September 19, 2016

GMCR Cinnamon Sugar Cookie K-Cups Review

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When you think of August and September, you think of the last month of Summer-like weather before the Fall season kicks off. As a result, you'd normally expect to see a proliferation of pumpkin-themed drinks flooding the market. What you DON'T expect to see are Christmas-themed drinks appearing on store shelves so early. Today we look at a coffee we think should have only appeared on store shelves around November but instead showed up a few weeks ago in early August. Yep, this is a Christmas-themed flavor... in August.

How do you know for sure that it's a Christmas-themed flavor, you ask? Simple... it's being marketed as the new 2016 Winter seasonal flavor on various online shops and the more obvious reason is that there's a blurred image of a pine tree branch in the background on the packaging. Seriously, the only thing missing is Santa holding the mug. On the plus side, we get to review this several months ahead of time, so... uh... Happy Holidays? That's right, we're checking out the new for 2016 GMCR Cinnamon Sugar Cookie K-Cups.

Upon brewing, we get a strong, unmistakable aroma of cinnamon along with hints of... what is that? Gingerbread? We guess they were trying to emulate the aroma of the cookie dough but there definitely is a distinct note of gingerbread in the background. Billed as a seasonal flavor (in case the packaging & our rant above wasn't indication enough) the first thing you taste is a rather strong hit of cinnamon up front followed by... yep... a hint of gingerbread at the end of each sip. Given how GMCR already have a seasonal Gingerbread K-Cup, it seems a little odd that they would mix in some gingerbread flavoring here. Could it be that this new flavor will eventually replace the Gingerbread K-Cups? It's ironically too early for us to tell if this is the case, so we'll have to see how things play out in a few months.

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We do have to note that the artificial flavoring is rather on the strong side, so those who don't care for such will likely want to try finding a smaller package, single K-Cups if possible or skipping this one entirely. Also, what's up with the new QR codes on most K-Cup lids lately? Please Keurig, tell us this is only for internal sorting/tracking during production and not another ill-fated attempt at locking-out unlicensed K-Cups in your next generation of Keurig brewers? Surely you've learned your lesson with the 2.0 debacle by now. To quote a rather grammatically famous president: Fool me once, shame on... shame on you. Fool me, you can't get fooled again.

So, what do we think? Is this one worth checking out? Personally, we like it but due to the strong flavoring, we've got a split verdict here...

FINAL VERDICT: Worth it! for the curious who want to try something different. Leave it! for those who don't like strong artificial flavorings.

We would like to note that we found these K-Cups at a local Bed Bath & Beyond and purchased them on our own for the purpose of this review.

GMCR Cinnamon Sugar Cookie K-Cups Review will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

We would also like to thank our Single Serve Coffee correspondent SH for writing this review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 19, 2016 8:35 AM
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