Coffee Talk: So is the McCafe Dark Roast Really Just their French Roast with the word FRENCH removed?

This morning's rambling 'It's just the coffee talking...." post is coming from the shopping trip to Sam's Club yesterday.  Their new sales flyer started yesterday and our current 'go to' brand of k-cups was going to be $6 off a box (of 100) so I was putting off our regular grocery stopping trip until yesterday because, hello - $6 off is a pretty good sale!

And when I got there, our particular roast was NOT marked on sale. 

The Breakfast blend was and the decaf was and Colombian was but nope - not the dark roast.  Frustrated, I was looking at other options and I saw they had the McCafe Dark Roast marked down to $31.91.  Now, when things are marked with a ".91" at the end of them it means they are getting rid of that shipment product (although they may restock it, for whatever reason they are marking this one down).  Not being a regular drinker of the McDonalds McCafe brand, I found myself wondering if it was a terrible coffee - is that why it was marked almost $10 less than all the other boxes of 100 count k-cups?

But I decided to give it a go. 

And...  it's good!

I know there are many (many, many) who swear McDonalds has the best morning coffee... but I wouldn't know. I don't drink it and I rarely go 'out' to eat unless I'm traveling on a road trip.  I have drank McDonalds coffee in the morning while traveling but I can't honestly say I loved the taste.  I don't remember.

But it's balanced.
It's not bitter.
It's easy to drink.
  • For Use in All Keurig® K-Cup® Brewers!
  • 100% Arabica beans
  • Dark roast
  • Kosher

So now I know the McCafe DARK ROAST coffee I bought at Sam's Club in the k-cup style, 100 count box is good.
I went online just to see how much it's sold for everywhere else considering my local Sam's Club had it marked down to $31.91.


I am finding the 'same' looking box in the same colors but most of the others say "FRENCH" roast on them.


My box is the same style and design as some I was seeing online except my box does not say "French".  It simply states it's "Dark Roast". It also has the word NEW in red/white up in the corner.

Does this perhaps mean the McCafe is renaming their French Roast to Dark Roast?

No where on my box nor on the little k-cups does it say "French".  Nope nope nope.

Well... I don't have any answers.
I'm not really sure I care all that much.

It's just something I was pondering over morning coffee this morning.

And it looks to me that the 'new' boxes of McCafe French Roast are now just being labeled as "Dark Roast".

And I'm pretty sure I'm going to head back to Sam's Club today to pick up one more box at this price.  Because it's a good, drinkable, enjoyable coffee. It might just be my local Sam's selling it for $31.91 because online it's still listed as regular price - $39.98.

You might also be interested in these related products available from Amazon:

McCafe Coffee Keurig K-Cup Variety Pack (36-Count)
McCafe Premium Roast Coffee, K-CUP PODS, 100 Count