Green Mountain Coffee

Sumatra Reserve Extra Bold Fair Trade Organic (K-Cup)

Location: Waterbury, Vermont

Origin: Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $16.49/24 K-Cups

Review Date: March 2012

Agtron: 0/44

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 6

Blind Assessment:

As brewed in a Keurig Platinum B70 single-serve brewing device using a “K-Cup” capsule to produce 6-ounce serving): Dark chocolate, caramel, cedar, a hint of earth in aroma and cup. Pungently tart acidity; medium body with a slightly leanish mouthfeel. Rich, dry, straightforward 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 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. 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 gentle version of the pungent, cedary chocolate Sumatra profile with bonus social and environmental credentials for K-cup drinkers. Those whose brewers offer the option of brewing at four ounces will find the Sumatra character more pronounced at the smaller, more concentrated serving size.

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