1.06.2014

Real Time Review: Just brewed a Gevalia Colombian k-cup......



Just returned home from a day of running errands, the last of which was to the grocery store where I needed to purchase some k-cups for my Keurig.  I like to save money on k-cups by purchasing them through Amazon or at Sam's Club however, sometimes I don't want to make the drive or wait for delivery.  In that case, I usually pick up a 'frugal' choice of brand or roast at the grocery store.  Today... that happened to be the Gevalia coffee in k-cup pods.

At $6.99 regular price for a box of 12, they are one of the more affordable brands this week and they offered 2 varieties; their signature blend and a Colombian.  The Colombian says it's a nice bold, rich roast so it was my choice.  I also noted it had a $1 peel-off coupon on the side. 

About Gevalia; (from their website)
Since 1853, Gevalia has upheld the uncompromising standards put forth by our founder, Victor Theodor Engwall. Opening his business in the small seaside town of Gävle, Sweden, Engwall aspired to import nothing less than the world’s finest beans. Coffee aficionados soon learned that if you wanted good coffee, you bought it from Victor. Business grew quickly, and Gevalia became the official coffee purveyor to the Royal Court of Sweden.



The Gevalia Columbia Coffee Pods is purported to be a rich, bright and well-bodied coffee, made with 100% Colombian beans.  So... what do I think?

The Keurig offers 3 brew settings; 6, 8 and 10 oz.  I usually choose the 8 oz. and I did so this time as well.  The color wasn't quite as dark and 'bold' as I thought it would be but that doesn't mean anything.  Just an observation.

The first sip, I immediately tasted that "Gevalia" taste that is with all their beans.  I've tried to describe this taste over the years and I've never been able to find words to describe it correctly.  Gevalia coffee has a certain taste to it that I have found encompasses all the blends I've tried.  My history with Gevalia coffee's is from 2000 - 2005 I took part in their automatic home delivery system and had between 2 and 4 boxes delivered to my home on a regular basis.  I quit the service not only to save money, but also because we were switching to a Keurig brewer soon and mostly...  that distinctive something-'taste' that I was growing tired of.

I'm drinking the coffee now and I can say it's a smooth coffee.  Not bitter or burnt tasting.  Very smooth and light.  It's a bold and dark blend supposedly, but as a person who drinks their coffee extremely hot, dark and black... I don't think it's 'bold'.  I think this is a coffee I could serve to my parents or guests and not be concerned it was too bold or dark for them.  It almost has a floral overtone to it - and that something-distinctive taste undertone that I still can't describe.  Kind of earthy and reminds me of chewing on weeds... but not really.  I've tasted this in their signature blend, their darker blends as well as their 'flavored' coffees of which I've had everything from vanilla to hazelnut and mocha and raspberry blends.  They all have that 'something' undertone and I've tasted with both their whole beans and ground.

In general, it's drinkable.  I almost think I'll enjoy it as an afternoon and evening coffee or with a dessert more than I will as a 'wake me up' morning coffee.  Even though it's Colombian and brewed at the medium setting to give it a bolder taste, I think I may have to go down to the 6 oz. water setting in order for it to be my 'morning' coffee.

I'm going to give it a 3 out of 5 stars.  It's good and enjoyable but a bit too light and floral for me considering it's supposed to be a bold, Colombian blend.  I really think the average coffee drinker would like it though and it does go down very, very easily!  







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