Review: Bellaccino Blueberry Cobbler Extra Bold K-Cups from Tully's
As was reported in the past, Tully’s was acquired by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and in the process, Green Mountain also obtained any other brands which were under Tully’s lineup. One of these brands was Bellaccino which Tully’s had introduced last year. Unfortunately, Green Mountain decided to discontinue the brand a few months ago in an effort to “replace slow sellers”. We’ve yet to see a decent selection of flavored extra-bolds from other manufacturers, so Green Mountain’s decision came as quite the disappointment. We can only hope more flavored extra-bolds are introduced in the future.
We realize that we’re reviewing something which our readers may not be able to easily purchase, however, there may still be some online coffee retailers that still have some back-stock available. As a matter of fact, we noticed Amazon was still selling 2-box packs of this flavor (48 K-Cups total) but at a rather steep price (more on that further below). May this review serve as a guide in your purchasing decision should you decide to go ahead with an order.
Upon brewing, we were greeted with strong scents of blueberries & cinnamon which immediately reminded us of the real thing. The extra bold nature of this K-Cup provided us with a stronger coffee flavor enhanced by the same elements found in the aroma, although we were left longing for a slightly darker roast. Light notes of blueberry are accented by a medium touch of cinnamon but the play between flavors is kept in check... you can taste as much blueberry as you can cinnamon. We wish there would have been a bit more blueberry flavoring present, more in line with Green Mountain’s own Wild Mountain Blueberry K-Cups, but can understand how this might be harder to balance with an extra bold blend, especially when mixing-in several flavor ingredients at once.
The body is dark brown/black and reveals bright, medium red notes when held to a light source. Considering this is an extra bold, we were expecting more acidity than what we found here... everything was rather well balanced and finished with minimal aftertaste. Mouth feel was clean & smooth overall, definitely no “watered-down” sensation here although we think the extra bold blend helped considerably in that regard. The base Arabica blend itself could have been roasted a tiny bit longer as well.
- Aroma – 10 – Strong blueberry & cinnamon aroma quickly fills the room. You can almost picture a bowl of cobbler right in front of
- Acidity – 7 – Rather smooth & balanced despite being an extra bold.
- Body – 8 – Dark brown/black body with medium red notes when held up to a light source. Not as dark red as blueberry juice, but close enough.
- Flavor – 8 – On par with aroma, tastes of blueberry & cinnamon throughout. A darker roast & stronger blueberry flavor might have earned this a 10.
- Mouth Feel – 8 – Clean & smooth, mild aftertaste. Not watered-down like some other flavored K-Cups we’ve had in the past.
- Coffee Drinker – Suited best for casual dark roast drinkers who enjoy having a flavoring added to their coffee.
Overall Rating: 85 – Good
Overall, the closest thing we can compare this to is a bolder version of Green Mountain’s Wild Mountain Blueberry K-Cup, but without as much blueberry taste. Perhaps the light roast in their variety would explain why it appeared to have a stronger blueberry taste than this extra bold? We noticed Green Mountain had some flavored K-Cups which were somewhat in line with the same flavors that Bellaccino were offering, so we can understand why they would have wanted to eliminate duplicate flavors if they weren’t doing well in sales.
It’s still rather unfortunate as we liked being able to have a bolder cup of coffee which had a decent shot of flavor thrown in, plus we’ve yet to see extra bold versions for some of the same flavors in Green Mountain’s own lineup. We recommend to at least give this one a try if you liked Green Mountain’s variety.
Bellaccino Blueberry Cobbler Extra Bold K-Cups will work in any Keurig brewer models. This brand is now discontinued by Green Mountain, but 2-packs (48 K-Cups total) are still available for $41.95 USD on Amazon.com
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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 14, 2009 5:13 AM