July 18, 2011

Review: GMCR Our Blend Fair Trade Coffee K-Cups

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Today we review Green Mountain's first coffee they introduced to the market: GMCR's Our Blend Fair Trade K-Cups. This coffee was the first blend produced by the company and is currently in use at various dining establishments across the East Coast of USA.

Brewing these K-Cups result in rich notes of dark chocolate and hints of earthiness in the background. Further investigation of GMCR's website reveal that they've blended beans from 6 different regions of Guatemala to create this particular blend.

Billed as a light roast, flavor had traces of chocolate mixed with warm smoky notes throughout and made for a very inviting cup of morning coffee. We can definitely see how dining establishments could use this as their regular coffee flavor.


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Body was light brown & amber in color with shades of red when held to a light source. Acidity was perfectly balanced as it wasn't overbearing yet provided enough liveliness to keep the flavors popping. Mouth feel was satin smooth with nice smoky notes on the finish.

  • Aroma - 9 - Rich notes of dark chocolate with hints of earthiness in the background make for a very inviting coffee house scent.
  • Acidity - 10 - Outstandingly well balanced. Probably one of the best examples in a light roast. Not overly strong, yet lively enough to prevent things from being bland.
  • Body - 8 - Light brown & amber with red notes when held to a light source.
  • Flavor - 10 - Just a very well rounded cup of morning coffee overall. Chocolate notes blended with smoky flavors throughout left us wanting another cup.
  • Mouth Feel - 10 - Smooth as silk and very pleasing to the palate. Nice smoky notes on the finish. Very nicely done.
  • Coffee Drinker - This one's a surefire hit for anyone who frequents coffee houses. While we can't exactly claim this to be a Dunkins or Denny's clone, it fits well within that niche of signature Americana coffee flavors. Dark roast drinkers might want something considerably stronger though.

Overall Rating: 97 - Excellent


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Overall, this is a very good cup of well-rounded coffee that would be suited best for waking up in the mornings, but could also be enjoyed in the afternoon. We don't think the roast would support being used as an iced coffee as the flavor would likely be washed-out, so it's best to stick to conventional hot beverage use instead. Upon first sip, the thing that first popped in our minds was "Hmm... we've had this before... at quite a few places". At least now we can confirm why that was the case. If establishments keep using this as their regular coffee, we have no doubt it has a long life ahead of it. Hats off to Green Mountain for an excellent light roast K-Cup we can't help but recommend.

Green Mountain Our Blend Fair Trade Coffee K-Cups will work in all Keurig models and are available in 24-pack boxes at Green Mountain Cofffee, and for Canadian coffee drinkers $16.49 CAD at Tweed & Hickory.

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 18, 2011 7:55 AM

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