August 3, 2011

Review: GMCR Vermont Country Blend Fair Trade K-Cups

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Today we review one of the more popular flavors in Green Mountain’s line-up: GMCR’s Vermont Country Blend Fair Trade K-Cups. This coffee has been around for quite a while and is apparently a fan favorite. Let’s find out why.

Brewing these K-Cups result in strong smoky notes with a blend of chocolate & faint molasses tones underneath. It reminded us of setting up camp in a Vermont forest and brewing up a pot of coffee over an open campfire. A quick look on GMCR’s site reveals that this coffee is a blend of dark roast & light roast beans which would explain its strong scent yet light body.

Billed as a medium roast, flavor had an abundance of smokiness throughout with a sharp bite at the back of the throat upon first sip. A distinct earthiness revealed itself afterwards once we took a few more sips.

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Body was light brown & amber in color with shades of red when held to a light source. Acidity was strong enough to create that bite in the back of the throat but evened itself out fairly well afterwards. Mouth feel was smooth yet had faint oily notes and a neat dry finish. We did not use cream or sugar but suspect the dark roast beans in this blend would help things hold up rather well.

  • Aroma – 9 – Strong smoky notes reminded us of brewing up coffee over a campfire. Faint notes of chocolate & molasses were also present.
  • Acidity – 8 – Strong enough to cause a bite in the back of the throat, but it leveled-off after a while.
  • Body – 8 – Light brown & amber with red notes when held to a light source.
  • Flavor – 10 – Strong smokiness throughout. Reminded us of a darker-roasted version of the Our Blend K-Cup.
  • Mouth Feel – 8 – Smooth overall with oily notes and a dry finish.
  • Coffee Drinker – This one’s a mixed bag… light roast drinkers might not like the smoky notes and acidic bite yet might still be intrigued enough to give this one a try as a stepping stone towards darker roasts while dark roast fans with be interested to give this a try as a lighter alternative to their usual coffees.

Overall Rating: 93 – Exceptional

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If we had to describe this in one sentence, we’d have to say "A darker-roasted version of the Our Blend K-Cup". That’s the only thing we kept thinking of when trying to compare this coffee to anything else in GMCR’s line-up. We think the dark roast fans who passed-up the Our Blend K-Cups might want to give this one a try. They might be surprised by what they find. Definitely a good solid choice for mornings or cold afternoons.

GMCR Vermont Country Blend Fair Trade 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 August 3, 2011 7:28 AM

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