September 21, 2011

Review: Wolfgang Puck Rodeo Dr Blend K-Cups for Keurig Brewers

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Today we’re reviewing a K-Cup which "fell through the cracks", so to speak, back when we were doing our Wolfgang Puck K-Cup reviews. Sticking with our "better late than never" mantra, today we’re reviewing Wolfgang Puck Rodeo Dr Blend K-Cups. Note we did review the coffee pod version of this way back in 2005 and it was called Rodeo Light.

Brewing these K-Cups did not really result in much of an aroma. There was a bit of subdued earthiness at first, then once the brewing process was over, any note of an aroma vanished. We found that even the brewed cup itself didn’t have much of a residual aroma to it and were really forcing ourselves to find anything of note. Rather disappointing to be honest.

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Billed as a medium roast, things seemed to be all over the place. Flavor didn’t really have anything going for it other than a very faint hint of dark chocolate and overall, everything just tasted badly burnt. We hate to say it, but it almost reminded us of old road trip visits to mom & pop Diners where they forgot the coffee on the burner for a while and neglected to brew a fresh pot (We’ll forego the obvious Tim Hortons pun at this point less we want to be pelted with left-over Tim-Bits).

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Body was medium brown in color with shades of red when held to a light source. Acidity was one of the only redeeming qualities of this K-Cup as it was surprisingly well-balanced against the burnt chaos surrounding it. Mouth feel was smooth at first but gave way to a somewhat oily, almost bitter finish.

  • Aroma – 6 – Subdued earthiness, no discernible strong aromas present.
  • Acidity – 9 – This coffee’s one redeeming quality. Acidity seemed well-balanced overall.
  • Body – 7 – Medium brown with notes of red when held to a light source.
  • Flavor – 6 – Nothing of note here. Faint hints of dark chocolate but things seemed mostly burnt overall.
  • Mouth Feel – 6 – Smooth at first but gives way to an oily, almost bitter finish.
  • Coffee Drinker – Maybe light roast drinkers might be curious enough to give this one a try. Not really on-par with most of the medium roasts we’ve tried before though.

Overall Rating: 84 - Average

Wow… if we’re supposed to base things off of this K-Cup’s namesake, we’d have to say Chef Puck took a wrong turn down Rodeo Dr. someplace and landed up on the bad side of the train tracks. Definitely not what we were expecting. Ah well, everyone has different tastes and maybe there might be some people out there who prefer the nature of this K-Cup. In our opinion though, we’d advise to try samples (if possible) before committing to a full box.

Wolfgang Puck Rodeo Dr Blend K-Cups will work in all Keurig models and are available in 24-pack boxes for $14.39 USD at and $18.49 CAD.

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.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 21, 2011 7:43 AM

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