December 23, 2016

Laughing Man Colombia Huila K-Cups Review

LM ColHuila KCup

As some of you may know, there's a fairly interesting story about the creation of Laughing Man coffee. The company was founded in 2011 by Hugh Jackman (yes, Wolverine himself) after he travelled to Ethiopia and met a young coffee farmer named Dukale. He learned about the struggles that Dukale was facing towards earning a living harvesting coffee and decided to help the young man by creating a coffee company that sources & distributes Fair Trade Certified coffee from struggling coffee farmers so that they can lead better, sustainable lifestyles which might not have been available to them otherwise.

Wolver... uh... Mr. Jackman even helped further the cause by creating Laughing Man Cafe in NYC to sell the farmers' coffees, releasing a documentary film in 2015 (Dukale's Dream) about Dukale's & other farmers' struggles and he often promotes the coffee & cafe during talk show appearances. Hugh even donates 100% of the proceeds towards his Laughing Man Foundation which supports education programs, community development and fostering of social entrepreneurs around the world.

Today we decided to check out one of the newer single origin coffees offered from the company... Laughing Man Colombia Huila K-Cups. Billed as a smoky dark roast with black cherry sweetness and a dark chocolate finish, the coffee beans are grown in the volcanic mineral-rich soils of mountain peaks in Colombia's Huila region.

Brewing this coffee resulted in some traditional dark roast aromas with mild notes of smoky hickory, leather, dark chocolate and a subtle sweetness hiding underneath. Upon first sip we noticed some prominent oily notes & dark chocolate flavors up front followed by a sweet finish near the end. While we didn't notice any black cherry flavors, we suppose the sweetness throughout the cup could be a sign that they're hiding, waiting to be discovered by those who have a much more professionally trained taster's palate than ours.

Overall, we really like the coffees we've tried from Laughing Man and believe this new single origin is a worthy addition to the line-up. Some of you may be wondering what's up with the packaging (or lack thereof). Well, this is how single K-Cups are sold in the Keurig Retail Store. They put special barcoded cardboard "lid toppers" which you can peel off prior to brewing. The bins go the length of the store along each wall and have note cards explaining the details about the respective flavor. While small retailers in Canada have been selling single K-Cups for years, we haven't seen many places in USA doing this, so it's a unique experience and makes for a fun mix-n-match pairing if you want to try several different flavors/brands at once or have family members who each want to try something different.

So, what do we think? Is this one worth checking out?


We would like to note that we found the Laughing Man Colombia Huila K-Cups at the Keurig Retail Store in the Burlington Mall (Burlington, MA) and purchased them on our own for the purpose of this review. Laughing Man Colombia Huila K-Cups 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 December 23, 2016 7:41 AM
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