October 2, 2009

Review: Van Houtte Macadamia Nut K-Cups for Keurig

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We've been going through quite a few flavors in Van Houtte's flavored K-Cup line-up the past few weeks and decided it was time to review their Macadamia Nut K-Cups. A quick look at the Wikipedia entry reveals that macadamias are native mostly to Eastern Australia, an area which is typically warm year-round. As a result, we figured we'd take one last shot at something which reminded us of warmer climates before Summer completely fades away & the cool chilly nights of Fall start to appear.

Upon brewing, an exotic scent of macadamias along with hints of coconut & hazelnut filled the room. Taste was on-par with aroma as we immediately noticed macadamia nut flavoring throughout although there were still notes of hazelnut lingering underneath. Come to think of it, the taste of macadamias & hazelnuts aren't too different to begin with, so perhaps it wouldn't be too far of a stretch to wonder if Van Houtte modified their basic hazelnut flavoring in order to create this more exotic variety. Regardless, they succeeded in achieving the namesake flavor and the results are rather good.

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The body is typical with most flavored K-Cups as being medium-brown with red tinges that are revealed when held to a light source. There are some mild sour notes present, but acidity is kept to a low overall and does not detract from the final flavor. Mouth feel was smooth with only the slightest bit of oily texture. Finish was clean with little to no aftertaste.

  • Aroma - 9 - Strong macadamia scent with hints of coconut & hazelnut.
  • Acidity - 7 - Some mild sour notes, but low acidity overall.
  • Body - 7 - Your typical medium-brown with hints of red when held to a light source.
  • Flavor - 8 - Taste is spot-on with hints of hazelnut hiding underneath. A bit more flavoring would have been nice.
  • Mouth Feel - 8 - Quite smooth with a bit of oily texture. Barely any aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker - Suited best for casual coffee drinkers who enjoy a flavored coffee in the light to medium range. If you've never had real macadamia nuts before, you should give this coffee a try.

Overall Rating: 89 - Good


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Overall, we feel Van Houtte have come through again in nailing the flavor of this K-Cup. We didn't feel it was watered-down and were pleased with the final results. What's next for Van Houtte's flavored K-Cup line-up? Could a Brazil Nut K-Cup be lurking in the near future? Maybe they'll come out with a Blueberry K-Cup? With a track record that only reveals one major disappointment, we can't wait to see what's next. We think when it comes to flavored K-Cups, the more the merrier.

Van Houtte's Macadamia Nut K-Cups will work in any Keurig models. You can get a 24-pack for $13.75 USD at www.vanhoutte.com or $13.99 CAD at www.tweedandhickory.com.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 2, 2009 7:25 AM
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