April 14, 2017

Archer Farms Hot Buttered Rum RealCups Review

HBR RealCup

We continue our look at Target’s latest limited edition single serve flavors today with their Archer Farms Hot Buttered Rum RealCups. More common around the holidays, hot buttered rum isn’t a flavor we were expecting to see in a single serve coffee format. Sure, companies such as Marley Coffee have come out with rum-flavored RealCups before, but this is a slightly different take on that and is more in the vein of a dessert-style drink if the packaging is anything to be believed.  

Upon brewing, we get a strong aroma of sweet rum which quickly fills the room. As a matter of fact, the smell is so strong that you even get a whiff of it as soon as you pierce the RealCup in the machine. The aroma was more reminiscent of those old foil-wrapped buttered rum candies your grandparents always seemed to have lying around in their candy dish no matter what time of year you’d visit vs. the traditional liquor-based drink you see pictured on the packaging. It has a much more pleasant candied scent than Marley Coffee’s Spiced Root version. 

As for flavor, you get a decent hit of rum up front upon first sip quickly followed by a very subtle hint of salty sweet which we can only surmise is the butter component of the artificial flavoring. There's also a faint touch of cinnamon hiding underneath. Again, taste is on par with the rum candies we recall from our childhood. Swirling the flavors around on our tongue really amps up the rum flavoring which we’d have to say is the clear primary taste you get more than anything else. 

HBR Packaging

Overall, we think this is a decent attempt at creating a dessert-style rum flavored coffee and that Archer Farms have succeeded in creating a flavor which is sure to become a holiday staple for those who want to relive a bit of their childhood during the holidays or during a cold winter morning before heading off to work. If you like rum flavored items (or rum, for that matter), you should at least give this one a try if you can still find a box on store shelves.

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

FINAL VERDICT:  Worth it! 

We would like to note that we found these RealCups at a local Target and purchased them on our own for the purpose of this review. These RealCups 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 April 14, 2017 7:28 AM
Recent Comments

I just purchased the Archer Farms Organic Ethiopian
Yirgacheffe 11.5 grams and Walmart's Great Value House Blend 12 grams. The Archer Farms Kona Blend was also on sale but out of stock. These two items have proven to me that store brands pack more grams of coffee into a Kcup than many name brands.
With 8 ounces of water, both coffees were outstanding! This is from a guy who has resisted the "KCup Movement" until 2 weeks ago, since I'm used to make a 16ounce cup of coffee! I've been experimenting with 8/10/11 and 12 oz of water. I like coffee "with balls" so I'll have to stick with dark roast or medium daark roast but 11 grams and up. I won't say I'm hooked yet, but give me more time.

Posted by: Richard Sachs at April 18, 2017 11:39 PM
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