Review: Vitamin Burst Acai Berry K-Cups
We have seen a virtual explosion of new products coming out of Keurig’s HQ lately and it looks like they have no intention of slowing down anytime soon (which is a good thing for our taste buds, but a painful thing for our wallets). Today we take a look at the first-ever single serve fruit drink for Keurig machines with the new Vitamin Burst Acai Berry K-Cups.
Much like the Green Mountain Naturals brand, Vitamin Burst is a new brand that Keurig created in-house and marks the first time a vitamin-enriched fruit drink has been made available for a mainstream single serve coffee machine (ok, there are probably competitors out there, but they’re not necessarily mainstream or commonly known yet). We like the concept & think it’s a category that’s long overdue for Keurig. Let’s find out how well this flavor stacks up.
Brewing these K-Cups resulted in HUGE aromas of acai, blueberry, grape and even raspberry notes which quickly filled the room and left us quite impressed & amazed. Flavor was simply unbelievable… we were floored. MASSIVE bursts of acai & blueberries up front with waves upon waves of grape & raspberries floating by in the background. We literally tasted EVERY FRUIT pictured on the packaging. AMAZING! We’ve reviewed hundreds of K-Cups over the years and we’ll go on record as stating this is likely the BEST TASTING K-Cup we’ve EVER seen produced out of a Keurig machine so far. Simply unreal.
We’d also like to note that pretty much all-natural ingredients were used throughout this K-Cup. A look at the packaging reveals there’s apple powder, dried grape puree, dried blueberries and acai juice powder to give the flavoring. Hmm… odd… we didn’t taste apples despite the apple powder being present, yet we DID taste rapsberries despite NO raspberry ingredients being present. What the heck? Ah well, these K-Cups tasted so great that we didn’t really mind and thought it best to leave this secret with the Green Mountain flavor wizards. Another added bonus is that natural sugar & stevia extract were used to sweeten things instead of sucralose which would have just ruined everything with a chemical taste, so hats off to Green Mountain on that decision.
Body was even spot-on with nice shades of bright purple with tinges of red throughout which matched the main acai berry & raspberry colors perfectly. We were a bit concerned that food coloring had been used to obtain this effect, but were pleasantly surprised to find out that black carrot extract & fruit juice were used instead. Way to keep it natural GMCR! Acidity from the fruit juices were expertly blended & balanced with the stevia & sugar to prevent anything from becoming too sour while pushing forth all the primary flavors up front. Mouth feel, despite this being essentially a fruit drink, was not overly watery but felt smooth & substantial instead. Then again, that’s likely because we damn near downed the entire cup in under a minute without giving the ice a chance to melt.
- Aroma – 10 – HUGE blasts of acai, blueberries, grapes & raspberries had everyone hovering over the machine during brewing. The only other way you’d get these aromas would be by blending all the fruits in a blender. Amazing & ever so spot-on.
- Acidity – 10 – You can definitely get the acidic nature of all the fruits present throughout the drink, but it’s so well-balanced by the stevia & sugar that it doesn’t make anything sour & just helps push forth the main flavors instead.
- Body – 10 – Brilliant shades of bright purple with tinges of red emulated the acai & raspberries pictured on the packaging perfectly. The fact that natural black carrot extract & fruit juice were used to achieve this instead of artificial food coloring just makes us love these K-Cups even more.
- Flavor – 11 – Screw it… if Nespresso can give Kazaar a 12 on a 10 scale, we can give this K-Cup an 11. We are NOT joking. MASSIVE burst of acai, grape, blueberries & even raspberries were swirling around in the cup. You mainly get the acai & blueberry notes at first, then nice waves of grape & raspberry follow through. Awesome!
- Mouth Feel – 10 – Despite essentially being a fruit drink loaded with ice, we didn’t find any bit of watery mouth feel whatsoever. Things just seemed more substantial than that, but that’s probably due to us downing the cup in record time before the ice even had a chance to melt.
Coffee Drinker – Obviously not a coffee, but if you enjoy fruit drinks & want to up your vitamin intake, you’ll definitely want to give these a try. Best suited for those who like fruit drinks. This can only be described as Brewing a Snapple into your cup.
Overall Rating: 100 – EXCELLENT!
This is insane. NEVER in a million years did we ever think we’d be enjoying iced fruit drinks from a Keurig machine. It seemed the thing of myths & something that could only be dreamed of but never achieved. What shocked us the most was just how GOOD these K-Cups turned out to be. We were thinking they’d be mildly flavored or that we wouldn’t be getting all the tastes of the fruits pictured on the box, etc. but are we ever glad that’s not the case. We’re almost ashamed to say this, but we think we might just enjoy these K-Cups more than any iced coffee K-Cup we’ve had in the past. Have we lost our minds? Did we forget to unplug the machine before cleaning it and fry our brains with 120 volts? To be honest, we don’t care if we seem crazy. We are head over heels in love with these new K-Cups & can’t find one single thing wrong with them.
They smell great, they taste great, they look great, the packaging design is trendy/up to date and they even pack a good chunk of vitamins in every K-Cup, so what’s not to love? Just how many vitamins are in these things? Well, a quick look at the nutritional label shows that each K-Cup has the following daily recommended values: 40% Vitamin C, 20% Niacin, 20% Vitamin B6, 20% Vitamin B12 and 20% Pantothenic Acid. Pretty impressive in our opinion compared to some of the other ready-to-drink options sold at your local convenience store.
We also like the fact that stevia extract & natural sugar were used to sweeten the drink instead of sucralose and that pretty much all of the ingredients are natural. The best part of this whole experience? We’ve still got the Strawberry Pomegranate K-Cup which we haven’t reviewed yet and man, if it’s anything as good as this K-Cup was, we’ll be blasting through a box in no time. Everyone at the Single Serve Coffee kitchens agree: These K-Cups come very, very, VERY highly recommended!
Vitamin Burst Acai Berry K-Cups will work in all Keurig brewers and are available in 24-packs for $17.49 USD ($15.74 member price) exclusively at Keurig.com. These K-Cups are not currently available in Canada.
A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to thank Green Mountain for supplying us with samples for the purpose of this review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at August 27, 2012 8:23 AM