Black Rifle Coffee In My Crosshairs!

Updated: Apr 19, 2020

Black Rifle Coffee Company's AK Espresso Review, Workflow, and Extraction Video



  • Roaster: Black Rifle Coffee Company

  • Coffee: AK Espresso

  • Type: Blend

  • Roast: Medium

  • Origin: Colombia, Brazil

  • Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Citrus



Black Rifle Coffee is a Veteran owned company. I'm a retired disabled Army veteran, so I felt like it only made sense that I give this roaster a try and see what's what. Straightaway I can tell by the smell that this roast is closer to a dark roast than a medium roast. It was also immediately evident that this is a classic Italian style espresso, and not a new school specialty style espresso. I personally enjoy both old school, and new school styles, as long as they are done well. I checked all over the bag but I could not find a roast date. However I did find an expiration or best by date of Feb 21st 2021. So based on the best by date, this espresso was already over a month old! I gotta say I was disappointed to see this, as I was under the impression that they roasted fresh to order. Regardless I decided to give it a try anyway, and crossed my fingers hoping I could still pull somewhat of a decent shot. After much trial and error, I was eventually able to get a few passable extractions. Due to the darkness of this roast I decided to use a VST basket in an attempt to bring out some acidity and toasted nutty notes. Surprisingly for a darker roast the flavor profile wasn't bad. First and foremost is a deep sweet chocolate flavor that carries from beginning to end, Then after bringing the temperature down to 198F I was able to get a very light roasted hazelnut flavor with a hint of orange citrus. This roast is at it's best in milk based drinks since the powerful chocolate notes pull through just about any quantity of milk. If you're a fan of lattes and other heavy milk based drinks, and you love a classic chocolate bomb, then this is the spro for you!




  • Basket: 18g VST

  • Weight In: 18 grams

  • Weight Out: 30 - 36 grams

  • Temp: 198F

  • Extraction Time: 30 sec




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