January 14, 2011

Review: Wolfgang Puck Hawaiian Hazelnut K-Cups for Keurig

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Our Wolfgang Puck K-Cup reviews continue with their Wolfgang Puck Hawaiian Hazelnut K-Cups. A hazelnut-flavored Kona blend? We’ve got to give props to Chef Puck… he’s got some truly unique coffee flavors to date and we’re really liking what we’re seeing lately.

Light aromas of hazelnut appeared upon brewing with faint notes of vanilla hiding underneath. We were expecting a bit stronger of an aroma but were glad to see the tropical theme was present with the vanilla notes.

Flavor was thankfully stronger with an abundance of hazelnut nicely topped with hints of vanilla once again. We were also pleased to notice a stronger roast profile than most Kona-blends we’ve tried in the past and while we wouldn’t label this as an extra bold by a longshot, it’s still got a decent strength overall. Acidity was on the medium side with a small bite of sour notes on the finish.

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The body of the Wolfgang Puck Hawaiian Hazelnut K-Cups had us surprised with shades of light brown which exploded into a nice orange/yellow sunset effect when held to a light source. The first thing that popped to mind was a tropical sunset, so bonus points for that. Mouth feel was a bit on the oily side but still remained smooth enough not to hinder the experience in any way.

  • Aroma – 9 – Not as strong as we were expecting, but decent still the same. Extra point for the notes of vanilla which added to the tropical experience.
  • Acidity – 6 – Medium with a small bite of sour notes on the finish.
  • Body – 10 – Shades of light brown which explode into an orange/yellow burst when held to a light source. Reminiscent of a tropical sunset. Nice.
  • Flavor – 10 – Nice hazelnut kick with notes of vanilla finished by a decent medium roast Kona blend.
  • Mouth Feel – 8 – A bit on the oily side but still smooth overall.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for those who enjoy flavored medium roasts. A nice stronger alternative to your typical hazelnut K-Cup.

Overall Rating: 93 - Exceptional

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We liked the fact that there wasn’t just a light smattering of hazelnut flavor thrown into the Wolfgang Puck Hawaiian Hazelnut K-Cups, but that Van Houtte thought of adding vanilla notes as well. Whether or not this was intentional, we think it works and makes for a satisfying tropical hazelnut experience. If you like a typical everyday hazelnut coffee, you might want to give this one a try if you’re looking for something different and slightly stronger.

Wolfgang Puck Hawaiian Hazelnut 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 January 14, 2011 7:43 AM

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