Costco Level Ground East Africa Dark Roast Coffee Review

Dark roast coffee beans are roasted longer resulting in a less sour flavor and a reduced amount of caffeine. A lot of people enjoy dark roast coffee for its bitter, bold flavor. The Costco Level Ground East Africa Dark Roast coffee beans are fair trade as well as organic. Find out if they produce a stellar cup of joe below!

Costco Level Ground East Africa Dark Roast Coffee beans bag on a table, side view image.
Costco Level Ground East Africa Dark Roast Coffee.

Coffee is something I look forward to every morning, I gave it up for nine months during my pregnancy so now that I’m not pregnant anymore and very sleep deprived, I want all the coffee! I don’t do a lot of Costco coffee reviews so I decided to pick up these Level Ground East Africa Dark Roast coffee beans during a recent trip to Costco.

Other Costco coffee products I’ve reviewed are the Costco Salt Spring Coffee, Costco Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Coffee Enhancer, Costco Ethical Bean Coffee Lush Medium Dark Roast, Costco Kirkland Signature Cold Brew Colombian Coffee, Costco Starbucks Winter Blend Coffee and the Costco Starbucks Fall Blend.

Closeup image of the front of the bag of beans.
The beans are fair trade & organic.

Location in Store

You can find these coffee beans in the aisle with the other coffee beans and teas. The item number is 2009011.


The beans have a nice aroma, as dark roasts often do. I brewed a strong cup and found the flavor to be a very strong and fairly typical dark roast flavor. I drink mostly lighter roasts because I find the flavors more interesting. Most dark roasts taste pretty similar to me.

Image of a cup of brewed coffee on a table outside.
A bold, less acidic brew.

The bag says the coffee had a spicy flavor, but I didn’t notice that. It has a slight amount of bitterness to me, but it’s not unpleasant.

I prefer my coffee with oat milk, and I find that adding oat milk to this coffee gives it a less bitter and more rich and bold flavor (which is the same as pretty much any other type of coffee, but I find oat milk or cream makes a bigger improvement with dark roasts like this).

Closeup image of the beans in the bag.
The beans don’t appear super oily as some beans do.


The 908 gram bag of organic coffee beans costs $17.99 Canadian at Costco, which is a similar price to all the other coffee beans at Costco. I think this is quite reasonable for a fair-trade, organic coffee bean.

Closeup image of a cup of brewed coffee on a table outside.
Ready to enjoy!


The coffee beans come whole so you need to grind them and brew your coffee which is not as convenient as instant coffee or the coffee machines that use pods like a Keurig or Nespresso. The back of the bag of beans has instructions on how to prepare the beans in a french press or using a 12 cup drip brewer.

The bag is resealable which is convenient and the best before date listed on the bag is 11 months from the date we purchased the beans.

Image of coffee being made using a scale, kettle and special coffee filter.
Making my coffee.



Coffee served black is very low in calories, like five or less calories in a cup. When you add coffee creamer, oat milk, sugar and syrups is how you can end up with a pretty high-calorie coffee!


There’s only one ingredient, organic coffee beans from East Africa. The bag states the beans are Kosher, I really appreciate that Level Ground produces a Fair Trade, organic coffee bean.

Closeup image of the back of the bag of coffee.
The flavor profile according to the bag is big, balanced and spicy.


Taste: 7.5/10

Cost: 8/10

Convenience: 2/10

Nutrition: Not applicable. Coffee is something that some people say is healthy and others say it’s not.


Give it a try!

If you like a typical dark roast coffee, this is it. It’s nothing special but isn’t bad at all!

What’s your favorite coffee to buy from Costco?

Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. This product was purchased by Costcuisine for the purpose of producing this review. The opinions in this review are strictly those of Costcuisine. Costcuisine is not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. In the event that Costcuisine receives compensation for a post from the manufacturer of a product or some other third party, the arrangement will be clearly disclosed (including where the manufacturer of a product provides Costcuisine with a free sample of the product).

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2 thoughts on “Costco Level Ground East Africa Dark Roast Coffee Review”

  1. Thanks for your review. I am in Ontario so not sure if we will see this here although I did see this brand once before I remember. You did pour over brewing I see! That’s pretty much the best way to do any coffee in my experience! Nice kettle and Hario! The grinder will also have a significant impact on flavour nuances, especially on lighter roasts, like you said, as they are much more interesting! Dark roasts do benefit a lot from a good grinder and a Chemex pour over filter. The Chemex removes the bitter oils quite well for a very clean cup of Joe! I bought a Chemex 6 weeks ago and am rediscovering all our coffee’s again!
    Here in Ontario Costco carries a local (started in Stratford, ON) roaster “Balzacs” medium roast that’s become our favorite these days. If it shows up your way don’t hesitate to try it, it’s very good! Some grocery stores carry it now as well. Very full of flavour without the bitterness even when brewed pretty strong although we like it best at about 60 to 65 grams of coffee for a full 10 cup Chemex pour over filled to the bottom of the wood handle. Gives us about 4 nice mugs full.


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