December 31, 2010

Review: Wolfgang Puck Jamaica Me Crazy K-Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers

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We forge onwards in our Wolfgang Puck K-Cup reviews with a flavor that had been piquing our curiosity ever since it was first announced...Wolfgang Puck Jamaica Me Crazy K-Cups. With a name like that, how couldn't one be curious?

Surprising aromas of vanilla & coconut quickly filled the room upon brewing and had the staff quite excited since it brought back fond memories from one of our all-time favorite K-Cups (GMCR's Island Coconut). This was spot-on with the packaging's description, however, we also detected notes of what you'd usually associate with Jamaican beverages... rum!

Flavor was matched perfectly with the aroma as we noticed vanilla, coconut and yes, even rum . Yeah, mon! The Wolfgang Puck Jamaica Me Crazy K-Cup was living-up to its namesake as we were definitely going crazy over this new flavor. We tried thinking back but simply couldn't remember any other rum-flavored K-Cups in recent history, so this one might very well be the first. If so, then hats off to the flavor profilers at Van Houtte. We think they have a winner with this one. Acidity was very smooth and subdued with barely any sour aftertaste on the finish.

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Body had shades of medium brown with tinges of red when held to a light source. Labeled as a medium roast, we felt this was more in the lines of a strong light roast bordering on medium instead. Mouth feel was smooth throughout with silky smooth characteristics. Quite good overall, but for full-on coconut flavor, we still prefer GMCR's seasonal Island Coconut (although we'll gladly take this as a substitute while we await a new batch in between seasons). We didn't add any sugar or cream but can only imagine it might boost the coconut flavors up a notch.

  • Aroma - 10 - Vanilla? Coconut? Even RUM?!? We were floored (no, not in that sense)
  • Acidity - 7 - Smooth throughout, barely any sour bite on the finish.
  • Body - 8 - Shades of medium brown with notes of red when held to a light source.
  • Flavor - 10 - Ever have rum-flavored coffee at 6:00am without getting smashed? Do we even need to explain why this gets a perfect 10?
  • Mouth Feel - 10 - Smoooooooooth!
  • Coffee Drinker - Suited best for light roast drinkers who enjoy coconut/rum flavored drinks.

Overall Rating: 95 - Excellent

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Wow... this one certainly caught us off-guard! We went into this review not knowing what to expect and ended up with a new favorite. Van Houtte might as well have slapped a Bacardi or Appleton logo on the packaging and we wouldn't have known the difference (Heck, if Timothy's can do it with Kahlua). We noted the coconut & vanilla but our mind kept wandering back to the fact that this coffee just smelled & tasted like it were spiked with a shot of the good stuff from a Jamaican distillery. Overall, we have to say this is now one of our favorite flavored K-Cups and if you like the coconutty splash of PiƱa Coladas, you're going to "go crazy" for these K-Cups. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for something different.

Wolfgang Puck Jamaica Me Crazy 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 31, 2010 8:12 AM
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