August 16, 2012

Review: Club Coffee Swiss Water Decaf Single Cup Capsules

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We continue our review series of Club Coffee Single Cup Capsules today with their Club Coffee Swiss Water Decaf Single Cup Capsules.

Brewing these Single Cup Capsules resulted in very mild smoky notes with hints of chocolate underneath. We’re still holding out hope that Club Coffee’s darker roasts will have more pronounced aromas, but man… so far, we’re rather disappointed with what we’ve seen in the lineup’s lighter roasts. It’s almost as if you need to be standing directly over your Keurig during brewing in order to get any aromas. This shouldn’t need to be the case.

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Body was again medium reddish-brown in color with shades of red when held in front of a light source (at least they’re consistent in that aspect). Club Coffee claims this is their decaf version of their 100% Colombian Single Cup Capsule, but the acidity here is greatly improved in comparison. Whereas the 100% Colombian had a tangy, almost harsh bite, the Swiss water decaffeination process helps mellow things out considerably this time around. You still get a bit of a sour bite at first, but it quickly mellows to a nice smooth balance afterwards. Now THIS is more like it! Dare we say it? Is it even possible? Could we actually PREFER a decaf version instead of a regular version? GASP!


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Flavor was aided by the reduced acidity for a change as we detected a greater presence of chocolate notes, some faint tinges of molasses and a barely perceptible amount of smoke in the background. It’s just amazing how this decaf process has completely turned this Single Cup Capsule on its head. Mouth feel was smooth and didn’t seem as watered-down as the regular version. The finish was clean instead of dry and gone were the bitter notes in the aftertaste, instead replaced by very slight smoky notes.


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  • Aroma – 6 – Rather mild smoky notes at first which give way to faint hints of chocolate underneath. Still not as pronounced as we’d like.
  • Acidity – 10 – By far this coffee’s strongest point. Unlike the 100% Colombian, the sour notes are only mildly present at first sip and quickly mellow out to a nice smooth cup which allows the previously hidden flavors to shine through.
  • Body – 8 – Medium reddish-brown with shades of red when held in front of a light source. This has been consistent across the Club Coffee lineup so far.
  • Flavor – 8 – Wow… we actually TASTE something instead of gobs of sour notes! Mostly notes of chocolate in the foreground with faint smoky notes hiding underneath. Considerably improved over the regular version.
  • Mouth Feel – 8 – Again, improved over the regular version. More substantially smooth and not as watered-down. Clean finish with slight smoky notes in the aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker – Recommended for light roast fans who prefer a slightly stronger tasting decaf. Casual medium roast fans will probably enjoy this too. We’d also recommend this to anyone looking for a decent tasting decaf to take at night before bedtime.

Overall Rating: 90 – Exceptional

As we’ve been rambling on during this review, this coffee employed the Swiss Water decaffeination process… something which hasn’t been vastly used for most decaf K-Cups to date. Now that we’ve seen what it can achieve, we’re sorry more manufacturers don’t bother using this process. 100% chemical free, this process uses a combination of green coffee extract (GCE) and carbon filters to extract up to 99.9% caffeine content from the coffee bean before it’s roasted. You can check out all the details on SwissWater.com and will discover that the word Swiss is a bit of a misnomer as the water is actually taken from mountain springs in British Columbia Canada. Huh… interesting.

If you’re wondering whether or not the decaf process in this Single Cup Capsule is legit, the packaging bears the Decaf Defined Swiss Water Decaf seal of certification. It was nice to see that something we weren’t expecting to stand out actually did the exact opposite. We didn’t think a decaf would be the best flavor out of Club Coffee’s lineup but until we get around to trying the darker roasts, we’d have to say this is the clear winner so far and our favorite of the bunch. Definitely worth a try at only $6.99 CAD per 12-pack & we’d recommend giving it a shot if you want a decent tasting cup without the caffeine kick for evening consumption.

Club Coffee Swiss Water Decaf Single Cup Capsules will work in all Keurig K-Cup brewers and are available in 12-packs for $6.99 CAD atECSCoffee.com. 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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