i love it when i get to try new stuff. especially coffee!!
recently, i had the great fortune to try some green mountain decaf donut house k-cups courtesy of the cool folks at coffee for less. i volunteered to review the coffee for them because i can say wholeheartedly that i love these folks. i loved them even before i got this offer. i mean, i have been ordering my K-Cups from them now for months.
backstory: my beloved spouse (whom regular readers recall is affectionately known around here as BS) doesn’t drink coffee and got sick and tired of my giant stainless steel french press full of coffee, which ended up getting only half-drunk because after a half-carafe of decaf, well… you’d think someone slipped something speedy-funny into my beverage. who knows who gave him the idea, but voila! a year ago during the holiday season known as december (which includes my daughter BC’s birthday, chanukah, and christmas in this house), he bought me one of those neato-gee-whiz keurig coffee makers.
i fell in love.
fresh coffee, every time! squee! no wasted coffee! double squee!! and no coffee grounds all over the sink!!! trifecta squee!!!
of course, k-cup coffee isn’t as inexpensive as regular coffee. after purchasing k-cups at the supermarket for awhile — not exactly the happiest experience for me, as i only am allowed drink decaf or else there are orders to shoot to kill me because caffeine goes quite a long ways in my body — i found coffee for less because they offered more types of decaf flavors for the keurig. yeah, sure, k-cup decaf-land is still a little limited — i’m waiting for green mountain to give me some of that yummy pumpkin spice k-cup love in decaf — but if it’s decaf and a k-cup, coffee for less has it. add in the free shipping over $50 and the fact that they often have coupons available, and hello, why should i go elsewhere for my java?
so, back to the donut house coffee, right?
i certainly like flavored brews, but i’m a huge, and i do mean HUGE fan of darker roasts. hence, i am in loveloveLOVE with coffee people french roast decaf coffee. and when i say i love it, i mean so much in love with it i would marry it if i could. but when i saw that there was the new green mountain donut house in decaf, i jumped at the chance to try it and review it. the verbage said it was extra bold, which, if you pardon the mixing of beverage metaphors, is my cup of tea.
so i was ready to test the coffee in my official mom mug (made by BC.)
i poured the wonder elixir into that mug and tried it, one time with milk and one time with vanilla creamer. (so sue me. i’ve developed a horrible habit of really enjoying that creamer.)
the donut house coffee is definitely less assertive than my french roast fave. i think i expected that to be the case; i mean, how often do you go into a donut house and get really bold coffee? it’s a mellow blend that still can be tasted with the milk. it was, however, no match for the creamer. not that it was bad; but that mixture seemed more like a hot vanilla mocha drink. i guess i like a bit more flavor than this delivers, but it wasn’t bad; just wasn’t the best. that being said, i am still drinking it and enjoying it. go figure!
as an aside, i hate to say anything negative about a decaf coffee flavor. i want to encourage the companies that make k-cups out there — pleasepleasePLEASE make more of the other flavors decaf! what i would do for flavored coffee that went beyond vanilla or hazelnut! there are lots of people out here who would welcome these flavors with open tastebuds.
a big thank you to the folks at coffee for less, who kindly supplied me with the coffee to review. the opinions are all mine. the love is all genuine.