I bought this to make Espresso in my daughters new fancy Breville Oracle while visiting in Birmingham. We opened the bag and she immediatly commented on the beautiful aroma and dark color. She was impressed and said it appeared fresher than were normal beans. Upon first tastes, eyebrows were raised and a big smile appeared! Dad hit a home run! I became a barista overnight making coffee for everyone in the house. No bitterness and lots of flavor!