Nerd Fuel: Green Mountain Coffee – Brown Sugar Crumble Donut

As I burn my way through the content of the new Final Fantasy XIV expansion, I find myself turning to my good friend caffeine to help fuel the late nights and early morning play sessions.  This week, I decided to take a trip to the grocery store and pick up a couple of new varieties. The first one that landed in my shopping cart was the “Brown Sugar Crumble Donut” by Green Mountain.

As I’ve mentioned before, I tread a fine line between both shying away from, and being a sucker for flavored coffees. They always look so good sitting there on a shelf. But generally speaking, they usually tend to taste artificial and just… not very good. Of course, there are a few notable exceptions to this. So with that in mind, I decided to bite the bullet and give the Brown Sugar Crumble Donut a shot… and I was pleasantly surprised!

According to the label, this is a medium roast coffee. But, to me it tastes a little on the light side. There’s very little bitterness in this cup. The brown sugar is the prominent taste here. But there’s also a slight artificial cinnamon/cake donut flavor as well. But, it’s really not that bad. I found this to be a pleasant and drinkable coffee. It would go great on a sunny Sunday morning with a nice hearty breakfast.

Despite being a decent coffee, it just doesn’t seem unique enough to stand out against many of the other similar offerings out there. Yes, the main flavor here is brown sugar, but as a whole this coffee is too much like the superior Cinnabon coffee to shine by itself. Perhaps if it was a bit cheaper I’d be more inclined to recommend it over some of the others. Regardless, it’s a solid offering.

Score: 3 out of 4

Would Purchase again?: Maybe. It’s tasty and certainly has it’s place. But, I feel it too much like many other similar, and superior coffees to really recommend over others. That being said, if if you like brown sugar and cinnamon, and this is the only option at your local store, don’t hesitate.

 

Nerd Fuel: Dunkin Donuts – Original Blend

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I’ve been away for a week on vacation, but I’m back with another “Nerd Fuel” post. So far in this series, I’ve rambled on about Donut Shop style coffees on more than one occasion. I’ve reviewed Donut Shop and Donut House – both of which are knock-offs of Dunkin Donuts classic original coffee. So… why not take a moment to check out the real thing? Well, I drove down to my local Dunkin Donuts store and bought a box of their Original Blend coffee to see what all the fuss was about.

I have to admit, while I love Dunkin Donuts, I’ve only ever really had their donuts. I’ve never bothered with their coffee. Until recent years, I’ve always enjoyed iced coffees or flavored cappuccinos more than a simple pot of brewed coffee. But despite never being a consumer of their brew, I’ve been well aware of the reputation it carries. After falling in love with the “Donut Shop” K-Cups, I was eager to try to real deal.

So what’s the verdict? Well, it’s very similar to “Donut Shop”. In fact, it’s almost identical. Assuming the Donut Shop people were trying to make a clone of Dunkin Donuts Original Blend, they have come really close. However, I did detect some subtle differences. Dunkin Donuts seems to be a little lighter, not quite as rich. Some people will no doubt prefer this. Personally, for me, Donut Shop still has an edge when it comes to flavor. At this time, it’s still my favorite everyday coffee. But, as I mentioned, this is largely going to be a matter of personal preference. Both coffees are great general purpose blends. The Dunkin Donuts does sell for about a dollar more per box. So, that alone may be the deciding factor for many. All in all, considering this is the original that everyone tries to imitate – Dunkin Donuts is certainly doing something right. Despite my preference for Donut Shop, this coffee ranks right up there with it.

Score: 4 out of 4

Would Buy Again?:  Maybe. This is a solid cup of coffee. But, I do prefer the Donut Shop brand to this. Donut Shop first – then this if I can’t find any.