October 11, 2006

Review: K-Cups for the Espresso Drinker

So we have this cool Keurig B70 brewer in our kitchen that is working out well for our family. Both my wife and I have migrated away from some of the lighter roasted coffees in favor of some bolder, more darkly roasted coffees with some good body. It is great to have your hands wrapped around a warm cup of coffee these days in the morning. So when I am not drinking a Crèma Coffee I am drinking some Keurig brewed Kcup coffee. (Of course I have “supplementing” with shots of espresso on a regular basis.)

Personally, I have been drinking a few blends: Lake and Lodge, Organic Sumatran Extra Bold, Dark Magic Espresso, and Timothy’s Rain Forest Espresso. I didn’t head towards some of the French Roast blends, because I am just not a French Roast person. I know, I know, it’s dark, but I like dark roasted coffee with a bit of body in the back end of the flavor profile. A lot of the French Roasts that I have tried has a great flavor burst up front, and then run away without much back end. It’s important to understand what you like and what types of flavor profiles you like to target in on products you’ll like.

So, as I took to these new Kcups, I was looking for a good strong flavor up front, with some prime mocha/coffee flavor in the back end, and some brightness in the acid department to hold up to the dark roasted slightly bitter flavors.

I tasted all of these on the 7.25-ounce and the 5.25-ounce setting on the B70 Keurig brewer. It’s easy to change the settings with the press of a button.

Lake and Lodge
The Lake and Lodge is a decent fit for me, as it’s got good body and back end flavor profile with enough acidity to keep things lively in your mouth without being all about the acid. I have gone back to this one time and time again as it’s about right for me. It’s not the only thing that I have been enjoying. I find that the K-Cup system allows for variety on a cup-by-cup basis. This is a fun way to enjoy exploring coffee without having to impose a whole pot on someone else in the household.

Mash-Up Nirvana
Timothy’s Rain Forest Espresso and Dark Magic Espresso fall into similar categories for me. Both have a good strong character up front with nice roasted notes, decent acidity, and a good back end base coffee flavor profile. The body on these is a little low overall for me, and they are a little too bright. Nirvana: I did pull a little Reece’s “Your Chocolate in my Peanut butter” move though. I found the magical combination for me was to brew a 7.25 ounce Organic Sumatran Extra Bold and then top it with of either the Rain Forest Espresso or the Dark Magic Espresso brewed at the 5.25-ounce setting. Whoa you say – that’s a lot of coffee? Well, I normally like to drink my coffee in these old 17-ounce mugs that swallow up the double shot of K-Cups that I give it, with plenty of room to spare.

So net, I like the Lake and Lodge, for its body and decent profile throughout, and I like the mash-up of two blends also. I find that I have a slight bias towards mixing the Timothy’s Rain Forest Espresso, with the Organic Sumatran Extra Bold.

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Also read Jay's Review of the Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer over at our sister site, SingleServeCoffee.com.

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Posted by Scott Martin at October 11, 2006 8:58 AM
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I'll put these on the list of the next K-Cups to try out.


Posted by: Scott Martin at October 16, 2006 8:22 AM

Definitely try tulleys french roast, it is not a typical french roast, also Gloria Jeans extra bold black gold is excellent as a quickie when the expresso machine is cold.

Posted by: Cheezr at October 16, 2006 1:42 AM
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