February 3, 2014

Brooklyn Beans Cinnamon Subway Single Cups Review


When Keurig’s K-Cup patents expired a while back, we saw all sorts of third-party companies create various forms of K-Cup knock-offs and new formats of Keurig-compatible single serve options hit the market. Some were truly horrendous (freeze-dried coffee crystals in a K-Cup capsule) while others were outstanding (Marley’s Real Cups line-up). One of the first companies that came out with their own take on the K-Cup aftermarket was Brooklyn Bean Roastery back in 2010. Through a combination of proprietary tension-based filters and the familiar K-Cup capsule & lid format, they managed to achieve the look, feel & quality that most K-Cup consumers were already familiar with.

They are now in the process of expanding with new single serve coffee line-ups which are a first in their category (TV show related coffee, anyone?) and they also offer a fairly quick turn-around time from concept to final product for anyone who is looking into creating their own single serve coffee products. Brooklyn Bean Roastery will do everything from roast the coffee or create custom flavor blends to package the final product with your branding on it. It should come as no surprise then that for a company to produce someone else’s coffee, they’d have to produce some fairly outstanding products of their own first. That’s what we’re checking out today by reviewing some of their most recent additions to their line-up with their Brooklyn Beans Cinnamon Subway Single Cups.


Brewing the Brooklyn Beans Cinnamon Subway Single Cups resulted in warm aromas of sweet cinnamon and mild notes of light smoky aromas rising from underneath. It wasn’t an overly strong cinnamon scent but just enough to awaken our senses and pique our curiosity as to what was lying in wait for us. Flavor was a similarly light mix of cinnamon which is the first thing you notice upon each sip blended with some more smoky notes in the background and we even noticed very subtle hints of chocolate hiding in the background. Again, nothing overbearingly strong but instead a nice light & delicate flavor for anyone who doesn’t want a cinnamon coffee which tastes like it had a bag of Red Hots dumped in it.

Acidity was sharp & vibrant which lent a mild sour note near the top of each sip but quickly faded into a wave of cinnamon soon afterwards. Body yielded warm shades of orange & yellow that shone through a medium golden brown which reminded us of cinnamon sticks. Mouth feel remained smooth despite the sour notes from the acidity and while it could be argued that the light nature of this coffee put it more on the watery side of things, we still found it had enough substance to remain pleasant throughout. Finish was sweet & slightly dry with more notes of cinnamon in the aftertaste.


  • Aroma – 9 – Warm aromas of sweet cinnamon blend with light smoky aromas underneath. We would have liked a slightly more pronounced cinnamon note, but this is still pretty decent nonetheless. 
  • Acidity – 9 – Sharp & vibrant with a mild sour note up top at the beginning of each sip but things quickly melt away into the cinnamon flavors soon afterwards. 
  • Body – 10 – Bright warm shades of orange, yellow & medium golden brown reminded us of cinnamon sticks which played well into the namesake flavor’s main taste.
  • Flavor – 9 – A light mix of cinnamon, which could have been a smidge stronger, blended well with more light smoky notes and we even detected some very faint hints of chocolate hiding in the background.
  • Mouth Feel – 9 – Smooth overall despite the sour notes from the acidity and while things could somewhat be categorized as being on the watery side, we found there was still enough substance to keep everything afloat. Finish was sweet & slightly dry with notes of cinnamon in the aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for those who like very light sprinklings of flavors in their flavored coffees. We haven’t tried the Cinnabon K-Cups yet, but we can only suspect they’re stronger in taste than what we have here. If you want a cinnamon coffee which isn’t overbearingly spicy, then this is the perfect coffee for you. Best taken black as adding milk or creamer may wash-out the flavors completely.

Overall Rating: 96 – Excellent

It just goes to show that you don’t have to be a licensed brand to produce high quality single serve coffees and we like the fact that the folks at BBR are looking ahead and are one of the only aftermarket single serve coffee manufacturers which have been creating the most flavored coffee varieties in their line-up. While we enjoy a really good unflavored coffee just as much as the next person, we like flavored coffees even more & are always excited to try new flavors. If anyone’s going to be the first to market with something unconventional like Orange Cream flavored coffee, we’re sure it’ll be the crew at BBR. 

For anyone who is looking at a cheaper alternative to conventional K-Cups while still having a decent choice of flavored & unflavored coffees to pick from, we thing Brooklyn Bean Roastery’s line-up is a good place to start & we can’t wait to see what else they’re cooking up for the months ahead.

Brooklyn Beans Cinnamon Subway Single Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers and are available at various retailers in USA in 12-packs for roughly $8.99 USD and at Amazon.com in a 40 count box. These Single Cups are also available in Canada in 24-packs for $15.99 CAD at ECSCoffee.com. Please also note that Single 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 thank ECS Coffee for sending us samples of these Single Cups for the purpose of this review.

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