May 18, 2012

Review: San Francisco Bay French Roast OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs

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We continue our series of San Francisco Bay K-Cup Pods (a.k.a. "OneCups") today with their San Francisco Bay French Roast K-Cup Pods. Much like their decaf version, brewing these K-Cup Pods resulted in rich smoky aromas with notes of milk chocolate… yes, MILK chocolate. We were a bit surprised to see a deviation from the norm of dark chocolate aromas which seemed predominant in most dark roasts, so this was a nice & pleasant alternative. Billed as a dark roast, flavor was earthy & smoky with predominant dark chocolate notes up front with faint notes of molasses in the background. We also detected a slight oily taste near the finish, but it wasn’t distracting at all. We found it was kind of an odd pairing between aroma & flavor since we got scents of milk chocolate while having flavors of dark chocolate. Regardless, we liked this subtle nuance & found it make for an interesting cup.

Body was dark brown in color with shades of red when held in front of a light source. It was almost reminiscent of a dark merlot. Acidity was a bit different from the decaf as it almost seemed like there was none on the first sip, then it lit up like a habanero as it exploded out of nowhere from the background. We liked the delayed effect and thought it followed-through nicely into the finish. Despite the blast, it wasn’t overbearingly strong at all and kept things nice & lively. Mouth feel remained smooth throughout and wasn’t watery at all, we didn’t detect any oily characteristics either until the aftertaste where some faint oily notes showed up along with more flavors of dark chocolate mixed with light smoky hickory. We enjoyed how the oils only appeared in the aftertaste as it just further aided in creating an exceptionally smooth experience.

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  • Aroma – 10 – Lots of smoke, but surprisingly enough, notes of MILK chocolate were present. This “twist” helped earn it an extra point as it certainly wasn’t what we were expecting & made for a nice change from the norm.
  • Acidity – 10 – A delayed reaction blast which comes out of nowhere & keeps things lively throughout. Superb.
  • Body – 9 – Dark brown with dark red notes when held in front of a light source. Much akin to a deep merlot.
  • Flavor – 10 – Much like the decaf, earthy & smoky with mostly dark chocolate dominating the cup with faints notes of molasses in the background.
  • Mouth Feel – 10 – Super smooth throughout, not watery or oily at all. Faint oily notes on the aftertaste which consisted mostly of dark chocolate and light smoky hickory.
  • Coffee Drinker – Medium Roast Extra Bold fans will probably enjoy this as will casual dark roast fans. A must try for French Roast fans. If you liked the decaf version, you’ll definitely like this.

Overall Rating: 99 – Excellent


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With the outstanding performance of its decaf version, we had big expectations for this regular version and we’re glad to see it didn’t disappoint. Things were so closely matched that we had a hard time telling some of the differences apart. The only thing that really stood out was the aroma of milk chocolate which earned it an extra point. Other than that, both the decaf & the regular are excellently matched in almost every way. We absolutely LOVE that since it means we can enjoy the regular version during the day and enjoy an almost identical experience with the decaf at night. Hats off to Rogers Family Company for being able to achieve this. Overall, a really great French Roast which should not be missed. At only $6.99 for a 12-pack, it’s a bargain for which we highly recommend giving a try.

San Francisco Bay French Roast OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs will work in all Keurig brewers and are available in 12-packs for $6.99 USD via Gourmet-Coffee.com. Canadians can also order these K-Cup Pods for $6.99 CAD via TweedandHickory.com

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to note we purchased a box of these K-Cup Pods on our own for the purpose of this review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 18, 2012 7:28 AM

Recent Comments

You forgot the most important features of this coffee.

Costco sells cases of 80 for $25.99, compared to their Newman's or Tully's 80 K-cups cartons for $37.99. So Rogers OneCup pods at 38 cents each is quite a bargin, not to mention it eliminates most of the plastic.

What a deal. I only use OneCup pods now!


Posted by: sinclair cohen at May 21, 2012 10:17 AM
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