March 10, 2014

Gevalia Cappuccino Single Cups for K-Cup Brewers Review

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We were surprised to see Gevalia introduce frothy drinks for Keurig K-Cup brewers when we checked out their Gevalia Mocha Latte Single Cups recently and we enjoyed the results so much that we decided to try the next flavor in their frothy line-up... Gevalia Cappuccino Single Cups. Once again, the froth is achieved via a 2-step process where you dump froth mix powder into the cup, then brew an espresso Single Cup over the top of it. The blending of both creates a chemical reaction which results in bubbly froth being produced. Stir the final cup once done brewing and you get an impressively thick froth layer on top. Will these cappuccino Single Cups be as good as the Mocha Latte Single Cups turned out to be? Let's find out.

Brewing these Single Cups resulted in aromas of smoky espresso mixed with light aromas of warm milk that had a touch of sweetness lying underneath. When paired together, it created a somewhat decent aroma of a regular cappuccino you'd make yourself on a conventional manual espresso machine. 

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The flavor was surprisingly close to the real deal as well since we immediately got more smoky hickory notes from the espresso which were followed up by some sweet notes in the milk which, given the fact that a powder was used, reproduced a similar taste & characteristic of 1% milk (guess they really DID use real dairy ingredients). Once again, we were impressed with the results of the magical fizzy powder, for lack of a better term, which had us wondering if it had been imbued with the essence of Pop Rocks. While some people would find a chemical reaction to be off-putting in a coffee product, it had us mesmerized each time we brewed a cup. Yes, we'll admit there's likely chemicals in here that a Harvard linguistics professor probably couldn't pronounce, but we'll take our chances given the far inferior instant coffees in a K-Cup knock-offs we've tried in the past.

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Acidity was barely present but we did get some slight bitterness from the espresso hiding underneath which helped keep things moving along. Body produced nice shades of light beige and again, we were surprised by the thick bubbly froth layer produced on top once we stirred the final drink. Mouth feel was smooth & silky throughout but it didn't take on the same creamy texture of the mocha version and instead seemed a bit more milky. Finish was mildly sweet with some very faint smoky notes remaining in the aftertaste.

  • Aroma - 9 - While it's obviously no substitute for the real deal, the aromas produced here are quite close with smoky notes from the espresso combining with light notes of warm milk that had a touch sweetness underneath. 
  • Acidity - 8 - Barely present but some bitter notes from the espresso were hiding underneath and helped keep things lively just the same.
  • Body - 10 - A very close runner-up to the real thing with light beige notes and a surprisingly thick layer which obviously wasn't as dense as a regular cappuccino, but to be able to achieve what we did with nothing but powder was amazing nonetheless.
  • Flavor - 9 - Surprisingly closer to the real thing than we were expecting. Decent amounts of smoky notes from the espresso mixed well with the lightly sweet notes in the milk powder to combine and form a pleasant drink which obviously isn't the same as a real cappuccino but makes for a thoroughly decent substitute.
  • Mouth Feel - 8 - Silky smooth throughout but unlike the mocha version, this one took on a more milky texture instead of a creamy texture. We were hoping results would have been similar to the mocha and were a bit let down by this but still thought the final results were good just the same.
  • Coffee Drinker - If you like overly sweet drinks or a strong espresso flavor, you won't get that here, but if you want a cappuccino that has lighter amounts of sweet & smoky notes, this is likely right up your alley. Don't go into this expecting a Starbucks-level experience, but if you're looking for something drastically different in taste & texture to a Tassimo Cappuccino, this should do fine. 

Overall Rating: 94 - Exceptional

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It would seem that Kraft have possibly found a solution for those who have always wanted frothy drinks from a K-Cup brewer using this Single Cup line-up. Although you wouldn't think it, the combination of frothy powder which is comprised of real dairy ingredients + espresso blend coffee results in drinks that are both close to the real deal and incredibly frothy. Both the mocha and this cappuccino version have produced far tastier results that we would have ever imagined and have made us rethink the possibilities and untapped potential in the K-Cup market.  

As we've noted before, pricing is probably going to be a sticking point given that you're only getting 9 servings out of a box for almost for $11.99 USD, but shop around and you might be able to find better pricing (plus it would cost you far more per serving to get the real thing at a coffee shop anyway). Our only regret so far with these new frothy Single Cup drinks from Gevalia is that we couldn't find the Caramel Macchiato flavor when we picked these up. 

Gevalia Cappuccino Single Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers and are available at most grocery stores in USA in 9-packs (9 espresso coffee Single Cups + 9 froth mix powder packets) for $11.99 USD (pricing varies by retailer). These Single Cups are not currently available in Canada. Please also note that Single Cups will NOT work with Keurig Vue brewers. At press time these single cups are becoming increasingly hard to find online, but retail stores like Walmart and others had some in stock.

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 Single Cups on our own for the purpose of this review.

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