August 9, 2013

Martinson Dark Roast Coffee Real Cups Review for Keurig K-Cup Brewers



We continue our Martinson Real Cup review series today with their Martinson Dark Roast Real Cups. So far we've been reviewing mostly light & medium roast flavors in the line-up, so we were interested to see how their darker roasted flavors would turn out.

Brewing these Real Cups resulted in strong smoky aromas that quickly filled the room and upon closer inspection, we also noticed scents of dark chocolate with an earthy background. Flavor was again a nice mix of smoky flavors blended with dark chocolate notes throughout along with mild cereal notes hiding underneath. Acidity was a lot better balanced than previous offerings in the line-up as you get a very mild sour note on first sip which quickly gives way to the main flavors of the coffee. As a result, the main flavors don't get covered-up by the acidity yet there's enough liveliness going on in the background to prevent things from falling flat.


Body was dark brown in color tinged with amber notes around the edges with shades of orange & red when held in front of a light source. Mouth feel was silky smooth without any watery hints at all. Finish was on the sweeter side with more chocolate notes tinged with mild smoke in the aftertaste. Overall, this is one of the best flavors we've seen so far for Martinson.

  • Aroma - 10 - Strong smoky aromas characteristic to a dark roast blended with notes of dark chocolate which had an earthy background.
  • Acidity - 10 - The best balanced acidity we've seen in the Martinson line-up yet. Very mild sour note on first sip quickly disappears to reveal the full flavors of the coffee while maintaining a perfect liveliness which prevents things from going flat.
  • Body - 10 - Dark brown tinged with amber notes on the edges with notes of orange & red when held to a light source.
  • Flavor - 10 - While some would claim it's not strong enough, we appreciated a slightly lighter tasting blend of smoke and dark chocolate which had mild hints of cereal notes in the background. Not as strong as a Starbucks or extra bold yet definitely not a medium roast flavor by any stretch.
  • Mouth Feel - 10 - Super smooth throughout without any watery or oily texture whatsoever. Superb overall.
  • Coffee Drinker - If you're tired of super-strong dark roasts which seem overly burnt, then this is a perfect match for you. This lighter tasting dark roast should please those who are looking for a dark roast flavor profile without super strong flavors or overly sour acidity. Makes for an outstanding alternative to the usual fare.

Overall Rating: 100 - Excellent


We were starting to wonder just how hit or miss the Martinson series would be after only 1 outstanding flavor in the line-up so far, but with this particular dark roast flavor, we're glad to see we've found what is probably one of the best flavors if not THE best flavor of the bunch. While some dark roast aficionados will probably denounce this flavor as not being strong enough, we thought it struck a perfect balance of definitely classifying as a dark roast while not being anywhere near as strong as a conventional Starbucks or extra bold coffee. After seeing so many overly strong dark roast coffees on the market, this made for a nice, slightly lighter alternative which we think is a flavor bracket which needs to be improved upon in general. We're just glad to see that these Martinson Dark Roast Real Cups are setting the standard pretty high in those regards. Our favorite in the line-up, no doubt about it.

Martinson Dark Roast Real Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers and are available in Canada in 24-packs for $15.75 CAD or can be purchased individually for $0.89 CAD each at These Real Cups are also available in 24-packs for $13.99 USD at in USA. 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 note that these Real Cups were supplied by ECS Coffee for the purpose of this review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at August 9, 2013 8:15 AM
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