Green Mountain Coffee

Fair Trade Organic Sumatran Reserve (K-Cup)

Location: Waterbury, Vermont

Origin: Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Roast: Dark

Est. Price: $16.49/24 K-Cups

Review Date: June 2012

Agtron: 0/40

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 6

Blind Assessment:

(As brewed in a Keurig B70 single-serve brewing device using a “K-Cup” capsule to produce 6-ounce serving): Bittersweet, gentle. Caramel, flowers, plum-like fruit and a hint of chocolate in aroma and cup. Delicate, brisk acidity; pleasantly smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Caramelly sweetness and a drying carbony note in the finish.


Certified organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning this coffee was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Keurig brewing devices were among the first single-serve brewers on the market, starting in the mid 1990’s with office models and now with three home models, the no-frills B40, the B60 with more flexible brew-strength/serving size, and the full-featured B70. This sample is offered in an “Extra Bold” K-Cup, which packs more coffee into the capsule and presumably produces a more intense flavor profile than a normal K-Cup. Keurig/Green Mountain, formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, pioneered single-serve capsule brewing in the United States with its Keurig brewing system, and remains one of the country’s leading large specialty roasters, offering a particularly wide-ranging variety of origins and roast styles. Visit www.GreenMountainCoffee.com or call 888-879-4627 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A pleasantly rounded, bittersweet darker-roasted cup with reassuring environmental and social credentials for K-Cup drinkers.

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