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French Roast

To brew French Roast is a commitment to a rich, powerful taste, pronounced smoky overtones, and pleasant bite.
$14.95 / lb.
  • Flavor Notes
    Coffee-forward, smoky, bittersweet, hints of caramel.
  • Flavor Category
    Spicy / Complex
  • Roast Level
  • Origin
    Signature Blends
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About this coffee

Roast Level

French Roast
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Brewing Methods

  • Drip
  • Press Pot
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How It Tastes

Intensely bold and flavorful. Pronounced smoky overtones with a pleasant bite.


The signature taste and rich coffee character of French Roast comes from a longer, hotter roast, which not all beans can handle. For our darkest roast, we select only top-quality Arabica coffee from the highest altitudes of prime Latin American growing regions. Beans mature slowly at these altitudes, becoming denser, harder and packed with flavor — perfect for retaining boldness and complexity under the intense heat of a deep roast. Peet's French Roast is not a coffee for the cautious, but for those who embrace the powerful taste, pronounced smoky overtones, and pleasant bite.

Worth Noting

This dark, deeply flavorful blend pairs well with cream and sugar, and inspires reactions like this one from John "Nic" Nicolini, a Peet's roaster for over 20 years: “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.”
Perfecting the process

Coffee, 50 Years in the Making

We've learned a lot in 50 years. From tasting coffee three times before the beans even arrive at our roastery, to waking up at 4am to deep-roast each bean by hand, to personally testing every order before it ships —everything we do is committed to bringing you the freshest, fullest flavor in every cup.

Freshness Guarantee

  • Roasted to Order

    Once you place an order, we wake up at 4am to roast your beans in small batches

  • Sealed for Freshness

    Every bag is sealed immediately using our special packaging techniques.

  • Same day Shipping

    No sitting around and no warehousing, your coffee is shipped within 24 hours.

  • Delivered to Your Doorstep

    Check the roast date on your bag. (Spoiler alert: it's really fresh!)

Reviews (28)
Average rating:
from Philadelphia, PA on 2/25/2019. Drinking Peet's since 2016.

The French Roast has changed. I do not like this "Coffee-forward, smoky, bittersweet, hints of caramel" kind. Tastes very bland compared to the Intensely Bold and Smoky.

from Salt Lake, UT on 1/31/2019. Drinking Peet's since 2010.

Purchased a bag of the French roast and a bag of the Big Bang and both were absolutely terrible!! Absolutely no flavor, extremely bitter and yet bland. We have had Peet’s before and it was okay but after these two bags we will never purchase this coffee again.

Roger Sadowsky
from New York, NY on 12/9/2018. Drinking Peet's since 7 AM.

I've been drinking other French Roasts for years. I have recently tried Peets and find it the most delicious one yet!

from Stateline, NV on 12/2/2018. Drinking Peet's since so lo.

I have brewed Peets limited editions by the melitta single cone method for years and still do. I have also just started making Bulletproof Coffee. For the Bulletproof receipe with a Press Pot , nothing beats Peets French Roast. It is by far the best tasting coffee for this method.

Colleen Gunther
from Milwaukee, WI on 11/26/2018. Drinking Peet's since 2010.

I am currently having a coffee crisis in my house. I have been drinking Peet's French Roast coffee, espresso grind for over five years and lately the coffee is not as good anymore. I have noticed a few other reviews indicating the same problem. I feel like they changed the beans? It goes stale very fast, even a batch that was roasted on 10/31/18. Starbuck's discontinued its French Roast blend, so I am curious as to whether or not Peet's also modified its French Roast. If anyone has a suggestion for an alternate to try, I would like to know.