May 28, 2013

Review: Brown Gold 100% Costa Rican Real Cups

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We couldn't find much info on Brown Gold's website to describe the company's history or beginnings, but the site does go on to mention that the goal of their Single Origin coffees is to allow tasters to experience the pure, untouched and unmodified flavor of the namesake region's coffee beans so that you get an idea of what that particular country/region has to offer since you're getting only coffee from that specific region... it's not blended with anything else. Today we check out the first flavor in Brown Gold's Real Cup line-up... Brown Gold 100% Costa Rican Real Cups.

Brewing these Real Cups resulted in light smoky notes blending with some very mild hints of cocoa & molasses buried underneath. Billed as a medium roast, flavor seemed more like a light roast as it was very mild & light tasting. We detected some light sour citrusy notes of oranges paired with some slight smoky flavors which had chocolate & molasses in the background. Acidity was more on the lighter side of things and was mostly noticed shortly after each sip then quickly dissipated to reveal the main flavors.

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Body was medium reddish-brown in color with sunburst shades of orange, red & yellow when held in front of a light source. Mouth feel was more on the watery side but the sour notes of the acidity & citrus flavors helped from letting things get washed away completely. We would have liked for something a bit more substantial, but given the mild nature of this coffee, we can sort of understand why things seemed so light. Finish was on the sweeter side with some slight citrusy notes at the top followed by mild smoky notes throughout the aftertaste.

  • Aroma - 8 - Light smoky notes appear in the aroma at first followed by very mild hints of cocoa & molasses buried underneath.
  • Acidity - 4 - More on the lighter side with a bit of a sour bite which reveals itself after each sip and quickly dissipates to give way to the main flavors.
  • Body - 8 - Medium reddish-brown with sunburst notes of orange, red & yellow when held to a light source.
  • Flavor - 7 - Very mild & light tasting with some light sour citrusy notes of oranges paired with slight smoky flavors tinged with hints of chocolate & molasses in the background.
  • Mouth Feel - 5 - More on the watery side of things but the sour notes from the acidity & citrus flavors hold things together. We were hoping for something more substantial but given the coffee's very mild & light nature, we can sort of understand this. Sweet finish with slight citrusy notes up top followed by mild smoky notes in the aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker - Suited best for light roast fans who prefer a very mild coffee with a bit of sour acidic bite to it and no strong or overbearing flavors. This one should suit the lightest of palates with its very mild & light profile overall.

Overall Rating: 82 - Average

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As with most brands in the Real Cup lineup, Brown Gold's parent company is Mother Parkers. We'll admit that on their own, Mother Parkers coffee wasn't anything out of the ordinary. It was the main coffee that McDonald's served throughout their Canadian locations in the 80s and 90s but it always seemed diluted and bland. We're not sure if Mother Parkers are also supplying the McCafe brand of coffee currently in use now but if so, they'd drastically improved over the years. Such can be said about the variety of brands available in the Real Cup series. You've got the introductory range with Martinson and the top of the line range with Marley Coffee and then you've got Brown Gold which seems to be fitting itself in-between. We've yet to try the other flavors in the line-up, but this flavor already outperforms the first flavored Martinson Real Cup we tried several months ago.

We also like the promotional contest Mother Parkers held in Canada recently as it was truly a unique and attention-grabbing event where they offered Canadians a chance to win a solid 1 ounce bar of pure gold with the tagline Go For The Gold as their TV ads kept claiming Brown Gold coffee was as good as gold in terms of taste & quality. Pretty creative & nifty way of drawing attention to a product brand if we say so ourselves, plus we love how they even integrated gold coloring into the Real Cups themselves by making the plastic gold-colored instead of the usual black color used for other Real Cup brands. It just remains to be seen if the rest of the flavors in Brown Gold's Real Cup series are worth their weight in gold.

Brown Gold 100% Costa Rican Real Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers and are available in Canada in 24-packs for $16.75 CAD or can be purchased individually for $0.89 CAD each at ECSCoffee.com. These Real Cups are also available in 24-packs for $13.45 USD at CoffeeOutlaw.com in USA and Amazon.com. Please also note that Real Cups will NOT work with Keurig Vue brewers.

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to thank ECS Coffee for supplying us with samples of these Real Cups for the purpose of this review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 28, 2013 6:48 AM
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