My second coffee bean selection from Boyer's. Time to branch-out from Starbucks. Found this coffee to be very mild for a dark roast. Wonder if the Hard Bean designation has anything to do with that. When I grind the beans, they sound "harder" than other coffee beans and the resulting grounds are dustier and less "moist" than I am used to. The coffee tastes good though. Not my favorite by far. My son drinks dark roast coffees, I wouldn't recommend this particular coffee to him. Am going to try several other bags of Boyer's beans from other areas. Hope they are more to my liking, especially the Colombian. I love my coffee in the morning.