Review: The Original Donut Shop Coffee Sweet & Creamy Regular Iced Coffee K-Cups
We kick things off with what has to be the most ridiculously long name for a K-Cup we've seen in ages... wow... lots of words to try & cram into a title there, so we'll simply refer to them as "Sweet & Creamy Regular Iced Coffee K-Cups" for the remainder of this review. Most Brew Over Ice K-Cups recommend 6oz or 8oz settings but after noticing that this flavor used actual real ground coffee beans, we figured we'd go full tilt and use the larger 8oz setting to fill our iced beverage tumbler.
Brewing these K-Cups resulted in light smoky notes of hickory during brewing which quickly faded away afterwards & we even noticed a few tiny flecks of coffee grounds in the cup which proved there was indeed real ground coffee present here instead of instant coffee. Chalk that up as a bonus for this flavor as we love getting the real deal vs. instant whenever possible.
Body was light beige brown just like you'd expect after adding creamer to iced coffee & was spot-on in our opinion. Acidity was the only truly major downfall of this coffee as it was just so light that it made things seem rather watery. Then again, that could have been our fault since we used the 8oz setting instead of 6oz, yet we're thinking the smaller size would have only yielded a small margin of improvement. We couldn't help but think things would be washed-out completely once the ice started melting.
Flavor was rather light-tasting for our liking and we wished it would have been stronger like some of the previous coffee-only Brew Over Ice K-Cups we've reviewed in the past. Again, using the 6oz setting might have yielded better results, but we only had 1 single sample K-Cup which was sent to us, so we couldn't re-test anything a 2nd time. We really wish Keurig would post recommended brew sizes right on their product pages such as "6oz recommended for strongest flavor" or something of the sort in order to avoid confusing users as to which brew size would be best for each flavor. We did get the Sweet & Creamy notes from the namesake, so that earned it some extra points but mouth feel seemed bordering on watery vs. creamy overall.
- Aroma - 7 - Light smoky notes during brewing which quickly fade away in the final cup. Was nice while it lasted.
- Acidity - 5 - This is what we consider to be the coffee's weak point. Acidity was just too weak and made things rather watery. Considering there's a cup full of ice mixed in with this, things will surely get washed out if you let the ice melt too much.
- Body - 10 - Light beige brown just like you'd expect with creamer added-in. Spot-on opaque color.
- Flavor - 7 - A little too "light" for our preference but it did live up to its namesake as it was indeed sweet and somewhat creamy. We suppose using the 6oz instead of 8oz setting might have helped things somewhat. We appreciate real coffee being used here instead of instant powder.
- Mouth Feel - 7 - You do get a sense of smooth creamy feel here but it's on the watery side of things and will only get more watered down when the ice melts.
- Coffee Drinker - If you enjoy light-tasting coffees and usually go for iced coffee beverages, you'll probably enjoy this. Fans of stronger tasting iced coffees may want to stay away from this one and use some of the other coffee-only Brew Over Iced flavors from Green Mountain instead.
Overall Rating: 86 - Good
We've seen previous all-in-one K-Cups before but they usually used powdered ingredients, so we were rather interested to see how a similar all-in-one K-Cup would fare when using real ground coffee instead. While we were somewhat pleased with the final results, we still think they could stand to tweak things a bit further to achieve a stronger coffee taste which would hold up to ice a bit better. The creamer & sweetener they used did work rather well overall though.
Despite those issues, this is still a rather enjoyable K-Cup which lives up to its namesake and if we get further samples, we'll make sure to try the smaller 6oz setting next time to see if things go any better. Things are light enough that casual coffee drinkers might prefer this vs. the stronger flavors that are already on the market, plus with ECS Coffee offering our readers North of the border an unbeatable trial price of only 89 cents per K-Cup, we're sure they won't mind giving this one a try during their next K-Cup order.
As far as we're aware, they're the ONLY Canadian online retailer offering this flavor, so Kudos to them for sharing the coffee love in that regard. With the recent heat waves pounding down on the Eastern seaboard lately, we'll take any kind of refreshment we can get & we think this K-Cup is a pretty good choice to beat the heat. We also found it rather odd that Coffee People didn't have their logo/branding anywhere on the box... hmm... maybe they didn't want to make the insanely long name any longer & to be honest, our cramped fingers think that's a good thing.
The Original Donut Shop Coffee Sweet & Creamy Regular Iced Coffee K-Cups will work in all Keurig brewers and are available in 22-packs for $16.49 USD ($14.84 USD Member Price) at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Canadians can order 22-packs for $17.99 CAD at ECSCoffee.com.
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 a sample for the purpose of this review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 5, 2012 7:26 AM