Van Houtte Cafe
French Roast (K-Cup)
|Roaster Location:||Montreal, Canada|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||January 2004|
Blind Assessment: Sweet, low-key, expansive aroma. In the cup rich and cleanly roasty, with an agreeable bittersweet balance complicated by fresh leather, chocolate and a shimmer of sweet grapefruit. The grapefruit persists in the rich but astringent finish.
Notes: K-Cups are designed for the Keurig single-serve brewer. Van Houtte ("A Taste of Europe in Your Cup") is a large Canadian coffee roaster and office coffee service provider with its roots in European small-batch roasting. Visit www.vanhoutte.com for more info.
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy complex, bittersweet dark roasts without burned tones.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2004 tasting report: At What Cost Convenience? Testing the New Single-Serve Coffee Systems