I ordered both the Espresso Classico and the Espresso Blend to try. As seen, the Classico is the darker roast. I use it in a super automatic Breville and it makes excellent espresso, ristretto, and milk-based drinks. The crema is not as big as if it had some robusta beans mixed in, but is sufficient. I really like the Classico in both a morning flat white and in a nighttime ristretto.
It makes OK espresso, but I prefer a deeper roast, swith the beans being nearly black and oily looking... along with a deeper, more intense "expresso flavor".
I have been drinking espresso for decades; drink out in eateries, make at home, and as a guest in friends' homes, so I've had a lot of varieties over the years. I regularly order a bag of espresso beans from Mystic Monk, and I do so because I know I can be assured that the beans fresh and good, and the roast is done properly. I've had some that have a taste of "burnt" and "charcoal" to them, and frankly, that is off-putting and disappointing. Mystic Monk Espresso Roast is really excellently done, and the beans (I only get beans, I like to grind all my coffees myself) are so aromatic when they are ground, all I can say, just thinking about the aroma makes my mouth water and makes me long for another cup of espresso. I've even gone as far as blending the ground espresso with other coffees from Mystic Monk when I am running low on my regular brew, for a fantastic custom blend.
The coffee is rich and full-bodied, almost velvety, and has a true coffee flavor that is fully satisfying and not overwhelming You can purchase this with full confidence that you are buying a truly great roasted coffee. As with the other Mystic Monk coffees I purchase regularly, I heartily recommend it.
This was gifted to me for Christmas and my wife and I liked it so much it is our new favorite espresso blend. It is not as bitter as Starbucks and has a nice full body of flavor.
I've been enjoying the flavored coffees and decided to try espresso this time around. Now, I have a new favorite as it is wonderful on it's own and works better with flavored syrups than other brands of coffee.