One of the things that always bugged us about Keurig brewers was the lack of selection when it came to hot chocolate/cocoa choices. We guess our gripes (and yours) have been heard by the powers that be since we recently saw the introduction of the Cafe Escapes hot beverage line-up on the K-Cup scene. A quick look around the Cafe Escapes K-Cups for Keurig website reveals that they've sourced their various ingredients from Europe (the companies/suppliers in question are not named), so this might reveal why these K-Cups appear creamier/richer than what's currently on the market.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is distributing this brand, so there shouldn't be any problems getting your hands on a box whenever you so desire. For the purpose of this review, we decided to try the 2 main flavors which are currently available: Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa. We also decided not to bother with our usual scoring system since these are hot cocoa drinks which don't have acidity or some of the other characteristics we base points on. Instead, we'll describe tasting notes and whether or not we recommend these selections or not.
Sometimes you get that K-Cup in your life that is very special. Each morning you wish you could drink 3-5 cups instead of just 2 cups of it - for us it's Tully's French Roast. The flavor and profile fits the bill of a robust interesting cup of french roast coffee, and we love the sweet finish we get every time.
Although we've reviewed it in the past, we decided to revisit what is normally a traditional flavor found around Thanksgiving and decided to try some leftover 2008 Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice K-Cups on a lazy Sunday afternoon while digging around our ever-growing coffee stash. We had second thoughts about drinking a decidedly non-Summer flavor but seeing as how there was nothing good on TV and nothing else to do around the Single Serve Coffee kitchens, we figured why the heck not? The fact that we noticed there was still a few months left before the expiry date also "helped" us in our decision.
Green Mountain will once again make these K-Cups available on September 1st of this year, so unless you've got a stockpile stash like we do, you'll have to wait until then to get some. As with the plethora of pumpkin-flavored coffees on the market each year, familiar scents of pumpkin pie started to emerge during brewing... all-spice, nutmeg & very faint hints of pumpkin were present. The body was medium with a usual brown/amber color.
There's a new giant box of K-Cups in town, and it's the 50 Count K-Cup package from Diedrich Coffee. A bunch of their coffees come packed in 50 count boxes and we really like the Donut Shop blend (read our full review here). The entire idea is more efficient resulting in both a lower cost and a green sensibility, given the reduced waste.
This week, we continue our tour of Van Houtte's flavored coffee line-up by trying their Crème Brûlé K-Cups. Crème Brûlée (as described via its Wikipedia entry) is "a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a layer of hard caramel, created by caramelizing sugar under a broiler, with a butane torch or other intense heat source, or by pouring sugar on top of the custard".
Visit any Canadian grocery store and you're bound to see a huge Van Houtte display full of various flavored coffees where you can select the whole beans and grind them yourself right there in the store. They even have flavors which have yet to appear in K-Cup format and our past experience has shown that their flavored coffees usually have a decent, strong flavoring to them. We were hoping this would follow through to their K-Cups (their Apple Crumble K-Cup was rather good) but such was not to be the case.
We chose the 5.25oz brew size to extract the full flavors on our Keurig B70 and were wondering if perhaps we had forgotten to hit the brew button. Hmm... nope, the coffee's dispensing. Maybe we put in one of their unflavored K-Cups by mistake? Nope... so what the heck was going on here? We tried again with another K-Cup and soon realized that there was barely any scent coming from this flavored variety. Weird indeed. Using the "wine swirl" technique, we tried to uncover any hidden scents in the bottom of the glass but all we could detect was a very faint hint of pecans.
There's another Donut Shop K-Cup in town - Timothys Original Donut Shop Blend Keurig K-Cups are coming mid-August, and we can only hope there as good as the Coffee People Donut Shop K-Cups. This coffee is expected to be smooth and mild - conjuring up images of donut shop goodness. We can't wait. Timothy's Original Donut Shop Blend K-Cups will work in any Keurig brewer.
VROOOM!!!! Attention ground control. This full-bodied XX bold coffee packs a punch, and we do mean a punch. We've been sipping Coffee People Jet Fuel K-Cup coffee over the past two days, and it's intense, bold, and gets your day moving. We love the punchy drive of this coffee, and find the dark roast to have sweet notes as well. We can't wait for some Rocket Fuel K-Cups from Coffee People. Perhaps we'll have lift off into low orbit with coffee in our hands.
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