A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Keurig® K-Cups

February 22, 2012

The Keurig coffee maker is quickly rising in popularity across North America. Gone are the days of purchasing the old fashion coffee brewer, with separate filters to purchase and a glass pot to wash. The Keurig coffee maker brews in a few easy steps. Just put in a new K-Cup portion pack and press the start button. Within 30 seconds, you have a freshly brewed cup of your favorite gourmet coffee or tea.

But what if you don’t know what your favorite coffee is? Keurig provides nearly 200 different coffee, tea and hot cocoa K-Cups from which to choose! With so many options, the coffee selection process can seem like an impenetrable jungle of hard-to-understand descriptions and unfamiliar varieties. If you aren’t an expert at “coffee jargon” and aren’t up for endless flavor experimentation, then it is best to do a bit of research before you buy. After all, you want as few hurdles between you and that steaming cup of coffee as possible.

One of the biggest factors in the flavor of coffee is the roast. Before you choose between popular brands and specialty flavors, it helps if you understand the flavor differences created by the roasting process. The beans are made darker through processing at a higher temperature, often for a longer length of time. The roast helps to determine the richness, bitterness, and smoothness of the cup of coffee.

Light Roast: Milder tasting coffee. Beans are characterized by a golden brown hue and dry surface. Sometimes acidic tasting or may lack body. Light roasting preserves more of the natural subtle flavors of the coffee beans, allowing the drinker to taste differences in bean quality.

Medium Roast: Offers a balanced flavor with a less acidic taste. Medium roasting may create a slightly sweeter taste than a light roast. Beans are characterized by a medium, chocolate-brown hue. Compromises between the natural bean flavor and the flavor produced through the roasting process.

Dark Roast: Full-bodied coffee with a smoky or spicy taste. Beans are characterized by a dark brown hue and shiny, somewhat oily surface. Derives most of its flavor through the roasting process and may lose some of the natural bean flavor.

Once you’re aware of the type of roast you prefer, you can easily seek out different coffees in that category. For instance, if you enjoy a light roast, you may want to try Van Houtte Costa Rica Coffee or Timothy’s Morning Blend Coffee. Medium roast aficionados can choose between great options like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ Nantucket Blend or Tully’s Full City Roast. If you’re a fan of dark roasts, you may prefer Caribou French Roast Coffee or Gloria Jean’s Black Gold Coffee.

There may seem to be an unlimited number of factors that go into the creation of a type of coffee. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed with coffee possibilities. But, if you put your taste buds to the test, you will soon figure out which roast is right for you. Before you know it, you may even end up a coffee connoisseur! And then you can wow your friends with your new knowledge of the gourmet coffee world.

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R.L. Fielding Bio

R.L. Fielding has been a freelance writer for 10 years, offering her expertise and skills to a variety of major organizations in the education, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, financial services, and manufacturing industries. She lives in New Jersey with her dog and two cats and enjoys rock climbing and ornamental gardening.

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