Folgers Gourmet Selections Mocha Swirl Coffee K-Cups
It's been a while since we've seen any new K-Cups from Folgers, so you can image our surprise when we happened to stumble across not only a new Folgers K-Cup on a recent trip to a Target in NH, but we were a bit taken aback that it was a flavored variety since the last new offerings were unflavored only (Morning Café & Classic Roast). With a name like Mocha Swirl depicting a chocolate cupcake on the box and undoubtedly artificial flavoring present, we had our doubts that we'd get anything out of the ordinary (their Caramel Drizzle K-Cups were a bit lackluster in the flavor department if we recall correctly), but we figured we'd give them a try anyway. Will these new K-Cups be a hit or miss? Let's find out.
Brewing these K-Cups resulted in surprisingly strong aromas of... wow... chocolate cake! Not just chocolate, mind you, but this smelled IDENTICAL to actual chocolate cupcakes. Just... wow... we were most definitely NOT expecting the aroma to be so shockingly spot-on with the image depicted on the box. Upon closer inspection, we also noticed what seemed like faint notes of chocolate liqueur hiding in the background and given that this is indeed an ingredient which is sometimes used to flavor chocolate frosting, it just blew our minds even further. There's times when K-Cups don't smell ANYTHING like what they're showing on the box or what is noted in the namesake, but so far this year, this particular Folgers flavor is unmistakably spot-on. Simply amazing.
Flavor was pretty much identical to the aroma with more notes of chocolate liqueur up front with delicious chocolate cake flavors enveloping our taste buds quickly afterwards. You really DO get the impression of chocolate cupcakes with every sip blended with Folgers original roast coffee underneath. We also got a fair amount of sweetness throughout which made things even tastier. You certainly don't need to add any sugar to this coffee, trust us.
Acidity seemed fairly well-balanced overall and gave a bit of mild sour note in the background which was enough to offset the intense chocolate flavors and sweetness going on throughout the cup. Body yielded bright sunburst shades of orange, yellow & red much akin to a morning sunrise. Mouth feel remained silky smooth throughout and while some may say it's leaning on the watery side, we don't think so... the only way we can describe it is having a very light feel to it vs. anything thick or syrupy which could have been expected, given the amount of flavoring present. Finish was sweet with a long-lingering note of chocolate liqueur throughout the aftertaste.
- Aroma - 10 - A chocolate cupcake is pictured on the box and sure enough, you'd swear you were baking a batch as you brew this K-Cup. Rich, strong aromas of chocolate cake quickly fill the room with faint wafts of chocolate liqueur present in the background. The fact this was achieved with artificial flavoring is just mind blowing as we'd swear we were getting the real deal.
- Acidity - 10 - Fairly well-balanced with a mild sour note in the background that offset the intense chocolate flavors and some of the sweetness throughout the cup.
- Body - 10 - Bright sunburst shades of orange, yellow & red reminded us of a morning sunrise which fit well with the Folgers logo.
- Flavor - 10 - Short of eating an actual chocolate cupcake like the one pictured on the packaging, this would have to be its liquid equivalent. Spot-on flavors of chocolate liqueur were followed by chocolate cake and notes of the Folgers original roast coffee in the background. There was also a fair amount of sweetness present as well.
- Mouth Feel - 10 - Silky smooth with a very light feel overall. Light in the sense of not being too thick or syrupy which is what we had been expecting given the amount of flavoring present. Finish was sweet with lingering notes of chocolate liqueur were present in the aftertaste.
- Coffee Drinker - Do you like chocolate cake/cupcakes or chocolate liqueur-infused icing? If so, then you definitely do NOT want to miss trying out this K-Cup. Suited best for those who like intensely flavored coffees. While the roast wasn't specified, we're pretty sure Folgers original light or medium roast was used here, so fans of that roast profile will probably enjoy this.
Overall Rating: 100 - Excellent!
As we noted earlier, we went into this review thinking we'd be getting an artificially flavored mess that would either taste nothing like the namesake or would be overly flavored to the point of being sour or undrinkable, but thankfully we were proven wrong as this certainly was NOT the case this time around. While some may indeed claim the taste is too artificial for their liking, all they need to do is read the box and see that artificially flavored is clearly stated plus just how the heck would one expect to get natural chocolate cupcake flavoring in the first place? Cram a cupcake inside a K-Cup? Nope, all kidding aside, we were very pleasantly surprised and hope that Folgers keep pushing out new flavors that are right on-par with this one.
We could see ourselves enjoying this flavor either as an indulgent morning drink or a tasty afternoon pick-me-up which could also satisfy our sweet tooth in the process. If the outstanding performance of this particular flavor is anything to go by, then we can assuredly say that the brand's old catch phrase holds true: The best part of waking up, is Folgers in your cup.
Folgers Gourmet Selections Mocha Swirl K-Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers and are available at select Target locations in USA in 18-packs for $11.99 USD. These K-Cups have also recently been spotted in 12-pack format at various grocery store chains 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 September 30, 2013 7:33 AM