October 26, 2009

Review: Jacobs Monarch T-Discs for Tassimo

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We’ve been sampling some of the European T-Discs which started appearing on www.tassimo.com these past few months and decided to continue our tour of Europe with one of Austria’s preferred brands of coffee: Jacobs. As a result, today we’ll be reviewing the new Jacobs Monarch T-Discs which you’ll see are not that different from their previous Kroenung T-Discs.

Upon brewing, faint hints of caramel start to emerge from your typical aroma of medium-roasted Arabica beans. Billed as having an irresistible “verwohnaroma” (aroma) with “citrusy notes”, we can’t say we found any of that present except for the taste which had the characteristics of your average medium roast with the exception of the faintest caramel notes and, we could be mistaken here, perhaps a tiny hint of lemon as well. It seems most European T-Discs have profiles that are becoming more and more identical, so we had a bit of a difficult time differentiating this T-Disc from its Kroenung counterpart or other competitors such as Kenco’s medium roast and Carte Noire’s Petit Dejeuner had it not been for some key factors such as acidity and aroma.

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The body is medium-brown with hints of amber when held to a light source; however, it was more opaque that you’re typical cup of coffee... perhaps due to the small 4.5oz serving size (as we’ve indicated in past reviews, small servings are the norm in Europe). There are some very mild sour notes present, but acidity is at a medium level at best and does not interfere with the final flavor. Mouth feel was smooth with a very light oily texture. Finish was quite clean with no aftertaste. It’s been a while since we’ve had some Kroenung T-Discs but the main similarities we can recall between the 2 would be aroma and mouth feel. The Monarch definitely has a slightly stronger aroma yet a more robust taste and higher acidity. We’d be hard pressed to admit which of the 2 we prefer as they’re both equally enjoyable in their own rights.

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  • Aroma – 7 – Typical medium-roast Arabica aroma with hints of caramel.
  • Acidity – 7 – Medium acidity with some sour notes, but nothing too strong. A bit stronger than the Kroenung T-Discs.
  • Body – 8 – Medium-brown which reveals hints of amber when held to a light source.
  • Flavor – 7 – Average medium-roast with slight notes of caramel and possibly lemon.
  • Mouth Feel – 8 – Smooth with slightly oily texture, clean finish with no aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for medium-roast drinkers who like a slightly stronger flavor without an overabundance of acidity.

Overall Rating: 87 – Good

Overall, we think this is a decent addition to Jacobs’ T-Disc line-up and we hope they’ll make an effort to introduce the remainder of their Austrian T-Discs on the American Tassimo site. As noted earlier, it’s been a while since we had their Kroenung T-Discs and the main thing we remembered distinctly from that variety (other than what we’ve noted above) was the acidity being almost non-existent. If we were to compare, we’d say this is more of the same with a bit more acidity and a stronger flavor overall. If you like the Kroenung T-Discs, you should give the Monarch T-Discs a try.

Jacobs Monarch T-Discs for Tassimo will work in your Braun Tassimo TA1200 or TA1400 models as well as the Bosch Tassimo. You can get a 16-pack for $7.99 USD at www.tassimo.com.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 26, 2009 7:46 AM

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