February 18, 2014

Brooklyn Beans Oh Fudge! Single Cups Review

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We continue our look at recent BBR (Brooklyn Bean Roastery) Single Cups today with a review of their Oh Fudge! Single Cups. With an image of a spilled bowl of pudding? (we're not quite sure what that is) and the Oh Fudge! wording on the lid of these Single Cups, we can see that BBR are taking a light-hearted approach towards the naming conventions on their new flavors. It just remains to be seen if this will be a serious contender in the flavor arena or if the name is the only thing we enjoy. Lets get started.

Brewing these Single Cups resulted in strong lingering aromas of sweet chocolate & cocoa which reminded us, oddly enough, of Cocoa Puffs cereal. No idea why that's the first thing which came to mind, but that's all we could think of. You definitely get cocoa aromas blended with some sweet milk chocolate notes throughout. If anything, the aroma was spot-on and it lingered around the room for a long time afterwards. So far, this one wins the aroma award as the strongest scent in BBR's line-up & it was so enjoyable we couldn't wait to dig in and see what awaited us in the final cup.

Flavor was thankfully just as rich as the aroma. Things kick off with a generous punch of cocoa and dark chocolate flavors which morph mid-way to reveal some of the underlying smoky notes from the coffee itself and then finish off with sweet milk chocolate notes in the end. There's definitely no doubt whatsoever that you're drinking a chocolate flavored coffee and for a Single Cup, we have to admit we were rather impressed with the results.

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Acidity is nicely done here as you only notice it either if you let the flavors linger in your mouth or if you wait until the end of each sip. You get a very mild sour note to show that there's some acidity present but it doesn't hinder the main chocolate flavors whatsoever. Body was a vibrant blend of red & orange shades touched by tinges of yellow and while the colors revealed in front of a light source didn't match the namesake, the main color of the coffee obviously did. Mouth feel seemed smooth and had a very light syrupy feel overall which prevented things from becoming too watery. Finish was an interesting mix of sweet & sour with more chocolate notes in the aftertaste. 

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  • Aroma - 10 - Strong aromas of sweet chocolate & cocoa quickly fill the room and seem to linger around forever. BBR might as well start marketing these Single Cups as aromatherapy diffusers. Outstanding. 
  • Acidity - 10 - A nicely executed balance which only reveals itself when you let the flavors linger on your tongue or if you wait until the end of each sip. A very mild sour note is present but it doesn't interfere with the main chocolate flavors at all.  
  • Body - 9 - Vibrant shades of red & orange mix with tinges of yellow when held in front of a light source. Doesn't really match with the namesake but the default color of the main coffee obviously does. 
  • Flavor - 10 - A rich blend of strong cocoa & dark chocolate notes which morph mid-way to reveal some hidden smoky notes buried underneath. Things finish off with sweet milk chocolate notes near the end.
  • Mouth Feel - 10 - Smooth overall with a very light syrupy feel which prevented things from becoming too watered down. Finish was a mix of sweet & sour followed by more chocolate notes in the aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker - While it's not as sweet as some mocha-inspired coffees we've tried in the past, we think this is best suited for those who want a rich chocolate flavored coffee which can go well on its own during an afternoon break or which pairs well with similar chocolate-based desserts.

Overall Rating: 99 - Excellent

Well, out of the few flavors we've tried so far, this one has quickly become a favorite around the Single Serve Coffee kitchens and has made for a nice flavored alternative for an afternoon coffee. We even decided to pair it with some chocolate-based desserts a few nights ago and it seemed to go well with those as well. Brooklyn Bean Roastery claim they can create custom flavors for clients who want to enter the single serve market and if they can produce flavors which turn out as well as this one did, we think their clients don't have anything to worry about. We look forward to seeing what BBR has planned in the future and can't wait to see what new flavors they come out with next.

Brooklyn Bean Roastery Oh Fudge! Single Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers and are available at various retailers and Amazon.com. These Single Cups are also available in Canada in 24-packs for $15.99 CAD at ECSCoffee.com. 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 thank ECS Coffee for sending us samples of these Single Cups for the purpose of this review.

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