Illy whole bean espresso coffee is the perfect choice for coffee connoisseurs who prefer grinding the beans to suit their own individual taste and preparation method. Dark roasts deliver deeper flavor and, generally, are less acidic than lighter roasts. French and Italian roasts are generally considered to be dark. It's no surprise that people in France and Italy appreciate coffee as a delicacy. In Italy, coffee is espresso and nearly each neighborhood has an espresso bar where people sit and drink shots of coffee. This Illy Dark Roast is indicative of the flavor of the coffee that native Italians experience in those bars. Now you can cherish that taste in your home!