October 19, 2011

Review: Dunkin Donuts Dunkin’ Dark Coffee K-Cups

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We continue our review of Dunkin Donuts’ series of K-Cups today with their Dunkin Donuts Dunkin’ Dark K-Cups.

Upon brewing these K-Cups, strong earthy notes fill the room and are much akin to the Dunkins Original Blend K-Cups we reviewed recently. Similar notes of molasses were hiding underneath but weren’t as prevalent as in the Original Blend. We also noted very faint hints of dark chocolate too. It was like a slightly stronger version of the Original Blend’s aroma and reminded us once again of stepping into our local Dunkins shop. Spot-on.

Acidity was much more pleasing this time around. It’s amazing to see how much of a difference a change in a roast profile can make. Say goodbye to the strong sour notes of the Original Blend and hello to the silky smooth, well-balanced notes of Dunkin’ Dark coffee. You won’t find anything getting in your way of enjoying the richer flavor this time around. We are very, VERY pleased at how this K-Cup turned out.


Billed as a dark roast (duh!), flavor was considerably richer & much more similar to what we’ve experienced in-shop. Smoky notes of hickory were blending perfectly with that characteristically unique signature Dunkin taste and giving way to molasses & dark chocolate notes throughout. No sour finish at all this time and we’ve got to admit that so far, this is our favorite Dunkin K-Cup in the entire line-up. Mouth feel was amazingly smooth without any sharp bite whatsoever. Only faint hints of oiliness on the finish with very faint bitter notes in the aftertaste. We can only guess that cream & sugar would blend nicely and help smooth things out even further.

  • Aroma – 10 – Once again, just like walking into your local Dunkin shop. Slightly stronger version of Original Blend’s aroma. Strong earthy notes blend with scents of molasses hiding underneath and very faint notes of dark chocolate.
  • Acidity – 10 – Wow… what a difference a darker roast can make! MUCH more pleasing than Original Blend. Well-balanced, very smooth with just enough strength to keep things lively on the back end. Considerably less sour notes this time around which lets you enjoy the richer flavor.
  • Body – 8 – Dark brown which gives way to dark red notes when held to a light source.
  • Flavor – 10 – Definitely our favorite Dunkin K-Cup so far. Smoky notes of hickory blend with hints of molasses & dark chocolate throughout. No sour finish at all, just a really satisfying dark roast much more similar to what’s available in-shop.
  • Mouth Feel – 10 – Smoooooooth! No sharp bite, didn’t seem too watery and only the faintest hints of oiliness on the finish. Very faint bitter notes in the aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker – If you’re a fan of Dunkin dark roast coffee, you’ll likely enjoy this. We are very pleased to say this one is more like what’s available in-shop and is quite similar to the regular grind variety available in grocery stores. Definitely recommended & our favorite Dunkin K-Cup so far. Not as strong as Dunkin Turbo coffee, but still pretty darn good nonetheless.

Overall Rating: 98 – Excellent

If you go into this thinking you’re getting the exact same coffee flavor you’ve grown to expect at a Dunkin shop, then surprise! For once, you are getting something which is pretty darn close, if not the same. We had our quips with the Original Blend K-Cups since they were just too different from what’s available in-shop, but this K-Cup is more on-target this time around. As we noted earlier, this dark roast isn’t anywhere near as strong as the Dunkin Turbo regular grind variety, but for recreating the Dunkin dark roast in-shop taste within a mess-free K-Cup? This can’t be beat and is well worth a trip to your local shop. After waiting for years to see Dunkin come out with their own K-Cups, we can safely claim they knocked this one out of the park.

As previously reported… Our Canadian Correspondent, SH, checked with a few Dunkin shops across Montreal, Quebec and they confirmed they’re in early negotiations to import Dunkin K-Cups into Canada soon. No further details were provided. Until then, Canadians will have to rely on American friends or relatives to ship them a box by mail.

Dunkin Donuts Dark Coffee K-Cups will work in all Keurig brewers and are available in 14-packs for $11.99 USD at most Dunkin Donuts coffee shops nation-wide. These K-Cups are not currently available in Canada, but may start appearing in Canadian Dunkin shops soon.

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 October 19, 2011 7:55 AM
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