Nerd Fuel: Green Mountain Coffee – Golden French Toast

My first post since my month-long hiatus and…. it’s about coffee. For those of you that enjoy my gaming content more, I apologize. But for those who actually enjoy the coffee reviews (and I do here from some of you), here we go!

For this post, I’m going to be talking about a coffee that I’ve spent the last six months or so scouring stores for. I first caught wind of this flavor while browsing the Keurig site, but no one ever seemed to have it in stock. I’m talking about the elusive “Golden French Toast” flavored coffee.  This is one of Green Mountain’s seasonal selections – which season, I’m not really sure… because it seems to be out of circulation.  But as soon as I learned of a “french toast” flavored K-cup, I knew I had to have it. After many months of searching, a reseller finally listed a box on Amazon.

Once it arrived, I eagerly popped a cup into my brewer. I was immediately delighted with the strong aroma of maple syrup and roasted beans. It was a delightful mix. Once the brew was complete, I took my first sip.  This is a light roasted coffee, with a very heavy artificial flavoring. But, thankfully it’s a good flavor. It doesn’t taste “fake”. The coffee itself is somewhat weak. The first thing in the taste profile that stands out is the maple. But the coffee also has a smooth butter and cinnamon finish. The taste balance is very well done.

I admit that despite being excited to try this coffee, I didn’t have very high expectations. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. The Golden French Toast was actually quite enjoyable.

I feel that this coffee is best suited for early mornings, or as an after-dinner desert coffee. The flavoring is strong is could easily clash with a meal. But all in all, I was quite impressed. I hope to see this returned to shelves before too long.

Score: 3 out of 4

Would Purchase again?: Yes.  Smooth and silky. Light, enjoyable roast, but with a strong maple flavoring. Great for early mornings.

Nerd Fuel: Donut Shop Coffee – Dark

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So, there’s a lot going on in the next thirty days or so that will have my attention. Final Fantasy XV comes out in less than 24 hours. Star Wars Rogue One is little more than two weeks away (and I still have the prequel novel to get through). So, I can foresee many late nights in the coming days. To get through it, I’m going to need some nerd fuel that has a little kick to it. So I’ve turned my attention to some K-Cups that might be able to help with that.

For this review, I’m going back to one of my favorites. The Donut Shop. But this time, I’m trying one of their variants; “Donut Shop Coffee – Dark”.

A lot of people like dark roasted coffees. But more often than not, many “dark” coffees usually end up tasting burnt and bitter. Thankfully, this is not the case here. Donut Shop Dark, offers the same great flavor found in the Original Donut Shop coffee, but with a much darker, richer roast. This means that the flavor is thicker, with a slight bitterness. But it still allows you to taste the subtle flavors of the brew itself. (Much like a good dark chocolate). The dark roast gives this coffee a little extra jolt, which really helps me get going on these crisp fall mornings.

Fans of the original, that crave a deeper, darker flavor might will find exactly what they are looking for here. But offee drinkers that prefer lighter roasts may want to avoid this cup. Personally, I found it to be enjoyable and perfect for when I need a little bit of a pick-me-up. But, generally speaking, I still prefer the Original Donut Shop overall.

Score: 3 out of 4

Would Buy Again?:  Yes. I don’t always feel in the mood for a coffee this dark. But on those occasions that I’m craving some, this brew seems like the perfect option.

Nerd Fuel: Dunkin Donuts – Pumpkin

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So, you had to know this was coming, right? I’ve been reviewing K-Cups, and focusing a lot on “Donut Shop” style coffees. Plus, it’s Autumn… so naturally I have to review some pumpkin flavored coffees, right? Well that’s what this Nerd Fuel entry is going to be all about.

Warning. I’m one of the people who goes nuts of over “pumpkin spice everything”. I like pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin rolls, cookies, and yes, even coffee. So, when I was at my local Dunkin Donuts shop and saw some Pumpkin flavored coffee on the shelf I knew I had to grab a box.

First thing you need to know. This is NOT Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee. This is actually just plain Pumpkin coffee. There’s a difference. “Pumpkin Spice” actually tastes very little like pumpkins, but rather is a more seasonal, well… “spice” type of flavor. This coffee is not that. In fact, this coffee tastes a lot like a pumpkin donut you might buy at Dunkin Donuts.

So, how does that work in a coffee? Well, if you like the taste and smell of raw pumpkin – it works well. But, honestly most people don’t. This coffee does have a bit of a squashy taste to it. But it’s also been sweetened a bit too. Regardless, that doesn’t really seem to help much. Drinking this coffee black, or even with a sweetened creamer didn’t do much for me. But, then I decided to just go nuts and I actually added some Pumpkin Spice flavored creamer to a cup and I found the taste to be much more agreeable. It seems that the mix of “pumpkin spice” and a true pumpkin flavored coffee really worked well together.

This mix of Pumpkin coffee and Pumpkin Spice creamer is actually what helped fuel my late-night playthroughs of Silent Hill.

Regardless, I personally found the taste to be a little too unusual for regular drinking. But if you’re a fan or real pumpkin flavor, than maybe this would be right up your alley. For me, not so much.

Score: 2 out of 4

Would Buy Again?:  Unlikely. This is a decent cup of pumpkin flavored coffee, but it’s not exactly what I’m looking for. The search will continue.

Nerd Fuel: Green Mountain Coffee – Nantucket Blend

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For this week’s Nerd Fuel post, I set aside my mug of Donut Shop (which is still my favorite K-Cup, by the way) and dove into some of the coffees offered by Green Mountain. Green Mountain *IS* the parent company behind Keurig. So there are oodles of options to choose from under their label. As I mentioned in the last post, until recently my favorite coffee had been Gevalia’s House blend. So I figured I’d try something similar and pick up Green Mountain’s “Nantucket Blend”.

Nantucket Blend is a blend of four different coffees. It’s labeled as a medium roast, and like most medium roasts it does have a pretty rich flavor. But, I found it be a bit weak when compared to other medium roast coffees I’ve tried. The taste is mild, but complex. It’s a bit earthy and tart but in a good way. You can certainly taste a lot going on in this mix, but to me, nothing really stands out. I found my cups of Nantucket Blend to be enjoyable but when the box was gone, I wasn’t left with anything special enough to rave about.

If you are looking for a general purpose coffee with lots of flavor, but dislike the bitterness that can sometimes come with a medium or dark roast, Nantucket Blend might be a good option. There’s certainly nothing off-putting about this cup. But for some, like myself, who prefer a darker roast – it’s not likely to be your go-to flavor. That being said, this certainly a great quality coffee compared to the slop that US groceries store has traditionally sold us.  I’m so happy that we have finally reached a renaissance period in coffee drinking here in the USA.

Score: 3 out of 4

Would Buy Again?:  Unlikely. This is not a bad cup of coffee at all. But, there are better medium roast blends out there.