The Vanguard is an answer to a problem. The problem? A poor quality cup of joe that is appealing to all. Coffee so often polarizes groups: Those who love a dark roast, and those who don't. This blend was created to bring both together! Enjoy Vanguard black, with cream, with sugar, however. It's a well-balanced cup with a smooth finish and none of the bitter astringent aftertaste of a true French roast.