Review: Green Mountain's Extra Bold Sumatran Reserve K-Cups for Keurig
Jim Evans at Coffeewhiz.com sent us the new Green Mountain's Extra Bold Sumatran Reserve K-Cups for Keurig to review. We've enjoyed the K-Cup coffee tremendously since the introduction of the Keurig B50.
What's so special about these new K-Cups? Well more coffee. The new K-Cups contain up to 30% more coffee per K-Cup. Many people have complained about the "dark" blends of the K-Cups not being strong enough - well the new K-Cups solve this problem.
Sumatran Coffee Origin
I dug up some interesting facts from Green Mountain's web site concerning this blend. It's nice to know that the Extra Bold Sumatran Reserve K-Cup is a totally organic cup of coffee. The coffee grown at the Gayo Organic Farmers Association, this coop grows 100 percent organic beans. With the sale of the coffee the Coop has also brought safe drinking water to over 1,500 people in their community. So - drinking a cup of Green Mountain's Extra Bold Sumatran Reserve in K-Cup form is also supporting a great organization and their efforts.
New K-Cup Technology
We think it's important to note that the K-Cups used for Green Mountain's Extra Bold Sumatran Reserve and the new darker K-Cups is completely new. There is a new filter inside the K-Cup that allows for up to 30% more coffee. We expect in the future new K-Cups with more coffee and even better flavor.
Tasting Green Mountain's Extra Bold Sumatran Reserve K-Cups
We've been focused on tasting these K-Cups using the Keurig B50 all week long. We have to say the coffee is dark, lush, and downright yummy. In comparison to the dark blends we reviewed last year when reviewing the B50, this cup of coffee is even more robust. There is also a note of cocoa in the aftertaste that gives this coffee a great finish. Actually, with a little cream and sugar the coffee comes off very much like a dark chocolate bar experience in the aftertaste which we love. It's a very sweet rich cup of coffee.
Green Mountain's Extra Bold Sumatran Reserve K-Cups are simply delicious. We love this coffee and can't recommend it enough. We are going to give it 4 out of 5 pods. With a distinct cocoa like finish, and a smooth no acid flavor that is both lush and interesting - this is a winner.
Update 08/30/05:We tested both the 8oz and 6oz setting when drinking the Extra Bold Sumatran Reserve. We did prefer the 6oz setting over the 8oz setting. We found the 6 oz setting to have a stronger flavor and taste. Also you can see our Keurig B50 review here.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at June 23, 2005 8:22 AM
With all the choices in K-cups, there is no problem finding one that taste good to anyone. The problem we notice is, you never 'feel' the coffee boost. When I have a cup of drip coffee at work it does not tast strong, yet I can feel the kick after drinking a cup or two.
With our Keurig, I've even set to strongest brew small amount, and used 2 K-cups into one cup of coffee, and still don't get the wow that coffee sure gave me a boost!
I just got a B50 and have been unimpressed so far by the sample coffees. For all, I've selected the 7.25 oz cup, rather than the 5.25 oz cup. All the coffee has been too weak for my tastes. Does this mean I'll have to always use the 5.25 oz setting and, basically, use 2 k-Cups for a mug of strong coffee? If so, the Keurig is a poor choice, compared to my Senseo. I really want to like the Keurig; the water resevoir is so much better and I like the concept as well. Just some thoughts.
This review, does not make it clear whether the reviewer was using the 5.25 oz setting or the 7.25 oz setting. I would really appreciate if, from now on, that detail is specified in reviews of the K-Cups.