Review: Senseo Forbidden Fruit Raving Reds Coffee Pods
Only available in Europe, we received these new Senseo Coffee pods with a fruit twist just last week. We sat down with the coffees over the weekend and decided to focus solely on Raving Reds Sunday morning.
The Senseo Forbidden Fruit Raving Reds comes packed in a bag of 10. Each pod weighs in at 7.5 grams (most likely 7 grams for the coffee and .5 grams for the filter paper). Upon opening the Raving Reds you get the strong smell of something very fruity, very red, and well - very cherry cough syrup.
Apparently the Raving Reds is supposed to be more of a raspberry/cherry coffee drink. The only smell we could get from it was cherry cough syrup. It smells like some wild coffee cough syrup and we just couldn't shake it. Even with this displeasing aroma, we fired up the Senseo - appropriately named now - Old Long Nose and put two pods into the double holder.
We're always preaching pre-wetting your pods for grea extraction and we thought we'd take a shot of our setup. We use a filtered instant hot water dispenser (shown to the left). Why do we do this? We feel the extraction is better along with creating a much better seal. After wetting the Raving Reds coffee pods the sweet smell of cherry cough syrup once again was permeating through the house. We closed the Senseo shut and prayed it would not be what the coffee would be like.
We were dead wrong. After brewing up an 8 oz double cup of Senseo Forbidden Fruits Raving Reds - the cherry cough syrup smell was now everywhere. We sat down at the dining room table to have a nice sip - and wham. The nose of the coffee was all cherry cough syrup. Yuck. We can't remember a coffee we've like as little as the Raving Reds. Where is the red fruits, spices, and vanilla? We're only getting cherry cough syrup here???
Needless to say, we couldn't even finish the cup of coffee. The coffee was dark, and there's a chance you might like it but we can't recommend the Senseo Forbidden Fruits Raving Reds. When my wife tells me to simply - leave the table and take that somewhere else - well - you get the picture. There's simply nothing to rave about here.
We're going to continue trying the other two flavors: Lusty Lime and Summer Sins this week and should have a full report on whether or not we can recommend them.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at November 14, 2005 8:17 AM
Ahhh, nothing like the taste of Robitussin in your morning coffee to wake you up! ha ha. I dislike all the commomly-available in USA Senseo pods--possibly if they were individually wrapped they could be something good, but until then, I won't ever buy them again. However, I have to admit that I am very interested in trying the funky-fruity Euro-flavas. And I'm not even a fan of flavored coffee, & LEAST of all fruit-flavored coffees. But these ones sound so utterly BIZARRE and compelling that I feel I must try them. Raving Reds and Lusty Lime... Lime and coffee? It all sounds so WRONG, but maybe in reality it's great. At least for those who have a taste for it.