The backbone of Pacific Northwest roasting for over 20 years, Lighthouse brings us another dark roast winner. One part lumberjack, one part sea captain, this roast is 100% old-school Seattle.
Deep, dark and smoky, Lighthouse French Roast has a full-bodied carmelized flavor, but with very little acidity. Darkly roasted from rugged Latin blends.
"Really perfect French roast. Smells exactly like it should. Tastes dark with no bitterness, no acidity, and no burnt aftertaste." (5 out of 5)
"Milk & cream a necessity. Nothing to jump out of bed about, but a solid caramel brew." (3 out of 5)
"This was my first bag and it was absolutely delightful! I have a hand grinder / french press and it came out smooth, served black was perfect. " (5 out of 5)
"As others have stated, this one needs milk or cream. Loved the caramel-ness and that it was low on acid. A treat in the morning." (5 out of 5)
"This was a bit strong and bitter, but still good. The beans are very greasy before you grind them. " (3 out of 5)
"Great smooth yet bold coffee. Full of deep flavors that left you looking forward to the next sip. " (4 out of 5)
"I used the pour over brewing method. Despite the beans burnt smell, this brewing method yielded a cup of very smooth and rich coffee. A splash of sweetened of condensed milk accentuated the caramel tones." (4 out of 5)
"My husband and I typically like dark, smoky roasts, and we enjoyed this one. With our Bean Box subscription we've expanded our horizons a bit and this one doesn't seem as unique as some of the others. But, if you're looking for a solid, dark roast, this will definitely do." (4 out of 5)
"It's definitely smokey. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. It has a great after taste and the smokeyness is not off putting. I drink it black, and it is very low acid and smooth." (5 out of 5)
"I've tasted a lot of coffee and this has to be my least favorite coffee I've ever tasted in my life. I didn't even finish the sample. Apparently it tastes better with milk, but I can't have dairy so I used almond milk and I couldn't even finish the cup. It's very unpleasant to drink." (1 out of 5)
"I loved this roast! I thought it was smooth, and bold and just perfect black! " (5 out of 5)
"The super oily and dark beans were the first indication that this was a different blend than I'm used to. Definitely needs cream and sugar. If you need a 2x4 to the head to get going in the morning, then this is perfect for you! I will pass, in favor of something with a softer, smoother touch. " (3 out of 5)
"In a single word, it was underwhelming. The roast tasted burnt, I didn't personally get any caramel notes. It has a good body, and will go well with your milk and sweetener, but that's not how I like my coffee. I want it to taste good black, and it didn't deliver. Brewed on V60 and chemex" (2 out of 5)
"This is the kind of roast that makes spoons stand straight up in the cup. For most, it's the kind of dark roast that really requires the balance of milk proteins and fat. Will reach out to you personally to talk about an alternative!"
"Beans were very very oily--could've moistened my hands/arms. Smelled burnt and not very appealing. Would be ultra-dark roast in my book. Brewed the day received ~12hrs in Toddy, first sips not bad, but could not finish growler, tasted expired, like bad free hospital coffee. Not meant for cold brew?" (2 out of 5)
"Hi REB - So sorry this roast didn't work out for you. This is a super classic French Roast, not the best candidate for a Toddy. For me personally, these types of roasts are reserved for the dead of winter, brewed hot, and cut with whole milk. I understand the Concierge is sending you an alternate!"
"Brewed with Chemex, V60 hot and iced, cold brewed as well. None of these methods yielded a cup that I enjoyed. I do enjoy dark roasts but this had a burnt taste that I couldn't even drink cold brewed. " (1 out of 5)
"This was an excellent smooth cup to me. Used my french press and per the other reviewer, tried with my favorite creamer. Delicious! " (5 out of 5)
"The beans are roasted dark, as expected. I must say, the flavor was a lot smoother than I thought (definitely not burnt tasting). I made it with a Chemex and drank it black, but I think it will go well with your favorite creamer." (4 out of 5)