Black Rifle Coffee Company Silencer Smooth Light Roasted Coffee

Last updated date: May 11, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 37 expert reviews, the Black Rifle Coffee Company Black Rifle Coffee Company Silencer Smooth Light Roasted Coffee placed 10th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 21, 2020:
Checkout The Best Light Roast Coffee for a detailed review of all the top light roast coffee.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
380 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The SS really is smooth. BRCC will sell you a 12-oz. bag for $14.99. Yeah, that’s more expensive than the Starbucks or Peets bags they sell at the grocery store, but it’s most definitely a better product.
- Military
The beans are surprisingly dark for a light roast. The bag aroma is smokey, spicy, nutty, and slightly sweet. This is a bold and powerful blend, yet—as the name would suggest—oh so smooth. SS is hands down one of the best all day blends I've ever had.
- The Black Coffee Journal
I loved this coffee, and would drink it every morning.We brewed these coffees at standard strength: two tablespoons of grounds to six ounces of water. I loved the flavors in this cup, but would double down on the strength.
- Red Hatchet Outdoors
What experts didn't like

From The Manufacturer

The BRCC Family Black Rifle Coffee Company is Veteran owned and operated. We proudly bring you the best coffee in the country, delivered by the finest team there is. Thank you for your support. A message from founder and owner Evan Hafer I started Black Rifle Coffee Company to provide a high-quality, fresh roast coffee to the pro-2A and Veteran communities. Between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, I worked to refine both my coffee roasting skills and my firearms skills. I have spent over a decade researching coffee, refining my roast profiles and (of course) drinking what I roast. Black Rifle Coffee is quite literally the combination of my two favorite passions. I take pride in the coffee we roast, the Veterans we employ, and the causes we support. Thank you, -Evan Silencer Smooth Coffee Let other subpar coffees clamor for your attention. Silencer Smooth operates on another level. It's the quiet professional. The 100% Colombian Excelso beans are roasted to precise specifications for a complex flavor. There's no need to suppress your desire for a better cup of coffee. Our Mission Statement Black Rifle Coffee Company will provide premium products, deliver the highest quality customer experience, and serve as the premier coffee company to the conservative customer; while honoring those who protect, defend, and support our communities and our country. Our Culture Founded on the principles which made this nation great, we strive to emancipate the conservative American from corporate coffee. More than a product and more than a company, we are a culture. A culture of motivated men and women who roll up their sleeves and get the job done. Join us as we take action on a commitment to the Veteran community and those who support it. Our Brand Black Rifle Coffee Company is the world’s premium conservative coffee company. Small batch and fresh roasted, we take pride in the high quality of the products we create. Our coffee is carefully sourced from a variety of farms in South America, and we roast it knowing it will fuel freedom-loving Americans everywhere.

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An Overview On Light Roast Coffee

If you really love your coffee, you know that not all beans are created equal. The dizzying array of coffee-growing regions can rival the geographic variety of wine grapes, and it seems like baristas are inventing new ways to brew java every other day. But there’s another factor that affects the final taste of that cup, and it might be the biggest: The roast.

We’ve all seen light, medium and dark roast labels on the coffee we buy at the store. They’ve all got their distinct flavor profiles. But among them all, light roast coffee might be the most misunderstood — and have the most potential for “true” coffee flavor.

To understand why, let’s take a quick look at why coffee beans are roasted at all. Raw coffee beans are green and earthy, and any attempts to brew a beverage with them would not be pretty. Roasting them brings about a chemical reaction that changes the color and releases other flavors that are inherent to the specific varietal of bean.

Light-roasted beans are those that are roasted at temperatures up to 401°F. That’s roughly the temperature where heat causes moisture inside the bean to evaporate into steam, bursting it open and resulting in the signature split that we see down the middle. That’s known in coffee circles as the “first crack.”

As coffee beans are roasted past this point, the flavor comes less from the bean and more from the roasting process itself. That’s why — despite what the name might imply — light roasted coffee doesn’t result in a thin, or “lighter” taste. In fact, while the body might be thinner, the flavors will likely be bolder and more complex. Depending on the bean, you can expect floral notes, bursts of fruit and an acidic finish (which can come off as sour if the beans aren’t roasted consistently or correctly). If you really want to taste the “terroir” of a bean, most coffee aficionados will tell you to go with a light roast.

Another big perk is the caffeine jolt. Many drinkers assume that the darker the roast, the bigger the pick-me-up. Actually, the reverse is true. As roasting temperatures increase, some caffeine gets burnt off in the process, making light roast coffee the best choice for morning efficiency.

Within the broad category of “light roast,” there are different classifications to look out for. “Light city” and “half city” beans are roasted the least. So-called “cinnamon” beans are roasted just above that, slightly before the first crack, and the name refers to their color and not their flavor. At Starbucks, you might see this type of beans referred to as “blonde” to alleviate confusion.

DWYM Fun Fact

Which beans are the best candidates for a light roast, you ask? Coffee grown in the Kona region of Hawaii is highly sought after for any blend, but its crisp citrus flavors are especially well served with a delicate touch at the roaster. Other great choices include smooth-flavored beans from Costa Rican regions or the floral-tinged coffee native to Tanzania. There are of course many more, but half the fun is in the journey! Experiment with different types to find your ideal flavor profile, and you may never return that dark-roasted “cup of mud.”

The Light Roast Coffee Buying Guide

  • If there’s one appliance you invest in other than a coffee maker, go for a grinder. The extra time you take to grind those beans will pay off in taste. Grinding the beans releases the full flavor in preparation for the brewing process, but the longer they sit idle, the weaker that flavor gets. That’s true even of vaccuum-packed ground coffee. If you can spare an extra minute or two in the morning, the choice is clear: Buy whole beans.
  • Coffee harvesting isn’t always the kindest agricultural activity when it comes to the environment, but it doesn’t have to be harmful. If you’re going green, look for a seal from the Rainforest Alliance. This certifies that the coffee was made with water and soil conservation procedures, little to no chemical pesticides and due regard to the welfare of the workers.