Kaldi’s Coffee French Roast Review

Kaldi’s French Roast
Flavor Profile
Sweet, Carmel, Chocolate
Almost Non Existant
Roaster Location Saint Louis, MO
Roast Level Dark
Aroma 9
Body 6
Flavor 8
Taste 8
Aftertaste 9
Full Score 8.0

Kaldi’s coffee is a local coffee roaster in the St. Louis region.  They are quite popular locally and have built up a reputation for brewing some truly excellent coffees.  Although I am from St. Louis, this Kaldi’s French Roast Review will be fair and impartial

The French roast is almost the darkest roast that Kaldi’s sells.  (Malta is the darkest).

If you are looking for a great dark roast to serve every day, you can’t go wrong with the French Roast.

I bought the French roast directly from Kaldi’s and had it shipped to the house.  It was roasted the day before it shipped, which is a big plus.

Kaldi’s French Roast Taste

The house blend at Kaldi’s is Cafe Kaldi.  If you are looking at whether or not to try their French roast, you may have an idea of what Cafe Kaldi tastes like.

The French Roast is not like Cafe Kaldi at all.  Where Cafe Kaldi is fruity and fun, the French roast is much darker.  It drinks smoother, with almost no acidity at all.  When finishing a cup, there’s almost no aftertaste.  And, the aroma is sweet and Carmelo.

Who is Kaldi’s French Roast For?

If you are looking for a cup of coffee that you can drink all day, Kaldi’s French roast is certainly a great cup.  With it’s sweet and smooth taste, it will please people with a fine pallet for coffee, as well as those that are pleased by artisan coffees

Where to Buy

  • Straight from Kaldi’s, this ensures that you are getting the freshest beans possible.
  • Amazon.com
  • Whole Foods
  • Any Kaldi’s Cafe (If you’re in St. Louis or Kansas City)

Kaldi’s French Roast Compared to Starbucks

Kaldis French Roast Review
Kaldi’s French Roast is on the left, Starbucks is on the right. Starbucks roasts a darker, oilier French Roast

Kaldi’s French roast is much smoother than the French roast that you would get from Starbucks.  I find that Starbucks dark roasts have more of a burnt flavor than most beans.

Kaldi’s French roast definitely has a cleaner more enjoyable taste.

Winner:  Kaldi’s

How We Prepared Kaldi’s French Roast for Review

When brewing coffee for review, we use drip brewing and French press.  I happen to believe that French Press is the best way to brew a cup of coffee at home, IF you are looking to get every ounce of flavor you can out of the bean.  Some of us don’t have time for that, or don’t want to.  That’s why I drip brew everything as well.

French Press

I used an IKEA UPPHETT French press.  As of the time of this writing, it’s less than $10.

  1. Grind the beans medium coarse (30g coffee to 500g water).
  2. Pour 200 °F water into the press, just enough to wet the beans.  A pot from the stove and meat thermometer will work fine.  Anything between 195° and 202° should be just fine.
  3. Set a timer for 4 minutes.
  4. Let the coffee “bloom” for 30 seconds (there should now be 3:30) left on the timer
  5. Pour the rest of the water in until you’ve reached 500 mg of water.
  6. At 4 minutes, knock the crust off the top and scoop out the floaters.
  7. Let is sit for about 5 minutes to let the silt settle.
  8. Drop the plunger to the water line.
  9. Pour without plunging.


I use a Bunn VP-17 commercial coffee pot, with a Bunn LPG2-E grinder.  This is obviously overkill for home coffee, but with no plastic in the system whatsoever, it allows for the best extraction that you can get at home from a traditional drip brewer.

Conclusion: 8.0/10, an Excellent Dark Roast

Kaldi’s French Roast is a fantastic dark roast coffee that would be a great daily driver for anyone.

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