Review: Baronet Coffee's 12 Gram Dark Kenya AA Monster Coffee Pods
Things are changing rapidly in the single serve coffee world and the coffee pod has been bearing the brunt of the changes. When the coffee pod first launched with the Senseo it was a nice simple 7 gram coffee pod. You simply used one 7 gram coffee pod for a single cup on the Senseo and then 2 - 7 oz pods for a double cup of coffee. Currently you can get 7, 9, 10, 10.5, 11 coffee pods, and now even 12 gram pods from Baronet Coffee. Are these new 12 gram pods really going to make a better cup of single serve coffee?
We spent the last week finding out if we really thought these new 12 gram coffee pods were better or just about the same as a 10 gram pods Baronet Coffee currently makes. We also wanted to find out whether a 12 gram coffee pod would hold up under the dreaded 10-12 oz travel mug coffee test.
We tested the new Baronet 12 Gram Monster Coffee Pods in our Krups Home Cafe, Philips Senseo, and Bunn My Cafe. We did get the pods to work in the Grindmaster pod brewer, but now without a bunch of trouble and "pop open" issues. The pods are a little big for the podmaster basket at 12 grams.
Flavors available in the 12 Gram Monster Pods from Baronet Coffee
Currently you can get the following flavors in the Baronet 12 gram Monster Coffee Pods:
- Baronet Mocha Java Monster Coffee Pods
- Baronet Dark Kenya AA Monster Coffee Pods
- Baronet Columbian Decaf Monster Coffee Pods
- Baronet Blast Monster Coffee Pods
- Baronet House Blend Deluxe Monster Coffee Pods
Weighing In the Monster Coffee Pod
As we stated in our announcement that the coffee pods had arrived, with such a bold claim of 12 grams - we had to have a kitchen scale to test the claim. We decided to go one step further and order up a portable scientific scale that could measure in .1 of a gram to make sure we were getting the 12 grams stated.
Of the 20 or so coffee pods we received in the Dark Kenya AA blend, about 75% of them weighed in at exactly 12 grams. We got scale weights of 11.8 - 11.9 for the others. We are talking about a 10th of a gram here so the staff was not upset, but we also weighed other pods from some manufacturers and found the same small 10th of a gram discrepancies.
Does it really feel like a monster?
Yes and no. When you pick up the pod it does feel meaty. The pod has that very full and not so squishy feeling that Senseo standard pod would have. The pod is after a few minutes of messing around with it - larger.
Once you put the pod into a coffee basket, you can tell the difference right away. When placing it in the Bunn - it simply filled the coffee pod holder to the brim. In the Krups and Senseo (use the double cup holder in the Senseo) it was also quite tight and full. Though it fills up the pod holders in these machines, we had no issues with the size and it worked great. (Note: Picture on the right is a 10 gram and 12 gram coffee pod with the one on the right being the 12 gram coffee pod)
It does not work great in the Grindmaster however. The Grindmaster just doesn't like to close with these pod inserted and we did get it to work but with much coaxing. We don't recommend using these pods in the Grindmaster pod brewer.
Tasting the Coffee from the Baronet 12 Gram Monster Coffee Pods
We focused on the Dark Kenyan AA 12 gram monster coffee pods for this review. We tested the following:
- Krups Home Cafe: 6 oz and 9 oz - Good Overall - Best at 9 oz
- Senseo Single & Double Cup: 4 and 8 oz - Good Overall
- Bunn My Cafe: 8 oz, 10 oz, and 12 oz - Best at 8-10 oz - Made the best cup
We felt the Bunn had the best flavor overall. At the lower settings on all the machines the Dark Kenya AA makes a very rich dark cup of coffee. It's almost a little much.
The coffee produced has that Kenyan nose to it - the spicy little note that goes right up your nostrils when you take a sip and then dark chocolate finish with a back of the tongue linger of flavor.
We compared this same cup of coffee to a regular Baronet 10 gram coffee pod of Dark Roasted Kenya AA and found the monster pod produced a little darker cup of coffee at the larger oz settings.
We liked the fact also that the 12 gram pod seemed to be able to hold up under the travel mug size of 12 oz. We can't say this is a terrific cup of coffee, but recently we've been doing a little morning commute of 20 minutes and find though the coffee isn't perfect we think it holds up under such conditions. We have found the same to be true with the new Extra Bold K-Cups as well.
This is a fine coffee pod but not for the light coffee drinkers if you're looking into the Dark Kenyan AA. We liked the decaf columbian as well. We recommend these coffee pods if you want to go a little larger than your typical 7-8oz settings and want a 9-10 oz cup of dark rich coffee.
We are going to give these a solid 4 out of 5 coffee pods.
The coffee pods are available from Baronet Coffee or CoffeeWhiz.com. Pricing is currently in the $19.50 per 50 or $.39 per 12 gram coffee pod.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 19, 2005 8:27 AM
I'm glad to see Baronet has 12g pods, however, I wish I would have discoverd this earlier, as I recently purchased six 18-pack boxes of their 10g pods from a reseller - now I know better.
However, I wish they made a 14g, or even 16g pod. I think the Senseo's double pod holder is more than capable of handeling a 14-16g pod. I think the Baronoet quality is excellent (I've also tried BetterPods), however, I ofen find myself making 4oz cups instead of 8oz cups due to my desire for strong coffee. I also use ecopods with illy cafe mocinato when I desire an espresso-strength cup of coffee.
I think, however, that the Baronet dark roast cofees, if available in 14-16g pods, would rival what I get from my illy-ecopod hybrids, and may even surpass them by giving me the ability to brew a rich 8oz cup... or even the 12oz travel mug!