May 10, 2010

Review: Green Mountain Donut House Decaf K-Cups

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A while back, we announced that Green Mountain had introduced a new Donut House lineup of K-Cups but we never really got around to reviewing any of them. Now that we've finally gotten the chance to do so, we figured we'd start with something not many of us are accustomed to seeing in a decaf K-Cup... an extra bold version. Yep, we're kicking things off with Green Mountain's Donut House Decaf K-Cups and will eventually work our way through the entire lineup in coming months.

Now, we've got to admit, we don't usually grab decaf coffees when heading to donut houses (or as Coffee People would call them, donut shops). As a result, we don't really have much to compare this to other than some other decafs we've tried in the past. We figured the "extra bold" labeling on this K-Cup would mean a stronger flavor and while it does help prevent the coffee from becoming a totally bland mess, it can't be considered a true extra bold since there could have been a lot more room strength-wise for this K-Cup to expand.

The Donut House Decaf K-Cup light roast coffee yields a surprisingly strong aroma of smoked hickory and other than some decaf French roasts we've had before, this has one of the most lively aromas we've experience in a decaf K-Cup recently. Acidity is barely present which allows the flavor to punch through unimpeded and the body has a rather light brown color which gives way to amber tones when held to a light source (we've recently decided to use an LED flashlight vs. sunlight when the weather outside is overcast... it gives a nicer color layout overall).


Flavor-wise, things start off mildly smoky and as we roll the flavor over our tongue, we discover hints of chocolate hiding underneath. If we were comparing this to a regular coffee, it wouldn't earn the extra bold status, but upon further review, we'll admit that compared to any other regular decaf coffee on the market, the Donut House Decaf K-Cups does offer a slightly stronger flavor and more complex notes in the taste... so maybe Green Mountain wasn't that far off with the extra bold labeling after all. Mouth feel is unfortunately more on the watery side but as a result, it yields no discernable aftertaste and absolutely no sour notes so that earns it an extra point.

  • Aroma – 9 – Strong initial notes of smoked hickory. Lively for a decaf.
  • Acidity – 8 – Barely any acidity whatsoever. Allows the flavor to cut through.
  • Body – 7 – Light brown with notes of amber when held to a light source.
  • Flavor – 8 – Mildly smoky with very faint hints of chocolate lingering on the back of the tongue.
  • Mouth Feel – 7 – Almost watery but not as bad as some decafs. No discernable aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for casual light-roast coffee drinkers. If you prefer medium to dark-roasts, you likely won't care for this. Best suited for those who love decafs.

Overall Rating: 89 – Good


Overall, we think this is a good effort on Green Mountain's behalf to appease to the decaf crowd. If you don't usually care for decafs, you'll likely find this to be too watered down, but if you're sensitive to caffeine and drink nothing but decafs, the Donut House Decaf K-Cups will likely stand out above the other light roasts since we find it tastes somewhat similar to a typical donut house coffee. Most user reviews on various sites all seem in favor of this coffee, so we think decaf fans should at least give this one a try.

We would also like to note that we purchased these K-Cups on our own for the purpose of this review.

These 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.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 10, 2010 7:55 AM
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Hi, My Sweetheart, for his health, must avoid foods with high acidity. Coffee, unfortunately, which he loves, falls in this category.

We would appreciate a recommendation for the very lowest acid, good coffee tasting, coffee.
Thanks, very much

Posted by: Mary Ellen at August 3, 2010 9:11 PM
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