For the most part, the product that claims to be the most in some respect isn’t necessarily the best. The movie that cost the most to produce might suck, the sweetest doughnut you can imagine will just make you feel sick, and the tallest Christmas tree you can find won’t fit in your house.
When what you’re after is pure performance, though, more really is better. This is what this dark roast is all about, with the beans being selected and processed specifically to achieve maximum caffeine content. When you need to get your bleary-eyed carcass upright, if not actually bouncing off the walls, this is what you’ll want to reach for.
While the claim of having double the caffeine of most coffees is difficult to verify, this brand does seem noticeably perkier. Contrary to what you’d expect, this doesn’t mean that it’s excessively bitter, acidic or rough in flavor. You could toss this in the office coffee maker and nobody will notice, at least until people’s vision starts to blur.
As an additional point in its favor, Death Wish is certified as organic and Fair Trade, meaning that the ingredients are sourced without harm to the environment or exploiting third-world producers. This does push up the price a little, but when you add in the fact that the beans are artesanally roasted and the quality is noticeably superior to most grocery store coffee, this isn’t too much of a flaw.
The grind is coarse enough to work well with a French press or percolator, though your espresso maker will not produce the best possible results. If you like, you can also order Death Wish as whole beans and grind them to whatever consistency you like.