I am finishing up my reviews of Folgers K-cup coffees with Lively Colombian. If you have missed the previous posts, be sure to check them out, you will see that I have gone from skeptical to enamored with this relatively new line of K-cup coffees. Besides Lively Colombian there are four other roasts available (you can click on each one to read more) :
Now back to the regularly scheduled program...
Lively Colombian is a medium roast coffee brought to us by the classic coffee company- Folgers. Folgers has been producing great tasting coffee since 1850- yes that is an eight! They have completely mastered the art if a smooth tasting cup of coffee in those 100 plus years. Now we can enjoy all of that experience in the ease and convenience of Keurig K-cups. Folgers single serve coffee offers us a true modern day classic.
I chose to brew my Lively Colombian K-cup on the highest water setting of my Keurig. Based on my experience with the other Folgers roasts, I was quite certain this coffee would have enough body to stand up to the extra water without tasting watered down...and I was right. Lively Colombian had a nice dark color in the cup with very minimal translucency.
The aroma of this K-cup is classic Folgers. That amazing smell that you see stirring actors from their sleep in the famous Folgers commercials is not lost in the K-cup format.
The first sip was crisp, with an unexpected pleasant bite. This is not a wimpy coffee! There is depth and character that is quite satisfying. Despite being a medium roast there is a smoky almost dark roast like finish but, it lacks any bitterness or burnt taste that you find in a lot of dark roasts. Folgers some how managed to take all of the best aspects of a dark roast coffee and pack it into a medium roasted bean leaving a K-cup that will appeal to the masses.
Here is the 10 million dollar question- do Folgers K-cups taste similar to the drip style ground coffee that we all grew up watching our parents make?
I would have to say that Folgers did an exceptional job of carrying that traditional taste over to the K-cup. Mom, Dad and Grandma would not be able to tell the difference!
I would recommend Folgers Lively Colombian K-cup coffee to medium and dark roast drinkers. Light roast fans, this might not be the one for you. If you absolutely must have flavor in your coffee, I would recommend Folgers Vanilla Biscotti K-cups.