Review: Wolfgang Puck Sorrento Fair Trade K-Cups
Today we continue reviewing the Wolfgang Puck K-Cup series with the Wolfgang Puck Sorrento Fair Trade K-Cups. Sorrento is a small town in the Campania region of Southern Italy, so does this coffee offer a bold Italian roast flavor associative of its namesake? Let's find out.
Brewing these K-Cups result in earthy notes of (yep, you guessed it) smoky molasses and is quite similar to the Wolfgang Puck Vienna Coffee House & Sumatra Kopi Raya K-Cups we recently reviewed.
Billed as an extra bold, flavor had faint hints of dark chocolate and smoky notes, but to be honest, this tasted quite similar to the Vienna Coffee House K-Cups and we were having quite the difficulty in determining any differences between the two. We suppose there was more of an earthy flavor overall yet they still seemed pretty similar.
Body was dark brown in color with shades of red when held to a light source. Acidity was one of the only differences between this K-Cup and the Vienna flavor as it seemed considerably more muted here but not to the point of being watery. The other difference was mouth feel since it was more smooth yet bordering on the oily side. We didn't detect any smoky aftertaste either.
- Aroma - 8 - Similar to other Wolfgang Puck K-Cups we've reviewed recently. Smoky molasses, tinges of earthiness.
- Acidity - 6 - Seemed muted but not to the point of being watery.
- Body - 8 - Dark brown with notes of red when held to a light source.
- Flavor - 9 - Similar to the Vienna flavor but not as strong.
- Mouth Feel - 7 - Smoother than the Vienna flavor yet still bordering on the oily side.
- Coffee Drinker - This one's a tough call. If you like the Vienna, you'll probably like this. It's a dark roast that would probably go well for strong medium roast drinkers or casual dark roast fans.
Overall Rating: 88 - Good
Compared to the Vienna Coffee House K-Cups, if we had to pick one over the other, we'd likely go with the Vienna as it seemed a bit more satisfying overall and gave us the impression it would handle cream & sugar without washing-out too much of its strength & flavor. Man, what a brainteaser this K-Cup has been. The only way we can describe this would be the "Fair Trade Version" of Vienna Coffee House. So there you have it, if you like the Vienna flavor but want to endorse the Fair Trade coffee movement, go with this K-Cup. Aside from the acidity and slightly more earthy flavor, there isn't much difference here.
Wolfgang Puck Sorrento Fair Trade K-Cups will 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. Canadians can also buy these for $16.49 CAD at www.tweedandhickory.com
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 November 24, 2010 5:53 AM