August 29, 2013

Dunkin Donuts Original Blend Iced Coffee K-Cups Review


Dunkin Iced Coffee K-Cups

A few months ago, Dunkin Donuts introduced a new iced version of their Original Blend by releasing Dunkin Donuts Original Blend Iced Coffee K-Cups. With the warmer weather of summer unfortunately coming to an end sooner than we'd like, we decided to check out these new K-Cups while they were still available during a recent stop at a local Dunkins shop.

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in the same strong earthy & smoky notes of Dunkins Original Blend which reminded us of walking into a Dunkins shop. Flavor (when taken black) was pretty much the same as well except things seemed slightly stronger than the Original Blend K-Cups. We got the earthy & smoky notes from the aroma and this even remained once cream & sugar were added. While it's not exactly 100% like what you'd get in a Dunkins shop, it's a pretty close runner-up.

Brewing Dunkin Iced K-Cups

Acidity gave a slight sour note at first but pretty much evened-out once cream & sugar were added. Body seemed on-par with the in-store variety as we got dark brown with slight amber shades on the edges with your typical light beige colors when cream & sugar were added. Mouth feel held up rather well considering the additional ice and only started feeling slightly on the watery side half-way through the cup. Finish was clean and yielded more smoky notes lingering around in the aftertaste.

  • Aroma - 10 - Pretty much identical to Dunkins Original Blend coffee. We got the same earthy & smoky notes that reminded us of being in a Dunkins shop.
  • Acidity - 7 - While acidity gave a slight sour note at first, it evened-out once we added cream & sugar. Would have been nice if we wouldn't have needed to do this, but given that most iced coffees are usually consumed with cream & sugar, we won't fault it too much.
  • Body - 10 - Fairly identical to what you get in-store with dark brown color tinges with shades of amber on the edges when taken black & typical light beige color when cream & sugar are added.
  • Flavor - 8 - When taken black, pretty much the same as Dunkins Original Blend except a slight bit stronger. We got the same earthy & smoky notes from the aroma as well. When taken with cream & sugar, the earthy & smoky notes still remain present. Not exactly 100% like what you'd get in-store, but it's a close second.
  • Mouth Feel - 9 - Held up surprisingly well considering the added ice and only started feeling a bit watery near the middle of the cup. Finish was clean with smoky notes lingering in the aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker - Suited for iced coffee drinkers who prefer to drink it black as long as you don't mind a slight sour note. If you take it with cream & sugar, it's a close second to what you'd get in a Dunkins shop, so if you like their iced coffee you'll likely enjoy this.

Overall Rating: 94 - Exceptional

While we're glad that Dunkins took the initiative to make their iced coffee available to Keurig users at home, we still can't help but think you're getting a better selection in-store depending on what size you choose to buy. You've got tons of flavor choices (the new Caramel Coconut Iced Coffee is insanely addictive) plus you can still choose to customize your drink however you want by opting to add or not to add cream & sugar, etc.  The only benefit of the K-Cups (and we never thought we'd be saying this) is the price since if you work out the per K-Cup cost ($11.99 divided into 14 servings), it works out to approx. $0.85 cents per serving which again, depending on which size you choose, can be considerably cheaper than buying iced coffee in-store at your local Dunkins.

Dunkin Iced k-cup brewed beverage

We'd LOVE to see them release Caramel Coconut Iced Coffee K-Cups but we have a feeling that won't be coming anytime soon (despite the confusing comment about available in a variety of flavors noted on their website), so that taken into consideration, we still think this is a decent addition to the Dunkins K-Cup line-up. Give them a try if you're so inclined and judge for yourself.

Dunkin Donuts Original Blend Iced Coffee K-Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers and are available in most Dunkins shops in USA in 14-packs for $11.99 USD. These K-Cups are not currently available in Canada. Please also note that K-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 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 August 29, 2013 8:40 AM
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