Jetsetter Red Eye Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers Review
Back in the early 1950s, a term emerged to describe groups of socialites that travelled the World by jet… this term was dubbed Jetsetter and is the basis of the Jetsetter Coffee Company. Taking a classic aerial theme of that era, Jetsetter have named their flavors after aerial terminology and have created a rather unique branding overall. We have to admit we really like this approach as its attention to detail makes things all the more memorable.
The packaging is some of the nicest we’ve seen for a knock-off product to date. Sticking with the aerial theme, it’s been made to resemble a 1950s airline luggage complete with gold plated snap closures and leather handle/stitching. This completely blew us away and we think Jetsetter should be applauded for doing this. Rather than some bland monotone packaging with a few stray colors and the brand’s logo plastered in the middle, they actually took the time to make the boxes look like tiny airline luggage. How cool is that?
Now, we did run into one odd issue… the company hasn’t officially giving their product type a name. Even though they use similar internal paper filters, foil lids & outer plastic sleeves, they’re obviously not licensed K-Cups since Keurig isn’t involved and they’re not Real Cups either since they don’t use the same filter type or lid material as those. At a loss for words, we’ve simply dubbed these as Cups. We’re also veering from the norm with this review series since we usually start with a brand’s light roast and work our way up to the dark roast, but since we prefer dark roasts, we insisted on getting a full box of that flavor and opted for single samples of the other 2 flavors.
As a result, we wanted to show off the cool packaging first and hence have flipped our review series backwards as we’ll kick things off with the dark roast and work our way towards the lighter flavors in the line-up instead. We kick things off today by checking out the darkest roast the company offers with their Jetsetter Red Eye Cups.
Brewing these Cups resulted in strong smoky aromas blended with notes of dark cocoa and very mild hints of mixed berries hiding underneath. Billed as a dark roast, it sure didn’t disappoint as flavor started off with strong smoky & oily notes which eventually gave way to dark chocolate & more faint berry notes hiding in the background. The smoke was the main note present throughout the coffee and catches the taste buds off-guard at first as you’re expecting smoke, but not as much as what you get here. Once things settle down, you start noticing the flavors hiding in the back end of the cup.
Body was dark brown/black in color with vibrant shades of red when held in front of a light source. Reminded us of the primary color on the packaging as well as the coffee’s namesake. Mouth feel was mostly on the oily side but it seemed to even itself out near the end of each sip and gave way to a dry, super-smoky finish which had more lingering dark chocolate notes in the aftertaste.
- Aroma – 10 – Strong smoky aromas touched by notes of dark cocoa and faint hints of mixed berries hiding underneath.
- Acidity – 8 – On the strong side with a sharp oily bite at first sip but it gives way to main flavors shortly afterwards and stays balanced afterwards.
- Body – 10 – Dark brown/black in color with vibrant shades of red when held to a light source. Reminded us of the main color on the box as well as the coffee’s namesake.
- Flavor – 9 – A strong smoky & oily taste from the dark roast is mostly present throughout, but it eventually gives way to dark chocolate & more faint berry notes lurking in the background.
- Mouth Feel – 8 – Mostly on the oily side but evens itself out near the end of each sip towards a dry, super smoky finish which had lingering dark chocolate notes in the aftertaste.
- Coffee Drinker – If you prefer super strong dark roasts, this one is verging pretty darn close into CP’s Jet Fuel or Starbucks French Roast territory. It’s not as strong as those 2 but pretty damn close. Light roast fans best run away from this smoke monster. As for dark roast fans, your flight is now boarding.
Overall Rating: 95 – Excellent
When we first heard of the Jetsetter Coffee Company, we weren’t sure what to think since we’d never heard of them before and as with most companies that appear out of nowhere solely to make knock-off K-Cup products, we weren’t sure if the coffee quality would be all that great or if the product would end up clogging the machine or resulting in blown seals around the lids meaning we’d be spending the morning cleaning up coffee grinds.
Thankfully all those concerns have been put to rest. Even though they may not be a well-known brand, we can confirm they put out a quality product. This coffee is almost on-par with Starbucks, so you know it’s a solid offering. Also, it would appear the construction/build quality as well as the materials used appear to be identical to a conventional K-Cup. The foil lid appears to be patterned/embossed in the same method and made of the same material as K-Cups. Even the outer plastic sleeve appears to use the same thickness and same plastic as K-Cups and it would appear similar paper basket filters are used inside these products as well. Honestly, you’d swear this was something Green Mountain would have made. It’s so close that we were expecting to find a Keurig Brewed seal on the lid & packaging.
So far, this appears to be the closest thing to a regular K-Cup as you can get, plus the quality appears pretty much identical as well and as far as we’re concerned, these Cups (or whatever you want to call them) are just as good as anything you’d get from Keurig or Green Mountain. Not satisfied with 3 flavors, the company will soon be releasing 3 more flavors in their line-up and have come up with some clever & quirky names to match their aerial theme. We don’t have any release date just yet, but the flavors will be Aloha! (Kona blend coffee, medium roast), Destination Decaf (decaf coffee, light roast) and Vanilla Bean There (French vanilla flavored coffee, light roast). We’re looking forward to getting samples of each once they’re available so we can review them accordingly. As for this first flavor in the line-up? It’s the first time we can say we actually ENJOYED being on a Red Eye flight. Definitely worth a try if you like smoky dark roasts.
Jetsetter Red Eye Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers and are available in Canada at ECSCoffee.com. These Cups are also available in USA at CoffeeIcon.com. Please also note that these 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 Cups were supplied by ECS Coffee for the purpose of this review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at November 18, 2013 7:44 AM