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Velton's Coffee - Twilight Blend - Dark Roast

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Product Description

Velton's Twilight Blend Espresso is produced by a small roastery focused on quality control at every turn. Only the highest quality beans are considered. All of Velton's coffee is roasted in small batches, hand blended, and promptly packaged in the highest quality bags (with one-way degassing valve) to ensure maximum freshness.

Twilight Blend is a dark roasted blend that offers a smooth, bold full-bodied cup with pleasant displays of spice, dark chocolate, toasted almond, and cherry. Roasted dark? Yes! Burned, scorched, turned to ash? No. This is “dark roast” done right, which as it turns out is hard to find. Dark roast fans will not be disappointed!

  • 16 ounces Premium Whole Bean Espresso
  • or 16 ounces Premium Ground for Drip Coffee
  • Roasted Locally in Everett, Washington
How Does it Compare?

SCG Tasting Notes:

Sugary, Smooth, Dried Fruit in Dark Chocolate

Tips and Tricks

SCG Recommended Brew Methods:

  • Any and all you can think of! Twilight is a very versatile blend that works well with most brew methods.

Additional Information

Manufacturer Velton's Coffee
Roast Level Shades Shade: Dark Brown | Names: French, Espresso

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I love this coffee and I'm a returning customer and I've purchased 5 bags from this website.

My only comment/question are that the Roast Date of the bags of coffee I purchased has a different Roast Date so how can I ensure that I will get the freshest roast dated coffee?

Out of the 5 bags, two of the bags has an earlier roast date of 9/2/2014 and the other is 9/10/2014. I wasn't aware of this before I made the purchase. I'm slightly disappointed.
A shopper on Sep 24, 2014
Best Answer: I am sorry that you're disappointed with the roast date on your coffee! Unfortunately we cannot ensure that all bags will be from the same roast date and are not able to request specific roast dates on orders. We do cycle through this coffee very quickly, and the coffee is absolutely fresh if unopened for 4-6 weeks after the roast date. If you are concerned about getting fresher beans then unfortunately your best bet would be to order just one or two bags at a time and pay for expedited shipping to get them as quickly as possible. Since you purchased a few bags I would just suggest drinking the older dates first, and I think you will still be pleased with the quality!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 24, 2014
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I usually buy 1/4 pound whole bean at a time. Will the quality diminish if it takes me about a month to go through a pound?
Michael M on Jul 30, 2014
Best Answer: No, the quality will not diminish at all. I often buy several pounds at a time to take advantage of volume discounts, and the whole beans will still be fine a couple (or even several) months later.
Reply · Report · Mark P. T on Jul 30, 2014
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I bought the Technivorm KBG741 which came with the ground Velton's Twilight Blend. The Twilight Blend seemed to be ground pretty fine for a drip coffee, but tasted very good. I also have a Baratza Virtuoso grinder and a setting of 14 still seems coarser than the preground Twilight, (I use a setting of 8 when grinding for my Aeropress). Normally I buy beans and grind just before brewing. Although I know it is a matter of taste but, should the drip grind be as fine as the ground Twilight? Or will that get excessive extraction and added astringency from the drip of the Technivorm?
Wesolowski on Nov 18, 2014
Best Answer: Grind for drip with a cone-shaped filter (ie; Technivorm) tends to be noticeably finer than what is usual for a basket-shaped filter (ie; Bunn). I'm not sure what determined the initial choice to do it that way, but I have seen this is consistent with all brewers that use cone-shaped filters, and I believe the finer grind is a part of the characteristic flavor people have come to expect from that style of filter.
Reply · Report · Martin C on Nov 18, 2014
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Would this be too oily for my Saeco Vienna plus super automatic?
Morgan C on Feb 27, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, Twilight is a dark roast, so the beans are shiny. This is bad for a superautomatic because it will gum up the burrs and can cause clogging. I would suggest using more of a medium roast, such as Lavazza or for a local roaster, Velton's Bonsai, Zoka's Fitzroy's blend, or Equator's Mocha Java.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Mar 1, 2015
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I sue an AeroPress for my coffee. Should i buy the drip grind Veltons dark Roast for the Whole bean Expresso kind?
Judy P on Jan 9, 2015
Best Answer: Velton's Twilight is a dark roast that's delicious as drip or espresso. It comes as whole bean, if you have a nice, high quality grinder at home, or we carry it pre-ground, which happens to be a great consistency (fine drip/coarse espresso for the Aeropress. It just depends on what you need!
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Average Dark RoastReview by Halevib
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I've ordered it pre-ground and whole bean. Beans are not oily and are lighter in color than I would have expected.

Very good flavor. Smooth. Slightly bitter, but not in a bad way - it's bitterness almost adds a dimension to it's overall taste. Slightly more acidic than I prefer.

It's a good to average "dark" roast. I like that it comes in 16oz rather than 12oz bags, so I feel like I'm getting more value for my money; however, there are much better dark roasts out there. (Posted on 5/10/2014)
Good flavor/aromaReview by Mike
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Received this with my moccamaster as ground coffee. It is good coffee but after 3 cups (wish the carafe was bigger) you really get a caffeine buzz going! Debating ordering another bag. Has a very pleasant aroma, and good flavors, pleasing to the mouth - just need to dial the caffeine back a bit for me. (Posted on 5/4/2014)
Very Good, but...Review by Ken
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My first Velton's Twilight (already ground) came with the Moccamaster and I thought it was very good but at 5 times the price of Costco's very good Kirkland preground Columbia Supremo I was more impressed what a value Kirkland brand is. Then with the new pricey Moccamaster I decided to put up with the nuisance of grinding the beans fresh and got a pound of Velton's Twilight beans and a package of Kirkland Columbia Supremo beans. The fresh grind certainly smells good. I thought that both brands needed more coffee than the one scoop per 6 oz of water but a couple extra scoops made them both much better with Velton's substantially better to my taste than Kirkland's which seemed much weaker than their preground coffee in the brown can.

I started wondering if the Moccamaster was heating the water to the advertised 200 degrees so I ordered an instant digital thermometer to test it. I took the name "instant" literally and held the sensor for an instant where the hot water leaves the Moccamaster. I did it several times and got readings from 165 to 185 degrees which I thought could account for the seemingly weak coffee. Then I noticed on the thermometer package a notation " 6-8 second response". I ran a couple more pots through the Moccamaster and held the sensor under the hot water exit several seconds which was not easy because the water comes out in spurts and dribbles not a steady stream but after I got the hang of it I had several readings in the 197-203 degrees range which indicated that the Moccamaster was heating properly.

My conclusion about Velton's Twilight beans is they do indeed make very good coffee, not quite as strong as I am used to after drinking Kirkland's preground dark roast for so long, and the price differential is considerably more than the flavor differential. (Posted on 4/29/2014)
love this coffee!Review by frannie
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This coffee is so bright, rich,and yummy that I'm sure it will be a regular with me. My morning coffee is my "Zen" time and I don't waste my time with bad coffee. (Posted on 2/25/2014)
Velton's Coffee is FantasticReview by Howdy Greg
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Twilight coffee is great dark-er roast coffee that's definitely fresh roasted (every bag has the roast date written on a label). If you have never tried freshly roasted coffee then you are in for a treat! This coffee is great for pour overs, espresso, Aeropress, and even automatic drip coffee makers. Every prep has it's own flavor profile and all of them are delicious. (Posted on 11/25/2013)
NON BITTER DARKReview by Blzr
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i found this to be a nice dark roasted java. (Posted on 10/15/2013)
Velton's is a roasted masterpiece!Review by Brian M
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Velton's coffee is the best anywhere. Period. Very smooth with great flavor. And not over roasted either. I made a pot of coffee for our dinner party a couple of weeks ago. I used Velton's Twilight for the first time. Only after another 4 pots of Velton's, and some great compliments on the taste of the coffee, was I done for the night. One of the guests ended up buying 3 more bags with me on my next order. The Treehouse and Bonsai Blend from Velton's are just as good. I did use our new Technivorm coffee maker and Baratza Encore grinder, so I am sure that helped also. If you get a large order together, and split it with friends or family, the price is quite reasonable. About the same as premium supermarket blends, but this stuff is way better. (Posted on 9/13/2013)
Wow.. They don't call it twilight for nothing! You will be checking your pulse!Review by dog bones
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Got this coffee pre-ground when I bought my new Moccamaster maker. The first pot was outstanding (since that is when I opened the bag). I can tell the flavor has been decreasing in depth ever since I opened the bag last Thursday. Great cup of Joe but it is very strong in the caffeine department! I typically grind my own beans, but my grinder just recently died and I am awaiting replacement, so good timing to get free ground coffee! Good stuff, but I find it way more caffeinated then starbucks coffee! (Posted on 8/25/2013)
love itReview by blue meanie
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It is really good bold coffee with a lot of depth and flavor. My favorite. (Posted on 8/5/2013)
great dark roastReview by dham
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The coffee came with the Moccamaster and couldn't wait to try(both the coffee and the machine!) Neither dissapointed......Actually bought anohter bag! (Posted on 3/23/2013)
Excellent for drip and espressoReview by JBurks
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Ive enjoyed this blend as a drip and espresso at home and while at work. My coworkers all loved the aroma as it was brewing and, those who enjoy drinking coffee loved the rich chocolately notes the twilight blend offers. Price point is right on for quality whole beans, and the packaging was great for keeping it fresh. Definitely try this blend, it's delicious! (Posted on 2/20/2013)
I'll keep lookingReview by Bryan G
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This came with my Moccamaster purchase, so I was excited to try out something that isn't Peet's Major Dickason's Blend or Illy.

I noticed that SCG really favors Velton's. At first, I was very pleased with the aroma of the grounds (I received ground coffee instead of whole beans).

Over the course of several days, I was brewing Velton's, I noticed that there's a huge caffeine kick from this coffee. I also found that the flavor was either too strong or too weak. I decided to try out some Peet's coffee on the Moccamaster just to make sure I was portioning the grounds:water correctly. I think that as far as my brewing preference, I was settled on 2Tbsp per 6oz of Mavea filtered water.

Based on several brews over the course of several days, I've come to the conclusion that this coffee is high-test in the caffeine department but low in the taste department.

I found the taste to be too weak for the caffeine kick. There was nothing that stood out on the palate. In comparison to Peet's coffee, Velton's had a smoother finish but lacked clarity. I think my coffee was affected by the ground shipping from Seattle to Washington DC, so I will just consider this coffee as average.

If this was a single estate coffee that I ground myself, I would punish it with 1 star. But suffice it to say that I was brewing this on a new Moccamaster and played around with dosage to adjust the taste, I feel like I have done all I can to extract maximum flavor and smoothness from Velton's. The caffeine kick worries me. (Posted on 2/5/2013)
Less than expectedReview by cohoss
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I was really looking forward to this blend after so many positive reviews from the folks at SGC.

I did a cold brew for the first round which normally makes coffee a bit bland and smooth anyway. I found the cold brew Veltons to be even less lively than some of the store brands. There was no depth to the taste nor could I taste the chocolate or cherry notes that the others did on their cold brew pot.

For my second tasting, I did a press pot which helped bump up the taste a bit. Still, it tasted bland and lacked any depth.

Lastly, I made a standard drip pot this morning and have found it to be the least tasteful of the three approaches. I'm not detecting any discernible notes and quite honestly feel like it tastes like gas station coffee.

I'm anxiously awaiting the Bonsai blend to see the difference. I'm still a fan of local roasters and really like the collaboration Velton has with SGC but this particular blend didn't cut it for me. (Posted on 1/23/2013)
quality coffeeReview by lj
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Used with Hario cold brew and with french press, turned out excellent, nice aroma too. (Posted on 12/22/2012)
Great tasting coffeeReview by Brenda
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Gail is right. This is a very smooth sweet coffee, I can taste the chocolate. It is a little too expensive, but I am glad I tried it. (Posted on 12/10/2012)
Favorite Coffee!Review by Cam
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I agree with the Seattle Coffee Gear's numerous reviews on this coffee. It's my favorite above all others It's particularly good as a cold brew coffee. Although I wish it wasn't so expensive. I think part of that issue could be the difference between our locations—SCG is on the west coast, and I'm on the southeast coast, in a relatively unknown area, where an expensive coffee is $10 a pound. (Posted on 8/12/2012)
Great FlavorReview by Retired Woman
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Great coffee to initiate my new Jura J9. I tried various strengths etc as I set my preferences. Great tasting coffee for the J9. I will order again.

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(Posted on 12/27/2011)
I would buy this product again and againReview by Caffeinated girl
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This is the best coffee that I have ever had! I used to drink Starbucks Kenya but this surpasses it by far in flavor. You could actually taste the chocolate and cherry notes. This is strong coffee without the bitter taste. No wonder Kat and Gail use this flavor to test the equpment. Nice blend. Bravo Velton!

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Great Taste

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(Posted on 10/18/2011)

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