Green Mountain Wellness Collection: Focus Blend and Antioxidant Blend

Over the past week I've been trying a new product by Green Mountain Coffee (thanks to my status as a BzzAgent, where I get products to review and share).  In order to give a fair review I wanted to try them over a number of different mornings and in a variety of ways.  I first brewed them and drank them as I normally enjoy  my morning coffee;  black.  Over the course of the week I also added flavors and steamed milk and brewed at a stronger brew setting. 

Green Mountain Coffee® Focus Blend is a balanced coffee with 50 mg of L-Theanine to every 8 oz. serving.   The Green Mountain Coffee® Antioxidant Blend has vitamins C and E added and also is recommended at the 8 oz. serving size.  Both are made with a blend of lighter roasts and darker roasts to accomplish a mellow, medium roast finish.  This medium blend is a happy middle ground  I suppose for those like my parents, who enjoy light roasts and myself and my friends and siblings who enjoy a dark roast.

Brewing a fresh cup of coffee at the touch of a button in my Keurig is awesome, but for those wanting to get additional benefits of  vitamins or a focus-kick of L-Theanine might want to look into this brew.   I personally don't take daily vitamins as I tend to eat very healthy and love my vegetables far more than I do sweets, so I was very interested in the focus blend, although I obviously tested both. 

The 8 oz. setting is the recommended setting.  I found that brewing at the 10 oz. was too watered down and a slightly metallic or 'different' taste, -perhaps from the added vitamins-, came through.  I also found the best flavor was to drink it piping hot.  When the coffee had cooled after 5 or 10 minutes, the flavor changed and I found I didn't enjoy it as much and ended up pouring the last few swallows out.  Granted, I'm a 'piping hot, strong and black' kind of girl, so there are few coffees I will drink once they have cooled.

The antioxident blend is hard to gauge but I can say I noticed a difference with the focus blend.  I actually would compare it to having an extra 'kick' of caffeine.  I could feel my heart beating faster and had a burst of energy as if I was on my 3rd cup of coffee for the morning.  Whether this is the L-Theanine or the amount of caffeine in the brew, I do not know, but I can honestly say I felt a kick in my energy level and therefore, my focus on the work I was doing. 

My final thoughts are that if I was simply enjoying a morning cup of coffee, I probably wouldn't choose this blend just for the flavor alone.  However, if I was looking for an energy boosting and brain boosting blend, I would definitely consider this my 'go to' brand.  

The Green Mountain Coffee® Wellness Collection:
• Launched in August 2012 with two brews — Focus Blend™ and Antioxidant Blend
• Includes only Fair Trade Certified™ coffees
• Is best brewed using the 8 oz. setting on your Keurig® brewer
• Retails $18.49 (24-ct box of K-Cup® packs)
• Is available for purchase online at GreenMountainCoffee.com and Keurig.com

Green Mountain Coffee has been a leader in the coffee industry for over 30 years and is recognized for not only their award winning coffees, but their brewing technology and social responsibility.  For those who believe in supporting coffee coffees with a conscience, you might be interested in that.  Now, on to my thoughts about the product!

Daily dose of antioxidants or focus blend right in your coffee mug