January 21, 2009

Review: Emeril's Organic French Quarter Roast K-Cups

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Distributed by Timothy's World Coffees, Emeril's Organic French Quarter Roast is one of the company's latest offerings in the K-Cup market. As noted in a recent review, Emeril is known mostly for his cooking shows on the Food Network and various food products available at most grocery stores. The coffee scene is a relatively new one for him, but he's quickly gaining recognition amongst Keurig users across the nation.

As usual, we decided to choose the 5.25oz brew size to extract the full flavors of this dark roast using our Keurig brewer. The scent reveals hints of hickory and chocolate while its appearance (when held up to a light source) reveals a surprisingly clear, crimson red tint. This is almost ironic as the French Vanilla BAM! K-Cups we reviewed earlier were a medium roast yet had a much darker color. Maybe this color difference has something to do with this coffee's organic nature? Speaking of which, sometimes it's difficult to tell the difference between organic and non-organic products… certain organic baked goods yield obvious differences in taste while organic fruits & vegetable often times taste identical to their non-organic brethren.

We're pleased to say such is not the case for this French Quarter Roast. It yields a smooth, bright flavor which falls into perfect balance with the coffee's acidity and the difference in taste vs. other French roasts is immediately noticeable. Some varieties taste too "burnt" or overly strong but this one, even at 5.25oz, just tastes… right. We were expecting something extremely strong but were taken aback by just how smooth and balanced this is. You know that feeling you get when you try something and think "oh wow… this is amazing"? That's how we felt after trying this blend. Emeril's Vanilla Bean flavor may have missed the "BAM! factor", but this French Quarter Roast more than makes up for it.

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We're always interested in trying new coffee trends and we like how more and more roasts are becoming organic. Since K-Cups are factory sealed and remain fresh until you use them, you're guaranteed to get the best possible taste which is essential for truly enjoying an organic blend. We're certain this will please just about any coffee drinker but will probably find its niche among dark roast aficionados. This would also make for a great iced coffee/latte using the Keurig B70 Brewer.

  • Aroma – 10 – Great coffee house scent which reveals notes of hickory and chocolate. The chocolate notes become more pronounced as the coffee cools down to room temperature.
  • Acidity –9 – Surprisingly well balanced for a dark roast. Does not interfere with the taste at all and makes for one of the best dark roasts we've had in a while.
  • Body – 9 – Appears to be traditionally dark until you hold it up to a light source and are greeted by nice shades of crimson red. We were expecting this roast to be almost opaque.
  • Flavor – 10 – Amazing. Virtually none of the "burnt" taste present in other French roasts.
  • Mouth Feel – 10 – Smooth, smooth, smooth!! Nice velvety texture and minimal aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for those who favor dark roasts, but will probably be enjoyed by medium coffee drinkers as well. This could also be a good entry-drink for light roast drinkers who want to try dark roasts for the first time.

Overall Rating: 98 – Excellent


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It's been a while since we've given such a high score for a K-Cup flavor, but the unique characteristics of this roast deserve it. We also realize some bold roast drinkers may disagree with this review, but this offering is not really marketed as a bold or extra bold roast, so please keep that in mind. This will definitely be a flavor which we keep in-stock at all times and can't recommend it enough.

Emeril's Organic French Quarter Roast K-Cupss will work in your Keurig Mini B30, Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and any other Keurig brewer. Pricing is $10.49 USD (current sale price at time of this review) for a 24-pack at www.coffeewhiz.com, $36.00 for a 2 pack totaling 48 cups at Amazon.com, or $13.99 CAD at www.tweedandhickory.com.

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will work in any Keurig models. Pricing is $10.49 USD (current sale price at time of this review) for a 24-pack at www.coffeewhiz.com <> or $13.99 CAD at www.tweedandhickory.com <>

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Posted by Jay Brewer at January 21, 2009 7:49 AM

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Thanks SH, I'll give it a shot as well, sounds like a good brew for later in the day.


Posted by: Keurig Nut at January 22, 2009 5:44 AM

'Big Easy Bold' is a lot stronger in taste/intensity. Seeing as how you note that flavor is your favorite, you would probably find this roast quite a bit lighter or more suited for an evening drink.


Posted by: SH at January 21, 2009 7:44 PM

I've tried them all, Timothy, Caribou, Van Hout etc and my favorite dark roast is still 'Emeril's Big Easy Bold, big Easy Intense' coffee, an absolutely fabulous brew - how does this new roast compare to that?


Posted by: Keurig Nut at January 21, 2009 10:18 AM
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