For the first review I thought I would start with a coffee that I have been wanting to get my hands on ever since it’s release a few months ago. Green Mountain Coffee recently introduced an new line of coffees for the Keurig Single Cup Coffee brewer labeled the “Donut House Collection”. Among the line of products are flavored coffees like “Chocolate Glazed Donut” and ”Cinnamon Roll” and then there are the non-flavored Donut House Regular and Decaf. My focus is on the Donut House Regular coffee in the k-cup.
First thing that caught my eye is that this is is being touted as an “Extra Bold” coffee. My personal taste leans more toward the medium to dark roast coffees and while this is considered an extra bold it is also classified as a light roast.
Here at the office we use the original model of the commercial Keurig coffee brewer which has been a real workhorse, but lacks the variable cup size options that the newer home and office brewers have. The original brewers were set to only deliver 8 ounces , and I firmly believe that the factory got it right.
As I brewed the coffee I noticed that the aroma was not as I had expected. It had an almost nutty aroma similar to a Colombia coffee. Viewed in the cup you can see that this truly is an extra bold product by the deep caramel color. At first sip I would say what stands out is how smooth and rich the flavor is, not at all bitter. I like a dash of cream, so I added and took another sip. The taste really is very bold and flavorful for a light roast coffee and stands up very well with a little cream.
My final conclusion: Green Mountain hit the nail on the head with this one. Donut House Collection Regular Coffee does taste similar to the coffee you might find at a popular national donut shop chain (wink) but with a deeper flavor. Don’t let the term “light roast” fool you, this coffee does have the smooth characteristics of a light roast, but in this case the extra bold really does stand for extra flavor.
Look for more reviews of Keurig k-cups to come.