Review: Folgers Gourmet Selections Morning Cafe K-Cups
Every once in a while, we stumble across something unexpected and discover rarities in the world of Single Serve Coffee like the Folgers Gourmet Selections Morning Cafe K-Cups we found recently at our local Target.
Brewing the Folgers Gourmet Selections Morning Cafe K-Cups resulted in very mild woodsy notes with faint hints of chocolate throughout. Compared to their Lively Colombian K-Cups, aroma was considerably weaker overall. Flavor yielded more notes of chocolate with slight notes of berries buried underneath. We were expecting some of the usual smoky or hickory notes, but we suppose we shouldn't have looked for them since there weren't any in the aroma. We can't help but feel things seemed rather flat and could have been perked up a bit by slightly stronger acidity.
Body was medium brown in color with shades of orange & red when held in front of a light source. Acidity was almost to the point of being non-existent... at first we didn't detect any but then some of the faint sour notes started coming through near the end. We think this really hinders this coffee since the weak acidity kills some of the liveliness of the flavors and just makes things fall flat. While some berry notes get revealed, other more lively citrus notes are missed. Mouth feel was smooth but rather on the watery side of things when compared to some of the other Folgers K-Cups in their line-up. Clean finish with a slight dark chocolate aftertaste.
- Aroma - 7 - Likely one of the mildest aromas we've experienced in a while. Very mild woodsy notes with faint hints of chocolate throughout. We were hoping for something a bit more pronounced.
- Acidity - 3 - This is what we consider to be the coffee's weak point. Too much and things go sour, too little and things fall flat. That's what happened here as the lack of acidity resulted in notes & flavors that felt dead and didn't pop as much as they could have.
- Body - 8 - Medium brown with notes of orange & red when held to a light source.
- Flavor - 7 - Primary notes of chocolate are mostly present with faint berry notes hiding underneath. We got some barely perceptible citrus notes near the end from the acidity, but overall the flavors felt rather flat. Slightly more acidity could have really worked wonders here. Despite that, chocolate & berries aren't that bad of a combo.
- Mouth Feel - 5 - Quite smooth but rather on the watery side overall. A possible side-effect of the low acidity?
- Coffee Drinker - This one is probably suited best for low acidity light roast fans who aren't too picky on flavors or mouth feel. If you're more accustomed to drinking flavored or medium roasts, you'd best stay away from this one as you'll probably walk away disappointed.
Overall Rating: 80 - Average
We were thoroughly impressed when Folgers released their Lively Colombian & Black Silk K-Cups, so our hopes were set quite high for this new flavor. We hadn't bothered trying a bag of the ground coffee version before, so we had no idea what to expect. While these K-Cups are a little too much on the lighter side of things for our liking, we still think those who don't like strong coffees will probably enjoy this as a daily use K-Cup and with light roasts typically having more caffeine content than dark roasts, we have to admit this got the job done and woke us out of our groggy morning haze. We think that's what Folgers was aiming for & in that regard, they didn't miss the mark.
Folgers Gourmet Selections Morning Cafe K-Cups will work in all Keurig brewers and are available in 18-packs for $10.99 USD at various Target retail locations across USA. You can also check them out across Canada at Target, other retail locations, and at Folgers.ca.
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 January 7, 2013 7:43 AM
Just to clarify a few things...
This review was written a while back and at the time, this was still a relatively new item. Now this flavor is available in most grocery stores across USA & Canada.
As for Target Canada, most stores won't be open until Fall-Winter 2013 with only a few stores in BC opening up this Spring (Target bought-out existing Zellers locations in Canada and are renovating them into Target stores).
You will very likely be able to obtain these K-Cups at Target Canada stores once they open.