October 1, 2012

Review: Dunkin Donuts Mocha K-Cups for Keurig Brewers

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It’s been a while since Dunkin Donuts released a new K-Cup and since some of their flavored varieties have been hit or miss in the past, we were cautiously optimistic when we heard they’d be coming out with a limited edition flavor during the summer months. Today we take a look at Dunkin Donuts Mocha K-Cups.

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in strong blasts of chocolate aromas which quickly filled the room and quashed any doubt we had about these K-Cups being able to produce anything chocolaty. The weirdest thing though? We could have sworn we even detected faint notes of raisins hiding underneath. Yes, raisins! That has GOT to be a Single Serve Coffee first. Flavor was thankfully not raisin-like but moreso on-par with the aroma as we got the acidity’s sour notes which brought the coffee flavor to the foreground and then as we neared the end, we got a decent hit of chocolate flavor in the background.

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Body was medium brown in color with shades of orange & red when held in front of a light source. Acidity was a key factor in bringing the main coffee flavor forward but balanced enough to allow the mild chocolate notes to come through in the end. Mouth feel was smooth with a dry finish that had chocolate notes in the aftertaste. Overall, chocolate was present pretty much throughout the entire cup in some form or another.

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Aroma – 10 – Huge blasts of chocolate filled the room during brewing and even though we got quite the oddball scent of mild raisins underneath, there was so much chocolate wafting about that it didn’t detract from the main aroma at all.

Acidity – 8 – Leaning a bit more on the sour/citrusy side but necessary to bring forth the coffee flavor, otherwise all we’d be getting is chocolate.

Body – 8 – Medium brown with notes of orange & red when held to a light source.

Flavor – 9 – You definitely get chocolate notes in the background but the first thing you notice is the sour notes of the acidity that allow you to get the coffee flavors first before the chocolate settles in. Some people might be taken aback by that initial sour bite in the beginning.

Mouth Feel – 9 – Smooth overall with a dry finish & chocolate notes in the aftertaste.

Coffee Drinker – Suited best for chocolate lovers who enjoy citrusy acidity in their coffees. Some folks claim Dunkins K-Cups don’t taste anything like the coffee you get in-store and while we’d have a slight tendency to agree, we still think these are the next best thing.

Overall Rating: 94 – Exceptional

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So, do these K-Cups smell like chocolate? Yep. Do they taste like chocolate? Yep. So by those aspects alone, this is a pretty decent mocha K-Cup on Dunkin Donuts’ behalf. The only sticking point which just about everyone has with these K-Cups is that they’re only sold in Dunkin Donuts’ retail locations and can’t be ordered online + the pricing is a bit on the steep side since you only get 14 K-Cups for $11.99 compared to most stores like Target selling 18-packs of other Keurig brands for $1.00 or $2.00 less. Ah well, at least it’s not too much of an inconvenience since we usually only buy 1 box at a time which lasts us quite a while and there’s a Dunkins on almost every street corner in America, even in small towns.

Some people might complain that the taste doesn’t seem authentic enough and hey, that’s to be expected. Dunkins doesn’t hide the fact that they didn’t use real cocoa powder in these K-Cups since the packaging/label clearly state Artificially Flavored. We didn’t mind it and thought it tasted pretty damn good compared to some of their previous flavors. Another thing that has us quite happy is the fact that Dunkins’ website has a blurb that states to be on the lookout for seasonal and limited time offerings as well. We already know they’ve got seasonal flavors for their bags of ground coffee (their 2 most recent being Strawberry Shortcake & Toasted Almond) but we have yet to see a seasonal flavor appear in K-Cup format.

Could those 2 flavors soon be available as K-Cups? Maybe we’ll see Dunkins’ Mocha Mint, Vanilla Nut & Pumpkin Spice K-Cups this fall/winter? Only time will tell, but if they’re anything like these Mocha K-Cups, we can’t wait. As for our friends in Canada, they’ll have to take a trip south of the border or get friends & relatives to ship them a box via snail mail if they want to give this particular flavor a try.

We do have a small bit of good news for Canadians who happen to live near one of the few Dunkins Canada locations spread-out mostly around the Montreal area of Quebec… our Canadian Correspondent SH checked with a few locations and they confirmed they’re now selling 14-packs of Dunkin Donuts Original Blend K-Cups and Dunkin Donuts Decaf K-Cups for $11.99 CAD. So while a greater portion of the flavors appear to be USA-only, at least 2 have started being sold in Canada and it appears the pricing hasn’t been marked-up at all.

Dunkin Donuts Mocha K-Cups will work in all Keurig K-Cup brewers and are available for a limited time in 14-packs for $11.99 USD at participating Dunkin Donuts retail locations across USA. These K-Cups are not available in Canada.

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

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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 1, 2012 7:43 AM

Recent Comments

I am really enjoying these k cups plus the new pumpkin spice kcups. I enjoy the DD pumpkin spice k cups over tHe Green Mtn blend.


Posted by: Amy at October 1, 2012 4:06 PM

I bought the pumpkin spice ones, and I think they're horrible. Curious to see your review though.


Posted by: jubrand at October 1, 2012 11:58 AM

UPDATE: Dunkins announced a few weeks ago that they're releasing a Limited Edition Pumpkin Coffee K-Cup. So yes, more Seasonals/Limited Editions appear to definitely be on the way :-)


Posted by: SH at October 1, 2012 9:55 AM
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