May 9, 2006

Review: Coffee People Black Tiger Extra Bold K-Cups for Keurig B40, B50, & B60 Single Serve Coffee Brewers

Review from Single Serve - Coffee Pod ReviewsImg 2471Full bodied, earthy, and dark does actually describe the Black Tiger Blend K-Cups from Coffee People. We've been drinking several of their blends over the past few days thanks to Jim Evans from We have found the Black Tiger - GRRR!!! to be quite good and very different. These new K-Cups will work in the Keurig B40, B50, and B60 brewers.

If you aren't familiar with Coffee People we wouldn't be surprised. Coffee People coffee shops mostly reside in the Oregon. It's really nice to see these K-Cups as they're a much smaller coffee company, however they were bought by Diedrich in 1999 so that may shed some light on how these K-Cups came to market.

Coffee People’s roots in Oregon can be traced to the Saturday Market in Eugene Oregon. Small amounts of specialty grade coffee were roasted and offered it for sale at the Saturday Market. The first Coffee People Coffeehouse was opened in 1983 on NW 23 Street in Portland.

In July 1999, Coffee People became part of the Diedrich Coffee Family. The rich authentic coffee heritage of Diedrich Coffee and the product portfolio of Coffee People have proved to be a perfect match. While Coffee People continues its creative, local, and innovative approach to coffee service, Diedrich Coffee, a high end specialty coffee roaster, now expertly roasts Coffee People’s special blends according to traditional Coffee People recipes to honor the heritage of this concept, pioneered in Portland.

What did we think of the Black Tiger coffee from Coffee People?

Img 2477Img 2478Tasting the Black Tiger K-Cups from Coffee People

We fired up our trusty Keurig B60 and proceeded to make a 5.25 oz and 7.25 oz of coffee. The Black Tiger K-Cups are of the extra bold variety, so from a standard K-Cups perspective there is a whopping 25% more coffee packed inside. The coffee produced is very dark, spicy, and bold and has a very good aroma.

We tasted with and without cream and sugar and found both to be quite good. What we like about the Black Tiger (yes - besides the name) is the richness you can taste right away and the tingle on the tongue after you've had a few sips. If you like rich dark coffees - Black Tiger is for you.

We really like these K-Cups and are going to give them a solid 3.5 out of 5 cups.

Blacktiger Kcups

We'll be trying more of the Coffee People K-Cups over the next week or so and should be profiling their breakfast blend along with some others.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 9, 2006 7:57 AM
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Posted by: Jay Brewer at November 6, 2007 9:34 PM

You really need to reconsider that grading practice, Jay. if you only give a 4 when it knocks your socks off, why have a 5 at all? That's like the teachers who say they never give an A because an A represents perfection. You're effectively eliminating 20% of your grading system.

Posted by: Dennis Grace at November 6, 2007 11:02 AM

5.3 is pretty high for us. We only go 4 when we haven't had something like it before and it knocked our socks off right away. Both of these are excellent and over the past week I can say - they're trending even higher for our follow on reviews.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at May 21, 2006 5:25 PM

Only a 3.5! Either you folks are on the "take" with your reviews, or you truly don't have an appreciation for "bold" coffee. I have a B60 and ever since it hit the market I've been doing my best to find a K-cup that compares with Starbucks boldest blends, but without having to fill the little Keurig gizmo.

Until the Coffee People came onto the scene with Black Tiger and Wakeup Call, the only K-cups that came close to truly bold were a couple from Van Houtte, but now us Starbucks fans can finally have a fine cup of bold coffee...even on the mug setting with the B60.


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