Tim Hortons to test dark roast



QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

Could your next order at the drive-thru be a dark roast, double-double?

In a move to be more competitive with the likes of indie cafes and Starbucks, Tim Hortons has announced it is testing the new blend of coffee.

A dark roast will be available at Tim Hortons in Columbus, Ohio, and London, Ont.

Vice-president of beverages Dave McKay called a dark roast "a natural addition" to the company's "coffee portfolio."

"We are piloting our new dark roast in markets in Canada and the U.S. to gauge our guests' reactions and gain operations learnings before deciding on next steps," McKay said in a release Monday.

The company said the dark roast 6666will be brewed using a blend made from 100% Arabica beans.

The company has used both London and Columbus as test markets before. Paninis, lattes and espresso-based beverages were first tested in Columbus, while London shops were the first to serve iced cappuccino.