefore, it’s essential to remember that reviews such as this one serve as a guide rather than an ultimate verdict. Every coffee lover’s journey is unique, and one should always explore freely and decide based on personal taste. So, venture forth, fellow coffee lovers, and may you find your perfect brew.

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Nathan Gotch

Nathan is the founder of The Darkest Roast (featured in the NY Times, Yahoo, and Tasting Table). He is a self-taught coffee expert and has tried 100s of coffees from around the world. Nathan's goal is to help you find the best coffee, so you only drink the best.