Canadian Update: Starbucks Sulawesi K-Cups / Sweet and Creamy Donut House K-Cups
SH has an update on some K-Cups and thoughts of what Canadian coffee drinkers want in a K-Cup.
Noticed these at my local Starbucks yesterday. Grabbed a box. To be honest, it tastes just like every other Starbucks dark roast I've had before... can't really determine anything of note. Maybe adding some cream might reveal some of the notes they're mentioning on the packaging, but I haven't tried that yet since I usually always drink coffee black.
As far as what's new for K-Cups in Canada, it seems Keurig Canada are trying to capitalize on a Canadian vice most Canucks are practically born with (myself excluded)... a Tim Horton's "double-double". Traditionally the most popular drink to order at a Tims in Canada, a double-double is a Tim Horton's regular roast with 2 creams & 2 sugars. It makes for a (what I find sickeningly) sweet coffee.
Well now Keurig has introduced their Donut House Sweet & Creamy Double-Double K-Cups (as a direct response to Nescafe's 3-in-1 knock-off K-Cups). The K-Cups include ground coffee, sucralose as the sweetener and milk/soy-based creamer all in one K-Cup to produce a much more palatable version of a Tim's double-double. Is it creamy? Kind of. Is it sweet? Yep, but nowhere near as sickening as what Tim's usually does to it.
It'll remain to be seen if Canadians adopt this as their new K-Cup of choice over a traditional Tim's run (and it makes me wonder if Tim Hortons will create their own "official" version).
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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 29, 2016 5:05 AM
It's always good to see single origin coffee being more readily available. I don't see a roast level listed on the box in the picture but if you say it tastes like a dark roast, that's a problem. Dark roast will almost always destroy the flavor profile of a good coffee and Starbucks is famous for that. It also seems like they are recognizing their self inflicted problem because all of their Reserve coffees are medium roast.
The other problem is the Keurig brewing system itself. There isn't enough room in the cup to hold enough grounds to make a difference. That, combined with the short contact time, will hinder the flavors of any good coffee. That's why a majority of Kcups stick to overly flavored or overly roasted coffee so simulate a full flavored cup.
And no, you should never think of adding cream to a coffee to "reveal" flavors. Cream, and sugar for that matter, only act as cover-ups. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge van of dairy, especially cream. It just doesn't belong in coffee.