January 3, 2013

Review: Club Coffee Inca Trail Single Cup Capsules

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We continue our review series of Club Coffee Single Cup Capsules today with their Club Coffee Inca Trail Single Cup Capsules.

Brewing these Single Cup Capsules resulted in mild smoky notes at first gave way to mild earthy notes tinged with faint cocoa hiding underneath. Things were starting to slightly deviate from the norm with previous Club Coffee flavors we've tried to date, so we started hoping flavor would yield something slightly different as well.

Despite being billed as a medium roast, body was dark reddish-brown & almost wine-like in color with small hues of yellow & orange which had a hard time piercing through when held in front of a light source. Acidity was pleasantly balanced and was smooth overall with light spikes of sour notes in the middle.

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Flavor did indeed surprise us as FINALLY we broke away from the drab bland notes of previous flavors in the lineup and were greeted with more oomph and substance this time around. Nice bits of smoky notes throughout were mingling with flavors of dark chocolate & even berry notes livening things up in the background. Uh... sorry Swiss Water Decaf... we think THIS is our new favorite in the lineup so far!

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Mouth feel was smooth overall and hit the right center point between watery & oily to yield a satisfying cup. Speaking of oily, aftertaste had notes of hickory with slight oily notes on the finish. This was turning out to be quite the improvement & we were liking every little bit of it.

  • Aroma - 7 - Mild smoky notes give way to more mild earthy notes tinged with faint cocoa scents underneath. Better than previous flavors in the lineup, but could have been slightly more pronounced.
  • Acidity - 8 - Nicely balanced overall with light spikes of sour notes in the middle. Not too weak, not too strong.
  • Body - 9 - We were thinking they should have labeled this a medium-bold as almost wine-like characteristics of dark reddish-brown yielded faint notes of yellow & orange which just barely poked through when held in front of a light source. Quite nice.
  • Flavor - 10 - Yes! At long last, we finally get some life bursting forth to excite our taste buds for change! More substantial smoky notes give way to notes of dark chocolate & lively berry notes in the background. Outstanding & quite enjoyable for a morning cup.
  • Mouth Feel - 10 - Very smooth overall finding a nice balance in between watery & oily. Smoky aftertaste with slight oily notes on the finish.
  • Coffee Drinker - This one should fit right in with medium and medium-bold coffee lovers alike. Those who prefer darker roasts might even want to check this out as a lighter alternative to their usual cup.

Overall Rating: 94 - Exceptional

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We were starting to think that we'd be in for more of the same with this Single Cup Capsule and were totally blown away by how different things were this time around. With 4 out of 6 flavors in the lineup being medium-roasts, we sure as hell weren't expecting such a massive change in characteristics as what we got in this flavor.

It was getting to a point where we were getting ready to dispel Club Coffee as yet another imitator of the single cup pod scene but they've proven they still have a few tricks up their sleeve & we regret our original assumptions now that we've given this flavor a try. It's right up there with their Swiss Water Decaf and is currently the one to beat in the lineup. It just remains to be seen if their dark roast offering will unseat the current Club Coffee champion. All things considered, they've certainly got our full attention now.

Club Coffee Inca Trail Single Cup Capsules will work in all Keurig K-Cup brewers and are available in 12-packs for $6.99 CAD at ECSCoffee.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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