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Italian Roast

Item No. ITA-M

Available: Grocery | Peet's Store

Price:   per lb. $15.95
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A penetrating roast just shy of French with flavorful, full-bodied coffees from Latin America and the Pacific.

Flavor Notes

Vigorous and intense, with immense depth and texture. Rewardingly flavorful.

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About this coffee


Coffee Story

Named for the dark roasting style common in southern Italy, this deep, demanding roast is truly an art to achieve. It challenges even our most experienced roaster craftsmen, relying on their sharp senses to develop the bold, broad flavor palette of the fullest-bodied, most flavorful beans from Latin America and the Pacific. Watching, listening, and smelling the beans throughout the long, slow process, our masterful roasters wait patiently for the brief moment when these premium beans reach dark roasted perfection.

The intensity of our Italian Roast demands beans that are strong enough to hold up, which is why we select only the best high-altitude coffees for their depth and density. The vigorous flavors and balanced, complex aromas make for a boldly perfect cup that's poised between our signature Deep Roast and our French.

Brewing Tips

We think Italian Roast is excellent for espresso, especially for those who enjoy it with a darker roast — of course, the powerful, full-bodied flavor also comes to life nicely in a classic Italian stovetop coffee maker.

Customer Reviews
  • Aaron H. , drinking Peet's since n/a 3/3/16

I've hated coffee all my life. If I had it, it was for the caffeine, and it would be cream, and sugar with a hint of coffee basically. Until about three years ago; my coffee obsessed friend got me to try Peet's Italian Roast. I no longer hate coffee, or add anything to it. This Roast is very special to me; it reminds me almost of eating food, like a delicious bread. Every sip is such a truly fantastic experience.

  • Jean , drinking Peet's since 1978 2/18/14
  • Los Angeles, CA

Italian is my favorite Peet's roast, dark & rich. Couldn't live without it. Peet's is the best.

  • Ivonne , drinking Peet's since 3 mon 6/2/13
  • Downey, CA

I am hook with this coffee! Italian roast is the best blend that i have tasted so far.

  • Catherine , drinking Peet's since 2001 5/20/13
  • Encinitas, CA

This is my favorite coffee for all uses, but remember to properly grind for the machine you are using. Purchasing pre-ground in the grocery store will not be a fine enough grind for espresso machines.
I always purchase Whole Bean direct from Peets online. Order 3 pounds and save on shipping.
Want to cut down your caffeine? Try my personal blend: Half Italian Roast, Half Sumatra Decaf.

  • Kevin Kirby , drinking Peet's since 2009 5/21/12
  • Lithia, FL

I regularly use whole bean French Roast in my Rancilio espresso machine, but recently my grocery store was out of that particular variety. I quickly noticed a bag of Peet's Italian Roast (Ground), but I was hesitant to try it because I like to grind my own beans right before brewing; however, when I read the bag I noticed that it was recommended for espresso and I thought it must be good if Peet's produces it and they should certainly know how fine to grind it, so how could I go wrong? Well in my opinion I did go wrong. It thought the shot that I poured was so weak that perhaps my machine was faulty, but it is not. Personally, I would not recommend the Italian Roast for espresso, but I highly endorse French Roast (whole bean) for an excellent shot. Now I just wish that Peet's would replace my nearly full bag of ground Italian Roast with the Espresso Forte that I just discovered on their website. F

  • Ellie Tanenbaum , drinking Peet's since 2011 1/27/12
  • Erie, PA

This is my favorite coffee! I have two cappucino coffees a day at home. Originally I tried it because it was on sale and I quickly became hooked. I always have an extra bag on hand so I don't run outl It is amazing. Thrilled that our Wegmans carries it. Not all grocery stores do.

Employee Reviews
  • Natalie Sigala , drinking Peet's since 2000 6/23/08
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Emeryville
  • Emeryville, CA

This coffee is not be missed! I admit that at first I was a little nervous to drink our coffee that is dark roasted, nervous that it would be too strong. I was pleasantly mistaken when I had first tried this roast! It was very bold and flavorful but not acidic or too bright. The combination of Latin American and Indo-Pacific beans is perfect! This is a smooth. bold, flavorful roast...yummy!

  • Linsey Shupe 4/18/06
  • CSR
  • Emeryville, Roasting Plant,ca,USA
  • Emeryville, CA

This is one of my favorite "Dark Roasts". Italian is smooth and rich. Its dark roast has a slight sweetness to it. While it is quite rich it lacks that smoke flavor that is usually associated to coffees like French Roast. This coffee is so smooth I could drink it black though its richness holds up so beautifully to cream and sugar. Though it is traditionally brewed hot it is wonderful as an iced coffee as well.

  • Julianne Shapiro 7/20/05
  • Retail sales/barista
  • El Paseo, CA
  • El Paseo, CA

Italian, one of Peet's darkest roasts, is an earthy, full-bodied coffee with rich smoky tones. This blend gives us the best of both worlds: Latin American spice and the smoothness of the Pacific.

  • Ben Kowalski 7/18/05
  • Shift Leader
  • Hillcrest, CA
  • Hillcrest, CA

This is the perfect coffee for those who enjoy our smoky, robust French Roast but are looking for an added layer of richness and depth. Its undertones of oak and wet earth create an intriguing new dimension of complex flavor.

  • Brittany Johnson 6/30/05
  • Barista
  • Lone Tree, Brentwood, CA
  • Lone Tree Brentwood, CA

Smoky, with a cellared taste. Very full bodies with smooth acidity.

  • Aaron Vick 2/24/00
  • Tasting Trainer
  • Tasting Trainer

What is unique about our Italian Roast? The quality and variety of beans that go into it. While it has traditionally been the practice to use mediocre beans in dark roast coffees on the assumption that the roastiness would mask any lack of character in the bean, Peet's knows that only the only the highest grown, best quality hard beans can stand up to the intensity of our roasting style and still have enough character and individuality to assert themselves alongside the roast. We blend high-grown Latin American beans for lively acidity and bright flavors with Pacific origin coffees for depth and full body. The result is an Italian Roast with a rich toasty palate, the requisite carbony edge and undertones of sweet caramel all enhanced by the balance of Pacific and Latin American beans.

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