July 6, 2011

Review: Green Mountain Gingerbread Fair Trade K-Cups

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Today we continue reviewing recent seasonal K-Cups from this past holiday season with Green Mountain’s Gingerbread Fair Trade K-Cups. This is, as noted, a seasonal flavor which is usually available in late November/early December but Amazon.com still has some 24-pack boxes in stock at the time of this review.

Brewing these K-Cups reveal strong aromas of gingerbread plus hints of vanilla hiding underneath. It reminded us of baking gingerbread cookies during the holidays. Perfect aroma so far.

Flavor was a mixed bag of faint ginger notes muddled with vanilla undertones. As with the recently reviewed GMCR Spicy Eggnog, something seemed off with the flavor. We tried adding some cream & sugar but this just washed things out even further. We have to admit, ginger isn’t one of our favorite flavorings but even we would have appreciated a bit more of it here. Once again, those who don’t care for overly strong flavors in their coffee will likely enjoy this toned-down flavoring.

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Body was medium brown in color with shades of brownish-orange when held to a light source. Very reminiscent of a gingerbread cookie color, so extra points there. At first taste, we thought acidity was on the medium side until we realized the bitter tones were coming from the bit of ginger flavoring present in this coffee. Overall, there wasn’t much acidity at all… not even in the aftertaste. Mouth feel was smooth and leaning towards being watery.

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  • Aroma – 10 – Pretty close to the scent you’d get when baking real gingerbread cookies in the oven.
  • Acidity – 3 – Fairly non-existent even throughout the aftertaste.
  • Body – 5 – Light & almost transparent medium-brown. An extra point for displaying a brownish-orange shade of gingerbread dough when held to a light source.
  • Flavor – 6 – Definite notes of gingerbread, but not as strong as we had expected.
  • Mouth Feel – 7 – Smooth yet almost bordering on the watery side.
  • Coffee Drinker – Best suited for those who don’t like strong flavors in their coffee. Dark roast drinkers will likely want to avoid this.

Overall Rating: 81 - Average

Compared to Green Mountain’s Spicy Eggnog K-Cups, these Gingerbread K-Cups seem to have the same pros & cons. Aroma is spot on, yet flavor is somewhat lacking and mouth feel is borderline watery. We’re sure this will be yet another flavor that’s hit or miss with some people liking it and others hating it. If you like gingerbread, you should at least give this one a sample before committing to a full box. We feel that given enough time, Green Mountain will probably bring these holiday flavors up to par with some of their outstanding regular flavor line-up.

Green Mountain Gingerbread Fair Trade K-Cups will work in all Keurig models and are available in 24-pack boxes at Amazon.com.

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to note Green Mountain provided samples of these K-Cups to 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 July 6, 2011 7:43 AM

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