Dark Roast is written and directed by Topher Hansson, an up-and-coming multi-hyphenate who also stars in the film alongside Kati McCarron, J.D. Achille, Chris Goodwin, Jose Guns Alves, Codey Gillum, Chris Fisher, and Dane C. Volke.
The project was borne out of frustration. Being trapped at a mundane desk job inspired Hansson to write characters looking to escape death, both literally and figuratively. Dark Roast was initially conceived as a feature film but was condescend into a short due to the limited resources available. Hansson plans to use Dark Roast as a calling card in the hopes of producing the full feature. He explains, "The tone and premise reflect what the eventual feature will bring, in addition to more story, more heart, and much more blood."