Review: Wolfgang Puck Breakfast In Bed K-Cups for Keurig
Next up in our series of Wolfgang Puck K-Cup reviews are the Wolfgang Puck Breakfast In Bed K-Cups for today's review. Labeled as a medium roast, we wondered if Van Houtte decided to name this flavor based on the comforting qualities one finds in their own bed when they wake up each morning. While that remains to be seen, let's just hope this flavor doesn't make us want to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep like their Colombian Decaf did recently.
Upon brewing, typical aromas of Arabica were present, but appeared to border on a light dark roast in regards to earthiness. Flavor was surprisingly the same... which led us to believe this was more of a medium-bold blend than a lighter medium. Will be interesting to see how some of the other K-Cups in the Wolfgang Puck line-up turn out as there's some which are in fact listed as medium-bolds. We detected faint nutty notes in the background along with some mild earthy notes found in the regular Chef's Reserve Colombian we reviewed a while back.
As for acidity, it was on the medium-high side with a nice balance in between. Once again, it kept making us think we were on the verge of a dark roast... let us check the packaging again... nope, it says medium. Sour notes were offset by the acidity's strength and seemed to be more present in the aftertaste than the actual flavor. Mouth feel was pleasantly smooth throughout. We have to say - Wolfgang Puck Breakfast In Bed K-Cups were indeed surprising us.
Body was a bit darker than we were expecting and yielded dark red notes when held to a light source. Overall, not too bad of an effort on Van Houtte's part and the fact that we like 2 out of the 3 Wolfgang Puck K-Cups we've tried so far only gives us hope for the rest of the line-up.
- Aroma - 9 - For a medium, the aroma surprised us with its earthiness which was more akin to a darker roast.
- Acidity - 7 - Good balance overall with the sour notes remaining mostly in the aftertaste.
- Body - 7 - Darker than we expected with dark red notes pushing through when held to a light source.
- Flavor - 9 - Once again, more akin to a dark roast with nutty & earthy notes present.
- Mouth Feel - 8 - Smooth from beginning to end.
- Coffee Drinker - Suited best for average coffee drinkers who occasionally dip into the darker roasts. Dark roast drinkers might want to give this one a try as a lighter alternative.
Overall Rating: 90 - Exceptional
After the poor performance of their Decaf Colombian, we think Van Houtte have redeemed themselves with this K-Cup. They're billing it as a medium, but we felt it was more like a light dark/medium-bold instead and as Martha Stewart would say: "That's a good thing". Van Houtte may even succeed in other markets they hadn't expected since the darker roast characteristics may entice dark roast drinkers to give this coffee a try where otherwise they would normally avoid it. It certainly caught us off guard and had us enjoying this K-Cup in the long run.
Wolfgang Puck Breakfast In Bed K-Cups will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL/BKC700XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini Plus and Keurig Mini B30.
At Wolfgang Puck Breakfast In Bed K-Cups for US coffee drinkers. Canadians can also buy these for $16.49 CAD at www.tweedandhickory.com.
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A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would like to take this time to thank CoffeeWiz.com for sending us a box of these K-Cups for the purpose of this review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 22, 2010 7:44 AM