April 21, 2011

Review: Green Mountain Coffee Revv Pulse K-Cups for Keurig

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We recently reviewed Green Mountain's Revv K-Cups, so it was only natural for us to follow-up today with the 2nd flavor in the series... Green Mountain Revv Pulse K-Cups. So what's different between Revv & Revv Pulse? Simple... the addition of natural caffeine sources in the form of ginseng & guarana to help boost things up a notch. Unlike manufactured caffeine additives such as the ever popular taurine, ginseng & guarana are entirely natural ingredients. Will this K-Cup get us buzzed like an energy drink or ultimately fall flat? Only one way to find out...

Brewing these K-Cups result in an aroma which is quite similar to the Revv K-Cups, consisting mostly of leathery & smoky notes but with added berry scents coming from the addition of ginseng & guarana.


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Despite not being billed as an extra bold, we're certain that's what's present here based on weight. This dark roast also had a similar strong flavor with hints of bittersweet chocolate & smokiness. We only noticed muted berry-like flavors in the background and even though we were expecting them to be a bit more pronounced, it might be a good thing that they're not (given the fact that we're still not sure how much caffeine is included here). Other than those faint notes, taste is almost identical here.

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Body was dark brown in color with slightly lighter shades of red when held to a light source. Acidity was more pronounced (due to the ginseng & guarana?) and felt more like a winey profile. Mouth feel was still smooth but verging more on the oily side vs. the regular Revv flavor. The added natural caffeine ingredients added a bit more sweet notes to the final mix. We forgot to note it in our review of the Revv K-Cups, but we also like the funky designs/colors on the packaging as well.

  • Aroma - 8 - Similar to the regular Revv, except the ginseng & guarana add some faint berry notes.
  • Acidity - 7 - More pronounced than its counterpart, tending to a more winey profile.
  • Body - 8 - Dark brown with slightly lighter notes of red when held to a light source.
  • Flavor - 9 - Almost identical with muted berry notes hiding underneath.
  • Mouth Feel - 7 - Smooth, yet more on the oily side of things.
  • Coffee Drinker - Well, if you like Revv, you'll undoubtedly like Revv Pulse as the flavors are almost identical. The only difference being the "buzz factor" and the muted berry notes afforded by the ginseng & guarana.

Overall Rating: 89 - Good

After a while, we DID start feeling a bit more of a rush than we did when consuming the Revv K-Cups and to be honest, we would have felt rather cheated if we hadn't felt anything at all. So in regards to advertising, Revv Pulse is indeed "Revv with an added kick". The fact that the ginseng & guarana helped add a bit of sweet berry notes to the flavor (and helped add a bit more acidity to the cup) eventually lead to it earning an extra point.

While this product is aimed at teenagers, we'd advise against giving this to younger children as the caffeine would likely have them bouncing off the ceiling by the time you're heading off to work. Some of the Single Serve Coffee staff around here reported no problem being wide awake amidst the most boring of meetings at their day jobs, so if we had to judge this K-Cup on its intended purpose, we'd have to say it works! As with the regular Revv, this one's worth a try if you're so inclined.

revv and revv pulse 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, Cuisinart Keurig Single-Cup Brewer SS-700 and SS-780, and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini Plus and Keurig Mini B30.

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to thank Green Mountain for sending us a box of these K-Cups for the purpose of this review.

Read how we review and rate single-serve coffee and other single-serve coffee beverages here.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at April 21, 2011 4:39 AM

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