Gevalia coffee is a brand very near and dear to my heart. Besides the gut retching instant coffee that my mother provided me as a teenager, Gevalia was my first real experience with coffee drinking. Gevalia offered a genius subscription plan that included a free coffee brewer. Since I was young, broke, and needed caffeinated I was sold. Fast forward quite a few years and here I am immersed in the world of Gevalia coffee yet again but, this time it is in the Keurig Kcup format.
I chose to review Dark Royal Roast first for no other reason than...it sounded good. Dark Royal Roast is as you may have guessed...a dark roast Kcup coffee. It is made with 100% Arabica beans and is Kosher certified.
I chose to brew my Dark Royal Roast Kcup on the highest water setting of my Keurig. The result was a pitch-black brew with nearly no translucency, not even around the edges. The aroma was earthy and pleasant but, what freshly brewed coffee doesn't smell great?
The first sip of my Gevalia Dark Royal Roast K-cup was full of citrus which brought a pleasant bitterness. But not the smoky kind of bitterness that you may be used to with other dark roasts. This was mild and very appealing. There was a light mouthfeel and as the coffee moved to the back end it transitioned to a woodsy, dry earth sort of sensation. There was a lack of sweetness and the taste lingered for an enjoyably long time.
If I had to sum this one up, I would say it does have the characteristics of a dark roast coffee but, they are muted, mild, and frankly easier to take. This is a Kcup coffee in a class all its own. It is nice to see a dark roast that is doing it a little differently rather than trying to overwhelm us with smoke and mirrors.
I would recommend this K-cup coffee to all medium and dark roast coffee drinkers. If you like the ever-popular Dark Magic Kcup coffee, you are going to fall in love with Dark Royal Roast. Medium and flavored Keurig lovers, this is not the Kcup for you. You may be better suited with Gevalia Signature Blend.
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