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Green Mountain Coffee

Kenya AA Extra Bold (K-Cup)

Location: Waterbury, Vermont.

Origin: South-central Kenya.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $16.49/24 K-Cups

Review Date: February 2012

Agtron: 0/44

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

(As brewed in a Keurig Platinum B70 single-serve brewing device using a “K-Cup” capsule to produce 6-ounce serving): Tart, lemony berry enveloped in a caramelly sweetness. The delicately layered aroma is further complicated by suggestions of cocoa and flowers. Quietly balanced acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, clean finishing with pleasant but subdued aromatics.

Notes:

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 Platinum B70 model. 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. Kenya cooperatives continue to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. AA is the highest grade of Kenya coffee based on bean size. 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: K-Cup drinkers curious to experience the tart berry note so treasured in classic Kenyas. This note, and the general aromatic virtues of a suavely bright Kenya, are present here, if a bit subdued.

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