December 5, 2013

Brown Gold 100% Brazilian Real Cups Review


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We finish off our Brown Gold Real Cup review series today by checking out the 5th & final flavor in their line-up that is compatible with all K-Cup Brewers… Brown Gold 100% Brazilian Real Cups. Much like their 100% Costa Rican & 100% Peruvian coffees, we can’t say we’ve ever had a 100% Brazilian coffee before and just the name alone would be enough to make anyone snicker or giggle given what it’s normally associated with, but all joking aside, we can’t recall having coffee that even used Brazilian coffee beans in a blend before, so this should be interesting (or so we hope).

Brewing these Real Cups resulted in a mild woodsy aroma blended with subtle notes of cocoa and very faint smoky hints in the background. There was also something else we couldn’t quite place which gave a bit of an odd musty scent off the top of the nose. Overall, things were a lot more muted than what we were expecting for Brown Gold’s self-proclaimedstrongest flavor.

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Billed as an extra bold dark roast, flavor seemed comprised of dark chocolate covered in strong oily notes with a faint hint of smoke underneath but definitely NOT anything which warranted the extra bold labeling. Again, there was something present we couldn’t figure out which gave off a weird, almost stale taste in the background which seemed somewhat like cardboard? (Yes, we realize how crazy that sounds).

We thought we must have had a bad sample but repeated testing yielded the same results. Again, very odd to say the least. Acidity was surprisingly absent for the most part. While there was a very mild sour note present throughout, it wasn’t as pronounced as what you’d normally get in an extra bold and made things fall a bit flat. Body was a dark brown with shades of red & orange when held in front of a light source. Mouth feel seemed a bit more on the oily side but was still on the verge of being watery. Finish was leaning towards the bittersweet side with mostly faint dark chocolate notes throughout the aftertaste.

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  • Aroma – 2 – Mild woodsy aromas blended with subtle cocoa notes with some smoky hints in the background along with a mystery aroma we couldn’t discern. Nothing to write home about though.
  • Acidity – 2 – Um… hello? Is this thing on? Virtually lackluster acidity this time around just made things fall flat. We detected some very mild sour notes throughout but it wasn’t enough to liven anything up.
  • Body – 8 – The coffee’s sole saving grace. Dark brown in color with shades of red & orange when held in front of a light source made this on par with most coffees we’ve seen lately.
  • Flavor – 4 – Mostly dark chocolate with some faint smoky hints underneath and a mystery flavor which almost gave us the impression the cardboard packaging was left to soak in the cup for a while. Yes, we may have finally lost our minds. Regardless, nothing here which would warrant the extra bold moniker.
  • Mouth Feel – 5 – A bit on the oily side yet on the verge of being watery. Finish was leaning towards the bittersweet side with mostly faint dark chocolate notes in the aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for those who aren’t too fussy about what kind of coffee they get and are willing to take whatever’s available nearby. Definitely not an extra bold in our opinion and those with refined palates best book a flight to Colombia or Ethiopia instead.

Overall Rating: 71 – Poor

Well, we were hoping for a stronger finish (pun intended) with the self-appointed strongest flavor in Brown Gold’s line-up but we’re still glad we got a chance to try 3 new single-origin coffees we’ve never had on their own before.  Although as our results show, maybe these regions should stick to mixing their coffees with beans from other regions as the Costa Rican coffee was very light & almost watery, the Peruvian coffee was overly sour & bitter while this Brazilian coffee seemed very dull/bland and lacking in strength. The Ethiopian coffee was the winner of the bunch and performed outstandingly well while the Colombian coffee came in at a close 2nd place with a solid score overall.

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As for this Brazilian coffee, we’d suggest giving this one a try before committing to a full box. We have no idea if Brown Gold will attempt sourcing single origin coffees from other countries for future Real Cups, but we’ve always wondered what coffee from Australia or even China would be like (hint, hint, nudge, nudge).

Brown Gold 100% Brazilian 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 These Real Cups are also available in 24-packs at in the USA. Please also note that Real Cups will NOT work with Keurig Vue brewers.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at December 5, 2013 7:23 AM
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