April 17, 2009

Review: Timothy’s Sugar Bush Maple K-Cups

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With the introduction of Spring comes a tradition in the North-Eastern corners of the country known as visits to local maple sugar camps where one can enjoy all sorts of treats. We’ve seen everything from maple peanut brittle to maple caramel popcorn, but until recently we had yet to see any maple flavored coffees. Thankfully, Timothy’s noticed this as well and have been introducing their Sugar Bush Maple K-Cups each year as a result. We love anything maple around the Single Serve Coffee test kitchen and couldn’t wait to give this coffee a try since the maple scent was permeating through the unopened box.

We chose the 5.25oz brew size to extract the full flavors and were pleased to see the maple aroma fill the room (fond memories of the maple camp came flooding back). We were expecting a very sweet maple taste and were surprised by the initial bite of the acidity then somewhat disappointed to find that the maple flavoring was not as strong as we had hoped. We tore into another box only to find the same thing. Always willing to try anything with our coffees, we found a quick fix to this dilemma by adding a half-ounce shot of pure maple syrup to the bottom of the glass before brewing our next cup and were immediately pleased with the results.

If only Timothy’s could have thrown in a bit more flavoring, it could have gone a long way towards satisfying maple aficionados such as ourselves. This minor gripe aside, Timothy’s can’t be fully blamed since we’ve noticed more and more flavored coffees from different manufacturers smell stronger than they actually taste… a trend we hope will soon disappear in the K-Cup market. Those wishing for a stronger maple taste can either use the fix we suggest above or head over to a Timothy’s retail coffee shop during the Winter months and give their maple latte a try (something we thoroughly enjoyed a few months ago).


The body is more of a medium brown than usual and as a result, it looks more like actual maple syrup so bonus points for that. Acidity is a bit strong at first but eventually levels out. We noticed it was less pronounced when we added a shot of maple syrup to our second cup, so we can only think more flavoring would help balance things out. The aftertaste has extremely mild notes of maple lingering in the background with little to no sour notes. Taking all this into consideration, this is still a good coffee… especially for those who prefer mild-flavored varieties.

  • Aroma – 10 - Strong maple scent throughout, nothing else. Just what you’d expect for a maple coffee.
  • Acidity – 6 – Sharp bite at first but eventually levels off. More flavoring might have helped smooth things out a bit.
  • Body – 9 – Medium body which looks somewhat like real maple syrup.
  • Flavor – 6 – Definite maple taste, yet not as strong as we were expecting. Hopefully next year’s batch will have a few more shots of maple flavoring thrown in.
  • Mouth Feel – 6 – Once you get accustomed to this unique flavor, acidity levels out. Extremely mild maple aftertaste with nearly no sour notes.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for casual coffee drinkers & those looking for something different.

Overall Rating: 87 – Good

Overall, we would have given this K-Cup a higher score if Timothy’s would only have added a bit more maple flavor and this ultimately left us a bit disappointed. Still, don’t let that deter you from giving this a try. If you like maple products and prefer coffees that have “light touches” of flavoring vs. full-on strong flavors, you’ll probably enjoy this variety. As far as we’re aware, there aren’t any other maple K-Cups on the market, so we’ll have to wait before we can make any comparisons.

Timothy’s Sugar Bush Maple K-Cups will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini B30.

Pricing is $10.69 USD for a 24-pack at CoffeeWhiz.com and the same at CoffeeGiant.com. Our Canadian readers can also purchase these K-Cups at Tweed & Hickory for $13.99 CAD per 24-pack or as low as $3.75 CAD as part of a 5-pack variety sampler.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at April 17, 2009 8:08 AM
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