Peet's Coffee & Tea
French Roast

Roaster Location: Flag of United States Emeryville, California


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Roast Level: French
Bean Source Country: Americas Blend
Varietal: Arabica
Process: Washed
Character: Dark Chocolate, Smoke, Burnt Sugar, Spicy / Complex

Peet's French Roast coffee is characterized by its signature taste and rich character, attributed to a longer and hotter roasting process. This method is suitable for only select top-quality Arabica beans, specifically sourced from high-altitude regions in Latin America. The beans from these areas are known for their density, hardness, and flavor concentration, qualities that allow them to retain their boldness and complexity even under the intense conditions of deep roasting. The resulting coffee is described as not being for the cautious, but rather for those who appreciate a robust taste with pronounced smoky overtones and a notable bite. The blend is said to complement well with cream and sugar.

John "Nic" Nicolini, a roaster at Peet's with over 20 years of experience, shares his personal experience with the blend: “On a normal day, I cup 50 coffees before 7 a.m. But I always come back to French. You inhale that smoky aroma, and then a subtle sweetness pops out that awakens your taste buds. It’s visceral."

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Latest Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    1082 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.50 - Aroma

    4.50 - Value

    4.50 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    This is a really good cup of French roast coffee, especially given the circumstances here. I'm at the car dealership getting a flat tire repaired, and they have an Encore 29 automatic bean-to-cup machine with Peet's.

    I think this Peet's French Roast has an exceptionally smooth texture and pleasing mouthfeel, making it a favored choice among those who prefer darker roasts. The French roast, in particular, is highlighted for striking a balance that appeals to certain tastes. The flavor profile of this Peet's roast is notably chocolatey, complemented by an appropriate level of smokiness. It is intensely bittersweet, the good way, similar to the qualities found in high-quality chocolate. That is driven by a really nice natural sweetness present in the beans.

    For me, coffee offers a unique and satisfying sensory experience, especially for those who appreciate the nuanced characteristics of darker roasted blends.

    Cupping Method:Encore 29 automatic bean-to-cup machine

    4 months ago · See more from Ted

More Details

Roast Level: French
A French roast is a deeply dark and robust coffee roast known for its intense flavor and smoky undertones. Achieved through extended high-temperature roasting, the beans are transformed into a glossy, nearly black shade with a rich, oily surface. With low acidity and a bitter-sweet taste, this roast offers notes of dark chocolate and caramel, making it ideal for those seeking a full-bodied and bold coffee experience. Its versatility allows it to shine in various brewing methods, including espresso and drip coffee, and it pairs well with milk and other additives, making it a popular choice for indulgent specialty beverages like cappuccinos and lattes.
Bean Source Country: Americas Blend
Latin American coffee beans often have flavor profiles characterized by bright acidity, medium to light body, and fruity or nutty notes.

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Peet's Coffee & Tea is a coffee roaster from Emeryville, MA United States. We have 67 cataloged roasts with 9 total reviews with a score of 4.17.

International Rank: #385 out of 771
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