May 29, 2013

Review: Brown Gold 100% Peruvian Real Cups

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We continue our Brown Gold Real Cup review series today by checking out the 2nd flavor in their line-up... Brown Gold 100% Peruvian Real Cups.

Brewing these Real Cups resulted in mild smoky notes appearing with subtle notes of chocolate throughout with some faint earthiness in the background. Billed as a medium roast, flavor seemed on the sour side as the first thing you notice is a strong sour bite which seems to linger for a bit, but it eventually gives way to more smoky & chocolaty notes buried underneath.

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Acidity was likely the cause of the sour bite in the flavor and was obviously on the strong side. It was so strong that it almost masked the flavors hiding in the coffee and to be honest, we would have preferred if it had been toned down a bit. We can't say we've had too many single-origin Peruvian coffees before, so maybe the high acidity is just in this coffee's nature & not a fault of the roasting process.

Body was a dark brown tinged with amber in color with strong shades of red & orange when held in front of a light source. Mouth feel seemed somewhat smooth despite the blaring acidity but was still on the verge of being watery. Finish was leaning towards the sweeter side with mostly faint chocolate notes throughout the aftertaste.

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  • Aroma - 8 - Mild smoky notes up front with subtle notes of chocolate & some faint earthiness in the background.
  • Acidity - 2 - Rather strong overall which creates an overly sour taste which lingers in the coffee and makes it difficult to discern the primary flavors buried underneath. It's the main weak point of the coffee. The only reason it doesn't score a 0 is because we still managed to find the main flavors after a while.
  • Body - 7 - Dark brown tinged with amber in color with some strong shades of red & orange when held in front of a light source.
  • Flavor - 4 - Overly sour with a bitterness that remains and lingers around for a while before finally giving way to some faint smoky & chocolaty flavors buried underneath. Really wish the acidity were toned down more so the flavors could take center stage here.
  • Mouth Feel - 5 - Somewhat smooth despite the blaring acidity but still on the verge of being deemed watery. Finish seemed on the sweeter side with mostly faint chocolate notes throughout the aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker - Suited best for those who like overly sour coffees... seriously... you could almost call this "unsweetened coffee lemonade" if you were so inclined.

Overall Rating: 76 - Fair

What can we say? We were just taken aback by how sour this coffee turned out to be and if this is what most 100% Peruvian coffee is like, we're not exactly sure we'd be up for a trip in that direction anytime soon. It's understandable that sometimes acidity in coffee can add a sour touch, but when you have to start wondering if concentrated lemon juice was part of the ingredients list, you know something's not quite right.

There are good ways of implementing acidity (wherein it helps the flavors, helps mouth feel, etc.) and then there are bad ways (wherein it's so strong you lose most flavors, makes mouth feel watery, etc.). Unfortunately, we'd have to say the latter is the case here with this 100% Peruvian coffee as the acidity is the main sticking point which just (literally) left a sour taste in our mouth. Despite this fact, maybe there are some select groups of users who actually like super sour coffees? If so, they should probably enjoy this one. As for us, we think we'll wait to see what the remainder of Brown Gold's 100% single origin line-up has to offer.

Brown Gold 100% Peruvian Real Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers and are available in Canada in 24-packs for $16.99 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 29, 2013 5:43 AM
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