August 7, 2012

Review: Club Coffee 100% Colombian Single Cup Capsules

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We continue our review series of Club Coffee Single Cup Capsules today with their Club Coffee 100% Colombian Single Cup Capsules.

Brewing these Single Cup Capsules resulted in faint notes of hickory blended with even fainter notes of mild spices underneath with a bit of earthiness in the background. Once again, the past few Club Coffee offerings we've tried have had rather weak aromas, so we hope such won't be the case with their darker roasts once we give those a try.


Body was medium reddish-brown in color with shades of red when held in front of a light source. Acidity was strong enough to be noticeable and lent an overall sour taste to the coffee but wasn't too overbearing. Flavor yielded some hickory notes and the tangy acidity seemed to be masking some faint molasses notes underneath. Mouth feel seemed smooth but was bordering on watery with a faint oily tinge on the finish with a dry, almost bitter aftertaste.

  • Aroma - 7 - Mild notes of hickory with even milder notes of spices hiding underneath. At least things started off a bit interesting.
  • Acidity - 5 - The word tangy is a bit of an understatement as while things weren't too overbearing, the acidity lent a rather sour taste throughout the cup and was masking some flavors.
  • Body - 8 - Medium reddish-brown with more shades of red when held in front of a light source.
  • Flavor - 5 - Some hickory notes up front but acidity seemed to be masking some molasses notes underneath. We unfortunately didn't detect any of the spicy notes from the aroma.
  • Mouth Feel - 6 - Smooth but bordering on watery with a faint oily tinge in the finish. Dry, almost bitter aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker - It's billed as a medium roast, but seemed more on the lighter side of things to us. Casual coffee drinkers & those who aren't too picky will probably like this. Traditional medium roast fans may be left disappointed. If you like sour notes, you'll likely enjoy this coffee.

Overall Rating: 81 - Average


When reviewing unflavored coffees, it's always difficult to discern individual notes, flavors & aromas in each cup and to tell the difference between them since most always seem similar. You see "100% Colombian", you expect certain notes to be present, but such wasn't the case here. We're not sure why aromas have been so weak with the lighter roasts... you certainly get a good whiff of coffee when you first open the sealed bag, yet the final cups have been somewhat lackluster so far. In Club Coffee's defense, we have yet to try their stronger roasts, so maybe they've still got a few surprises up their sleeves just yet.

As for this Single Cup Capsule, if you're looking for acidic & sour notes, you won't be disappointed, if you're looking for balanced & complex blends of aromas & flavors, you might be out of luck. We really like the resealable bags these things come in, but we're sad to say that's the only thing that's been our favorite feature so far. Although it may see we're harshing on these reviews, we're just trying to be 100% unbiased and calling it as it is. There were some One Cups in Rogers Family Coffee Company's lineup which weren't the best of the bunch, and we didn't shy away from calling them out on it then, so we won't make any exceptions for Club Coffee's lineup either.

There are still a few more flavors left which we've yet to review, so we're hoping the best is yet to come. At just $6.99 CAD for a 12-pack, you won't exactly break the bank if you decide to order a bag and try them out for yourself.

Club Coffee 100% Colombian Single Cup Capsules will work in all Keurig K-Cup brewers and are available in 12-packs for $6.99 CAD These Single Cup Capsules are not currently available in USA (at least we couldn't find any American online retailers).

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to thank ECS Coffee Inc. for supplying us with samples for the purpose of this review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at August 7, 2012 7:55 AM
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