August 26, 2011

Review: Folgers Gourmet Selections Lively Colombian K-Cups

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You’ve seen the TV commercials over the years, you’ve seen the old magazine ads and for most of us, our parents lived off of this brand and still do to this day. We’re sure you remember the iconic jingle too… “The best part of waking up… is Folgers in your cup”. Indeed, today we’re finally reviewing the new Folgers K-Cups and decided to kick things off with their Folgers Gourmet Selections Lively Colombian K-Cups.

According to the wiki article about the company, Folgers started out way back in 1850 as the Pioneer Steam Coffee and Spice Mills Company which was based out of San Francisco and was later acquired and renamed by James A. Folger in 1872.

Over the decades, the company quickly grew to be one of the biggest coffee brands in America and changed hands from Proctor & Gamble to today’s current owner, the J.M. Smucker Co. (yep, the same folks who make the namesake jam). Quite an interesting bit of history behind the brand which only helps reinforce the idea that this is indeed quite a well-established brand. Folgers is pretty much to coffee what Chevrolet is to American automobiles.

Brewing these K-Cups yielded identical aromas of the traditional regular grind coffee we grew up on, so things were off to a good start. The scent was lively indeed as strong citrusy notes mingled with light hickory aromas in the background. That familiar aroma you’ve come to enjoy over the years was certainly intact.

Billed as a medium roast, flavor was on-par with the regular grind coffee (no surprise since the contents of these K-Cups is virtually the same). Citrus notes from the aroma carried through the Colombian coffee and melded into a nice satisfying blend that had a slight smokiness on the finish. As with the regular grind version, we’re sure this K-Cup would have held up fairly well to a bit of cream & sugar.

Body was an amber/medium brown in color with dark shades of red when held to a light source. Acidity was identical to the regular grind with a nice lively bite that kept things interesting without being too overpowering. Nicely balanced overall. Mouth feel was smooth with a clean finish, just like we remembered before our single serve coffee days.

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  • Aroma – 10 – Spot-on with the original regular grind version. Lively citrus aromas mingle with a tinge of smoky hickory notes in the background.
  • Acidity – 10 – Lively enough to keep things interesting yet well-balanced enough that it wasn’t overpowering. Just the way we like it.
  • Body – 9 – Amber/medium brown in color with notes of dark red when held to a light source. Reminded us of the red plastic tubs we’ve grown up with in our kitchen cupboards.
  • Flavor – 10 – “Lively Colombian” indeed! The citrus & hickory notes from the aroma carried through in the flavor. Spot-on with the regular grind variety.
  • Mouth Feel – 10 – Smooth with a clean finish. Same as regular grind variety.
  • Coffee Drinker – In what could be our biggest “no duh!” statement to date: If you like Folgers, you’re going to love this K-Cup. It’s a virtually identical match to the regular grind version. Best suited for medium roast fans who enjoy bright, citrusy Colombian coffees.

Overall Rating: 99 - Excellent

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So, did Folgers succeed in creating a K-Cup version of their iconic coffee? Most certainly beyond the shadow of any doubt, they did. If we had to compare, we would not be able to tell the difference between a cup of Folgers produced with this K-Cup and a cup we made ourselves manually using a tub of their regular grind coffee. The best part about this K-Cup? You get the whole Folgers experience without any messy clean-up!

Our readers North of the border are now feeling the love as well since Folgers just released these K-Cups in Sobeys & Superstore/Loblaws grocery stores across Canada recently. If only more coffee roasters were Canuck-friendly like this, North America would be a happier place. We think Folgers knocked it out of the park by partnering with Keurig and releasing their coffees in K-Cup format as they’re sure to be a hit once more people discover them. All we can say in conclusion? "The best part of waking up… is Folgers in your K-Cup!"

Folgers Gourmet Selections Lively Colombian K-Cups will work in all Keurig models and are available in 12-pack boxes at your local grocery store chains across America & Canada.

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to note that we purchased these K-Cups on our own 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 August 26, 2011 7:43 AM

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