December 8, 2010

Review: Wolfgang Puck Vienna Coffee House K-Cups for Keurig

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Our ongoing series of Wolfgang Puck K-Cup reviews continues today with their Wolfgang Puck Vienna Coffee House K-Cups. While billed as a blend that had Chef Wolfgang going back to his Austrian roots, a quick gander at the Wiki article for Vienna coffee reveals that it’s a “traditional cream based coffee beverage made by preparing two shots of strong black espresso in a standard sized coffee cup and infusing the coffee with whipped cream (as a replacement for milk and sugar) until the cup is full. Then the cream is twirled and optionally topped off with chocolate sprinklings”. Hmm… ok, so this K-Cup should possibly taste like an extra bold with hints of cream & chocolate? Let’s find out.

Upon brewing, we got strong earthy notes and hints of molasses. While the foil label claims this is an extra bold medium roast, we’d have to disagree. This one seemed dark roast all the way both in aroma & moreso flavor. Acidity was strong with quite a sour bite at the beginning which quickly mellowed throughout the aftertaste.

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Flavor was strong and lived up to its extra bold billing. We noted lots of smoky taste reminiscent of a double-shot of ristretto while we got faint notes of dark bittersweet baker’s chocolate on the finish. Body was full of dark browns and yielded reddish notes when held to a light source. Mouth feel was more on the oily side but satisfying nonetheless. The only thing missing to complete the Vienna coffee experience was any hints at creamy notes, but to be fair, we’re hard-pressed to recall of any recent dark roasts that had creamy notes unless we, well… added cream to it. As for aftertaste, lingering smoky notes remained.

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  • Aroma – 8 – Strong & earthy with smoky notes, just like we’d expect from a double-shot of espresso.
  • Acidity – 8 – Rather strong with sharp bite at the forefront but quickly mellows through the smoky aftertaste.
  • Body – 9 – A palette of dark browns with reddish notes when held to a light source.
  • Flavor – 10 – We still think this is more of a dark roast. Strong smoky taste, faint notes of bittersweet dark chocolate in the finish. Quite pleasing overall.
  • Mouth Feel – 7 – Rather oily which reinforces our dark roast beliefs. Smoky notes linger in the aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for those who prefer dark roasts. Don’t be scared off by the medium-roast label on the packaging, this K-Cup has quite a good kick of strong flavor.

Overall Rating: 92 - Exceptional

We think Van Houtte’s got some hidden gems in their Wolfgang Puck K-Cup line-up which have yet to be discovered including these Wolfgang Puck Vienna Coffee House K-Cups. If this is indeed a medium roast, then they’ve done wonders with the extra bold process. We went into this review thinking we’d end up with a mild medium with only “hints” of extra-bold flavors but were pleasantly surprised to discover quite the opposite. These K-Cups have got quite the satisfying kick and should be enough to please even the most discerning dark roast drinkers. By far one of our favorites in the Wolfgang Puck line-up so far.

Wolfgang Puck Vienna Coffee House 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 December 8, 2010 7:43 AM
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