I like unnecessary organizational systems. They make me happy. In university, I would spend hours at the beginning of each semester coming up with a weekly and monthly schedule of every single reading or assignment I had to do. It was colour coded by course (duh). Once they caught wind of my insanity, I had friends asking me for copies.
When I bought a Keurig, it only made sense that I create an unnecessary organizational system. Initially it was my friend Mark’s idea, and since he’s a Guinness Book of World Records holder, I figured I’d follow suit. It’s been a few months, and it’s now time to share some results with you wonderful people.
So here it is: The Ultimate K-Cup Guide (Sort of)
Let the record show that dark roast coffee is king of my castle. My favourite coffee of all time ever is Kick Ass by Kicking Horse Coffee (three cheers for Canadian companies, fair trade coffee and swears). I grind this stuff and use my reusable filter. This is always my number one choice (and there’s no plastic waste). BUT, in a pinch, I’ve found some delightful K-Cup alternatives.
Red Eye by Jetsetter – perfect for mornings that require an extra boost. And Jetsetter coffees all have cheeky and delightful names.
Black Tiger by Coffee People – what you’d expect from a bold roast coffee. Delicious.
Breakfast on Board by Jetsetter – maybe the best K-Cup coffee I’ve ever had. Big claim, but I’m sticking with it.
Classic Diner by Jetsetter – all my spreadsheet says is “Gooooooooood.”
The Original Donut Shop – you know that famous one with the sprinkles on the top of the cup? It’s famous for a reason. It’s nothing spectacularly wonderful, but it’s one of the best “staple” coffees out there.
Donut House by Green Mountain Coffee – it tricks you into thinking it will be as good as the ORIGINAL donut shop coffee, but it’s not. It’s really bad. My spreadsheet shows a red (bad) rating but an empty comment box. It wasn’t even good enough to warrant a “this is bad” comment. Based on my research, the only people reviewing this coffee online are a bunch of Paula Abduls. Don’t go there.
I normally hate flavoured coffee. I find the discrepancy between the delicious smell and the disappointing taste really frustrating. I’ve been lured into buying deliciously scented coffees one too many times. If something smells delicious, it should taste equally delicious. Why do you do this to me, flavoured coffee? Despite my apparent issues with flavoured things, I’ve found some that really rock my coffee socks.
Wild Mountain Blueberry by Green Mountain Coffee – I bought a box of this based on an Internet review, and I was delighted. At first it’s confusing – BLUEBERRY coffee? But yes. Trust me. It’s light and sweet and delicious without being overpowering. My friends turned up their noses at first, but everyone who has tried it has had the same reaction. “Well it smells interesting. And…Oh. Wow. It’s…..I wasn’t expecting that. It’s REALLY good.”
Sweet Summer Raspberry by Timothy’s – This is Moyer’s coffee of choice at work and for good reason. Also, Moyer drinks a LOT of coffee, so she’s a reliable source.
Hazelnut by Timothy’s – who doesn’t love a good hazelnut coffee? This one is the best, and I’ve tried a bunch.
Raspberry Chocolate Truffle by Van Houtte – smells divine. Tastes just ok. It’s the trickery that upsets me more than anything.
I do like non-coffee drinks, but…K-Cups are seriously lacking in this area.
Nothing. Just. No.
If you find any non-coffee drink that is actually drinkable, let me know. And don’t be a Paula about it.
Avoid at all costs:
Chai Latte by Cafe Escapes – this chai latte just tastes like you’re drinking watered down sweetened condensed milk. There’s a LOT of sweet and no spice. Horribly disappointing. I have no idea why it has so many good reviews (shaking my fist again, Ms. Abdul). I’ve even tried brewing coffee and mixing the two, but it’s still disgusting. Anyone want the rest of this box?
Tea – No. As a self-proclaimed tea junky (my tea collection is significantly more developed than my coffee collection), I am certain that tea should not be consumed using this machine. Boil water in a kettle. Put a tea bag or loose tea in a mug and let it steep. Tea shouldn’t ever be this instant. It ruins the charm of tea. Just don’t do it. Ever.
What’s your K-Cup coffee of choice?