June 2, 2010

Review: Green Mountain Donut House Chocolate Glazed Donut K-Cups

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We have to admit that when we first heard Green Mountain was introducing donut-flavored coffees in their recent Donut House series of K-Cups, the only thought that sprung to mind was "yeah, right". Could they really capture the taste experience of biting into the flavor's namesake donut? We set off to find out if this truly was the case and opted for their Donut House Blend Chocolate Glazed Donut K-Cups this time around.

As any Green Mountain K-Cup fan will know, they have a reputation for making some pretty spot-on flavorings when it comes to their flavored coffee K-Cups (Island Coconut, anyone?), so our hopes were set high right off the bat. Needless to say, we had nothing to worry about. Upon brewing, rich chocolate aromas filled the room and left us wondering just how the heck the flavor geniuses at GMCR managed to pull it off... the scent was exactly like fresh baked chocolate glazed donuts at our favorite local donut shop and it even had some of our staff fooled as they rushed the Single Serve Coffee kitchens looking for a box.

The flavor of the Donut House Blend Chocolate Glazed Donut K-Cups is once again, pretty accurate and tasted like the real-deal except for 1 minor flaw... it was missing some of the sweetness we'd find in the glaze itself. A bit more sweetness would have earned it a 10. It was perfect otherwise and even reminded us of a chocolate liqueur to some extent. Kudos to GMCR for cranking out yet another spot-on flavoring.


Acidity is more on the mild side but that's likely due to the fact that these K-Cups are billed as a regular flavored blend and NOT an extra-bold. That's fine by us, no false advertising here. Body is lighter than usual with a light brown hue... almost like maple syrup with tinges of red/amber throughout when held to a light source. Mouth feel was ok, but seemed on the verge of being watery at times (once again, likely due to this NOT being an extra-bold). We think most people will be interested in giving this K-Cup a try and it's most suited to flavored coffee drinkers who are looking for something different; plus with the plethora of flavored K-Cups GMCR seems to be putting out lately, "something different" is certainly not in short supply.

  • Aroma - 10 - Spot-on. Any more authentic and we'd have expected a donut to pop out into our cup!
  • Acidity - 8 - Very mild, faint chocolate donut aftertaste. Good overall.
  • Body - 8 - Light brown with shades of reddish amber when held to a light source.
  • Flavor - 9 - Exactly like the real thing except it loses a point due to a lack of sweetness we'd associate with the glaze.
  • Mouth Feel - 7 - This is a light regular roast which is NOT an extra-bold, so it felt borderline watery at times. Making this an extra-bold might have helped a lot in this aspect.
  • Coffee Drinker - If you like chocolate glazed donuts, you can't go wrong with this coffee. If you like flavored coffees, you'll like this. We think only the dark roast drinkers would be the main ones who likely wouldn't care too much for this coffee, otherwise it's suited for just about anyone.

Overall Rating: 92 - Exceptional


Overall, Green Mountain is off to a very good start with their Donut House line-up and we can't wait to see what new flavors they'll come out with next *cough* make maple glazed! *cough*. Hats off to yet another well-executed entry in GMCR's ever-expanding flavored K-Cup offerings. If you love chocolate glazed donuts, this coffee is the PERFECT match which will send you into a chocolate donut fueled bliss. You owe it to yourself to at least give these a try.

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

A special thanks to SH for providing this review. Read how we review and rate single serve coffee and other single serve coffee beverages here. We would also like to note that we purchased these K-Cups on our own for the purpose of this review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at June 2, 2010 7:27 AM
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