Review: Van Houtte Amazonia Blend Fair Trade Organic K-Cups
Van Houtte have been building-up their flavor library with a variety of unique single-origin and fair trade blends over the years and thanks to a recent acquisition by Green Mountain, new flavors (or variations on existing flavors) are starting to appear on the market. We decided to try one of their latest, Van Houtte Amazonia Blend Fair Trade Organic K-Cups.
Brewing these K-Cups result in typical earthy notes common to your average Arabica, but there’s something else hiding underneath we quite couldn’t figure out… maybe hints of a darker roast?
Billed as a medium, flavor had notes of dark semi-sweet chocolate and light smoke in the background while surprisingly seeming more on the verge of being a dark roast. Once again, we kept wondering since this is a "blend", if darker roasted coffees such as a Sumatra might have been added in here. No way to tell for sure as the packaging didn’t reveal anything.
Body was dark brown in color with shades of red when held to a light source. Acidity was a bit pronounced but not too strong to be overbearing while mouth feel was full & rounded. Not too oily yet not on the watery side either. Quite pleasing overall.
- Aroma – 7 – Nothing of note, typical earthy characteristics of Arabica yet something else hiding underneath which we couldn’t quite figure out.
- Acidity – 7 – Pronounced yet not overbearingly strong.
- Body – 8 – Dark brown with notes of red when held to a light source.
- Flavor – 9 – Notes of dark semi-sweet chocolate and smoke on the finish.
- Mouth Feel – 8 – Full & well rounded. Not too oily yet not watery either.
- Coffee Drinker – This one should suit medium roast drinkers well and might even appeal to dark roast drinkers who want to try something a bit lighter.
Overall Rating: 89 – Good
Things have been hit or miss with Van Houtte’s new flavors lately. They either amaze or fail to impress, but they seem to have dialed-in their Fair Trade coffees to a point where even some of their lesser favorites still make for a decent average cup. Such is the case with this flavor. There’s not much to differentiate it from the plethora of other unflavored Fair Trade coffees on the market, yet we’d still rather have a cup of this over a lighter roast any day. Since this is more akin to a mild dark roast, you should give this K-Cup a try if you think that might appeal to you.
Van Houtte Amazonia Blend Fair Trade Organic K-Cups will work in all Keurig models and are available in 24-pack boxes for at www.vanhoutte.com and at www.vanhoutte.ca.
A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to note that we purchased a box of these K-Cups on our own for the purpose of this review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at June 13, 2011 7:28 AM