I like to grind my own beans right before I brew my coffee to enhance the taste, and this large, 2-pound bag gives me plenty of beans to do just that. Although the beans are medium-dark, on a par with the Peet's Dickinson blend that I normally use, the flavor is not bold or intense but rather a brighter, smoother flavor, even when brewed with extra beans. While I prefer the flavor of Peet's, this is less harsh on my stomach, and that's welcome since I often have a cup or two in the morning before I eat.
The beans have a light sheen upon opening -- not oily but not dry, either. They taste fresh, with a good aroma.