March 27, 2009

Review: Green Mountain Fair Trade Wild Mountain Blueberry K-Cups

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We decided to give some of our old favorites another try as we wait for newer seasonal varieties to arrive, so our first pick was Green Mountain’s Fair Trade Wild Blueberry K-Cups. A quick look on Green Mountain’s website reveals that the company got its start in 1981 when they opened a small café in Waitsfield, Vermont and roasted their coffee on-site. Some of their first commercial clients were restaurants & inns within the area, but shortly thereafter, skiers from neighboring states started asking the café if they could have its coffee shipped to their homes. This growing demand would eventually give birth to the company’s first mail-order business. As of 1993, the company has been publicly traded on NASDAQ and has quickly established itself as one of the nation’s leading specialty coffee companies not to mention the pioneering force partnering behind the introduction of the Keurig single serve coffee system. Today the company also sells many other coffee & tea brands including Newman’s Own, Caribou and Celestial Seasonings.

We chose the 5.25oz brew size to extract the full flavors and were greeted with a strong blueberry scent which quickly filled the room. Upon closer inspection, we also noted faint hints of cinnamon but couldn’t figure out why… until we read the company’s description on their website noting the sweet taste of sun-kissed blueberries “baked to perfection in a buttery crust”. Ah, blueberry pie… we’ll admit we didn’t taste any butter, but at least now the cinnamon made sense. As with most flavored K-Cups lately, we’ve been finding that the scent is always stronger than the flavoring, but this actually works in favor for this particular variety as the characteristics of the light roast are further enhanced by a flavoring that doesn’t overpower the roast. After all, this is coffee… not fruit juice.

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The body is the usual reddish-brown of most light roasts but there is one particularly pleasing oddity of this coffee... the aftertaste. We normally find that the acidity lingers in most aftertastes; however, this K-Cup’s flavoring seems to dominate this time around. It’s nice to have the flavoring linger behind vs. the sour notes of the acidity and we were quite pleased to discover this. There’s quite a bit of little nuances like this which one might not notice unless they take the time to fully examine this coffee’s characteristics. We can only imagine how good this would taste as an iced coffee blended with low-fat milk & a touch of blueberry maple syrup. With warmer temperatures & Summer slowly growing closer, we’re almost tempted to whip one up right now.

  • Aroma – 9 – Spot-on blueberry scent, very faint hints of cinnamon.
  • Acidity – 6 – Well-balanced, most sour notes offset by flavoring.
  • Body – 7 – Average light to medium body, light brown with shades of red. No food coloring here.
  • Flavor – 8 – Mild blueberry flavoring compliments the light roast, not overpowering. Very faint hints of cinnamon.
  • Mouth Feel – 7 – First thing that hits you is the acidity, but it quickly disappears to reveal a smooth finish. First time we’ve noticed the aftertaste dominated mostly by the flavoring, in this case blueberries. Very nice.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for casual coffee drinkers who enjoy a good morning or mid-afternoon cup of flavored coffee.

Overall Rating: 87 – Good


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Overall, this is a very good offering from Green Mountain and we’re sure it’ll certainly find its niche among the rest of the flavored coffee varieties available on the K-Cup scene. Canadians may find this a rather unique flavor as most coffee store chains and K-Cup manufacturers (Timothy’s & Van Houtte included) have yet to release a blueberry coffee that side of the border. As usual, flavored light roasts are best avoided by bold or dark roast drinkers who will likely find this K-Cup a bit too “watered-down” for their tastes.

The Green Mountain Fair Trade Wild Blueberry K-Cups 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.

The Green Mountain Fair Trade Wild Blueberry K-Cups are available direct from Green Mountain. You can also get them for $11.19 USD in a 24-pack at www.coffeewhiz.com or $32.99 USD for two 24-packs at Amazon. Canadian readers can also place their orders online via CoffeeWhiz or directly from Green Mountain.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 27, 2009 6:42 AM
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