Review: Timothy's Kahlua Original K-Cups for Keurig
A sector which had only casually been explored in the past by other manufacturers has now seen full-fledged acceptance in the single serve coffee scene with the introduction of Timothy's Kahlua Original K-Cups. The sector in question is of course liquor-flavored coffees and this marks the first time a brand-name liquor flavor is introduced on the K-Cup market (previous versions only alluded to the brand, but never had its logo displayed). Seeing as how Kahlua is coffee-flavored liquor, it only makes sense to add it to coffee itself. For those of you who are still wondering, no... there's no alcohol content in this product.
Timothy's was kind enough to send us these K-Cups for our review, but despite them describing this as a K-Cup that combines "delicious notes of rum, vanilla and caramel", we were hard pressed to find any presence of vanilla and only noticed faint traces of rum in the aroma. It reminded us somewhat of Kahlua's scent, but the one note which stuck out above all else was the strong & unexpected scent of toffee. It filled the room and was quite pleasant. The same could be said of the taste which once again, yielded strong toffee & caramel flavors rather than the namesake taste of Kahlua coffee liquor.
Since this is a light roast, the body was light as well. Coloring was dark brown with hints of amber once we held the cup up to a light source. Acidity was practically nil which allowed the full flavors of the coffee to blend through uninterrupted. Mouth feel was a tad watery, but still smooth and the aftertaste was once again dominated with notes of toffee. Maybe Timothy's should have named this their "Toffee Coffee K-Cup" instead?
- Aroma - 8 - Strong notes of caramel & mostly toffee, mild Kahlua scent with faint touches of rum.
- Acidity - 9 - Barely any acidity present, very mild & definitely not overpowering. Allowed full flavors to come through during tasting.
- Body - 7 - Light body due to the nature of the roast with colors of dark brown & hints of amber when held to a light source.
- Flavor - 7 - Mostly toffee & caramel with faint notes of rum. Would have scored higher if more Kahlua flavoring were present.
- Mouth Feel - 7 - Slightly watery, yet smooth. Medium aftertaste of toffee kept lingering in the finish.
- Coffee Drinker - Suited best for light-roast coffee drinkers & those who prefer flavored coffees
Overall Rating: 88 - Good
Overall, we were rather disappointed that the Kahlua flavoring wasn't more predominant and feel Timothy's could have spent a little longer perfecting the final flavor. That being said, we still liked the remaining flavors and have to admit they made for a rather tasty toffee-flavored K-Cup. The toffee flavor was even further enhanced & paired extremely well when we added some butter pecan flavored creamer. If you're looking for the pure taste of Kahlua, you're likely to be disappointed, but if you're searching for a toffee coffee, this K-Cup should be right up your alley. It might even make for a decent iced-latte as well.
We can't help but wonder if other brand-name liquors will start partnering with Timothy's or other K-Cup manufacturers in the future. Could we possibly see Bailey's Irish Cream K-Cups hitting the shelves soon? Maybe a nice Disaronno Amaretto K-Cup or even a Grand Marnier K-Cup? The possibilities are almost endless & we can only hope such things are coming down the pipe.
Timothy's Kahlua Original K-Cups will work 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 Timothy's Kahlua Original K-Cups are available from Timothy's and Amazon.com. You can also buy a 24-pack for $10.99 USD at www.coffeewiz.com.
Once again, we would like to thank Timothy's for supplying us with these K-Cups for this review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 12, 2009 7:17 AM