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May 21st, 2015
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Review: Green Mountain Coffee® Original Donut Shop

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The watchword here for Keurig’s “Official Donut Shop” brand coffee is balance. The body and roast come it at a slightly milder than average rating, while acidity and bitterness are also perfectly aligned right in the middle of our scale. Not especially strong, not weak, not leaning toward acidy, not leaning toward bitterness. Nothing really jumps out here—just a good balanced cup of coffee.

- Troy the single serve tasting guy.
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Review: Caribou Coffee® Caribou Blend

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The Caribou Coffee K-cup by Keurig gives an overall impression of a little tang. It’s body and bitterness are both moderate, and yet, you have a clear sense of this coffee being coffee-shop material. The words I would use to characterize it are: smooth with a little tang..

- Troy the single serve tasting guy.
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Review: Newman's Own® Newman's Special Blend

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Newman’s Own K-Cups® by Keurig are a nicely balanced cup, with a nod toward high body, and balanced acidty/bitterness. Compare to Starbucks house blend, however, Newman’s is a bit more neutrally balanced, perhaps just a tad less body and less bitterness. But certainly in the ballpark.

- Troy the single serve tasting guy.
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Review: Miss Ellie's® Breakfast Blend Coffee

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Miss Ellie’s kcups are best characterized as “light” or even “delicate.” First, the body and roast are mild and clean. There is a very watery feel, but there is also a distinct flavorful bite, so you know it’s coffee. There is virtually no detectable bitterness here. Miss Ellie’s coffees are light, so probably a better choice for those who prefer to drink their coffee black.

- Troy the single serve tasting guy.
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Review: Miss Ellie's® Donut Shop Coffee

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Miss Ellie’s kcups are best characterized as “light” or even “delicate.” A fruity tang is the predominant quality here, with relatively low body and low bitterness. A step more intense than Miss Ellie’s Breakfast Blend, but still coming in at the “lighter” side. Miss Ellie’s coffees are light, so probably a better choice for those who prefer to drink their coffee black.

- Troy the single serve tasting guy.
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Review: Miss Ellie's® Dark Roast Coffee

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Miss Ellie’s kcups are best characterized as “light” or even “delicate.” Here, the dark roast version comes in with a level of roast just slightly about what average brands consider “medium.” The darker roast variety also brings up the bitterness level and suppresses the fruitiness. If you like a lighter cup, with a hint of darker roast flavoring, this is a good choice. Miss Ellie’s coffees are light, so probably a better choice for those who prefer to drink their coffee black.

- Troy the single serve tasting guy.
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Review: Tim Hortons® Premium Blend Coffee

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Tim Horton’s Coffee kcups remind me a bit of the strong Folger’s kcups, but cleaner and not quite so overpoweringly bitter. The fruity bite stands out slightly above the bitterness, yet both qualities are markedly present. Taken all together, this gives the impression of a quite strong cup of coffee. This is a cup that will stand up well to added cream.

- Troy the single serve tasting guy.
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Review: Tim Hortons® Dark Roast Coffee

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Tim Horton’s Coffee kcups remind me a bit of the strong Folger’s kcups, but cleaner and not quite so overpoweringly bitter. Tim’s Dark Roast is really not too far away from the 100% Arabica variety. The difference is that the fruity bite of the Arabica has been tamed slightly in the Dark Roast, and body and bitterness levels have come up slightly. Taken together, this gives the impression of a strong cup of coffee, with balanced acidity. This is a cup that will stand up well to added cream.

- Troy the single serve tasting guy.
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Review: Brown Gold® 100% Colombian Coffee

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Brown Gold 100% Colombian coffee kcups remind me of a cup somewhere between 8 O-Clock Coffee and McDonald’s McCafe K-cups. Here, moderately high body, and middle of the road roast and bitterness combine with a distinct fruitiness to give us a reasonably strong cup of coffee with subtle but present bite.

- Troy the single serve tasting guy.
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Review: Brown Gold® 100% Brazilian Coffee



Brown Gold 100% Brazilian coffee kcups have a somewhat more intense, “piercing” acidic tartness, than their Colombian counterpart. It also tends to at first feel a bit more watery (relative to Brown Gold Colombian) and simultaneously leaves a bit more aftertaste. This is a reasonably strong cup of coffee, with a preeminent bite.

- Troy the single serve tasting guy.
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