September 6, 2005

Review: Green Mountain's Fair Trade Rain Forest Nut K-Cups for Keurig

Library - 7412 Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod ReviewsWe decided to kick off the after Labor Day review season with a K-Cup we've been enjoying and it's flavored! Green Mountain's Rain Forest Nut is quite good. We have been drinking it in the 8 oz size when using the Ultra B50 Keurig single serve coffee brewer with a little cream and sugar.

Green Mountain's Rain Forest Nut has a rich flavor - almost a strong vanilla like note, and of tastes of caramel as well. By itself and without the cream, you get a hint of the flavor, but by adding cream and sugar the Rain Forest Nut flavors really come out.

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We did brew up the K-Cup in both the 6 oz and 8 oz sizes, and if you want an even stronger taste, the 6 oz is the way to go. Often times people who like strong coffee will not like the Keurig 8 oz setting, but when it comes to adding cream and sugar, we find the 8 oz setting to be fine.

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The other thing we really like about the Rain Forest Nut flavor? It tastes real. It doesn't have a syrup or artificial taste to it. It also lingers in your mouth and as the coffee cools down, delivers a very similar taste each sip you take.

What is Fair Trade Coffee?

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It's important to note that this coffee is certified Fair Trade coffee but it's not organic. There's often a confusion on what Fair Trade means, and it doesn't mean organic. In South American, many small coffee farmers receive prices for their coffee that are less than the costs of production, forcing them into a cycle of poverty and debt. Fair Trade is a viable solution to this crisis, assuring consumers that the coffee they drink was purchased under fair conditions.

To become Fair Trade certified, an importer must meet stringent international criteria; paying a minimum price per pound of $1.26, providing much needed credit to farmers, and providing technical assistance such as help transitioning to organic farming. Fair Trade for coffee farmers means community development, health, education, and environmental stewardship.

This is a big deal to me when we drink coffee here at Single Serve Coffee.com. We like to know we haven't created a burden by drinking coffee every day. It's good to know that Green Mountain and other roasters are participating in this program.

Conclusion

We think the Green Mountain Rain Forest Nut K-Cups make a rich tasting cup of flavored coffee. We do recommend adding cream and sugar to really bring out the taste of the Rain Forest Nut. Overall we have to give this a solid 3.5 out of 5. We would have gone higher, but if you don't like cream and sugar in your coffee this may not be for you.

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